2010-09-09 19:09:43Last-comment status is out-of-sync
nealjking

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On the Authors page, the status of the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced pages are shown, indicating last posting.

However, the status does not seem to be up-to-date. For instance, right now it shows: 

Advanced Rebuttals
For authors to submit advanced rebuttals for feedback.
John Cook
Thu 9 Sep
04:35 PM
7 88

But when you actually go to the Advanced Rebuttals page, the top item is:


ADVANCED 125: Positive feedback means runaway warming
Started by nealjking on Sat 4 Sep 2010, 10:18 PM
nealjking
Wed 8 Sep 08:31 PM
18 213

and even the description of the 4:35 pm posting is:

Advanced 1: It's the sun
Started by dana1981 on Tue 7 Sep 2010, 08:48 AM
John Cook
Thu 9 Sep 04:35 PM
18 81

 Interesting discrepancies all around.

 

Neal

2010-09-09 20:19:12Marked as complete having an effect?
BaerbelW

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Not sure if there really is a discrepancy, Neal.

John has flagged the "It's the sun" rebuttal as complete which is why it moved to the "green" part of the list and the last post in the thread does fit with the timestamp shown on the overview page and it is the last post in that sub-forum.

Cheers
Baerbel

2010-09-09 21:03:16Look at the Basic Rebuttals page
nealjking

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BaerbelW,

On the Basic Rebuttals section of the Authors page, it shows the last listing (not the last "green" listing) from the Basic Rebuttals page. 

So one of the two is doing it funny.

2010-09-09 21:24:06Different query?
BaerbelW

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Putting on my IT-hat (sorry) - I guess this is just a case where the decision of which post to highlight is taking the "complete-status" into account for BASIC/INTERMEDIATE but not ADVANCED. I of course have no clue about John's code so I'm just guessing here. [IT-hat off]

Cheers
Baerbel

2010-09-09 21:49:23
nealjking

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Yes, well, the question should be, "What is the intent of that status line?" If it were to reflect the last actual posting, you could watch the one Authors page and notice if a new comment on any of the 3 pages had arrived since the last time you had looked (and remembered).

 I can't think of a real reason why I would want to know the last posting of an approved rebuttal.

 

Neal

2010-09-09 23:02:12How the code works
John Cook

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The "last post" is regardless of whether the thread is blue (still in progress) or green (complete). So if you post on a complete thread, that will become the last post.

Why would you want to see that? Well, I do check the completed threads every now and then just in case someone has a late comment. After all, no rebuttal is ever actually finished. They can all be refined and improved. As Disney said, "art is never completed, it's just released". :-)

2010-09-09 23:32:37My bad,
nealjking

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I didn't notice the difference in date!

 

Sorry.

2010-09-10 00:02:36On the other hand,
nealjking

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why shove the completed ones out of sight, on the actual Basic Rebuttals page? That means that it's likely that no one looking at that page will scroll down and look at it.

Wouldn't it be better to:

- display all postings in reverse order (more recent = higher up), but

- mark the "completed" ones in shaded green (as they are now)?

Rather than segregating the completed ones at the bottom.

 

Neal