The commenting function in SciFlow aims to allow you to quickly open discourses with your co-authors about specific parts or sections of a document right in the editor. Users with access to premium features can additionaly use suggestions to directly propose and accept changes.
How to Leave a Comment
Highlighting any given text in the editor, whether it is any type of heading or plain running text, allows you to comment on the selected content through the comment button that appears on the right-hand side of the respective paragraph.
When selected, that button opens a comment thread regarding the highlighted content. Within that comment thread, you can leave a comment through the Write a comment text field.
After you enter your comment into the respective textbox a click on the paper plane icon solely posts your comment, whereas the thumps up icon adds the depicted emoji to your entry and posts it.
Marked passages with a comment embedded behind them are highlighted by a yellow backdrop.
Responding to Comments
Once a comment is created, you and every other participant of a document can respond to it in the respective comment thread. Every comment thread is either directly accessible by selecting the corresponding highlighted text in the editor or by opening the Comments menu in the right-hand sidebar. The Comments menu allows you to choose the desired comment from a list of all existing comments in a document.
After the comment thread you want to respond to is opened, you can leave your answer below the last made entry by posting as shown above.
Filtering Available Comments
All comments and suggestions posted in a document are listed in the Comments menu of the sidebar. You can set certain filters to show you any discussion entries you are looking for. The settings for filtering correspond to the status and the type of an entry.
Via the type you differ between mere comments and suggestions and through the status you can filter between Open, Unread and Archived discussions. You can access the filtering through the top row icon in the comments menu (Filter discussions).
SciFlow filters comments and suggestions in the selected way afer you confirm your input with Apply. You'll find a closer desription of each status below.
To keep up with and to not overlook any newly made comments in a document, SciFlow discloses all unread remarks in the Comments menu. The number displayed either above the Comments menu icon or in the top right corner of that same menu reflects how many conversations contain one or more new remarks that you haven't read yet. Additionally, every one of those threads carries a blue icon to show its status.
Open discussions are those comment threads that are active within your document that you already read but have not closed yet.
Discussion that served there purpose and are either resolved or obsolete can be closed to not appear in the running text any longer. They are still accessible through this filter setting though.
See how to close discussions below.
Due to found conclusions or the general progression of a document, comments and conversations may become obsolete or solved. If this occurs, any thread can be archived by selecting it and clicking on the archive button (Archive discusion) in the top right corner.
Archiving removes the comment thread from the open list and moves it to the archive list. This list contains all archived conversations and closed suggestions of a document.