New Sorting Methods for MeFi February 1, 2001 2:19 AM   Subscribe

I'm now allowing a sort by most commented to, and it goes back as many days as you set in your preferences (or 7 days by default). This option is not cookied though, I didn't see the need, since it's more of a view than a permanent sort type. So if you go into a thread, then click the Metafilter graphic or home link, you'll go back to whatever default sort you were last cookied to. Is that confusing enough? Just use it, if you find errors or wish it did something more, say something here.

The other new sorting method, by My Comments, looks into the database for all the threads you participated in, over the past few days (as many as you show on the front page). Like the other method (most commented), this one does not get cookied, because it's more of a temporary view.

When I first hit metafilter, I view by date, if I see something interesting, I comment. Later that day, I might check most recently commented to see where the action is, and then I might hit "my comments" to see what's happened on the threads I left comments in.

I can easily take off the date restrictions on both options, so it's more of a "all time" done only 20 at a time, but I'm going to leave these as is before I add two more new options.
posted by mathowie (staff) to Feature Requests at 2:19 AM (10 comments total)

I forgot to add: these two new options are courtesy of the SQL wizardry of Eric.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:25 AM on February 1, 2001

It's all good Matt, thank you! (ditto Eric)
posted by Avogadro at 6:15 AM on February 1, 2001

Oh, how cool. More shiny toys to play with! Work has never seemed so . . . beside the point. I'm going to get fired. Thanks, Matt and Eric! No, really.
posted by Skot at 9:25 AM on February 1, 2001

Most excellent work! Bravo!

Only one niggle: I'd make the default view (date) the first item in the dropdown. It's easier to understand that it's the default that way....
posted by fraying at 10:46 AM on February 1, 2001

So how many times a day do you people check MeFi?

posted by gluechunk at 11:49 AM on February 1, 2001

I tweaked the "my comments" view to show the last threads you participated in. It takes a lot more processing, but it looks more useful to me.

Derek, the sorts are in the order they are because that's they way they flow programmatically, the "date" option is sort of the catchall when no other conditions are met, so it tends to show up in weird places. I hate the way it falls too, and just spent about twenty minutes trying to get it on top, but couldn't do it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:02 PM on February 1, 2001

oops. that first sentence should say "last 20 threads you participated in..."
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:03 PM on February 1, 2001

gluechunk, please refrain from asking questions that would be too wildly embarassing to answer.
posted by Skot at 12:05 PM on February 1, 2001

Now that it's easier to sustain longer discussions, is there some simple way to make those discussions easier to read?

Like what if the (x new) note was a link that took you to the first new comment in the thread?

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posted by muta at 4:42 PM on February 3, 2001

Hey Matt, shouldn't the "my comments" view include threads that user started (i.e., "my comments and posts")?
posted by jjg at 6:20 PM on February 20, 2001

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