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Disclosure triangles on web pages
Authored by: robleach on Oct 23, '09 09:37:29AM

You're right, it wouldn't reduce server load if you load all the text, but I've implemented a rudimentary version of this before where it does not load all the text, so it is possible, however it reloads the page. The question is, would that increase in load be greater than or less than the extra load created by the unread text loaded for users who default to nested view and the extra load from threaded users who do tons of page loads to view comments? Personally, I think load would be overall reduced, because:

1. Pages are already loaded several times to display the threaded view. That number of page loads would go down and the amount of text loaded would go up marginally (assuming not everyone digs to the bottom of a thread).
2. All text is currently loaded for users with nested view. The amount of text loaded would go down for them but the page loads would go up marginally.

However, if people see it's easier to get to more text, they might read more, so you can't really say, can you? It's hard to anticipate behavior.

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