When you reload the page, can the "new" comments be updated? June 22, 2001 10:30 AM   Subscribe

i have this tendancy to sit on mefi's home page and just reload every now and then for new comments. (am i alone?) anyway, i notice that when you leave the site and revisit, you get a different tally of what comments are "new", but when you stay and reload, what was new last time is still considered a "new" comment (with newer ones added onto what was there previously).

my idea is to change the code such that when you reload the page, the "new" comments for a user are updated as when you leave and revisit the site. i don't know the algorithm you're using matt, so i don't know if this even feasible or not, or if anyone else would want the behavior to change.
posted by moz to Feature Requests at 10:30 AM (9 comments total)

Why can't web pages live in real time on my browser without me having to click anything? Wimpy network and servers can't handle 1000 refreshes per second? Huh!?!

One problem with going to the "revisit" option on a page reload appears to be that you would immediately lose all the previous "new comment" indications, which may be too soon, if you haven't got to them yet. I reload sometimes to see if there is a new post, but I want my new comment indications to remain. As it stands though, sometimes I get excited about a new comment, but there is none. Too bad sucker.

Side note* I thought that I was experiencing an automatic refresh when using the back button to return to the front page. This is wonderful! Although, I can't tell if it is true because sometimes it works and sometimes it seems that it doesn't. It's cool when it does.
posted by mblandi at 10:52 AM on June 22, 2001

perhaps, then, a link to "revisit" on the main page versus using the refresh button of the browser?
posted by moz at 11:13 AM on June 22, 2001

It used to be like that but it was changed because it was a pain. The problem was that if you entered a thread and then came back out, your history got reset. Now he's using a timeout, which is better.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 12:22 PM on June 22, 2001

moz, I say this with all respect and sympathy. Get a life.
posted by dhartung at 5:10 PM on June 22, 2001

what else should i be doing at work? working?
posted by moz at 5:58 PM on June 22, 2001

(see, dan? he runs rings around you logically.)
posted by rebeccablood at 12:10 AM on June 24, 2001

... hehe, im with ya here moz .. (at work- bored. its METAFILTER TIME!
posted by a11an at 5:27 AM on June 26, 2001

Now we're all in a11an's parenthesis.

posted by rodii at 9:10 AM on June 26, 2001

Moz: no, you're not alone. MeFi is a wonderful companion, eh?
posted by davidmsc at 1:33 PM on July 7, 2001

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