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Oct 3, 2006 09:28 PM

REALLY old boards?

ON the LA area board there are over 35,000 posts. Is there any easy way to get to the oldest ones, without having to manually scroll thru every post? Maybe I'm just not computer-esque enough! Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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  1. There's no really simple way to jump back to the oldest threads just to browse them. You can adjust the URL manually if you'd like. Go to the board you want to browse, and use the previous button to go back one page. That'll give you a URL that looks like this: with the page number appended. You can change that page number to jump back to say, page 132 of the LA board and see what date that reaches.

    If you're looking for something specific, however, you should try the search function, rather than paging back through the threads.

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      Well then, whaddaya waiting for? Get a timeline or a slider or some other kind of Web 2.0 geegaw on the topic lists and search results pages so we don't have to do that kinda stuff. :)

    2. Thanks for the response. I tried doing as you described, but it kept coming up "page not found." I tried several pages, too. Maybe it's just me! I have used the search mode for specifics, but I enjoy just "cruising" the boards. Thanks anyway!

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      1. re: mothrpoet

        Here's a link to the current oldest page on Los Angeles:

        You should be able to scroll forward from there.

        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          Wow! Could you do that for all the American Boards?

          1. re: bbqboy

            There's a limited demand for browsing ultra old threads, and the number of pages in a board changes all the time as new threads are added so calculating them all would be of little use. However, you can do it yourself for any board you're interested in.

            Here are the steps:

            1. Use the board index to go to the board you want to look at.
            2. Use the 'older' button to go back one page. This will give you a URL like:
            which is of the form /boards/show/<board number>?page=<page number>
            3. You can approximate the last page by calculating based on the <number> topics, you are viewing 41-80. Divide the number for the board you're using by 40 and subtract 1 to get an approximate page number.
            4. In the URL you got in step 2, replace only the final number with the number you calculated. page=2, page=10, page=558, etc. This may give you a blank page, or not quite the last page, if the numbers don't quite work out, but you should be very close, and can use 'newer' or 'older' to scroll to the actual last page.

            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              I'm not sure how you're gathering up the results, but if you're using the Pagination module and calling "@topic_pages, @topics = paginate :topic..." in a controller, @topic_pages.page_count should return the number of pages.

              I'm sure there's a limited demand to browse older threads.. but for the few times we want to, the current UI is painful. The sorting options are few and not so good.. and then there's this. ;)

              1. re: hatless

                Just to clarify, what you're suggesting would require a site design change by Chowhound Engineering. Our suggestion is a workaround for how to find the earliest threads based on site functionality that already exists.

                1. re: The Chowhound Team

                  Well, sure. I was just pointing out that it would not involve writing code to calculate the number of pages. It would involve other substantial work, just not that.