Did you ever get lost in HN threaded comments, unable to understand which parent a comment was answering to? This happens a lot to me, especially when threads become long… and most interesting.
Being appreciative of threaded comment systems in general, many times I wondered if there was a simple solution to that problem. Comments folding is useful, but it answers a different problem. But what if you could just visualize the parent a given comment was answering to, without having to scroll up and down all the time?
Having some time on my hands, I created a Chrome extension to do just that. Install it and, when a comment is answering to a parent that isn’t right above, a “show parent” menu item will appear. Hover your mouse pointer over it and the parent comment will be shown right above the child.
This is a feature I would have liked to see in threaded comment systems for a long time, but never saw it before (maybe I just didn’t pay enough attention). Hope I’m not the only one to find it useful!
PS: You might also be interested in my other little HN Chrome extension, Hacker News: Mark All Read.