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"Rolling pages"??

post #1 of 12
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Don't know if it's technically possible, but you know what I think would be cool? Instead of the threads being organized in discrete "pages" of 30 posts, why couldn't the forums just bring up the most recent 30 posts of the thread? That would eliminate the annoyance of making either the last post on a page, such that as soon as someone replies and starts the new "page," your post gets immediately relegated to near-obscurity by moving off the "front" page--as well as the annoyance of making (or reading) the first post on a new page, for which everyone needs to go back to the previous page to get the context for the post.

Just a suggestion....

Best regards,
Bob
post #2 of 12

Huh?  Read several times, not getting it?  Do you have an example?  

post #3 of 12

 

Interesting  idea. The latest  page would always be full once one got filled. Recent content would be all on the same page.  I like that idea. I guess the top of page celebrators might have a more difficult job attaining that goal. 

post #4 of 12

Clearly, ski season is over.....

post #5 of 12

 

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Huh?  Read several times, not getting it?  Do you have an example?  

 

Bob creates one of his typical, well-crafted posts. It happens to be post #30 (or any multiple of 30). When someone posts #31 (or #61, or #91, etc) after that, and a viewer goes to look at that post, (probably via "new posts"), it will be the first post on a new page, and Bob's post will now be the last post on the previous page, thus not displayed. So...

 

Invert the dominant paradigm!  ;-)

 

The presentation of a Twitter feed could be one approach to avoid being "relegated to near-obscurity", at least in the short term.

 

https://twitter.com/#!/chrisanthonyski

 

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you, JC-Ski! That's it!
post #7 of 12
I think it's a good idea but my only concern is how its implemented. If they use Java to create a live updating scroll it will make Epic even slower for users running IE8 and below because their Java rendering engines are slow. Perhaps if it's not done real time and just on a page refresh it won't be too bad.
post #8 of 12
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Quote:
I think it's a good idea but my only concern is how its implemented.

Yes, like I said, I have no idea about how it might need to be done behind the scenes, and don't know if it's possible or practical at all.

But if it is, I still think it would be an improvement.

Best regards,
Bob
post #9 of 12

FIRST they need to fix this Activity Feed and Subscriptions problem.

post #10 of 12

Why not just an option of last post first or last ?  Descending order or ascending.

post #11 of 12

Actually, when I use New Posts OR the Activity Feed (when it's working) it doesn't take me to the LAST post, but to the first UNREAD post.  So, I get them in order and if I've been reading the thread anyway, I don't need to go back and find the older posts to understand the current discussion.  I just haven't found the current way it works to be an issue.  However, I'd still like the feature we had in vBulletin where it only shows you all the threads you haven't read.  

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post

I think it's a good idea but my only concern is how its implemented. If they use Java to create a live updating scroll it will make Epic even slower for users running IE8 and below because their Java rendering engines are slow. Perhaps if it's not done real time and just on a page refresh it won't be too bad.

 

Good point. Epic can be pretty slow, so nothing to add to that. The Twitter model not so good then from the loading standpoint.

 

Still, it is pretty standard web user interface these days to have "last in, first displayed", and present a chunk of content with a "show more" button at the bottom of the page. Start with last X number of posts, click "show more" to see X more in same page. (X could be 30, or some other number.)

 

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Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post

Why not just an option of last post first or last ?  Descending order or ascending.

 

If sticking with the discrete page model that would be a nice option. And the page model does mitigate potential resource issues for posts that are loaded with large numbers of pics. That could be a problem with a "show more" model viewing something like "More Retro Memories...".

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