> Topic, Poster, Posts, Last Post
Can a new column be added to show the name of the last poster?
Make sure you try out the different ways of getting a quick preview of new posts. It's very useful and there is no guessing who posted besides the last poster :-):
1) Try to click on the number of new posts displayed in the "Posts" column for a particular thread in the list of threads.
2) The forum overview (forum front page) also displays the number of new posts on a particular board. Click on that number to get an overview of new posts for the whole board.
3) Try the "New posts" menu item. It's available for the forum as a whole and also on each board.
In most cases these overviews are sufficient, but if you would like to examine a particular thread in an overview in full detail, just click on its topic description. It will take you directly to the full thread so you can examine the context of the new posts.
I think it's very important to add the last poster's name to the forum indexes, even if it requires major coding changes, etc. There are particular people's posts that I want to read ASAP. For example Vas periodically goes through the forum and posts to 10-20-30 threads all at once, and I want to know when he does. So I feel like there is no satisfactory substitute for this feature!?
> Hopefully not to be overly adamant
Being adamant is no problem. I don't mind discussing issues that are important to users, although I may not always agree with them :)
> There are particular people's posts that I want to read ASAP.
I understand your reasons for asking for this modification. However, showing the last poster is definitely not a good solution for what you want to achieve. It's a hit or miss (at least for less prolific posters than Vas) and if someone has already replied to one of your favorite posters this method gives you the wrong answer. And it is indeed likely that people will reply quickly to what the more popular posters have to say.
> So I feel like there is no satisfactory substitute for this feature!?
I disagree. However, I am willing to take some time to look for a real solution to this problem. A solution that has none of the lottery characteristics that the "Last poster" column has :). I will need some time, as I won't be able to have a serious look at this for the next couple of weeks.
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