Order of threads in link list

December 15, 2016 at 13:02:02
Specs: several
When I come to "http://www.computing.net/forums/" I am
presented a list of threads in order by when they were started.
A thread started many days ago will be far down the list.
Is there a way to order the list by most recent post?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
December 15, 2016 at 13:07:17
Go to your "My Home" page & click on Settings.

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#2
December 15, 2016 at 13:20:25
Are you suggesting that I change the following setting?

Only show messages with new replies in "Message List."

That sounds like it *might* do.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
December 15, 2016 at 14:31:53
No, that's not what I'm suggesting at all. I was hoping you'd be able to figure it out just by looking over the list of options. How about check (or unchecking) "Order forum posts by when they were last created" ?

EDIT: I'm guessing you have your login credentials saved so that you don't have to enter them every time you visit this site. Personally, I delete ALL my browsing data after each browsing session. So if I'm away from the computer for say, an hour, & then come back to this site, I have to re-enter my name/password again. After I login, the order of the posts changes compared to how they were before I logged in. That's because the settings in "My Home" were applied.

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#4
December 15, 2016 at 18:29:56
Hello,

I do not believe that setting that riider mentions affects listings on the combined forum pages such as: http://www.computing.net/forums/

It only affects listings on the individual forum pages (like The Lounge, Hardware, etc)

I believe there was a technical reason due to the fact that page is combining forums together that made such a display hard on the server. I can look into it further though and see if there is a solution to allow it.

Thanks,
Justin


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#5
December 16, 2016 at 18:13:52
Hello Jeff Root,

I have updated those pages to respect the same rule as the individual forum pages. So now setting that setting or just clicking "Order By Last Updated" on the top (which sets that setting) will have the desired action.

Thanks!
Justin


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#6
December 16, 2016 at 18:42:46
Thanks! Looks like "Order By Last Updated" does it!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
December 17, 2016 at 05:39:10
So that's why the page now reports on the last poster, instead of listing the original poster's name, eh?

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#8
December 17, 2016 at 11:45:42
I hadn't noticed that. If you select "Last Created" instead of
"Last Updated", the names change back to the "Asked by" poster.
This is how it works on a science and astronomy forum that
also uses vBulletin, where I have something like 14,000 posts.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#9
December 17, 2016 at 17:16:06
Hi,

Yes, that technical reason I mentioned still existed, but the easiest solution was to just show the last posters name when you are ordering by last posted. The other way wasn't very practical, which is why I think it was never done that way before. I think its an acceptable tradeoff though.

Thanks!
Justin


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#10
December 18, 2016 at 05:06:21
Hi, a similar issue is that on one's tracked thread list, 'remove selected msgs' is at the end of the list. I think it was`also previously at the beginning.
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Suggest it be placed permanently visible irrespective of one's scrolling view/position.

Reason is, when working through the tracked thread list, selecting msgs for removal, if a msg requires viewing before selecting (or not), if viewed, all previously selected msgs are deselected, unless one scrolls *all the way down* and removes them first. Then have to return back up to the msg concerned in order to view. .

Somewhat of a pain when there are a number of msgs needing viewing involved.

Thanks - Mike.


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#11
December 18, 2016 at 18:07:31
Mike Newcomb,

That actually might be a pretty big design change. However, I think I did something that will help with your problem. The area for tracked threads now becomes a scrollable area if its too large. That way, the remove message button isn't very far down.

Justin


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#12
December 25, 2016 at 11:45:35
It appears that the change Justin made had another effect:
The list of threads in the list of "Your Tracked Threads" in
"My Home" previously listed just threads I started. Now it
is including threads started by others that I replied to.

This behavior seems to have begun this morning (Christmas),
not when Justin made the change (December 16), so maybe
it was Santa Claus, not Justin. Hard to tell those two apart.
They both work mysteriously in the background where they
aren't seen much, and they both wear red suits.

The change isn't retroactive. Threads I posted in earlier are
not added to the list now. It would be nice to continue to have
a list of just the threads I started, but a list of all the threads I
have posted in is exactly what I wished for when I started
*this* thread, so maybe Santa granted my wish. Just not
retroactively.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#13
December 28, 2016 at 17:22:05
Hi Jeff Root,

This is actually an optional setting that has existed for a while.

If you go to "My Home" then "Settings" you will see an option called: "Automatically track threads I reply to." ... If that is checked, you will see the result you are seeing.

I can't really answer why it all of a sudden seems to have gotten checked for you, even with a red suit :)

Thanks!
Justin


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#14
December 28, 2016 at 19:07:39
I guess it's possible that I checked that option when I went to
the Settings page after riider suggested it, and the change
didn't kick in until I cleared my browser cookies, cache, and
history. The problem with that idea is that I'm sure I cleared
cookies and cache at least two or three times, and history at
least once before Christmas. I'm happy that you pointed out
that I can apparently change it at any time. Thanks!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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December 29, 2016 at 11:05:08
Just to add my two cents, I'm not overly thrilled with how the posts are getting displayed now.

Before, when you entered the Main Forum area you could specify that the posts were ordered by Last Created, so you saw the newest message first.
When you entered into a Forum Area, like the Office Software forum, you could order the post by Last Updated,
and each area retained it's sorting preference.

This made sense to me.
When entering onto the site in the Main Forum area,
I want to see what new questions were being posted,
but when I enter into a forum area, where I already know what questions have been posted, I wanted to see what posts had been replied to since my last visit.

Now, both the Main Forum and all sub forums are sorted either by Last Created or Last Updated.
It's all or nothing.

I know it is only a matter of clicking on the respective sort button, but it was so much simpler before, IMHO.

And I had the box next to:
Order forum posts by when they were last created.
in my settings, unchecked.
But, it refuses to stay unchecked.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/

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#16
December 29, 2016 at 11:15:35
I just played around with the settings menu, specifically:

Order forum posts by when they were last created.

If I uncheck the box, then went to the main forum and clicked sort by Last Updated,
nothing happens,
but if I click sort by Last Created the box gets magically checked.

What is the use of this box, if you can't keep it unchecked?

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#17
December 29, 2016 at 18:46:46
mmcconaghy,

That option you are using is a shortcut to adjust the box. That is why clicking it is changing the box value.

Also, I'm not sure what you mean by each retaining its own preference before. Before this change, the main forum area (like whole listing, Hardware & Devices, Software and Operating Systems) only sorted by most recently created first. There was no way to alter that setting or any possibility of it sorting another way.

Yes, now it is all or nothing, but before, it was only that way with no possibility of changing it.

Justin

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#18
January 8, 2017 at 04:19:30
Uh-oh.

Now the main list of threads -- the one I asked about in the
original post -- is only showing three recent threads. Then a
bunch from the middle of 2016. Then a bunch from 2015,
then a bunch from 2014, a big bunch from 2013, and a few
from 2012. And links to 3 more pages. Oh dear!

Edit:

Ummmm.... Now it's straightened out again. All the threads
are recent. As Emilly Latilla always said ... Never mind!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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