I have two suggestions for the forums. The first is just to add a third listing type to the BST section. In addition to "for sale", "want to buy" and "want to trade", how about "closed", to signify dead threads. Additionally, it would be nice if we could select multiple options using checkboxes instead of a dropdown (ie. FS and WTT).
My second suggestion is more important, and much simpler to implement, and is beneficial to both users and the server. Please add a single checkbox in the search menu to "only search first post", which would essentially do as it says: only search through the first post of threads.
This is beneficial to users, as they could move sold items to the second post in their thread, and those posts won't show up in the results; or, in the case of the hot deals forum, we might find info about certain deals, rather than in irrelevant replies to other deals.
At the same time, it is easier on the server, since the SQL database has to traverse through fewer rows as thoroughly (410,801 first posts versus 4,538,367 replies thereafter).
Dec 3rd, 2007 07:22 AM #1
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- Apr 27th, 2006
Two suggestions: BST "closed" listing type, search only first post
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