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MplsM ary Feb 13, 2013 12:44 PM

Is it gone for good?

  1. ElsieDee Feb 25, 2013 06:54 PM

    I'd like to chime in here with a request that we have a return to the "Reply to Original Post" option at the bottom of a thread. I do read all the way through before replying and (especially on the longer threads) it's a pain to have to scroll back-up to reply.

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    1. re: ElsieDee
      KaimukiMan Feb 25, 2013 07:31 PM

      hit the "To the Top" which appears below the sponsor's ad links.

    2. KaimukiMan Feb 18, 2013 12:51 PM

      Chow appears to have decided to move it from the bottom of the thread to the top. Presumably this is so that people can read the OriginalPost while they are responding, perhaps encouraging responses to remain on subject rather than a free association from one response to the next.

      On the flip side of the equation it means that people are more likely to say what has already been said, and less likely to read the entire thread before they reply.

      Somehow I don't see Chowhounds clicking a button before they post that reads:

      "I have read the entire thread on this subject, all related posts, and all relevant links and references contained herein and therein and do hereby agree not to make redundant statements, pose obtuse questions, or engage in snarky behavior. I do also hereby declare that I am fully competent and qualified to make a statement on this subject."

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      1. re: KaimukiMan
        Midlife Feb 18, 2013 04:32 PM

        ROFLMAO

        1. re: KaimukiMan
          MplsM ary Jul 11, 2013 11:31 AM

          "On the flip side of the equation it means that people are more likely to say what has already been said, and less likely to read the entire thread before they reply."

          I am seeing this more often, especially with people new to Chowhound.

          I almost replied with a snarky response to one post but saw they were new. I still feel like saying "Read the damn thread %&&^@#!*"

        2. roxlet Feb 18, 2013 05:55 AM

          In addition to the 'Reply to Original Post' at the bottom of a topic, I wish there were also a 'Return to Profile' button. There are three possible options when you're don with a thread:
          1. Return to the board
          2. Return to your profile
          3. Reply to OP

          All three of these should be linked at the bottom of a thread. There's just no reason not to make these actions faster and simpler.

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          1. re: roxlet
            tracylee Feb 18, 2013 11:08 AM

            Agreed. I'd forgotten that I already use the "return to top" button to get to my profile link to catch up on threads I've participated in. It would be nice to have all 3 at the end of a thread.

            1. re: tracylee
              Midlife Feb 18, 2013 11:46 AM

              Amen!

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            Hobbert Feb 16, 2013 12:19 PM

            On my iPhone at least, I just tap the original post and an arrow comes up next to a flag. Tap the arrow and the reply box opens.

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              CanadaGirl Feb 16, 2013 12:22 PM

              Right, but what do you do if you are at the bottom of the post? What used to take one click now takes two. You have to hit "back to top", wait for it to scroll up, then tap the post to get the reply box. It used to be easier. (I use my iphone too).

              1. re: CanadaGirl
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                Hobbert Feb 16, 2013 12:26 PM

                I just tap the black line at the top of the screen- the one with the carrier name, time, and battery remaining- and goes up in less than a second.

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                  CanadaGirl Feb 16, 2013 12:37 PM

                  Huh. Good tip; it's faster than the back to top built in. But, I still miss the old format that didn't require t extra step :)

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                    Hobbert Feb 16, 2013 12:40 PM

                    Can't argue with that!

              2. re: Hobbert
                Stephanie Wong Feb 17, 2013 11:50 AM

                Belated thanks for this tip -- really helpful

                1. re: Hobbert
                  MplsM ary Feb 17, 2013 12:01 PM

                  But why should we have to get to the top to reply? Especially on long threads this is a PITA.

                  It feels like Chowhound is trolling for clicks.

                2. tracylee Feb 16, 2013 12:07 PM

                  I've been wondering that myself. On some long threads, scrolling back up to the top to post is annoying.

                  And it seems like we're getting more replies to unrelated posts because of this also.

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                  1. re: tracylee
                    Midlife Feb 16, 2013 11:18 PM

                    Seems to be gone............... but there IS a "To the Top" button at the bottom right, just annoyingly farther down below the end of the topic. You don't have to scroll.

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