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Automatic thread collapsing

You may have noticed some new behavior on the site, here's the lowdown:

-Upon returning to a previously viewed topic with new posts, the older posts have been collapsed and grayed out, making it very obvious which posts are new to you.

-If you're not logged in, viewing a topic you haven't read before, or where you've already read everything, nothing will happen.

-Clicking on John in "Steve replied to John" will highlight and open John's post if it is collasped.

Play around with it and let us know what you think, we hope that this will address a lot of issues 'hounds were having with the site.

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  1. Wow, this could be a kind of historic breakthrough. A moment of silence, please..... Good, now yaaaaaaay!

    1. I was confused for a moment...then I saw the light! This is a great update - thank you!

      1. [Applause]

        Okay, I take back my cynical remarks about Chowhound Engineering not being genuinely interested in our "problems."

        1. Impressive!

          It would be nice if the opening post would also collapse, especially when its a screen or three long.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Actually, since there are so many topics with similar headers, I like being able to refresh my memory with a quick glance at the initial message.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I agree with Ruth about the initial message. And with everybody else about loving the new feature. With this, I won't be bothering with "Who's Talking."

          2. hey, don't want to sound like too much of a cheerleader, but I really wanted to say it is pretty cool that feedback is taken seriously and actually put into practice. The new changes - being able to see the last person who posted from the main board, and the collapsing of old posts is great. Very, very cool.

            thanks folks!