Fri 4 Oct 2013 3:10AM

Discussion activity chronology

JD Jesse Doud Public Seen by 222

We're rolling out natural discussion item chronology early next week (7.10.13).

We wanted to have a place where members can go and talk about the change. The user testing we've done has shown that the flipped discussion order will be quite intuitive for new users. On the other hand, our lovely members who have grown accustomed to "new to old" discussion chronology may have some growing pains.

In the end, we think that our users will love arriving at a new discussion and reading from top to bottom, and commenting in the flow of the dialouge.

Here's a blog about the changes.


Mike Hargreaves Fri 4 Oct 2013 3:18AM

Great news, far more natural IMHO to read down in one motion rather than scroll to the bottom, scroll up to top of last message, read down and then go up two messages and repeat.


Jesse Doud Fri 4 Oct 2013 3:32AM

thanks @mikehargreaves, our thoughts exactly!


Anna Guenther Fri 4 Oct 2013 4:13AM

@emmahosking just posted a blog about some tech developments too (including this): http://blog.loomio.org/2013/10/04/journeying-along-our-roadmap/


Tom Lord Fri 4 Oct 2013 9:55AM

Heh :-) We ummed and ahhhed about this for a while. We've got it in old-to-new at the moment, and some people have been asking for it the other way... In the end I think we might just make it user-controlled to flip it one way or the other, e.g. like in an email client.


Anna Guenther Mon 7 Oct 2013 6:12AM

It's flip time! Shout out if you have any questions or comments for the team :)


Chris Taklis Mon 7 Oct 2013 6:38AM

and how we can change it back, so new messages be on the top...

because some discussions maybe have dozens pages with comments, and i think that won't be useful to read try find where you have left last time you read..

And personal i don't like the "post comment" button on the bottom.


Matthew Bartlett Mon 7 Oct 2013 6:40AM

@christaklis on discussions with more than one page, Loomio should take you to the first page that has comments you haven't yet read.


Chris Taklis Mon 7 Oct 2013 6:44AM

@matthewbartlett ok for me that i haven't read something and loomio takes me to that page!

But what happens when i post the link to some friend who is on loomio but haven't read that discussion and ask him/her to answer??? He/She should go to the bottom of all discussion, which can be very big, so to find that i wrote and answer that???


Chris Taklis Mon 7 Oct 2013 6:45AM

I think the most easy is an option what do you want for your group or your profile settings? normal chronology or reversed...


Matthew Bartlett Mon 7 Oct 2013 7:46AM

hi @christaklis, a couple of ideas would be to send your friend the link to the page you want her to see (e.g. adding ?page=2 to the end of the link), or you could get the link to the exact comment you want her to see (it's the time stamp — e.g. '1 hour ago'). For instance, the link for your most recent comment in this discussion is https://www.loomio.org/discussions/7637#comment-54257

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