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.

#21 Re: Re: Why not use Slash ???

by jilles

Sunday December 5th, 1999 5:57 AM

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Karma not only filters out the trolls but also helps identify the really interesting stuff but also stimulates debate. Posts marked by multiple moderators as insightfull or interesting are usually well worth reader. When they are marked as such they draw attention from the slashdot elite (i.e. people who frequently post on slashdot) and usually a nice debate follows.

Stimulating debate is something that would be useful on this site since most posts here seem to center around mozillas performance ande whether it will crush MS or not. If you've read two threads you've seen all the arguments and the debate gets really dull. Having to read yet another 'mozilla is so slow on my PC' whiner or yet another 'mozilla works fine for me', me too like posting is not worth the trouble. Often though, hidden between all the garbage, there's a posting well worth reading. There's nothing wrong with marking such a posting as interesting.

Apart from the karma there's other useful stuff on slashdot. I realy hate mozilla's threaded look. I hate wating after clicking on a link and having to wait for somebodies possibly uninteresting reply to download. I always use slashdots nested view where I see all the posts in a tree like view. Mozilla only has the flat view where the structure of the debate is lost and the threaded view where you have to click and wait for the reply to appear.

I also dislike having to log in for each reply, it is so unnecessary. You'd exect that a site about the most advanced browser could do better than that.