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Old 12-27-04, 06:08 PM   #1
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Love Start each thread with original message

Is it possible to start threads with the original message and add the replies under it? It would be much easier to read the whole thread, and save valuable internet time for travellers, who use the net in the public libraries and internet cafes. Now we have to scroll all the way down the page, and scroll up after reading each message....
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Old 12-28-04, 03:06 PM   #2
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I can easily switch the thread order around if people really want it that way. Right now, newest comments are on top (called reverse thread order) and it's been like that since the beginning of performers.net.

There are pros and cons to both ways...

With regular threading (newest comment on bottom) you can read the threads in order simply by scrolling down. However, if you're following a thread with lots of comments and keep returning to the thread, you need to scroll past many many comments you've already read to get to the latest comment. This is frustrating... especially if the thread is several pages long and the latest comment is something stupid.

With reverse threading (newest comment on top) reading a thread you've never read is more frustrating if you have to scroll to the end and read backwards, but it's much more convenient if you're following the progress of a thread. Then you'd just have to click on the thread and the latest couple comments are right at the top.

I'd put it to a vote and switch if lots of people want it changed. (I just have to flick a switch on a control panel to make it change, so it requires no work on my end.) Then if you all hate it, I can switch it back just as easy.

So why doesn't everyone just comment here and let me know what you want...

Reverse thread order (like it is now)
or
Regular thread order (new comments on bottom.)

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Old 12-28-04, 03:32 PM   #3
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Vote: Leave it as is.
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Old 12-28-04, 04:10 PM   #4
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Old 12-28-04, 04:37 PM   #5
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vote: REverse thread order.
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Old 12-28-04, 06:18 PM   #6
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Old 12-28-04, 07:57 PM   #7
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I vote to leave it as it is.
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Old 12-28-04, 11:40 PM   #8
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I like it the way it is, imagine the jokes thread in reversed order.

Then again, if you play 'em backwards, they're funny.
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Old 12-29-04, 01:20 AM   #9
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If you click on 'View posts since your last visit"
on the front page then there is no problem, whatever order the threads are in.
Personally I would like to see a Spell Checker added. Seems to me the old site had one. Some of the posts are really excruciating.
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Old 12-29-04, 06:21 AM   #10
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No Spell Checker.

I don't want an automoron aiding and abeiting the grammar police. Let the pedantic bastards suffer.. it helps their hunger as artists.
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Old 12-29-04, 09:13 AM   #11
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I vote for leaving it like it is. But I was wondering if it's at all possible for the starter post to stay at the top, while the rest of the messages go in reverse order? Maybe in a shaded or highlighted area of some kind?

And I was also wondering about a spell checker.
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Old 12-29-04, 12:13 PM   #12
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I vote for leaving it like it is. But I was wondering if it's at all possible for the starter post to stay at the top, while the rest of the messages go in reverse order? Maybe in a shaded or highlighted area of some kind?

And I was also wondering about a spell checker.

I thought of that idea, too, but it's not possible with this system. It's one way or the other... thread order reversed or regular.

Also, there will not be a spell checker here in the near future. I read up on that feature and it seems the makers of this BB (www.vbulletin.com) are not going to include one anytime soon. It's cost prohibitive, heavy on server resources, and difficult to implement with so many languages they'd need to include.

I agree it's difficult to read some peoples' misspelled rantings, but do you think those people would bother using a spell checker anyway?
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Old 12-29-04, 12:20 PM   #13
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Regular threading. (Shortly after I joined p.net I posted a request for reverse threading. The response was "no, just get used to it." Now I'm used to it and would hate to see it changed).

It seems to me I once saw a "reverse thread" option here, but I sure can't find it now.

I, too, would love to see a spell checker. If I have a long post in mind I write it in MS Word, check it, save it as a ".txt" file and paste it to the "reply" box.

By the way, anyone who can spell "excruciating" doesn't need a spell checker!
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Old 12-29-04, 12:21 PM   #14
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I agree it's difficult to read some peoples' misspelled rantings, but do you think those people would bother using a spell checker anyway?

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Old 02-15-05, 02:58 PM   #15
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me want!! i vote reversing the treads so it starts with the original message, so much easier to read that way!!
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Old 11-11-06, 05:47 PM   #16
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I vote for Regular thread order.

I wouldn't want to annoy the people who have posted here for years by changing it if they wanted it left alone, but why was it like this to begin with?!? It's crazy! You have to first scroll down to the bottom, then up, then down again if it's a long post, then back up, skipping that post..! I have never seen another web forum using this Reverse thread order deely. Understandably.

Yeah I know what Jim the admin said, but that's a lame and weak reason IMO.

Is it possible to insert an option where each user can view it whichever way he wants?

EDIT: I just realised this thread is reealllly old. I also found the thread in the Newbie forum about the thread order, in which Jim said he were thinking of upgrading the forum so that everyone could choose the order for themselves. That was in February, any progress there Jim?


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Old 11-12-06, 06:43 PM   #17
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the order does not worry me


but as for spell checker i am a horrible speller when unchecked

i downloaded the Google tool bar and it has a spell checker on it so i can spell check any thing i type online from my home computer with just one click a spell checker might come with other tool bars like yahoo or some thing

when I'm on the road and not at home i open a word document and use that spell check and paste what i want to say


PS this post had 8 mistakes before i hit the toolbar

PPS i misspelled mistakes in my PS

PPPS i swear to you i misspelled mispelled true story!
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Old 11-22-06, 09:12 PM   #18
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Default why not have both?

why not just have both with a links at the top of the page like <a href="viewthread_forward.php">THE WAY IT IS NOW</a> <a href="viewthread_reversed">REVERSE IT</A>... also Im not sure if you created this system or if you are running a message board through someone else or some other software - but it would be pretty easy to have the first post be the first thing and then have them in some order after that if you were just doing in in dreamweaver.... just some thoughts
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