Can I have a backwards pony? October 26, 2010 4:37 PM   Subscribe

Would it be possible (or desirable) for comments in recent activity to show up in reverse chronological order? I am forever scrolling past the stuff I have already read down to the one new comment, then blowing past it and scrolling back up. If there's already a Greasemonkey fix for this, I would love to install it.
posted by prefpara to Feature Requests at 4:37 PM (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

In lieu of pony I recommend you ride the diminutive horse of [J]+[Up Arrow].
posted by phunniemee at 4:41 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

I just learned about shift+spacebar (I gasped). Now J+[up].

This has been an amazing day.
posted by prefpara at 4:42 PM on October 26, 2010 [3 favorites]

Yeah there are ways to scoot down a page more quickly and changing a fundamental way the site functions [and the world of blogs functions] is a non-starter. I'm glad you found another way to do it; I don't know offhand if there's a greasemonkey script that does that.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:53 PM on October 26, 2010

The J button thing feels like magic.

I like that.
posted by meese at 5:24 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

Whoa. It's like my browser has been cheating on me, because it now has new tricks and I sure didn't teach it that.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 7:17 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

Backwards pony, at your service.
posted by galadriel at 8:03 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

I just click the link that says "X new" and that works for me...?
posted by Jacqueline at 9:26 PM on October 26, 2010

Metafilter Scroll Tag will hold your place in a thread and give you a quick way to hop back down to it.
posted by IndigoRain at 12:54 AM on October 27, 2010

Indeed, the Metafilter Scroll Tag is great for navigating long threads.
posted by tavegyl at 1:57 AM on October 27, 2010

phunniemee: "In lieu of pony I recommend you ride the diminutive horse of [J]+[Up Arrow]."

Why up arrow? What's wrong with K?
posted by Plutor at 5:50 AM on October 27, 2010

Why up arrow? What's wrong with K?

Because she wants to read the recent activity from the bottom up, not the top down.
posted by phunniemee at 7:16 AM on October 27, 2010

I'd seen the Scroll Tag script mentioned before, but finally got around to trying it out this morning. Very cool. It changes the way I read, but in a way that I like.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:59 AM on October 27, 2010

The scroll tag script doesn't work perfectly for me anymore. It doesn't tell me how many new comments there are in Recent Activity. Instead, it thinks that there are as many unread comments as there are comments total. So, for this thread, it says, 12 comments total, 12 unread comments, 8 since my most recent post.

It started doing this after I had to re-install Firefox, and re-installing the script didn't help.

But, even with that flaw: still the most useful script, evar.
posted by meese at 9:05 AM on October 27, 2010

Yeah, it's doing the same thing for me in RA, but I don't particularly mind, mostly because I can either see all of the new comments, or if there are more than 10, I have to click through to the thread anyway, and then *poof* there's the marker of the last one I read!

Still having to do a bit of a GreaseMonkey do-si-do as I get adjusted. (This is mostly because I like the /home/recentcomments/ page so much. I think I'm the only one, if my recent pony request is any indication.) For threads I haven't touched since I installed the script, it will (correctly, in the technical since) show all comments as being unread, so I need to switch off GM, reload the page, then switch it back on and load each thread. This will, of course, cease to be a problem once I've been using it long enough.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:28 AM on October 27, 2010

meese: "It doesn't tell me how many new comments there are in Recent Activity."

Fixed, I think. I believe that it was only not working for non-blue threads. This is thanks to localStorage not being shared across subdomains and Greasemonkey blocking globalStorage. I've changed the order of a couple of things, so let me know if it's still not working for you. (BTW, when you update, it'll forget your location in every thread. Sorry.)
posted by Plutor at 9:55 AM on October 27, 2010

Oh, sweet!

That's fantastic. Thank you very much!
posted by meese at 2:20 PM on October 27, 2010

Sadly, J and the Up Arrow (which would make a great imaginary band name) conflicts with my "Search for text when I start typing" setting in Firefox. Decisions, decisions.
posted by JaredSeth at 4:49 PM on October 28, 2010

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