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BluSponge
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Navigating New Posts
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Is there an easier way to navigate new posts to a topic thread?  As it is, everything is interlaced, which makes it a real pain to hunt and find new posts.  Even if you click "First Unread" or "view new", it only takes you to the first unread post and after that you are on your own.  It's one of my biggest gripes with this site.  Is there a setting that I'm missing?  Anyone else with me?  Hello?  :)

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Cthulhu Netobvious
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Sorry for the challenge finding new replies to other replies instead of just new replies to the main thread. 

Those are all additional filters that need to be built up. Basically, when you reply to a post in the main body, it is easy to find it. 
However, when people post replies to other replies, that makes it more complex because those replies fall into a tree-structure.

To improve searching for "new replies" instead of just "new-posts" will require extra programming, probably, by me, if I find time.. 
There is lots of work behind the scenes like fighting spammers, balancing the memory, new users who fail to receive welcome mail (spam filters).

We even need an improved "drag-and-drop" photo filter which I have not tested. But I tested icons for GM-Level access so will deploy this weekend.

Programmers are expensive, so I do most of the work myself, hence, we can run this site on limited donations. 
Even Wizards of the Coast could not cope with needing to hire moderators, programmers, etc. ENWorld.org is doing great as an Indie, though!

Thanks for all your insights. Duly noted. 

TAJ-07: Technopriest And Justicar Of 7thSea2e

Cthulhu Netobvious
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I just had an idea. enlightened

I can create a new tab that will filter every new reply, including "repleis-to-replies" in a list view.

That may help alleviate the pain and is a script I already used elsewhere so easy to deploy. 

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Salamanca
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Can we just omit the button that replies to individual posts? It would force the thing into chronology from here out.
Cthulhu Netobvious
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Here is a new [tab] with link below (and in your forum tabs) that focuses on the new replies only.

Not an ideal solution, but the ideal one is too complex, and frankly, I may not have the time to test and keep the site stable.

http://www.7thsea2e.com/port/forum/replies

Alternatively, we may just follow @Salamanca's advice and remove the option to "reply-to-replies" and just default to "reply-to-threads"

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BluSponge
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That replies tab is a good or start. It's too bad every individual post is its own self contained link. Really l think Sal has the right of it. It's too bad we don't have a quote option too.

But really don't go blowing up the forums on account of me. I just find it hard to follow conversations once you get past 2 or 3 new posts.

Cthulhu Netobvious
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The "quote" option may be a possible improvement. I will look into implementing it.

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Cthulhu Netobvious
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I think the [replies] tab is fixed now as a clickable-list to all recent replies within their parent forum thread. Not a perfect solution, but hope this helps ease the frustration somewhat.

And thank you for your honest user feedback. It helps everyone focus on those things that improve the site, even in small ways.

7thSea2e View Only New Replies Tab Option

With regards to major improvements that may require re-architecture, I am not sure if there is appetite for a funding round like a Kickstarter. We upgraded the servers through some "angel" supporter donations here.

Basically, we have done very well with very low budgets, so we will try to keep improvements within reason, which means not every suggestion can be implemented.

Once again, thank you all for the feedback.

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Cthulhu Netobvious
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For those who missed it, this was the ENWorld Kickstarter drive to upgrade their forums which I also helped fund 3 years ago.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/rebuilding-en-world

And ENWorld was instrumental in saving refugees from Wizards of the Coast. cheeky

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Cthulhu Netobvious
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Okay, the best solution we created on a limited budget requires a little smart navigation.

  • Open the [replies] tab in a new window
  • Look for a response you want to read and click on it. 
  • Use the [Back] button of your standard Browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari) to return to the list
  • Look for another reponse you want to read and click on it.

NOTICE: If you do not use the Browser [Back] button, once you read one response in a forum thread, ths system assumes you read all repsosnes to that thread. 

Any further improvements will take too much time and time is money. cheeky

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BluSponge
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That's good enough for me CNO, and twice what I expected. Thank you!

Cthulhu Netobvious
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I also added one more tab, that lists all "replies" within one day in most recent historic order.

http://www.7thsea2e.com/port/forum/rows

This continues listing those replies for the whole day, whether new or old. 

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