How are the message threads sorted?

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  1. How are the message threads sorted? (3 messages)

    It seems to me the threads are sorted based on the time when it was first created. A better way is to sorted them based on the timestamp of the last response in the thread, allowing users to easily identify the most recently active thread.
  2. Eric,

       I was thinking of implementing that as well, I think it would be a real cook idea. However there are strong pro's and cons:

    pro's
       - keep "cool threads" from being buried by new posts
       - don't have to search the threads for most active

    cons
       - very non standard (no other sites do this, users may get confused )
       - the same threads may be at the top of the list for too long
       - "new posts" could get buried under older more popular threads.

      I think what I will end up doing is implement a "sort by" feature, so that people can have an "active view" of the threads if they want.

    Floyd
  3. Floyd:

    Thanks very much for the quick reply. It will be extremely nice if the user can specify how they want to see the threads sorted, but it will require a lot more work from you folks.

    With respect to websites that use one sort method or the other, Oracle's developer site at http://technet.oracle.com and the JavaRanch site at http://www.javaranch.com both use the most recent post sorting mechanism, and I personally find them easy to use. ServletForum.com uses the first posted time sort approach together with a "new posts available since you last visited" visual prompt and it also does a very good job.
  4. Floyd,
    I believe that a "sort by" feature is *exactly* what the portal needs. I do have trouble tracking responses. One of the best web-based newsgroups is on alphaworks. It is easy to follow and locate those messages you are looking for.