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Just had a thought - is there any way the software can "collapse" previously read posts in a thread?

For instance, let's say you've got a thread started about where to find the best dim sum in East Jibib, Wisconsin. 15 people have replied, and I've read 8 of them. But I see that there is a "NEW" next to the thread, meaning there are new replies. If *my* previously read replies (other than the original post) were collapsed and only the new ones were visible, that would make for quicker reading.

The previously read posts are a one-line item, so you know that rworange posted a reply at 1pm to galleygirl's original post about the best dim sum in East Jibib, but you don't have to scroll through rworange's post that you've already read - you can just see that Chris VR has responded since you last read the thread to rworange's post, OR that Chino Wayne has responded to galleygirl's original post.

Should you have the need, you could "uncollapse" a particular post, if the response was a bit unclear as to what it was referring to and re-read it. But only if needed.

Is that possible? (I hope I was clear in my explanation of collapsed posts.)

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  1. I think that's a great idea. Would it be better to add the option to every post in a thread then as I read, I could collapse it and it stays collapsed? Otherwise I wonder how the site would know what I'd read and what I hadn't. Would just opening the page indicate that I'd 'read' what was there?

    Again, I think it's a fantastic idea - just working through the brainstorming with you.

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    1. re: krissywats

      "Would just opening the page indicate that I'd 'read' what was there? "

      I think the software already knows you've read whatever's in a thread when you've read it at a specific time. So those posts would be collapsed when you went back to it, but answers to posts within that thread would be visible - until you read them.

    2. Dave Feldman has requested it here, suggesting a user-controlled toggle.

      http://chowhound.com/topics/show/304654

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Great! And now the team knows two more people want it as well.
        Anyone else on board?

        So, Wow, Melanie - do you read EVERY post?

        1. re: krissywats

          I did in the first few days the new software went live. Too many now.

        2. re: Melanie Wong

          Ahh, thanks Melanie. I had read Dave Feldman's post, but I wasn't thinking of it (the way he wrote it) as collapsed posts, but I guess it was. Hopefully the CH Team will see the requests and let us know if it's possible!

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Yes, that's exactly what I was referring to. The yellow background on new posts has made a big, positive difference, but it is still taking me far longer to read the boards now than with the old software because of all the scrolling.

            If this feature existed, I'm not sure I'd even want or need a Hot Posts equivalent, although I still miss knowing WHO wrote the new replies when I'm deciding on whether to click on a thread.

            1. re: Dave Feldman

              I have also found that the board does not remember which posts i've read each time I come back to the board. The yellow posts don't work either if I change machines...at least it doesn't work for me right now.

              1. re: Dave Feldman

                "If this feature existed, I'm not sure I'd even want or need a Hot Posts equivalent, although I still miss knowing WHO wrote the new replies when I'm deciding on whether to click on a thread. "

                Maybe that could be part of the new header line - WHO responded to the post could be included. That way, you know if you want to read that particular post by that particular poster.