@ larK (1) - I’m not sure whether it would be possible, but is there any chance that your harvester script could build a parallel list of threads (posts), in the order of the most recent comment in each thread? That way, an old post that receives a new comment would bubble to the top of that list.
To clarify: the drop down has active threads from the last 7 days, in order of most recent comment. They can all be ancient threads, as long as they have a recent comment; conversely, a new thread, if it has no comments, will not be listed.
Thanks for trying out these tabs. They seem to be working as intended! May I suggest that the color scheme is somewhat unintuitive — I would expect the brighter one to be the selected one and the dark ones to be the in selected ones.
@ Kevin: I have two comments: 1) all the comments you refer to aside from your recent one are from last year and beyond, so outside my gathering period; 2) it’s very weird: you click on the FAQ tab, you get no comments; you use my archive to find your recent comment and click on it, and there is the thread, old comments and all. I assume the two got disassociated somehow in being promoted to a tab rather than just a mere thread, and the tabbed version doesn’t show comments, ever? But if you post a comment, it goes to the thread, but the only link to the thread is the Recent Comments link, not anything on the tab…
Cool: If a comment makes it out of moderation in time for it to still be within the last 10 comments on the RSS feed, then my system pops it to the top rather than putting it in its proper place in the flow. Technically speaking, this is a bug, but I think many of us (certainly me) prefer this behavior, so I’m not gonna “fix” it.
CIDUBill: is it possible to up the number of comments in the RSS feed from the ten it currently has?
@ larK (11) & Bill (13) - Is the “7 days” you mentioned @6 because the archive system is only 7 days old, or is that an effect of the RSS feed only providing results for the last seven days? If the latter, can that be upped to two weeks or a month? That would make this an awesome tool for catching up after a two-week vacation.
It’s an arbitrary limit I put in to keep the drop down list from getting too long.
I think you’ll find, though, that after your two week vacation, you can just set the two date fields to the time period in question, and set the number of comments to 1000 or similarly large number, and have all the “recent” comments from the two week period.
Being as the my archive hasn’t even been in place for a week yet, I’ll leave it at 7 days for now and see how ugly it gets, and you can try the other aspects of the system. If you still feel that it would benefit from covering a longer time period of recent comments, I can always change it.
So that’s why you never replied there (and maybe told us to skedaddle); :-) comments have been accumulating there for years, for lack of a general comment area, I guess.
Since there were comments since 2009, I thought I could add mine there (and, honest to god, thought I’d ask about a general comment area).
So, over in “Sshh” there was the admin comment We seem to have our consensus, so I’m shutting down comments. Bill, I don’t think I’ve seen that here before. Trying out admin tools? Or concern the only place for a tangent to go would be serious political fighting?
Just saying, one of the joys of CIDU has been the tradition of productive tangent farming. Not that I had anything special to add on this one, tho.
So Kilby, my recent comments hack has been running for a little over a week now. The drop down list still has every subject that came up since its inception (the first one all the way at the bottom is “Testifying” — no one has commented there, and it will certainly fall off the list by Thursday, unless someone adds a comment to it).
What do you think? Is it unwieldy yet, or could it be twice as long (if I upped the limit to two weeks instead of the current 7 days)? I see what you’re saying about being able to catch up, but what is the golden mean?