peterdaly - 4:17 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
The information I get (and share) on this site is great, but I find myself visiting less and less, because I just don't have the time and patience to participate in threads of any real length.
As far as I know, there is no way to filter and only read the messages I have not yet seen in a thread. (If there is a way, it's not obvious.) The red dots are a good start, but not enough.
For example, the current "Google MAYDAY Update" thread has over a hundred messages. As threads grow to that size, I find it very difficult to find where I last left off to only read the new messages since I last checked the thread. I end up reading the same messages over and over again as I try to figure out where I left off.
If I could only have one wish granted, this would be my wish. I need a simple one click way to view only the posts that I have not yet seen in a thread.
If I could have two wishes...a moderation system like slashdot would be awesome to filter up the truly outstanding posts this site is full of.
If I could have three wishes, my wish two would automatically calculate some sort of "authority" rating that I could use to gauge the quality of a post from an author who's name I do not recognize.