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Old January 4th, 2006, 08:34 PM
Ron B Ron B is offline
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Thread Starting Date

You know what would be neat would be if we could see on the main page when a thread was started as well as when the last post was made. I have clicked on many old threads because they had a recent response only to discover that it was to a question asked months or even years beforehand, sometimes by someone who is probably no longer paying any attention.
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Old January 5th, 2006, 11:49 AM
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Re: Thread Starting Date

I am not opposed to a beginning date as well as a
current date of the most recent post made. It can
be done with this javascript based software but it
will require a change in the visual format in the
main page as we know it, as then two names and
dates will be present (of the thread starter and the
current reply). Then again, perhaps some of the
much older threads should be commented on, just
because, but who is willing to backtrack in time
and then post a current reply to a thread that no
one seems to be interested in? Yet, some of the
older threads are rather pertinent today.

A sidenote:

Ron, I look at things a little differently as our
comments have a real knack of going non-replied
to anyway. We cannot overly worry ourselves
about who will respond to our posts as many times
it is the person we do not know of is the one that
will benefit the most from our comments. Now,
if they would only respond, then our efforts may
not seem so much in vain at times but certain
people are not going to respond to us no matter
what. Even when we tell them what they want
to read, they still will not reply back to us. So,
in effect it all comes down to what do we want
to part with and share for information as there
are times no one wants our opinions or in some
cases the prevalent opinions others that we know
have or people we knew of had.

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Old January 5th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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Re: Thread Starting Date

I don't think it's that hard to do - in fact, I think that someone has already coded an add-on that does just that. The two difficulties are 1) as Jim points out, a bit of clutter and 2) the extra query to extract that information

1) can be designed around and 2) can be mitigated by removing another query - for example, number of posts or number of threads in a forum.

I didn't get a chance to speak with the db server admin about the speed of the forums as another topic of conversation came up that affects even more of the web site. I'll send him an email.
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Old January 5th, 2006, 08:47 PM
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Re: Thread Starting Date

Another guy eh? Come on Daniel, we all know that when two males get together they talk about beer, sports etc.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 03:24 PM
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Re: Thread Starting Date

I am with RonB, the start & lost recent, should be listed. It is a simple change,( Icon(s) to click on,would save space.) But to add information to a dated thread is also good, since many more people view these posts, than ever reply. It is also sometimes nice to see how many times a file has been accessed, (shows you how much interest there is in a subject).
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Old January 7th, 2006, 03:14 PM
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Re: Thread Starting Date

Would the Default Thread Age Cut Off profile setting help in this matter?
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