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Author Topic:   dBoard Software Suggestion - Date Filter
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Message 1 of 3 (902944)
11-29-2022 8:49 AM

This suggestion will depend on what you want all the data in this EvC Forum you've created/collected to be used for.
I was reading Message 1465 by Tangle and this line jumped out at me:
This is absolutely nothing like evolution - there is mountains of physical evidence for evolution, only fundamentalist religious nutters rail against evolution.
While this is true, it hasn't always been this way. 10 or 15 or 20+ years ago the science hadn't progressed quite as much, and the information about the progression of the science had progressed much less. There were many, many "non-nutters" discussing EvC and many of those discussions happened here.
Along those lines, if there's a part of you that wants the historical posting data here to be used for historical purposes, I think it would be really cool if the board had some kind of "date filter" selector that could be used.
The date filter would be exactly that... the dBoard software would be exactly the same, but it would only select/display messages from the database that are within the selected date range.
This way, it would be extremely easy and intuitive to "see what the board looked like" and get a feel for the types of discussions going on during any particular timeframe.
The default "start date" could be the very beginning... but if this was selectable as well it may be useful for somethings I can't even think of.
Want to know what discussions were going on 15 years ago?
Select data from "beginning" to "Nov 15, 2007" and the board posts/forums "All Topics" appears exactly as it did on that day.
-so simple to view what topics were trending at that time
-easy way to start navigating the historical data contained within this forum
-date filter can be adjusted at any time to follow any interesting discussion until its completion
Not sure if this is a lot more work than I'm thinking it would be or not... but that, and your interest in doing something like this at all, is of course up to you.
I just think it would be cool

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Message 2 of 3 (903027)
11-30-2022 4:16 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Stile
11-29-2022 8:49 AM

Yeah, I want it, too. It's on my list. I want it to be very simple. Hovering over "from" (or some icon) would bring up a calendar on which you could click one of the days. Left/right arrows at the top would take you through the months. Same for "to". Still thinking about how to make selecting the year for both "from" and "to" easy.
But that won't happen right away. Right now I'm working on Google/Facebook/Twitter "click to log in" buttons so that people can bypass the login/registration process. This is a relatively small project. I'm hoping to have it available soon.
After that I plan to set the current state of the software aside and begin a reimplementation using ReactJS. There are widget libraries with things like calendars that I'm hoping ease the process while making new features possible. I'm hoping I can make the site much more mobile friendly at the same time.

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Message 3 of 3 (903948)
12-19-2022 11:35 AM

Just at the moment I'd really like a method of marking a thread that I don't want to ever see again appearing in my unread list. There's a few really crap threads running at the moment that are just playground bickering that would have been closed weeks ago in the good old days.
Also how about a way of nagging admin about promoting a new thread when it's been overlooked for a while?

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