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Should a new comment bump the topic back to the top of the forum list?

Erm... that's pretty much it. Default sort by last comment posted time, rather than thread created time.

It can be quite hard to notice and find topics in which current discussion is taking place without email notifications.

Rob

Rob
3 years ago

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That's how it works now: threads are sorted by the "most recent activity", whether that be the original posted date or the date of the most recent comment.

In other words, a recent comment pops a thread to the top.

As to this comment:
It can be quite hard to notice and find topics in which current discussion is taking place without email notifications.

I completely agree, and will be changing the way the main forum page works for members, so that it's easy to keep up to date on what you missed since your last visit. Should be available in the next few days...

-j

John Buckman
3 years ago
Great, thanks John!
Hercules40 (a.k.a. PapaG)
3 years ago
I thought that, too. I don't always have time to look through every forum to see where the discussion is taking place. Maybe instead of listing the date created on the all forums page, list the date of the last post? That would let me know at a glance exactly where the action is. :^)

Jenny :^)

Jenny
3 years ago
Hopefully, you'll find the new format of the forums much easier to read, and to catch up on forums you're following.
John Buckman
3 years ago
 That's how it works now: threads are sorted by the "most recent activity", whether that be the original posted date or the date of the most recent comment.

That's weird. I could have sworn items with recent comments were lower down the page. Lets see if this comment bumps the whole thread above those that have been posted today...

Rob

Rob
3 years ago
Ok, well that comment I just made has made no different to the thread ordering on the page. This topic is still 4th in the list even though it has the most recent comment.

Have I misunderstood how this aspect is supposed to work? Is there perhaps a time delay in the sorting?

Rob

Rob
3 years ago
Probably a good idea -- "bumping" threads to the top of the display based on the most recent comments is pretty typical behavior for the phpBB forums many users may be familiar with, and makes it very easy to find and start reading the most active conversations. This would also be a step towards the possible use of "sticky" posts, as discussed elsewhere, permanently at the top of a forum as a sign of their "New here? Read this first!" importance, which is also something comfortable and intuitively familiar to users with a phpBB forum background.
Miss Smilla
3 years ago
John Buckman wrote:
 That's how it works now: threads are sorted by the "most recent activity", whether that be the original posted date or the date of the most recent comment.

Umm... maybe there's a bug, since commenting to an older topic does not seem to change the sorting order of topics within a forum. Like Rob noticed, the topic does not seem to jump on top in the forum page.

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Taneli T
3 years ago
I just wrote:
 the topic does not seem to jump on top in the forum page.

Oops, seems like I was a bit impatient. I see now that the topic does jump on top in the forum page, but there's a noticeable delay, taking some minutes, before it happens.

Taneli T
3 years ago

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