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4:17 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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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.
4:21 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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agreed, agreed, and agreed. 3 great ideas IMHO

The challenge is to adopt those ideas into the interface without making it more complicated, visually or functionally. The simplicity of WebmasterWorld's interface is one of its most charming and attractive traits
5:59 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Great idea and a real timesaver. I too get lost in the MAYDAY thread and this seems to be a good fix for me.
8:44 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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yes and also start with most recent at the top and needs expandable threads...
8:49 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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always looked for senior members in those too-long threads to see if there was any real thought put in to things, or if it was just a rant fest devolving into a flame war.

it would be great if a senior member could post a summary about the thread in threads longer than N messages somewhere along the way - ideally near the end.

I really like reading the opinions of senior members. Even when they disagree.

Most other "opinion" is a waste of time.
8:51 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Add my vote to this one. Badly needed.
8:59 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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8:29 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Red dots are used on the message level, but perhaps CSS would be a better way to highlight the new messages.

I'm not convinced a SlashDot type thread would work here. Even though there are some members posts I prefer to others you miss out on a lot with that type of system. I'd fear you'd have an entrenched hierarchy of Senior Members that might drown out participation from others. That's not the WebmasterWorld style.

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