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.

#19 Totally agree, no Trolling just hot heads

by DTHML_Fiend

Saturday December 4th, 1999 10:40 PM

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Now I know Ive posted some replys that could be taken as being pro Microsoft, but in the end I feel that Mozilla is the best browser I've seen to date. While its not anywhere near ready for public consumption I still think its wonderful. The only thing I hate to see is when i might say that people are getting to wrapped up in the anti Microsoft thing i get reply like "Screw you!!! Dont you know Bill Gates is Satan himself. And that he sacrifices people in his basement and that he eats baby flesh. And that Microsoft is the true evil empire in the world and that they steal everything and that the company will take your soul!!!"

I guess why I hate that is because I dont what Mozilla to get wrapped up in any "holy war". And I think we'd all end up better off if we take a set back and cool down and think before we reply. I know I need to at times and Ill do my best to keep a cool head, and I'd hope everyone would do the same.