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Retired-Coastie

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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 9:54:14 AM

As each Topic thread is limited to four pages in the spooler, if your input has been pushed out the backdoor then could that topic be removed from your "Show topics that I participated in" page? This would do wonders for cleaning up that search page.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2013 10:55:31 PM

The only thing that should be flushed is this topic.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2013 5:55:55 PM

kwzh - I agree that would be a good option to have, but if (as you suggested below) there's just a bit set when you post to a topic, it would probably be too expensive to search each topic in which you participated to find your most recent posting in order to show the list ordered that way.

If they currently save the timestamp of when you last posted to each topic, it should be an easy change to make. (And if they don't, that would be a useful change to keep in mind for the future.)
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2013 12:10:46 AM

scoutmaster: A good implementation would be to continue to show all of them, but sorted according to the timestamp of that user's participation in the thread, rather than by the timestamp of the thread itself. Then anything non-recent (by whatever threshold we choose to apply) will be automatically buried.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2013 11:46:06 PM

I'd like to second Scrapheap's suggestion to have an option to omit JFF topics from the search results.

(Retired-Coastie - you're correct that there's s lot of "fluff" in non-JFF topics, but having the option would at least cut down on the number of topics shown.)
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Retired-Coastie
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 9:04:13 AM

Recent would be relative to the time you've been a member of GasBuddy, divided by pi.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 8:02:36 AM

Define recently. Within 6 months? 3 months? A year?
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 7:28:21 AM

Yes KWZH, but the favorite does help with what we have available. Most threads I post to, I know if I want to come back or not -- except for the newsville and they move so many that anyone that responds to a comment I might make in the morning will have aged out of sight by the time I read in the evening.

I never said that there was no need for improvement, but just offering a tool that can be useful in the meantime since we rarely see many suggestions implemented - and if we do, it is often a long time after they are first suggested.

Personally I have never found the "show" feature very helpful.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 10/3/2013 7:29:11 AM EST]
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 4:13:49 AM

TxJeans, that works if you know ahead of time which threads you might want to find in the future -- but "Show topics that I participated in RECENTLY" would still be useful for finding a thread when there's a lag between when you post your message and when some other trigger makes you realize that you want to go back and read it again.

I counted 16 fluff threads in my own list, a year or so ago. One of them has gotten locked since then (YAY!); I'm still hoping someone will abuse the other 15 to the point where they get locked, too.
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Retired-Coastie
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 9:02:40 AM

Morning all;

Gas Buddy; I like your idea, there's a new one for CK, you'll just have to start a new topic thread. I'd sure like to un-follow or "unlist" several topics that I now see as never ending fluff machines.

Scrapheap; unfortunately just about all forums are full of JFF/PFP topic threads.

An improved search feature with "search for key words" within each forum would be nice.


[Edited by: Retired-Coastie at 10/2/2013 9:03:11 AM EST]
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 6:35:45 AM

I think a better and more doable method would be to perform searches by forum, or at least give an option to ignore all results from the JFF forum.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 6:11:09 AM

Or, mark any thread you want to follow in your favorite topics and ignore the feature "show topics I participated in"...
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 5:57:08 AM

Retired-Coastie writes,
> could that topic be [automatically] removed from your "Show topics that I participated in" page?

Probably not. I expect that when you post to a topic, a bit gets set, and there's no simple test that can determine how long it's been since then. Given the way the feature currently works, it's wise to avoid posting to any of the unending JFF threads.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 8:13:43 PM

The suggestion makes sense but what might be better would be if you could individually "unlist" topics from your "Show topics that I participated in". That way you could clean up the search of your posts, but still maintain a list (however outdated) of topics that you may still find interesting (i.e., the context of posts by others even if your post wasn't still there) but are "dated".
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:49:48 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new subject.

Someone did post a method for increasing the number of pages (involving the .aspx parameters) a year or so ago, but I can't remember what it was. Maybe someone else can cough it up.
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