On Thursday, 4 June 2015 at 15:51:56 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu
* "Welcome, Guest." -> "Welcome, Guest. You may read or post
without creating an account. Accounts
(<a>create</a>/<a>login</a>) save your name, avatar, and
This was actually one of the random tips. I promoted it to the
first line for first-time visitors.
* "28 threads and 168 posts have been posted in the last 24
hours." -> "28 threads and 168 posts have been posted in the
last 24 hours by x posters (y newly registered)." Print the
paren if y > 0.
Added unique user count.
I can't do "newly registered" part in a reasonable fashion (e.g.
how do I count people posting via NNTP or mailing lists?). The
reason is I don't associate posts with registered users. Although
I could add an X-DFeed-Username header to posts, plus a new table
column for each post which stores the DFeed username, this seems
out of proportion.
* If the account is logged in, same paragraph: "Since your last
visit, x new threads and y new posts have been posted by z
posters (t newly registered)."
This was already implemented.
* The total posts and threads are not super interesting. Total
users may be.
This is mostly filler, the list looks ugly if there are too few
items in it.
* "D Programming Language - General" -> "D Programming Language
* Traffic info should be added to descriptions. E.g.
"Announcements for anything D related (low traffic, x posts in
the last 7 days)".
I tried this and I'm not sure it works:
1. It is ugly and it is clutter. It makes the already-small click
target harder to spot. I suppose I could move it to its own
column or something.
2. It doesn't say a lot more than what the last post time does
3. It just shows how many dead and under-used groups we have,
even after the cleaning.
4. Our announce group is not low-traffic anyway.
* "mailing list" in the last column is awkward because it's
broken into two rows. Use "mailman" - those who care for
mailing list are bound to already know what it means.
Done. (This was an OS X specific issue)
* After the name of the forum ("Learn", "General" etc) there
should be a paren: "(28 unread)". Or see below:
Per-group unread counts are hard due to how read posts are stored.
* The "Threads" and "Posts" columns are not that informative.
The number of posts since the list has been ever created may be
good to know, but it's hardly information one cares about or
It's standard-issue in most web forums, though.
However, threads with unread messages and unread posts might be
more interesting. Not sure where the global counters could be
* The forum names ("Learn", "General" etc) should be in a
different font. Maybe code font would be nice.
I tweaked the descriptions to reduce the stutter caused by
descriptions starting with the group name.
* I don't know how to change view modes. Clicking on a forum
name takes to the threaded views, and there's no UI to change
It's the first thing on the help page.
Again, this is awesome work!!
Thanks. Pushed a few tweaks to vertical-split as well.