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New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

Thursday May 27th, 1999

If you check out the talkback for the recent ChromeZone announcement, you'll notice that we have a new overflow mode for articles with more than 75 responses. Above the responses is a dropdown menu where you can choose how many messages to display (10,20,30,50, or All). The default display, when you first visit the forum, is five messages. Give it a try, and report any bugs you find.


#1 Re:New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

by SomeSmartAss <improv@magma.ca>

Thursday May 27th, 1999 8:51 AM

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[I just e-mailed this to you, but I'll post it here too]

Nice! two things

Put "last 5 messages" (the default, whe overflow kicks in) into the list too...

Also, is there some way of putting a "Previous 10"(if not viewing the oldest messages) and "Next 10" (if not viewing the most recent) so that people can flip back to to older messages, without having to load the whole darned list. (we're never happy are we)

Do you have the php3 code in a "viewable" state yet? No pressure, just wondering. I wouldn't mind slogging through the existing code, as ugly as it may be, just to get a feel for how this works...

#2 Re:New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

by mozineAdmin

Thursday May 27th, 1999 8:51 AM

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One may ask why I didn't do something similar to Slashdot's forum - display only the headers with links to the messages. The reason is that the method I use cuts down on page size considerably, and I'd prefer to not have to pay for bandwidth overruns, if I can help it. For example, for a 140 message forum (headers only and no dates), the page size was still around 70k.

#3 Re:New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

by mozineAdmin

Thursday May 27th, 1999 8:53 AM

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"Put 'last 5 messages' (the default, whe overflow kicks in) into the list too... "

Done.

Re: "Previous 10 and Next 10" idea -

That's something I can work on.

Re: viewable state of forum code -

Not yet. My real job is keeping me busy.

#4 Re:New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

by OLEVariant <jensen_ba@yahoo.com>

Thursday May 27th, 1999 8:59 AM

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I replied to the wrong article...

Listing posts from first to last would make more sense.

#5 Re:New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

by SomeSmartAss <improv@magma.ca>

Thursday May 27th, 1999 9:01 AM

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Re: viewable state of forum code -

Just hoping is all... I'm just starting on my voyage through php, and I realy like this page's format. (Damn those real jobs!)

While I'm Asking for new features and all.

While in a News Items talkback forum, A box under the main Links that lists latest six news Items (or however many you keep visible on the main page), along with number of posts in their respective forums would be nice. It would make "Forum Hopping" a lot easier.

#6 Re:New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

by SomeSmartAss <improv@magma.ca>

Thursday May 27th, 1999 9:53 AM

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"Re: "Previous 10 and Next 10" idea -

That's something I can work on. "

Hey just a thought.... I f you e-mail me you code, I could do it for you, and the "Latest News" menu box too ;) (yep, still trying...)

#7 Re:New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

by zontar

Thursday May 27th, 1999 5:17 PM

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Well, if I try to view all the messages at once in either M5 or the 5/24 nightly build (Win32), I get a screen full of garbage -- and I get exactly the problem when trying to view conversations at /. in "flat"/"threshold=-1" mode.

Otherwise I don't have a problem with it.

#8 Re:New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

by Roger B. Sidje <rbs@maths.uq.edu.au>

Thursday May 27th, 1999 7:19 PM

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I think the inclusion of the time of the latest message is another improvement worth adding to the service.

For example: (16 responses - latest: Mon, 27 May 1999 at 6:34 AM GMT)

Yes it is GMT. For your worldwide audience...

#9 Re:New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

by SomeSmartAss <improv@magma.ca>

Friday May 28th, 1999 3:40 PM

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OK, 'nother "Wishlist" feature.

Add a little "Remember This" checkbox that allows us to dump a default display number cookie to our system, should we want. It'd be nice to automatically get the last 10 every time, again wouldn't mind coding this for you....

(and don't go slamming me for wanting to use cookies... a little text string that reads "mozillaZine_defautView=10" isn't gunna kill your hard drive)

#10 Re:New Overflow Mode in Talkback Forums

by OLEVariant <jensen_ba@yahoo.com>

Friday May 28th, 1999 4:07 PM

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I have to agree with SmartAss, a default view of 10 seems more appropriate.

Using cookies isn't a bad idea either.