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Forum topic by Eric_S posted 07-04-2011 06:14 PM 1240 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-04-2011 06:14 PM

This is just a suggestion that has come out of frustration with the paging mechanism used in the forums.

This may be technical for some but hopefully its clear enough. It would be great if we could get rid of the “Show Next 30 Replies” button and replaced it with a paging mechanism(Prev/Next or page numbers based on a page size). I think paged numbers based on a set page size would result in a a more user friendly experience. Currently, after a set number of forum replies you start to see that button to show 30 more. Well when a thread gets to be 200+ replies it can get annoying. It would be great to be able to just navigate through them or straight to the end.

Maybe its just me since I do web app development and am frequently clearing my web cache but I believe mobile doesn’t cache them either. Having a paged numbering system instead for Show 30 More(ore a First,Prev,Next,Last navigation) would work could be better for mobile browsing and just overall functionality for people who frequently visit a thread and don’t want to reload constantly all messages.

Martin, any thoughts?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 07-04-2011 06:33 PM

Good suggestion, Eric.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-05-2011 02:07 PM

i agree. this feature bothers me too!

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#3 posted 07-06-2011 04:24 PM

Hi Eric and thanks for the suggestion. When I worked on the solution that would get rid of very long load times of pages with lots of comments (they were all loaded at once before) I of course considered paging as the first alternative but wanted to come up with something more innovative and hopefully better. Here's the link to announcement just for reference. I got almost zero complaints about this feature since it’s launch which was almost 1 year ago so it’s interesting to read a different opinion.

The one thing that you mention is that “when a thread gets to be 200+ replies it can get annoying”. This is true only when you visit that thread for the first time. Every click on that same thread in the future will bring you right to the last 30 comments (if your unread comments count is less than 30) so I think that in the end it saves quite a few clicks because there is much higher chance that you visit 200+ threads after stumbling upon them before the comments count was so high. And tracking of readership is done in database and not in the browser’s cache.

Am I missing something?

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#4 posted 07-06-2011 05:06 PM

Thanks for the link explaining the logic Martin. I checked on my phone(windows mobile 7 samsung focus) and sure enough it went to the latest replies of one I’ve already been to. For some reason I thought it still went back to first 30 on my phone(perhaps I wasn’t logged in at that time). Of course, its still a little bit of a hassle for a first time large thread view but I totally understand the reasoning. Perhaps for first time views larger than a certain number you show the original message and last 30 replies as well with option to go back? Maybe its just me.

Thank you for the reply though Martin :)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 07-06-2011 06:10 PM

On some other forums, in YOUR user preferences, you can select the number of posts/page to display.

If you have a slow internet connection, you select a low number.

If, OTOH, you’re on broadband, you can select 100, 200, or …. all.

I’ve got a fast broadband connect, and … I agree: it’s a pain to see all the posts.

Good thought !

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 07-06-2011 06:16 PM

Neil, your connection may be fast, but add up a few thousand connections all requesting a large number of records from the server and the load on the database and servers can be heavy. Martin chose to restrict it to the server side which is fine, we just need a way to navigate past those old replies.

Perhaps that could be a new user setting Martin? User defaults to show first 30, but have a user flag “On unread posts, show newest 30 replies.” That would work well I think.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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