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Collapsed entires - what does everybody think of them????

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EclecticEater Sep 25, 2006 02:02 PM

My feedback is I don't like the new collasped entries. I like to see what's been printed and be able to scroll through 'em to pick out what I want. They're a little too cute and may save space but isn't space cheap today? What say all you other chow hounds?

  1. Alice Patis Sep 26, 2006 10:34 PM

    The other thread about collapsed entries is too long so I'll add my view here- I love the collapsed entries!! I also love that they are indented according to their reply sequence. It's the greatest feature since sliced bread! Ok maybe the greatest thing since Real Dates.

    By the way, someone in the other thread had the concern that if you use CTRL+F to look for a certain word or phrase in the thread, your browser won't find the word for you if the word is in a collapsed entry. But there's an easy workaround: Return to the Board where the thread was posted, then open the same thread which is now white because there are no new posts. All of the entries are now expanded so you can do CTRL+F to find something. It's as if the software KNOWS that when you want to read a thread that has no new posts, you are doing it because you're looking for something that was said previously. Is it that smart??!! Whoa...Color me impressed!!

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      Helen F Sep 26, 2006 10:39 PM

      Aha! So that's what's going on! I was just revisiting the other thread on this topic, and thinking that it's so ironic that the thread-collapsing function doesn't seem to be working in the "Thread-Collapsing" thread. Now I know why.

      1. re: Helen F
        AnneInMpls Sep 26, 2006 11:16 PM

        So confusing. I *hate* it when something does X in one place, and Y in another. I prefer a consistent interface and set of controls.

        But thanks for the explanation.

        Anne

      2. re: Alice Patis
        Robert Lauriston Sep 27, 2006 01:51 AM

        You don't need to open the topic agian, you can just use Expand All.

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        erikka Sep 25, 2006 06:46 PM

        Hate it. Too much work, aesthetically unattractive.

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        1. re: erikka
          ChowFun_derek Sep 25, 2006 06:52 PM

          Too much work to click "expand all" once???

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            erikka Sep 25, 2006 07:48 PM

            It's ugly to look at and the yellow boxes were more than sufficient. And yes, scrolling all the way back up to the top to "expand all" after reading new posts at the bottom is a pain in the ass - especially in long threads.

            1. re: erikka
              Jacquilynne Sep 25, 2006 08:36 PM

              Would an 'Expand all' button at the bottom be sufficient to solve that problem?

              1. re: erikka
                LindaWhit Sep 26, 2006 03:35 PM

                "And yes, scrolling all the way back up to the top to "expand all" after reading new posts at the bottom is a pain in the ass - especially in long threads."

                You can get there in two simultaneous keystrokes - Control-HOME.

                P.S. I *love* the collapsed previously read entries.

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                  erikka Sep 26, 2006 09:10 PM

                  mac user, but thanks for your gracious help.

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                    Chris VR Sep 26, 2006 10:01 PM

                    Apple key + up arrow does it on a Mac

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            butterfly Sep 25, 2006 05:54 PM

            I really like the collapsed threads--it doesn't matter so much on short threads, but on distended ones it is a great improvement.

            1. ChowFun_derek Sep 25, 2006 03:23 PM

              Brilliantly done, and quite a relief if you are a frequent poster or lurker...

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                Hungry Celeste Sep 26, 2006 05:05 PM

                Yes, the collapsed entries are a wonderful improvement!

              2. bbqboy Sep 25, 2006 02:32 PM

                EE, it only collapses if you've read the thread and there are new entries. It makes the boards useable again.

                1. MMRuth Sep 25, 2006 02:13 PM

                  And you can uncollapse the entries if you prefer.

                  1. Chris VR Sep 25, 2006 02:11 PM

                    The overwhelming sentiment seems to be positive on the thread currently discussing this topic

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

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                    1. re: Chris VR
                      Robert Lauriston Sep 25, 2006 04:00 PM

                      They came up with that feature in response to many complaints.

                      If you don't like it, just click "Expand All."

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