Site Suggestion: New Activity at Top

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On most web sites, when new activity occurs and when a user clicks to see what that new activity is, that new activity is posted at or near the top of the page so that the user is not forced to scroll all the way down through posts just to see what activity is new.

In the case of AppleVis, when one goes to My Account > Posts to see if there is any new activity on their forum or app comments threads, one has to scroll all the way down through the list to see what activity is new. This is especially true for low vision users who use screen magnification and not a screen reader to navigate AppleVis.

I would therefore suggest to the developers that it would be best if any new activity on forum threads/app comments all be placed at the top with newest activity of any kind at the very top.

Does anyone else here agree with me on this? To me, this is good site design generally which not only looks better to the general public but also helps many of us out here who frequently use the site.



Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team


You have me rather confused, as the list of a user’s posts does already display things in the way that you are asking for.

So, going to your profile page right now, this very post is at the top of your list.

Submitted by Misty Dawn on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In reply to by David Goodwin👨‍🦯

OK, so, when I go to My Account>Posts, I get a list of all my forum posts/app comments. Here's an abbreviated example:

"My Forum Topic", X (number of posts), X new
(next line)
"My App Comment" X (number of posts)
(next line)
"My Forum Topic 2", X (number of posts), X new

In this case, I would like to see "My Forum Topic 2" IMMEDIATELY BELOW "My Forum Topic 1", since they both have new activbity. But, as you can see, "My App Comment" has no new activity, so it shouldn't be given priority at the top of the list but should be relegated to the part of the list with other items that have absolutely *no* activity. In the second example, no new posts are listed. Instead of seeing *all* (and I do mean "all") new activity at the very top of the list, I have to scroll through several pages of posts to see all of the new activity on my forum posts/comment threads. All new activity should be listed right at the top of the list.

At any rate, I think there should be a way to sort "Posts" by new activity if the users wishes it, instead of them merely being sorted by your post date.

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team


I now understand what you are asking. However, I do believe that the natural and logical way to display a user’s posts is to sort them by date order. Placing an older post above a more recent one necause it has comments that you haven’t read could be messy … particularly for those people who may not necessarily want to read comments posted to topics that they no longer have an interest in.

However, the main barrier to implementing this is that other users also have access to the list of your posts. So, for them, it would be extremely confusing to have the list displayed in anything other than newest to oldest.