You're here because you're ready to take the plunge and learn more about Kinja's discussion system. The purpose of this post is to provide a brief yet thorough overview of how discussions work.
The line you see above is what will be displayed at the end of a post, which is where the discussion begins. Author's Discussions shows the author’s view of the story. Replies that have been responded to or recommended by the author (or an admin on the author's blog) will be featured in the author's discussion. This view is ideal for the reader who wants to see the content that the author and his fellow writers considers interesting.
All replies is exactly what it sounds like: all approved replies grouped into threads, sorted chronologically. This view is ideal for a reader who wants to view every reply to a post. All replies also includes Pending replies, which are replies from accounts which are not followed by the blog they are posting to. These replies are hidden behind an additional click.
1. Interaction menu
This button appears when you hover your mouse cursor over any reply. Clicking the icon will display a menu with additional options such as dismiss, several sharing options, and a link to the comment's own page, known as a permalink. The reply permalink allows you to more easily view the entire thread on a single page. You can also access a reply permalink by clicking the reply's timestamp, beneath the author’s name. The permalink loads a new page with only the original post, the selected reply, and all direct child replies.
The interaction menu of a reply authored by you will also display the edit option, which allows you to edit your reply within a 15 minute window.
This icon shows you how many people have recommended a reply. Clicking the star will recommend a reply - visualized by the star’s switch from grey to blue. Recommending lets the author of the reply know that you support their response.
When viewing the author's discussion, replies that have been interacted with by the author - by way of a response or a recommend - will display directly below the initial reply. However, if you wish to see all replies in the discussion click on View All Replies.
Stop reading and get involved in a a discussion! Clicking the reply icon opens a reply editor, allowing you to immediately jump into a thread and compose a response to any comment.