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Thu Dec 8, 2011, 11:30 PM

Elad has programmed a major upgrade to the Latest page

Previously, all threads from all forums and groups were appearing on the Latest page. This was obviously cluttering things up significantly and people were noting that it was making the Latest page less useful. We agree.

Today, Elad was able to make some significant improvements to the filtering options on the Latest page which will give everyone a lot more control over what is displayed there. (Please note that we have NOT programmed the ability to filter individual forums or groups from the page yet, but we do hope to do that in the future.)

Improvements to the Latest page

The first thing to notice is that all forums and groups have been sorted into two categories: political, and non-political. The center drop-down box at the top of the Latest page (Relevance) now allows you to select which kind of threads you want to see on the Latest page. You can choose "All" if you want to see political and non-political mixed together.

Second, the drop-down box for the type of threads you are viewing has been removed. You should now use the buttons to decide whether you want to see Latest, Most Discussed, Most Rec'd, or Last Replied.

The default settings for this page are:

Latest threads from all political and non-political forums and groups from the past 24 hours.

However, using different combinations of buttons and drop-down menus you can now customize the page in a variety of different ways. For example:

Latest threads from political forums only over the past 48 hours
Most discussed threads from all non-political forums and groups from the past week
Most recommended threads from political groups only over the past month
Last replied to threads from both poltical and non-political forums and groups (but not places) over the past 3 hours


Those are just a few of the combinations you can select. Feel free to play with it and see what combinations you find interesting or useful. (Do bear in mind though that while the options you select in the "Select forums & groups" and "Relevance" drop-downs will save when you leave the page, the "Started within" drop-down and the button will return to their defaults of "24 hours" and "Latest" respectively.)

Currently, I have mine set to show Latest threads from political forums and groups (but not places) over the past 24 hours. Then I can toggle between political and non-political to see "serious DU" and "fun DU".

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Reply Elad has programmed a major upgrade to the Latest page (Original post)
EarlG Dec 2011 OP
Lucinda Dec 2011 #1
Make7 Dec 2011 #2
HopeHoops Dec 2011 #5
freshwest Dec 2011 #3
NV Whino Dec 2011 #4
Gregorian Dec 2011 #6
immoderate Dec 2011 #7
tandot Dec 2011 #8
slipslidingaway Dec 2011 #9
Skinner Dec 2011 #10
MelissaB Dec 2011 #11
slipslidingaway Dec 2011 #13
PatrynXX Dec 2011 #12
Hokie Jan 2012 #14

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 02:05 AM

1. Thank you!

I love the options this gives us!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 02:28 AM

2. How are the people in the Lounge going to feel about this? ( n/t )

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Response to Make7 (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:51 AM

5. Not sure, but it will probably involve Olive Garden and Narwhals.

 

FUCK YEAH!!!!!!1!


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 08:57 AM

3. Thanks, noted this morning. Applied filters. Appreciate the variety of options.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 09:58 AM

4. Just found it

Great improvement. Thanks.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 12:54 PM

6. Success! (with an edit- in other words, we're still asking for more)

I'd say this is about as good a website as one can create. Congrats, you guys.



OK, I think I spoke too soon. The real functionality some of us miss is "most recommended threads" with respect to time. Sorted in the same sequence as when they were originally posted. That's it! I'm only on my first latte. And I'm troubleshooting a problem with the espresso electronics.

Most recommended threads sorted in the sequence in time in which they were originally posted.

What this does is it gives us the ability to pick up the forum where we left off without missing anything.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 01:08 PM

7. Much better!

That is a good feature.

--imm

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 04:31 PM

8. Thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Dec 10, 2011, 06:58 PM

9. Would it be possible to have a filter that sorts the latest/greatest threads by time

as the left hand side of the GP does now? These are only threads that 5 or more DU'ers recommend and are placed in chronological order once they hit 5 recs.

The new filters help, but still find myself looking at the same thread titles over and over again.

Thanks!

Greatest Discussion Threads
Sorted by Time

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Response to slipslidingaway (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 08:21 PM

10. We'll try to do this soon. (nt)

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Response to Skinner (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:09 PM

11. Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you!

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Response to Skinner (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:58 PM

13. Thank you, that would be wonderful, just not sure how that will work with threads being ...

recommended a week later. It was very efficient!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:19 PM

12. Hopefully you'll fix the home page as well

ended up having a guilty till proven innocent (can't proof my innocence (what country am I in? china?) because a closed board discussion group ended up on the home page. making me look like an idiot.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 01:03 PM

14. Question on Latest/Greatest

When you click on a post on with the "Greatest" picked how do you go back to the "Greatest" view instead of the default latest view? Does that make sense? I must be missing something easy.

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