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There's a small change to the sort order on your my chow page. By default, it'll now sort threads by the date of the last post to the thread.

Some people, however, might find that they don't like old threads coming back to haunt them, so there's also an option to maintain something similar to the sort we had until today, which was based on the date you last posted to the thread.

There's an option at the top of the page, and it should remember your choice via a cookie.

-- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

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  1. You may think it's a small change. I think it's a GREAT change. Thanks a million.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Yes, this is great. Thanks.

    2. Thanks much, just noticed the change when an ancient thread popped onto the first page. Was just coming to this board to offer my thanks and ask if there might be the option you have already built in. Great, that let's me toggle back and forth to the other view when I feel like checking for long forgotten threads!

      1. I like this new feature, too--very handy. Thanks, Chowhound!

        1. I totally love this change! Something "popped up" just now that was great. A bit off-topic (moving from the South Bay to SF proper) but great recs and I would have missed otherwise.

          1. Oh, this is so much better.

            1. Jacquilynne, the "my post date" option isn't working quite right, i think. Threads that i have posted to today and am the most recent poster are way back 5 pages. It seems to sort based on my oldest post date. Under the previous sort, my new post to a thread would bring it to the first page.

              The upshot of this is that neither sorting method allows me to see where I have posted most recently in MyChow.

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              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Yes. Thanks. I didn't figure out what was going on and was thinking it was some sort of lag.

                1. re: rworange

                  It's really weird.

                2. re: Melanie Wong

                  "My post date" seems to be working as it should now. Thanks.

                3. "There's a small change to the sort order on your my chow page. By default, it'll now sort threads by the date of the last post to the thread."

                  I noticed that. It's great, intuitive, and long overdue, as far as I'm concerned. Thank you!

                  1. OK, though I love this change, something new is happening that seems to coincide with it. When I'm on "MY CHOW" and see a "NEW" flag, I go to check it out, but all the responses are open as though I've never read the thread before. It happened once last night, so I thought it was my error--but it happened just now and this time it's not me. Is this happening to anyone else?

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                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      I've been experiencing this intermittently for a few months,
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/595257

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        Thank you--I hadn't seen your posts. I did a quick scan of topics and it didn't jump out at me. But I appreciate the background. I'll try logging out and back in and see what happens.

                    2. Thank you, Jacquilynne and CH Engineering - I really like this a LOT! I noticed that what I had formerly had to scroll through My CHOW to find recent responses are now showing up on the first page.

                      Maybe small to you, but VERY helpful to the users! Thanks!

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                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Also if I had a comment or question on a really old thread, I'd "sneak" into something current figuring that it wouldn't get seen otherwise. Now I'll only get nixelated for real transgressions :)

                        1. re: c oliver

                          LOL! Nixelating will always happen. I noticed that recipes being copied/pasted from the web by someone on the Recipes board ALL seem to have been nixelated after a mention on another thread. For that, I'm thankful to the mods for appropriate nixelation.

                          While I am definitely trying harder *not* to be nixelated, it happens to the best of us. It's that "heat of the moment" post, ya know. :-)

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            Yeah, can't remember who said it but "if you're not getting deleted, you're not trying hard enough."

                      2. Have I mentioned how awesome I think this is? Yes? I'm mentioning it again. Way to improve my Chowhound experience, Jacquilynne & team of unsung engineers. Just to say thanks, I AM CLICKING ON ALL OF THE ADVERTISING LINKS. Even College Humor.

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                        1. re: small h

                          What a good idea. Let your fingers do the talking :) Even though I'm a relative newbie to CH, this has made a HUGE difference.

                        2. Oh, thank you so much. That's been one of those "too annoying to live with but too petty to complain about" problems ever since the site moved lo, these many moons ago.

                          It did result in a lot of opening of (particularly long) threads that I would rather have kept dead, but oh well, it'll die off in a couple of weeks... and now I don't have to scroll back through pages looking for the elusive "NEW" icon!

                          Well done!

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                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                            I'm training myself to avert my eyes when one of those best remain dead threads shows up :) The good SO outweigh the bad.

                          2. It would be sooooo cool to have a "forget about this thread" button so
                            the system could disassociate me with some of those inane Not About
                            Food threads I mistakenly posted to years ago and which forever keep
                            attracting <NEW> posts. I am really, -really- not interested in "Rules on
                            tipping - Do you ALWAYS tip 20% ?" and would prefer to never see it
                            again.

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                            1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                              I keep thinking a "forget about this thread" button would be handy, too--and I've only been here about 6 months!

                              1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                                Agree!! This would be fantastic. I regret having posted to any Trader Joe's thread ever.

                                1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                                  OMG, if they could come up with a FATT button, I'd (almost) pay to belong to CH! Like others I SO regret ever commenting especially "what's for dinner." My birthday is less than a month away. Is it too much to hope for???

                                  1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                                    I think I'd prefer a FATP button (Forget About This Poster). There are a few people I just don't want to read who sometimes post on the same threads that I post on.

                                    But I know TPTB won't be installing that one any time soon. Or ever. Ah well. I'll live.

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      Oh, Lynda, that would be even better. They could post but it wouldn't show up for us. Granted, some things might not make sense but some of those people don't make sense anyway, do they??? In a perfect world....

                                      1. re: c oliver

                                        Yes, it's the "babbling posts" that irk me. (unlike a lovely, babbling brook, which is quite nice!)

                                        Those posts where a lot of nothing is posted time again by the same poster(s) in the same thread(s) or similar thread(s). While the overall thread would have a bit of confusion for the reader with those not showing, I could live with that.

                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          CO & LW: I second that emotion. :)

                                      2. re: LindaWhit

                                        Here's what I would prefer, rather than jettisoning a poster altogether: Filter out that poster's repetitious comments. There are tons of people who can be depended upon to say the exact same thing about the exact same topic, over and over and over. It could be an opinion of a restaurant, it could be a hatred of a particular food, it could be a belief about the way waitstaff should behave, it could be a lament about people who just "don't get" the food of their region. Whatever, I already know what they think about this subject. So I'd like to not read it, ever again.

                                        Naturally, I wouldn't mind at all if my own repetitions were excised from someone else's "playlist."

                                        1. re: small h

                                          Now you ARE dreaming. But a pleasant dream indeed. And ditto re excising me too.

                                          1. re: small h

                                            Yeah, but to new readers those comments are fresh.

                                            As to a FATT button ... well, not having one is a really strong incentive to not participate in inane discussions. The penalty is seeing those to come back to haunt you.

                                            Then again change the sort to 'my post date' and like Lucky Charms they magically disappear.Then toggle the sort when you want to see anything old that might be interesting. Great new feature.

                                            Even on food oriented posts, one wonders after 267 posts, just what else it is you could add to cottage cheese. I'm almost tempted to look at that one.

                                            1. re: rworange

                                              Actually, rwo, that's what I do. I mostly keep it on "my post date" but check "the dark side" occasionally. But we're talking pie in the sky when you die stuff now :)

                                              1. re: rworange

                                                "Yeah, but to new readers those comments are fresh. "

                                                Exactly why I only ask that those comments be invisible TO ME, and apologies if that was not clear from my post. I have no desire to dictate what other people choose to read. Ok, I sort of do, but that will have to wait until I rule the world.

                                                1. re: small h

                                                  Hmm, I have a long-held goal to be Czarina of the Universe but I'm figuring out I'm going to need some help. I'm willing to share the throne. I've already figured out professional sports so I could consider co-ruling CH with you and others. Uber-Mods. It has a certain ring to it.

                                            2. re: LindaWhit

                                              Oh such a perfect idea! Rather like the dial-down settings on Facebook (they can be my friend but I don't have to see what they're saying all the time). And I fully expect to be set to 'off' myself.