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Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:26 PM

The Greatest Page is back

When we we made the switch to DU3, we incorporated the list of Greatest threads into the Latest page. After living with it for a while we've decided that the Greatest threads should have their own page just as they did on DU2.

The new Greatest page is now no longer available as a button on the Latest page -- instead it has its own tab among the navigation tabs at the top of the page. The Greatest page should look very familiar to those of you who used it frequently on DU2.

Here's a direct link:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=greatest_threads

Note that the old "Top Tens" lists are not included -- they are now mostly irrelevant since the Unrecommend function no longer exists.

Also note that there is a mobile version of the Greatest page for those of you browsing DU on mobile devices.

Thanks for your patience while we continue to work on and improve our new DU software.

EarlG, on behalf of the DU Admins

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Reply The Greatest Page is back (Original post)
EarlG Feb 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2012 #1
elleng Feb 2012 #2
Auggie Feb 2012 #3
OffWithTheirHeads Feb 2012 #4
Bicoastal Feb 2012 #5
Yooperman Feb 2012 #6
hvn_nbr_2 Feb 2012 #7
immoderate Feb 2012 #8
louslobbs Feb 2012 #9
Mira Feb 2012 #10
EarlG Feb 2012 #17
Mira Feb 2012 #20
intheflow Feb 2012 #35
annabanana Feb 2012 #11
tridim Feb 2012 #12
EarlG Feb 2012 #18
tridim Feb 2012 #23
MadrasT Feb 2012 #41
EarlG Feb 2012 #21
Lisa0825 Feb 2012 #13
Skittles Feb 2012 #14
xiamiam Feb 2012 #15
JDPriestly Feb 2012 #16
Maven Feb 2012 #19
inna Feb 2012 #22
hootinholler Feb 2012 #24
Old and In the Way Feb 2012 #25
EarlG Feb 2012 #44
Melissa G Feb 2012 #45
hootinholler Feb 2012 #49
rurallib Feb 2012 #26
AnotherDreamWeaver Feb 2012 #27
progressoid Feb 2012 #28
anAustralianobserver Feb 2012 #29
MelissaB Feb 2012 #37
glinda Feb 2012 #30
starroute Feb 2012 #31
Alameda Feb 2012 #32
Leftist Agitator Feb 2012 #33
intheflow Feb 2012 #34
susanr516 Feb 2012 #36
jimmy_dun Feb 2012 #38
NMDemDist2 Feb 2012 #39
Melissa G Feb 2012 #40
Throckmorton Feb 2012 #42
Vincardog Feb 2012 #43
Snarkoleptic Feb 2012 #46
FourScore Feb 2012 #47
Lifelong Protester Feb 2012 #48
pacalo Feb 2012 #50
snot Feb 2012 #51
William769 Feb 2012 #52
The Wielding Truth Feb 2012 #53
Hokie Feb 2012 #54

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:28 PM

1. Most excellent!

I know a large number of folks have been wishing for something like this!

Yay!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:28 PM

2. Thanks, EarlG!

Just saw it, and wondered, 'Gee, have I been missing it? Should I get new reading glasses?'

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:31 PM

3. Nice -- much more intuitive

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:32 PM

4. Yeahhhhh! Much Better!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:33 PM

5. Well then, OFF TO THE GREATEST PAGE W--

**OW OOH OUCH STOP HEY OW**

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:35 PM

6. GREAT!! I missed the old page... thanks

for realizing this...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:39 PM

7. Great! Thanks.

I kept intending to go to the meta-discussion forum to ask for this. Now I don't have to.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:43 PM

8. That was one of my favorites. Thanks.

DU is really shaping up nicely. Congratulations!

How about <sup> and <sub> buttons, so we can do CO2 and mc2 easily?

Then there's lists...

But thanks for all you do.

--imm

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:45 PM

9. Thanks Earl. n/t

Lou

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:48 PM

10. Thank you so very much! I missed it a lot, kept hunting it with various mouse clicks,

and am thrilled it is back with just one. The Greatest Page is an integral part of DU to me.


As far as I'm concerned, once you give us the polls, we will be pretty much all set with DU3.

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Response to Mira (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:05 PM

17. Polls are coming soon

I promise

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Response to EarlG (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:12 PM

20. THANK YOU!

I don't have a heart left, or I would give it to you.
Thanks!!!!

M
and the photographers

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Response to Mira (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 08:08 AM

35. Seconded by a photographer!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:49 PM

11. Thanks Skin-man! I have missed this handy shortcut.. . .n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:49 PM

12. Thanks! But..

is anyone else noticing the left column (sorted by time) taking fairly long to load? The first time I clicked the tab it took about 10 seconds to load. The right column loaded instantaneously.

Just tried again and it took about 45 seconds to load.

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Response to tridim (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:07 PM

18. We will revisit this if it becomes an issue

The reason the page takes so long to load is simply because there is so much content on it. This was also an issue on DU2.

The easiest way to fix this would be to reduce the number of threads that appear on the page by increasing the rec threshold. If threads needed, say, 10 recs to get on the Greatest page, that would obviously reduce the number of threads on the page.

We didn't do this straight away because people are used to the threshold set at 5 recs. But we may increase the threshold in future if the page is too unwieldy.

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Response to EarlG (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:14 PM

23. Yea, that is a lot of content. Maybe too much?

I can't see myself ever needing more than three or four pages worth of 'greatest' posts.

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Response to EarlG (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:10 AM

41. I think 5 is too few, especially since we don't have "unrec" anymore

Even though I know everyone is used to 5 recs sending a post to the Greatest page.

And THANK YOU for recreated the Greatest page!!! I missed it sooooo much!

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Response to tridim (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:12 PM

21. Edited

Sorry, something odd just happened with my posts in this thread, I ended up with an accidental double post.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:50 PM

13. Thank you so much! I missed it, and it took several clicks to approximate having it :-) nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:53 PM

14. THANKS EARLG

the Greatest Page comes in very handy for people like me, who very often can only do cursory checks of DU

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:02 PM

15. fabulous..when i first saw it I thought i was on du2 which I still read as well..very good

I haven't been comfortable here ( on du3 ) yet..maybe this will help

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:03 PM

16. Great!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:07 PM

19. Thank you!!!

I made do with the new format but I REALLY missed this feature!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:13 PM

22. Are you guys considering at all bringing back the unrec?

IMO, you should, if you don't want DU to become irrelevant.

Frankly, DU is just a shadow of its former self and hardly readable at this point; all of it having to do with administrative choices (vs. dynamics/factors within the posting community).



ETA: definitely the right decision to bring back the Greatest Page with its DU2 format though, thank you for that!!

(DU instantly feels better all of a sudden! )




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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:27 PM

24. I was surprised how used to the filters I had become

Can we get them on the Greatest tab? Or just leave the greatest button on the latest tab?

Pretty please?

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #24)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:32 PM

25. I agree...I liked that added functionality.

Allowing longer timeframes gives an even better list of greatest page posts.

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #24)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 03:22 PM

44. Now we have the best of both worlds --

Greatest has its own standalone page, but we just put the button back on the Latest page also. It is the original "Most rec'd" button. So if you wish, you can now you can sort the Latest page by most recommended and use the filters, just as you could before.

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Response to EarlG (Reply #44)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 03:38 PM

45. You Rock!!!!

and you get an extra heart!

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Response to EarlG (Reply #44)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:03 PM

49. Thank Ye!

I take it all back EarlG.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:50 PM

26. Thankeee - all the comforts of home!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:08 PM

27. Thank you, I had gotten used to reading 'latest greatest' I guess

and will the 'greatest threads' page be the same as this:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=latest_threads&mode=latest&sort1=recs
but just organized different?

Or is that only the greatest from the latest?

but then, is the latest thread link a way of looking at all forums?

maybe I missed some "instructions in navigating DU" page...

(I had gotten used to the newer posts being on the right, guess it helps train the brain to learn new tricks)

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:11 PM

28. Yippee!

Glad to see it again!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:13 PM

29. I think I just climaxed.

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Response to anAustralianobserver (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 09:08 AM

37. LOL!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 11:41 PM

30. Yea!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:22 AM

31. Wonderful. Thank you.

This should make life much easier.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 04:44 AM

32. Whew, it's about time. Thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 07:24 AM

33. So...

 

You finally realized that it would probably be a good idea to preserve one of the former incarnation of DU's most popular features?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 08:07 AM

34. YAY!!

Another step toward bringing me back into the fold. Though I miss the unrec button - allowing "yea" votes only seems so undemocratic. But still. I love me some GP and it's good to see it return to the respectful position at the top it deserves. Thanks, EarlG.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 08:56 AM

36. Thank you! nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 10:04 AM

38. Bravo! /nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 10:20 AM

39. super! i use Greatest a LOT

and was a bit irritated as it was kind of a pain navigating there from threads

the new tab is wonderful, thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 10:40 AM

40. I did a separate Thank You thread in Meta because I was so HAPPY about this!

Greatest is an integral part of my DU experience. So GLAD to have it back!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/124043624

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 12:43 PM

42. My god, you mean you made a change?

How could you?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:48 PM

43. Thank you EarlG, and the DU Admins

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 03:56 PM

46. Luv it!

This was my default mode of navigating DU2.
Thanks admins!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 06:13 PM

47. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Love it!!!!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 06:35 PM

48. I'd like to add my thanks

it took this dimbulb a few seconds to find the tab, but I did, and that makes it easier. Thank you for all of your hard work!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 03:36 AM

50. Thanks so much! That was my DU homepage on DU2 & I'm glad to have it back.


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 12:18 PM

51. Thanks!

For reasons I'm not sure I fully understand, this arrangement just seems to work better.

Thank you, too, for getting rid of unrecs, and sticking by that. Although even I often miss the negative thrill of unrec'ing, I remain convinced that the function was exploited and/or abused, and too often resulted in DU'er's missing out on seeing many worthy posts.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Feb 13, 2012, 01:52 AM

52. Thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Feb 13, 2012, 02:58 AM

53. It's been nice having it back. Thanks, EarlG!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Feb 13, 2012, 07:39 PM

54. That was my only real beef with DU3

Thanks a bunch folks. I suggested that a while back and I love the solution. You guys rock.

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