Link to first unread post?

We have a Discourse instance ( and a separate website ( that displays a list of latest topics pulled from /latest.json. Users can click on the topic name to get to the discussion. The question is, where does the link lead to? I have tried /t/:id and /t/:id/latest. The first link always leads to the beginning of the topic, the second one leads to the last post. Is there an option to go to the first unread post for the current user (if logged in) and to the beginning of the topic otherwise?

Sorry, I misunderstood the question! There is no single magic link that’ll take you to two different locations in the topic.

There is, however:

  • a link that will take you to the :arrow_down: bottom of the topic consistently

  • a link that will take you to the :arrow_up: top of the topic consistently


Thank you! Neither of these options work well for us, though. Linking to the first post doesn’t make much sense for logged-in users who have probably read most of the topic already. And linking to the latest post doesn’t work well for… almost anybody. Those who have seen a part of the topic would lose track and those who didn’t would be thrown in the middle of a discussion, having to scroll to the top.

Would you consider adding / accepting a feature that would allow linking to the latest post read by the logged-in user or to the first post if the user is not logged in?

Or do you have other suggestions how to make this “latest posts on our discussion forum” website box work well?

I am open to adding an /unread postfix like we have for /last, feel free to send a PR


Note, there is a subtle difference between these two:

  • latest read post
  • first unread post

See also:


Did this ever get added Sam? Going to t/id/unread doesn’t work - but perhaps a different word is being used?

If it hasn’t been added this would be a really nice feature to have :blush:

Nope, not added yet.

I too would love a “go to first unread” keyboard shortcut. It is a nice power user feature that allows you to regain control if you are dumped into a topic you have already started tracking far into the topic.

Concrete example:

Ability to Jump to First Unread post in Topic Navigator / Progress Bar has not progressed over the years, same goes for: Remembered Topic location should be "First Unread" post instead of "Last Read" post

I think as it stands today, @codinghorror is happy to add a keyboard shortcut here for first unread. But we have not gotten to it yet, nor scheduled it.

I guess it is such an edge case to have these giant topics like @Wingtip tends to have AND have someone actively lobby for it.

The other problem with this power-user feature is that it is very hard to explain per: Will disable_jump_reply make a return? - #10 by codinghorror


I’m glad you would like to see it too Sam and I hope we’ll see it soon :blush:

Another place where I think it would be incredibly handy is when viewing a post via the flag system - it would be nice that it either ignores you own personal position, or, whenever you click through to a specific post for and Topic it asks you on leaving whether you would like to retain your original position, or set the most recent portion. If it tells you which post you had previously see (and maybe all you to jump to it) along with the post you later came in to (perhaps via review queue or post link) I think that would be super useful :+1:

The flag system is definitely a problem for me atm, as I am avoiding carrying out those duties as I don’t want to lose my own position in those topics. Pretty sure others probably feel similarly?

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