Dividers to the right, please.

Two Modest Proposals (we CAN do this now, right?)

Hi folks, nice forum.

Joel was right to keep his forum software basic, but maybe two small suggestions can be considered here.

1) On the main page: Draw a *tiniest* asterisk next to the threads you've posted in.

2) In a thread: Draw a *thinnish* line after the last post you've made -- easy to pick up the conversation when you revisit the thread.

No idea how this should be done (not a web person myself), but, I have a vague suspicion, cookies+javascript?
Permalink Send private email Mr. Powers 
January 26th, 2006 11:35am
Marking your place in a thread would actually require quite a lot of data to be stored on the server, unless you used a cookie, in which case it'd be a HUGE cookie.

Anyway Mr Powers weren't you here last night denigrating this place?  It seems to have scrolled off...
Permalink Send private email Jesus on a Pogostick 
January 26th, 2006 11:36am
"HUGE cookie"

An array of topicId's is HUGE?

You could even make it a FILO list of 70 entrys, since that's what the main page is set to pull.
Permalink Send private email Jeff Barton 
January 26th, 2006 11:39am
> Anyway Mr Powers weren't you here last night denigrating this place?

Nope, can't say I did. This is my first post here. (I did chide Andy in the final throes of ?off, maybe that's why you remember me.)
Permalink Send private email Mr. Powers 
January 26th, 2006 11:41am
Eh, Jeff, I guess it's just me but I prefer to use cookies for itty bitty strings and that's it.  :)
Permalink Send private email Jesus on a Pogostick 
January 26th, 2006 11:42am
Oh, marking your place in the thread?

Still seems trivial... Your name is stored in a cookie, so if  you could just find the last post matching that name with some javascript and throw in a marker, that's it.

I would rather it mark where the thread was the last time you opened it though.
Permalink Send private email Jeff Barton 
January 26th, 2006 11:43am
> I would rather it mark where the thread was the last time you opened it though.

Oh! That's totally what I meant (blame my A.D.D.).
Permalink Send private email Mr. Powers 
January 26th, 2006 11:48am
If a thread has progressed so far since you last opened it that you need a bookmark, you're probably best skipping to the end anyway as anything you reply to midway up is no longer relevant, especially given the dynamic nature of discussions on this site.
Permalink Send private email Jesus on a Pogostick 
January 26th, 2006 11:51am
Yeah that makes it even more trivial:

A set of key and value pairs with the key being the topicID and the value being the last commentID read in that topic.
Permalink Send private email Jeff Barton 
January 26th, 2006 11:54am
I agree muppet. The one I would really like is the asterisks after the topics that I've posted in on the main page.
Permalink Send private email Jeff Barton 
January 26th, 2006 11:55am
times 70.

Meh, I guess.
Permalink Send private email Jesus on a Pogostick 
January 26th, 2006 11:55am
"times 70"

No, just 70 key and value pairs. That's not very big muppet. Not at all really.
Permalink Send private email Jeff Barton 
January 26th, 2006 11:56am
since basically a key would only be: 3874
and a value would be: 29834
Permalink Send private email Jeff Barton 
January 26th, 2006 11:57am
Just do what I do - post in every thread you want to keep track of, no matter how little you actually have to say, and pick up from where you left off.
Permalink The Notorious T.A.W. 
January 26th, 2006 2:11pm
That explains a great deal.
Permalink Send private email Jesus on a Pogostick 
January 26th, 2006 2:11pm
Or just read all the threads on the page and click refresh like a mad fuck.  When it goes blue, go read.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
January 26th, 2006 2:13pm
> That explains a great deal.

That's what she said.
Permalink The Notorious T.A.W. 
January 26th, 2006 2:19pm

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