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Guys - my comment written as a top level comment - has disappeared again.  Are we being subjected to a troll attack?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 02:29:28 PM EST
Space helmets on!

I can see your comment above here, if that's the one you mean.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 02:32:50 PM EST
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It hasn't disappeared, it has been given a '4' score and it is sorted by scoop above all unrated top-level comments. So it's not at the bottom of the page, where you expect to find it.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 02:34:41 PM EST
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This diary is a jewel. You need to put it in the ET Diary Hall of Fame.
by vladimir on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 02:52:33 PM EST
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Or set your comment sorting as "older first", which gives stability to the thread - quite useful.

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 02:58:40 PM EST
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In fact it's Ignore Ratings you need to set to stop Scoop sorting the thread by ratings.

If Frank or anyone else wants to do this, go to Settings in your User menu. At the top choose Comment Preferences.

There you can choose Nested, for example, that makes it easy to see what comments reply to which. Specify a number up to which you want this (I have 200, for example). If the thread gets longer (and unwieldy), the display switches to the second choice you indicate with a + sign. (I have Dynamic Threaded, meaning nested headers I can click on to open the comments).

Below these options you have View (I don't know why one would not leave it on default ie Mixed), then Sort. There you can choose Ignore Ratings if you wish. To the right you can opt for Oldest First (oldest comments at the top) or the contrary.

I won't go into the rest for now, this is really not on-topic...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 03:11:49 PM EST
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Thanks guys.  I seem to have inadvertently hijacked this thread again!  It didn't help that my PC froze and I had to reboot just as I posted the "troll attack" post! (Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me).

I'm sorry if I seem to be asking a lot of stupid questions - this is my first time on a blog like this and some of the functionality surprised me - I hadn't realised comments were sorted by rating and this explains some puzzling moving about of stuff I had noticed before.  No doubt its all in the user guidelines somewhere, but being a man I take the easy way out and just ask someone! Your patience and courteousness is appreciated.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 05:01:49 PM EST
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