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.

#39 Outsider replies

by leafdigital

Monday December 6th, 1999 10:55 AM

You are replying to this message

Well... Though I don't consider mys'elf an "outsider", I tend to have opinions different from the typical fanatics that hang out here (rabidly anti-MS folks using Linux or some weird platform).

I don't see any need to hide behind an anonymous login. I've only ever posted anonymously because I couldn't be bothered to type in username/password...

Basically, this is a fairly free forum. Nobody is going to get lynched for saying something others disagree with.

I think getting rid of anon posts was probably a good idea. Now, if only we could have a nice indented tree view, like thread view but showing all messages, as somebody else suggested... :)