Visited Links in this forum
Why does this forum/list change the URL of a thread when new comments are added?
It is a clever feature designed to make threads with new comments be "not-visited" in your browser.
...and unlike the bold topics, it's actually kinda useful.
Nevertheless bold topics give as good insight what is important for Joel and FG.
and that is important, why?
Because if you're one of Fog Creek's competitors, it helps you understand your competition.
If you don't care what Joel/FogCreek think are important, why would you even come to this site?
I have to say I really dislike the link changes when comments are added. I think it can really be made much better. The problem is I never remember which threads I have been visiting, especially on active days where a lot of topics are added. I would recommend the following.
Errrm, maybe you should only revisit the links based on the same criteria that you visited them in the first place thus probably visiting exactly the same links again and those which fall within the same set of criteria.
The reason this is broken is that the user model of every single website ever (except this one) is for links to indicate whether you've visited a page before or not. Changing that to mean something else is just wrong, even if it you think the new meaning is more useful.
I think a lot of things in the world are hacks. It sucks to break user models, but in America, everyone can accidentally break the law just crossing the street. Programming often feels like that...
Tayssir John Gabbour
Aha, I see Simon. So I should read through all the topics and decide (with the exact same criteria I had previously, since of course I am a computer) which topics I had been following say two days ago.
So a visited link tells you you're interested in the thread?
Who said that? I never mentioned anything about interest. Yes, it tells me the threads I had visited. When I check the forum and come back a few hours later to find out how things are unraveling, I don't want to scan all the bleeding topics again to pick up where I left off. If I have one link that remains purple and one that turns blue when things change, I can do this scan in seconds. Are you seriously not understanding how this might be usefull to someone? Not you, clearly you've expressed that, but just please just admit that such a thing might be usefull to people other than you.
I have to say you also simply have not read my original post. If you would please do so, I had clearly stated that one link remains changes to indicate visitation, and one that reverts to indicate new content. You arguments all pretend that I want to get rid of the new content color changes completely which is false. So what gives?
I wouldnt mind being able to search on my name, so I can find my posts and see what other comments people have made.
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