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Mar 23, 2012 11:19 AM

Needle in a haystack

I am certain that this has been answered before, but have been unable to find a thread that might address the question.

Say I am following a thread with 400 posts, and a few new ones show up? Everything is collapsed except those new ones, but how do you easily *find* the new posts? When you have that many threads in a post, a few expanded posts - especially short ones - are almost impossible to find.

My workaround has been to control-F and search for " ago". Is there a more elegant way to do this?

Chowhound powers that be: have you considered using a different background color, or some visual cue, when indicating new posts in a thread that is not entirely expanded?

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  1. If the thread is that long, as well as old, I doubt that someone new came in and read all the comments and sprinkled comments here and there, . As in most cases, folks just read the OP and make a comment. (yeah even if one or a doz folks already gave that comment/answer) so if I see a new on a 400 + replies and I honestly still care about the whole thread, a brief fast scroll down, my eye catches the open new comment. Most often I just hit "end" on my keyboard and there is the new comment.

    Hope that help.

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    1. re: Quine

      I'm not talking about old threads. I'm talking about long, active threads (generally seen on the Chains board - for example the Costco and Trader Joe's threads).

      1. re: RB Hound

        Ah, OK. Ya I never go into those rabbit holes. Then I think your "search all for "ago" is pretty brilliant.

    2. Am I missing something? I don't see how it's hard to hit the page down button or scroll. Now if you are on your smart phone or iPad, I can see how that would be a pain.

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      1. re: dmjordan

        Yes, you are missing something. It is not hard to scroll. It is hard for me to visually pick out one or two new posts (especially short posts) when they are in the middle of dozens if not hundreds of collapsed posts.

        Edit: I see you have posted in quite a few large threads, so could you share with me what trick(s) you use to find new posts in the middle of the threaded view? The varying levels of gray don't do it for me. If the post is long enough the added white space makes it easier to catch, but otherwise you painstakingly have to look at each screen you scroll through to make sure you don't miss a post somewhere in the middle.

        1. re: RB Hound

          On my computer, I advance page by page instead of scrolling. I do find that if I scroll, it does go too fast. I think that it is easier to see a new post going page by page. On my phone the problem is not that I miss something but that it takes forever to scroll to the bottom!