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Why do we need the "Modify Date" column?

Aug 8, 2012 4:08 PM

The subject says it all.  Why do we need that column?  It just occupies real estate.

 
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    Aug 8, 2012 5:17 PM   in reply to Bob_Peters

    Well, the matter is debatable. I find it very useful.

     
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    Aug 8, 2012 7:21 PM   in reply to Bob_Peters

    It seems to contain the same as the Last Post column.  It does not really matter to me, as I am on a wide screen PC.  But people on narrower devices (as your iPad in the other topic) may find this waste of space stupid.

     
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    Aug 8, 2012 8:48 PM   in reply to Pat Willener

    It would be good to make display of that column optional. That would help viewers on lower pixel resolution devices.

     
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    Aug 9, 2012 5:18 AM   in reply to Claudio González

    Claudio González wrote:

     

    Well, the matter is debatable. I find it very useful.

    How is it useful?

     

    It's identical to the Last Post column.

     
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    Aug 9, 2012 8:05 AM   in reply to John Waller

    I would imagine it would be identical to the last post column unless someone has gone in more recently and removed spam or cleaned up the thread?

     
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    Aug 9, 2012 9:20 AM   in reply to ~graffiti

    So in that case wouldn't you always want to see the "last post" info?

     

    -Noel

     
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    Aug 9, 2012 9:36 AM   in reply to Bob_Peters

    Modify date is affected by any moderation change and a user edit of a message - so it's usually the same as last post date but not always. The sort orders and RSS feeds need both columns as they see 'new content' differently.

     
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    Aug 9, 2012 12:06 PM   in reply to Dave Merchant

    I don't mean to be critical of you, Dave, but a "That's just the way it is" response leads to apathy, and apathy leads to junkware, and junkware leads to hate...

     

    http://www.bigshinyrobot.com/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/yoda1.jpg

     

    Nobody needs the modification date to be on the screen.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Aug 9, 2012 12:47 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    Noel Carboni wrote:
    Nobody needs the modification date to be on the screen.

    Seconded.

     

    It's a waste of screen real estate.

     
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    Aug 9, 2012 12:54 PM   in reply to Bob_Peters

    In the days of the fair forums, it was a simple list of threads, each with just the Title, one line for each, no separation.

     

    Threads (with posts) that were unread were shown in bold with a red flag.

     

    On a normal size screen about 40 threads could be seen at the same time.

     
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