11 votes

What is the purpose of the Activity tab at the top?

The Most Votes/Most Comments/Newest are self explanatory, but what does "activity" mean? I looked at the FAQ and Mechanics blog posts and I didn't see anything explaining it. Is it similar to Reddit's "Hot" view? I'm especially curious because it appears to be the default.

10 comments

  1. [5]
    Deimos Link
    It's pretty much the same as forums traditionally worked: new topics come in at the top, and a new comment in any topic bumps it back to the top. So they're in the order of "most recent posting...

    It's pretty much the same as forums traditionally worked: new topics come in at the top, and a new comment in any topic bumps it back to the top. So they're in the order of "most recent posting activity".

    25 votes
    1. [3]
      Cirrus Link Parent
      Is the default sort time still 3 days or has it changed to all time? I have mine set to all time, so I can't tell. Also, when I search in a group, the search results default to all posts on tildes...

      Is the default sort time still 3 days or has it changed to all time? I have mine set to all time, so I can't tell. Also, when I search in a group, the search results default to all posts on tildes instead of in that specific group; I'm not sure if you meant it to be that way.

      2 votes
      1. Deimos Link Parent
        It's 3 days on the front page, all time if you go into an individual group. And yeah, currently search only works for the full site, there's no group-specific search yet.

        It's 3 days on the front page, all time if you go into an individual group.

        And yeah, currently search only works for the full site, there's no group-specific search yet.

        4 votes
      2. Bauke Link Parent
        It's still 3 days, yeah. And search is a little basic so for now it only works sitewide, not for any specific group.

        It's still 3 days, yeah. And search is a little basic so for now it only works sitewide, not for any specific group.

        2 votes
    2. Barskie Link Parent
      Activity is a fairly nebulous term; it doesn't really convey a direct meaning to the user. The word Forum/Board/Thread would work better I feel - everyone instinctively knows how those work.

      Activity is a fairly nebulous term; it doesn't really convey a direct meaning to the user. The word Forum/Board/Thread would work better I feel - everyone instinctively knows how those work.

  2. [5]
    spctrvl Link
    Pretty sure it just sorts them in descending order of what's been most recently commented on.

    Pretty sure it just sorts them in descending order of what's been most recently commented on.

    5 votes
    1. [4]
      zptc Link Parent
      It sorts by both recently commented and recently posted, I think. Notably, it is not like Reddit's Hot view in that votes don't count for tildes activity sorting afaik.

      It sorts by both recently commented and recently posted, I think. Notably, it is not like Reddit's Hot view in that votes don't count for tildes activity sorting afaik.

      9 votes
      1. [3]
        EscReality Link Parent
        To put it simply, it sorts by what posts are active. =)

        To put it simply, it sorts by what posts are active.

        =)

        5 votes
        1. [2]
          Diff Link Parent
          What it needs to be really effective is some way to sort the comments by active ignoring parents or at least like highlighting recent comments. Having to scan through the whole tree just to find 1...

          What it needs to be really effective is some way to sort the comments by active ignoring parents or at least like highlighting recent comments. Having to scan through the whole tree just to find 1 or 2 new comments is more than a bit of a pain.

          3 votes
          1. spctrvl Link Parent
            That exact thing is in the settings menu. Under configure marking new comments.

            That exact thing is in the settings menu. Under configure marking new comments.

            17 votes