For many years, you had a dream. A dream that the Activity field could be one date instead of two.
I’m finally ready to make that
nightmare dream come true.
Here is what I propose:
Activity is now one column, last post date
Coldmapping of that column is based on difference in days between first post and last post. Essentially, duration:
- more than 120 days, freezing (high)
- more than 60 days, cold (medium)
- more than 14 days, cool (low)
Clicking / tapping the date pops up a small dialog, sort of like the Progress Bar, that lets you see the absolute first post date and last post date (ala the share button and date link at the top right of each post), and clicking/tapping on the specific date navigates to the start and end of the topic respectively.
This achieves a few goals:
Simplifies topic list, which has been criticized as visually intimidating due to the large amount of info it displays. This has also been requested a fair bit by @awesomerobot and others. Simple is good. One less column is good.
Allows me to immediately see if I am responding to Ye Olde Necromancer Topic aka “oh God not this old chestnut again”. The colder / bluer the date, the greater the difference in time range between first post and last post.
Allows people to quickly jump to the top of the topic with not quite 1 click, as before (you could click on the first post date) but … 1¼ clicks? The little pop-up dialog you get when clicking/tapping the last activity date is is quick to appear, offers more information (the non-relative, absolute times) and doesn’t incur any server calls. It’s also arguably clearer what will happen, we can put up and down arrows on each date button to indicate top and bottom.