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Keep Up With the Conversation

by KevinFreitas
on 6/11/2008 @ 7:04am
I'm happy to announce a newly designed discussion forum that makes it easier than every to keep up with the lively conversations here. Head to or click on "Recent Chatter" from the homepage to check out the new "daily digest" view. It shows all the active topics for today and yesterday with a quick count of how many for each. From there, the most recently active conversations will float to the top and show you a summary of the original post, the two most recent replies, and how many total posts are in each. Click any of those links to dive in to read the full thread.

The "All Discussion Areas" list off to the right shows the various general forum categories. You can start your own conversation by choosing a category then clicking the "Start a New Topic" button.

Please let me know what you think below and if this will help you stay more up to speed.

by jenyum on 6/11/2008 @ 8:15am
I think this will be very useful.

One bug though: I'm using Firefox, and tabbing back and forth between yesterday and today doesn't work. Works fine in IE.

by KevinFreitas on 6/11/2008 @ 8:16am
Hit refresh. There were some updates to the CSS and JS files that Fx doesn't seem to find right away.

by thriceallamerican on 6/11/2008 @ 9:27am
Might take a little bit of playing with to decide for sure, but so far this seems like a great design/ux improvement. Kudos.

by jenyum on 6/11/2008 @ 9:31am
Oh I like the way it shows the comments! Working fine now, thanks for the tip.

by Heather on 6/11/2008 @ 3:01pm
I like!

It will take a little time to for me to adjust to the change -- but I think it is super cool and useful.

by jcbetty on 6/11/2008 @ 3:27pm
verrra' verra' coo!

by Erik on 6/11/2008 @ 4:07pm
Nice Kevin.

How does the digest rant entries? Most clicks in an hour? Sort of like Amazon?

by KevinFreitas on 6/11/2008 @ 4:21pm
Nope. It will show any topics active on a given day. A portion of the most recent two comments will show as well along with the authors and a link to view the entire topic thread that shows the number of posts in that topic.

If it's active today, it'll show under today. Likewise for yesterday. It truly is a digest of the activity for a day so anyone can hop in and get caught up at any time. It may take a second to get oriented as I've never seen a forum laid out quite like it but it should make keeping up much easier.