By: Joe Lanza
PUBLISHERon March 20, 2023, 8:03 AM | 31 comments
A lot of other social platforms and communities support a mute feature. Is that something TKPers would be interested in me developing?
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In what manner? for individuals? or for threads/keywords?
There's already the collapse feature for subthread tangents...
That's a good question. My thought was it would allow you to mute individual posters. Their comments and block in threads would be hidden by default.
Wasn't there something similar in the early days? An ignore list?
For me, not something that I would consider critical. If there were a notification feature - something that would tell you when someone responded to a post you made, then maybe the mute feature (turn off notifications) would be useful.
Are you saying you would want the comment notification functionality to extend to posts?
I think so, yes. Ideally what I would be looking for is a notification (not a push, but a notification [icon] somewhere in the page header) that someone responded to a comment of mine, or to a thread I started. I would also like the ability to set a preference to turn each of those on or off. I'll add that this is a nice-to-have - the meta search ability makes it easy for me to find replies since I'm what I consider to be a light poster and searching for responses isn't very time consuming.
Right now there are notifications for comment replies, but not replies to a thread (post) you started. They show up next to the "COMMENTS" link in parenthesis.
I think I've been around here for 10+ years... and that's the first time I noticed that feature
if you look on the top of the page, it says PROFILE TRACKER COMMENTS FORUM SPONSORS LOG OUT
this reply should make it say COMMENTS (1) (or COMMENTS (2) if you haven't already seen joe's)
within the COMMENTS tab, there are RECENT COMMENTS (site-wide, newest-first), MY RECENT COMMENTS (your recent comments, newest first) and UNREAD COMMENT REPLIES (this is what you're looking for)
It would be nice if you selected unread comments and it took you directly to that comment, instead of to the discussion, making me search for my comment to read the reply.
Maybe I'm using the feature the wrong way.
Yeah that would be nice, i typically load the thread and then hit m to scroll through my comments or n to scroll through the new ones
I fully support muting threads because there are a number I just don't care about and they are popular so they take up space on my Active discussions list.
For muting people, I've already muted everyone I've wanted to mute.
I am on board with this - I primarily use the "Tracker" tab when perusing TKP and I'm a little bit obsessive compulsive about unread comments in all the threads so I click on each thread to clear that from the Tracker but there are a number of threads I'm just not interested in. It would be great for me if I could "mute" or "remove" them from the Tracker. I wouldn't even need to see it gone from Tracker, necessarily, but if it's muted to where I don't see new comments notifications in the Tracker that would be good enough for me.
I don't have any particular interest in muting individuals - just threads
I definitely remember your original request, but I don't have my head wrapped around how to engineer this yet.
totally understand! I'm asking for the moon but if I just get a satellite I'd be happy with that :)
reverse psychology.... the moon is a satellite.
This is something that I would use all the time. I also understand it ain't simple. Without seeing any of the backend code, I assume the biggest logic problem is associating each post to each user's preference for seeing the orange updated beside each post in the Tracker.
Don't know if this is actually useful but if there is a radio button or something in a post it skips the check to see if it was updated. My assumption is this is done my timestamp comparisons between comments and web request time.
Meh, I'd put your limited time/effort elsewhere.
I might mute a thread (eg; I'm never going to open the Racing thread, so I guess I could hide it from the active discussions list) but I don't want to mute a user. Even if it's someone I frequently disagree with, other posters will respond to that person's comments with some really insightful/funny/interesting stuff.
Overall, posters here are pretty good (in no small part due to the moderation team - thanks y'all). There are people I disagree with, or people who might come in way too hot, but no one who is a straight up troll. The idea of blocking or muting someone just because I disagree with them kinda makes me squirm.
Agreed with this. On other forums I've been on where you could ignore posters, the follow-up comments were not muted. So you'd have this weird you see people replying to comments without the initial one being quoted and it just made it confusing. Eventually, you ended up not using the Ignore functions just because of it.
Ignoring Threads, however.... Yeah, that could be useful.
Yeah, I think the downvotes and occasional bans usually takes care of the VERY hot takes or breaking community guidelines. But I totally agree, even on the posters that I disagree with, other people usually have good takes, and sometimes it's interesting to read what people have to say, so you can see their thought processes.
As controversial as it got, there was some really interesting dialogue in the COVID threads before we had to shut them down.
I wouldn't use a mute feature -- but it WOULD be cool if new comments added to subthreads that i have "collapsed" no longer showed as "new comments" in a thread on the tracker/active discussions/n-navigation within a thread. basically, could "collapse subthread" be viewed as "ignore subthread"
I like this idea a lot.
As other have said I'm not interested in muting certain people, but muting tangents I'm not interested in would be great. That way I know a new comment notification is probably about the OP and not some off peak off-season nonsense (which I also love BTW).
I second this idea. I won't likely use a mute feature (given the needs of being a mod), but I could see how this would be great. Collapse the sub-thread and silence its notifications. So often, people see like 30 new posts on a recruiting thread, then they open it and mutter "dammit, they're talking about mayonnaise again" or something. While the tangents are generally hilarious, this is a frequent complaint so if users can squash notifications or new posts from irrelevant things, that might make a large slice of the community pretty happy.
It would also be great to collapse the recruiting post out of our mayonnaise threads too!
I just want to mute the OC when he calls a jet sweep /s
I wouldn't use a mute feature. As said above the community does a good job on moderation. I would rather see the ability to mark comments read/unread to sort and come back them.
There's one guy I'd use it on, and he's long gone. I'm not sure that's enough to make it a priority, haha.
Bruh, I'm right here.
/s (I think? I hope?)
Leg for making me laugh