#330 Add filtering based on post time?


Right now, the slashdot website allows you to filter
comments based on -1 to +5 thresholds. Which works
well, if you're only going to look at the comment list

The problem arises when you visit an article, read the
first batch of comments (say there are now 50
comments). Then you come back in a few hours and find
that there are now 100 comments. In order to read the
50 new comments, you have to wade/scan through 50 old
comments, reading a lot of comments twice, or you
switch to a flat mode, oldest first (ignore threads)
and you lose the contextual clues from nested mode.

My suggestion is to add a drop-down beside the -1 to +5
threshold drop-down with the following entries:

30 min
1 hour
2 hours
4 hours
8 hours
12 hours
24 hours

This would allow me to filter out the older comments,
but without the /. server having to store "last
visited" information for every user for every article.


  • Jamie McCarthy

    Jamie McCarthy - 2003-11-18
    • assigned_to: nobody --> cmdrtaco
  • Jamie McCarthy

    Jamie McCarthy - 2003-11-18

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    We've thought of ways of doing this kind of thing before... this
    was not really one of them but it's an interesting idea. If we're
    going to give people a way to look at "new activity in a
    discussion," I'd prefer to store the last time that each uid viewed
    each story sid and use that somehow.

    CmdrTaco, I'm bouncing this to you and recommend you close it.
    Interesting idea, let's keep it in mind, but...

  • Thomas Harold

    Thomas Harold - 2003-11-20

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    Maybe allowing both methods would be worthwhile, giving the
    user a drop-down list where they can pick "New comments
    only", or specify "Within the last 1/2/4/8/... hours".

    Best of both worlds, because sometimes the user might want
    to see a bit of overlap (e.g. "posttime >= (lastvisit - 1

  • Rob Malda

    Rob Malda - 2003-11-25

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    Reasonable idea, but this would be part of a great comment
    system rework.

  • Rob Malda

    Rob Malda - 2003-11-25
    • status: open --> closed-later

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