Some Talkback Changes and Fixes
Saturday December 4th, 1999
We've implemented some changes to our talkback forums that you may have noticed. First, you can now reply to specific messages from "flat mode". Before, you could only reply to the forum itself. Now, the messages will still appear in the same order in flat mode, but they'll be threaded properly in threaded mode if you reply to a specific message.
Next, we've fixed the titles of replies, adding a "Re:" in front of the default reply title.
Finally, we no longer allow anonymous posting. This change has been coming for a while, but we finally got around to implementing it. Old anonymous posts will show up, but no new ones will be allowed.
We've added one more change. Now, if you view in threaded mode, you have the option of showing which posts are new since your last visit. How does it work? Well, visit any forum, and click the "flag new posts" checkbox and click the "Change forum display" button. This change will affect all forums. After that, each time you visit a forum, we will store a cookie on your browser which will contain the current time and date of your visit to that particular forum, and use it to flag new posts. The cookie will expire a week after your last visit. If you don't like cookies, you can simply leave this feature off.
UPDATE: We added a small fix so that the "new" flags persist as you view posts in the forum.
These changes only apply to the talkback forums for articles. I will be propagating the changes to the poll and reader review forums when I have the time.
#18 the search for mature discussion
Saturday December 4th, 1999 10:17 PM
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I admire the wide berth of opinions in other discussion sites such as Slashdot, etc. and I'm glad to express my likes (and occasional dislikes) of the Mozilla project. Mozillazine is the first Internet forum I've found where I feel seriously comfortable & invited to discuss related topics intelligently and freely. I totally respect being able to forum here with people who do everything from engineering the browser to just chatting with fellow end users looking for the latest status of Mozilla. If I ask a stupid question, I know I'm not going to get a smartass answer just because Joe Programmer knows more about the subject than I do. To me, that makes all the difference between being part of a mature discussion or just another Troll website.
I consider myself a proMozilla Superfreak, but I know I can behave that way without tearing down people's opinions if they're different than mine. If all that makes me a fanatic, well so be it. :)
I also have nothing personal against Slashdot.org (and I know I'm bound to step on somebody toes for saying this), but I don't feel encouraged to make intelligent views or ask questions on there because the end result for me is usually flames or immature comments. It's great for its news and articles, but I prefer to take my 2 cents elsewhere when I want to talk about them.
I'll get off my soapbox now. ;)