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'Nodes you wrote' root revisitedby jethro (Monsignor)
|on Aug 04, 2008 at 16:09 UTC||Need Help??|
This is a plea to provide something similar to 'nodes you wrote' but with root node links
My usual "work flow" with PM in the morning is that I use 'Nodes you wrote' to locate the threads I posted in the last one or two days. Either to answer further questions of the thread poster or to read and learn from suggestions made by others in the thread. And (with shame I confess) look at the xp to see if my node meets approval or not. At the moment this means open up my nodes of the last one or two days in separate tabs and then go through each tab and click the root node link "in thread ...". Obviously I'm not interested in what I wrote but the rest of the thread.
I might be wrong, but this seems to me to be the main use for 'nodes you wrote'. The only other use that comes to mind is 'Didn't I write about this already, lets find that node', but that would not be something you'd need to do every day.
A similar suggestion (587896) was already posted at the end of 2006 (at least that was the only one I found with Super Search). The scripts posted there by ikegami and tye seem redundant by now. I suspect the root node link on every sub-node came after that(!?), maybe inspired by that node. But the basic suggestion was not implemented obviously
Now my proposal would be to either:
1) Change 'nodes you wrote' to have a root node link on every line and show fewer lines per default (20 or less). If I'm right about the main use of 'nodes you wrote' then this would be overall less strain on the servers because of fewer node lines to display and fewer web server accesses
2) even better a new node similar to 'nodes you wrote' but showing only the threads where you posted to in the last 2 days. This node could be called 'My recently active threads'.
2a) Maybe even with a list of nodes that were posted after your node (similar to 'recently active threads') so you can see immediately which nodes in these threads you haven't seen yet (courtesy of browser link highlighting).
I often see that a thread in SoPW becomes stale quickly and followup questions often get no answers. Such a cross between 'nodes you wrote' and 'recently active threads' as proposed in 2a could improve that a little because monks can keep track of changes/care for/look after those threads they know something about and ignore others where the question is about module Obscure::Never::Used::It.
jdporters suggestion of enhancing either Recently Active Threads or Super Search with features of the other to get a working automatic watch list is great and I hope turns up some time on the todo list of one of the site devs. Meanwhile there is the semi-automatic watcher which is useful for threads you have a high interest in, but a bit too much to type for watching every thread you were active on.