Dan Boone wrote:Because of the vertical height preserved for photo thumbnails, the custom "recent topics full view" now available only shows 7 topics at a time on my 19" monitor, which means many scrolls to view the fifty most recent topics as shown by the "recent topics" link we've all been using to date. In the old view, I can currently see 17 topics at a time without scrolling. It is MUCH harder to take in recent activity rapidly in the new view -- a problem which the distraction of the thumbnails (too small to make out what's going on in them and too large to visually ignore) only makes worse.
In order to make the new view match the functionality of the old, it would need a vertically-condensed mode with option to not display thumbs.
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The most important information after the thread title is the "latest post by" name, because that's how I track whether someone has replied to a thread I posted to an hour ago. In the custom "recent topics full view" that information is posted in a much-reduced font size, making it impossible for me to scan for at speed with my aging eyes. For that view to be as useful to me, that font would have to be restored to equal size with the thread title.
Devin Lavign wrote:OK, so just tossing this out. Something I like about the recent topic pages of forums is being able to tell when a new comment is made so I can stay up on conversations, reply to stuff if someone has replied to me, etc.
Something not in the permies site that is in many other forums is an indicator of some sort of unread comments. At least I haven't seen it here on old view or new view. So here I have relied on sort of keeping track of who the last comment was made by, and if it changes I know some new comments are on there. This new dashboard doesn't show the last commenter and doesn't have any indicator of unread comments that I have noticed.
Maybe if possible adding something to let people quickly and easily see there are new unread comments in threads? Most forums tend to have some sort of icon appear next to the thread title, not sure if this would be easy to implement or really hard. So just making a suggestion.
I understand Paul's likely kicking stuff and yelling at his computer, introducing new stuff to a website is never fully popular. Thankfully I signed up just as the new look was being released, so quickly just adopted it to get used to it. But I have seen lots of forums have issues in the community when they adopt changes. Some people like new features and embrace change, others freak out and get confused.
Hang in there Paul. Sorry for not trying the dashboard thing before my first comment. But at least I did mention it and recognize there indeed was such an option rather than scream the sky is falling. And I am able to admit that the dashboard personalization while might take a little time getting used to I might actually like better.
I would like to be able to see who started and who most recently posted on a thread, if that's possible.
Of the new home page views, I like "Recent Topics Full Width" best for quick overview of what's been going on. It's similar to the old Recent Topics page in many ways and has the same information.
It took me a little bit to figure out how to sort the table. If you could change the background color for the sortable options it might help people recognize that row as more than just labeling. For those of you having trouble, click on the column you want to sort by. Each time you click on it (such as clicking on the last post column) it adjust the table.
In the absence of a recent topics page, how do I get a list of all the recently made posts and the topics they are posted in?
Once you've found the view you like best, you can set it as default in your "My Profile" and the forum main page will always appear that way.
John Polk wrote:The latest version of duplicating the old "Recent Topics" is HERE
Go there, and bookmark it for future use.
Thank you Code Ranch !
Rebecca Norman wrote:
I'm another user requesting the "First unread" feature that many other forums have. It would be very nice to enter a thread right at the point where I left off last time.
If I have to deal with links that are hidden, I can't find them.
Kelly Ravner wrote:I keep trying the new view, but just don't get along with it, so I'm sticking with the old view - simple and easy for me.
paul wheaton wrote:
In a few weeks I will turn off the old view.
If you did not try the new view, and make suggestions to make sure that the new view has the things you like, then you will be very unhappy.