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Is there a way to thread replies to comments on a Trello card?

Our team is finding it difficult to communicate about the items on a card because replies are not threaded. I'm wondering if there's a way we don't know about (a powerup, maybe?) to achieve threaded comments on cards inside Trello. Thanks in advance.

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+10.  Please add threaded comments. It's an essential feature!

Absolutely 1000% agree....It is VERY difficult to efficiently keep tracking of threaded conversations (or lack thereof).  If you want to reply to a comment deep in the middle of 20, you reply and it puts your response at the top.  We pay for biz class and like another poster are knee deep in the usage for our over 100+ projects and this experience stinks.  Please add this functionality.

I'm disappointed that threaded replies are not available as well.

Trello Team:  This has been a constant several year old request (just do a search) and we can't seem to get any type of reply on if Trello will be adding threaded comments capabilities.  Please provide an update to a VERY MUCH NEEDED request.

The funniest part about this whole thing is that this community board has the ability to thread comments, but the core product doesn't . . . beautiful irony

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Funny we are hopping to see changes on Trello. It was acquired by Atlassian (Jan 2017) and has more than 25 million users. It was Atlassian’s  18th acquisition at that time. The company planned to keep both the Trello service and brand alive without immediate changes. At its core, Atlassian’s own JIRA project management service already features  a Trello-like Kanban board , for example. That’s only a small part of what JIRA does, however, and for many potential users, a board is really all they need to keep track of their projects. JIRA also features a full-blown issue-tracking service, reports, and an on-premise version that enterprises can run on their own servers. I doubt Atlassian wants to make Trello any better than it is because it can draw users away.

In other words, what we hope will never happen. We better look for an alternative if we really need threaded comments, its a shame, still it's the true.

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A great shame they won't develop this change for Trello - I think it would give them the edge in the market when compared with Asana and other Kanban-based systems. I don't know of any other systems that offer the same level of functionality as Trello, coupled with threaded comments.

Are there any alternatives to Trello that DO offer this functionality? We're unlikely to switch from Trello any time soon as we've just trained everyone up and set card templates up for teams to use but I'm just curious.

Maybe we'll have to start using Reddit ;)

I started to use trello with my VA yesterday, and today I am here.

 

I hope this feature will come pretty soon

I wanted to use Trello. My team insisted to use Slack "just" because Trello is missing this threaded comments feature. What a shame. Come on we are going into 2020 and this is a basic functionality. It should be out there from the beginning.

If you are referring to email, have you looked into Sendboard the powerup?

I'm referring as everybody to comments. That Sendboard powerup shows threaded emails. We will never receive or send emails from Trello, we are ok about emails managment. Have you tested that Sendboard powerup? Can you thread card comments? without setting any email thing?

+1 for threaded comments. It would vastly improve our productivity to track where changes in our systems need to be made and also feedback on individual problems more effectively.

Is anyone aware of a plugin which supports this in the interim until it appears on the Trello development roadmap? Thanks in advance!

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Hi everyone,

Exciting news for those who want this feature!!

We also wanted to be able to thread comments in Trello. So much so, that we went and created a Power-Up to allow you to do it!

 Screenshot 2021-09-07 at 10.51.58.png

The Power-Up is in an early stage right now so if you're interested in this feature we'd love to have a quick chat (can be as little as 15 minutes) with you, so we can make sure we are building exactly what you want/need.

It's rare that a Trello card is just one task. It usually grows into more checklist items/subtasks, each of which might need discussing. Now you can easily discuss them all in one place without getting confused about who is talking about what task :D

 

If you're too busy for a call with us, maybe you could complete this quick (2 minute) survey while you drink your morning/afternoon coffee? 

Any feedback we can get is really valuable - https://forms.gle/mB745BAL5m89EjMT8 

 

We also have an early adopters form here. Please pop in your email if you want to be the first to know about the latest updates as we continue to build this feature, and be the first to use it when it's available!

https://www.orahapps.com/threaded-comments-request 

 

Thanks in advance,

Dan

ps - hope you don't mind me tagging you, didn't want you to miss out on this news! 

@Emily Levy @Nikit @Adam Hollander @Eric P @Jennifer A Black

2021 and still no threading 😰

I just posted a new question but then found this thread

Trello team, is there anything in the pipeline for threading to avoid absolute comment chaos like this 

Yes, I agree.

At least commenting rooms (like it was for Google+). So the comment - answering comments will in the inner room. So Trello task will look more clearly...

My company is - well, I guess was - reviewing Trello business as a tool for our teams. We've loved pretty much everything about it and were just waiting to pull the trigger until we could figure out how to make threaded comments work (we assumed we weren't seeing the power up or something, as it felt less likely that this essential feature would actually not be included). Glad I found this thread and am looking into Slack now as an option for our teams.

Trello, it's so disappointing to see that for a few years this same request is being made and ignored.  We aren't asking for a 7th shade of blue or more stickers. Users have pointed out for years now that a CRUCIAL feature is being left out of your service. Our team is almost done with our two-week trial and some of our cards have dozens of comments between multiple people. The confusion and frustration I've had from the lack of threaded comments has literally made me less productive, as I've had to take real time and energy trying to figure out what people are referring to. The workout is not realistic and just not good enough. 

This is the ONLY reason why you aren't getting roughly 80 new business subscriptions today.

Allow me to add an inline, threaded reply here to agree 10,000%. 

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huh, 2020 outside and there's no thread comments? it's funny, back to 2000...

Can't believe someone raised this 2 years ago and this feature is still not there. We are talking to our IT to get another 40+ licenses for our team, but a second thought, this might not work without the thread feature.

Hi Emily

There's not a way to thread replies to a comment , however there's a workaround that I recommend:

You can right click on a time stamp below a comment to copy the comment URL. Then you can paste that comment URL to the new comment... at least this way there will be a point of reference for the comment being made.  If you click on the link in the comment, you'll see a little blue bar beside the comment it's linking to.
Comment1.pngComment2.pngComment3.png

Thank you. That seems like a decent workaround, though certainly not as decent as true threaded comments would be!

I appreciate  your taking the time to make these annotated screenshots for me.

I agree with Emily. Comment threading is essential to effective communication, helping to track and reply to incoming problems as they arise. As it is now, it's stacked with incoming comments. Please consider putting this on a future roadmap.

Cheers!

David

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Yep, Slack alone is probably boosting this requirement to the next level.

Everything is just less noisy (=== yes, better) in the threaded model.

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Agree we really need threaded comments

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Yes, please. This is our single biggest issue and potential deal breaker 😢

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+1 for threaded comments. This is the only missing feature that causes us to even consider alternatives.

+1 for threaded comments! This is the only missing feature that causes us to consider alternatives.

+1 for threaded comments. We currently pay for Trello Team and are deep in the eco-system. I find it super confusing to understand what is going on especially as cards address more complex matters. Threaded messages along with the ability to email from a card to an outside user (see Sendboard) being an integral part of Trello will help keep it more relevant and expand it's potential. At the moment we are getting overwhelmed with the shear number of power-ups and the strapped on cost of some of the more effective add-ons. We are approaching the point where the cost of all combined and the lack of some now "expected" features makes us seriously consider other alternatives.

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+1 for threaded comments! Our number one request

+1 we need threaded comments

Oh my goodness!!! This workaround just saved my sanity. Still very disappointing that another year has gone by and this feature still hasn't been added, but this timestamp "copy the link" hack makes it a little more manageable,

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