Separate comments feeds for different post listings views?

post by Said Achmiz (SaidAchmiz) · 2018-10-02T16:07:22.942Z · score: 14 (6 votes) · LW · GW · 3 comments

(Inspired by discussions like this one [LW · GW], but also a thing that I’ve thought for a while would be a good idea.)

Currently, there’s a single “recent comments” feed, which includes comments posted to any post—frontpage, Meta, personal blogs, Alignment Forum… even drafts! (The last of which, I assume, is merely a bug.)

It would be cool if there were multiple comments feeds, one for each view, viz.:

  1. Recent comments on all posts
  2. Recent comments on frontpage posts only
  3. Recent comments on Alignment Forum posts only
  4. Recent comments on Meta posts

It’s probably a lot of work for you guys to implement a UI for this, so I can totally understand it not being priority, but would it be possible to implement this feature in the backend and expose it in the API?

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comment by habryka (habryka4) · 2018-10-03T19:00:07.272Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Note: The comment link in the post seems broken from LW. Maybe that's a GreaterWrong specific link syntax, but LW uses hashtags with comment ids, instead of a /comments/<commentId> syntax.

Yep, API wise this should be relatively straightforward, though it will require doing some database mutations, so it might take us a bit longer than usual. In particular, we don't know from just looking at a comment whether the post it was posted to was on the frontpage, or in meta, or anywhere else, so we will have to add some additional metadata there.

comment by Said Achmiz (SaidAchmiz) · 2018-10-03T20:20:08.893Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Note: The comment link in the post seems broken from LW. Maybe that’s a GreaterWrong specific link syntax, but LW uses hashtags with comment ids, instead of a /​comments/​<commentId> syntax.

Ah yes, sorry; /​comments/​<commentId> is the GW URL pattern for individual-comment-thread permalinks (like on old LW).

Yep, API wise this should be relatively straightforward, though it will require doing some database mutations, so it might take us a bit longer than usual. In particular, we don’t know from just looking at a comment whether the post it was posted to was on the frontpage, or in meta, or anywhere else, so we will have to add some additional metadata there.

Ah, I see, thanks. Well, whenever you are able to get to it, this would definitely be appreciated!

comment by Elo · 2018-10-03T20:17:03.311Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Actually I like and use the mixed comment feed.

I'd like an, "ancient comment feed" for any posts older than a year. So that those can get some. Responsive activity.

I would not be against separate feeds as well, so long as we don't lose the mixed feed.