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Show most recent forum comments on top [4124]

I would like to see the most recent comment on a topic at the top of the list, rather than having to scroll down through "old" comments to see the most recent post. This may already be possible, but could not find a way to change the default behavior. Almost every other forum I have ever used puts the most recent comment at the top.

Thank you.

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    Rich BrayRich Bray shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • OlegOleg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are adding sorting functionality to forum topics in scope of 5.2. release and I want to share the progress with you.

        (Click on the image below to start presentation)

        https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KAYVMoXzaef-luzGQTS4EgbND3ev4aMuxqKi4Xc7Vy0/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000

        This feature will be addressed in 5.2. release, currently planned for beginning of November 2014. You can always track current progress in Roadmap thread http://forums.wildapricot.com/forums/308932-wishlist/suggestions/8827717-roadmap-2015-plans-releases-expected-dates .Feel free to post your comments here.

      • BillMBillM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        That is better but please get us some choice on forum selections. Thank you

        Bill M

      • webfootwebfoot commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I wholeheartedly agree with this post!!!!!!!!!

        Hello...

        Is there a way to do this. Member complaints are having to go to last post which can be many many pages and threading from topics can be very functional.

        I found this addressed before and wonder if this is viable or is it tossed? Here is post:

        Fresh Apricot wrote the following post at 12-23-2009 12:37 PM:

        Current Behavior
        -----------------------
        You can only post replies to the topic of discussion forum and not individual comments. This can make following a conversations a little difficult.

        Desired Behavior
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        Post replies to individual comments and have them display in a thread hierarchy.
        Example:
        Topic
        - Comment 1
        - Comment 2
        -- Reply to Comment 2
        - Comment 3
        - Comment 4
        -- Reply to Comment 4
        -- Reply to Comment 4

        Melinda

        Webfoot

      • mhextermhexter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree that this is a MUCH NEEDED feature. And here is the funny part... scroll to the top of this thread and you can EASILY sort ascending or descending. ;-)

        I vote that it is time for WA to rip out the old, outdated, and inflexible system and use something that provides - what would appear to be - such simple functionality. Or at the very least, WA should leverage their membership to demand the third-party provider add this.

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Gloria - this is not a small change because we currently use tree-like view for comments to show the discussion thread and simply reversing the sort order would make this undecipherable (which comment correlates to which reply)

      • Gloria FarrowGloria Farrow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree that this is a big issue and Wild Apricot should be able to easily make this change. The Forum should have the newest posts first, not the oldest ones first.

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our own forum is entirely different piece of third-party software (with a license cost from $20,000) so unfortunately we can not incorporate anything from it.

      • Cam SchutteCam Schutte commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am using Wild Apricot to build a site for an entire hobby community. Having the comments go from oldest to newest is just not workable for the volume of comments expected on this site.

        Your own forum has the option. Why not just incorporate something that you already have and help all of us very quickly???

      • Frank aka Fresh ApricotAdminFrank aka Fresh Apricot (User Experience, Wild Apricot) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Current Behavior
        -----------------------
        You can only post replies to the topic of discussion forum and not individual comments. This can make following a conversations a little difficult.

        Desired Behavior
        -----------------------
        Post replies to individual comments and have them display in a thread hierarchy.
        Example:
        Topic
        - Comment 1
        - Comment 2
        -- Reply to Comment 2
        - Comment 3
        - Comment 4
        -- Reply to Comment 4
        -- Reply to Comment 4

      • Kim SkimmonsKim Skimmons commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is there a way to set the default sort order to reverse chronological (i.e., most recent first) instead of straight chronological? It seems illogical to have straight chrono and force users to go to the last page to see the most recent postings. Thanks.

        Kim

      • maryrobinettemaryrobinette commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd love to see a button that would show you the most recent posts since the last time you visited the forum. Currently, there's no way to tell what topics have been posted to since the last visit except by remembering. It involves clicking through each one, which is time-consuming and not user friendly.

      • maryrobinettemaryrobinette commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Instead of reordering, could you have a button that would allow you to leap to the newest comment on a thread?

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are analyzing this, the issue is that we current display comments in a hierarchical tree view, e.g.:
        John says...

        Scott replied to John

        So we can not simply change the sorting order as it would not work with the hierarchical view. So we are trying to come up with the best compromise. Any ideas are welcome.

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