This would probably be tedious and unnecessary, but maybe add a timestamp next to most recent reply at the forum home page?
Like, when you enter the off-topic forum, and it has all the threads listed, on the far right it tells you who was the last person to reply to the thread, and the date of the reply. Well, maybe instead/in addition to the date, perhaps add the time as well? This is really only helpful for losers like me that check the website many times throughout the day during an interesting debate .
But I understand it would probably make several complications, and in the end probably wouldn't be worth it, but it was just a passing thought. Thanks guys! Keep up the good work!
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The trickiest part would be making time zone support work. I'm guessing you would only want to see the time if it reflected the time where you are. Basically, this would require a new preference for people to set what timezone they are in. And then we would have to make calculations based on that information throughout the site. Not a 'major' thing, just something we haven't ever bothered with I'll think about it, but I can't promise any quick action on that front - too many other things being cooked up at the moment
Perhaps instead of putting the time next to the reply, you could put something like "x minutes ago" and have this increase in say, 5 minute intervals. Once the reply is greater than 24 hours old, or there hasn't been a reply for 24 hours, simply put something like "more than 1 day ago".
This would negate the need for a link in the code between a person's location (i.e. time zone) and the time appearing on the screen.
Actually, come to think of it, I think the real reason we've left it off is just that it causes more clutter. James' suggestion would make most sense as we're already doing things that way in the forum thread view, but it means some extra text that clutters up an already fairly filled up page.
I think if we did that, we would have to replace the date entirely and have it say '5 minutes ago by Peter' for instance. Then when it's more than 7 days old, it would revert to the date. This would be in line with the way it shows things in the thread view. How does that sound?
Yeah, that sounds good Peter.
I notice that when you enter a forum, the page layout (which is very neat I might add), has the "borders" at the top (home, forum, blogs, etc) and down the left hand side (control panel, message centre, etc) and within the page there is a table of 5 columns, with Thread, Started By, Replies, Views, Last Post as the column headings.
To the right of this table, outside of the table border, there is a bit of space, about as wide as the "replies" column. Perhaps the table could be extended by another column and the time put in there (or maybe I'm talking rubbish!).
I get what you mean James. You're referring to the white bar with fine lines on the right.
I think it is unnecessary to extend the table. The current cells in the LAST POST column have enough space to fit in another line for the timestamp.
Feb 13 by TKolb325
Spreading the time over two lines would mean a more spread out page for most users. I say 'most' users, because moderators currently have a delete button that already lengthens the page Most people don't have that extra space under the date.
I think it will either have to be the '5 minutes ago' solution replacing the date entirely or no change at all.
Ah... I forgot to look at the individual forums page.
Only the "All Threads" page have enough space below the last post line because there is a line for the forum name after the thread title.