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Poll - number of posts per page

Discussion in 'Help & Feedback' started by Simon Hampel, 9th Jul, 2015.

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How many posts per page should we display?

Poll closed 16th Jul, 2015.
  1. 20 (current setting)

    36 vote(s)
    34.0%
  2. 25

    14 vote(s)
    13.2%
  3. 30

    20 vote(s)
    18.9%
  4. 35

    2 vote(s)
    1.9%
  5. 40

    6 vote(s)
    5.7%
  6. 45

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 50

    28 vote(s)
    26.4%
  1. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Founder Staff Member

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    The number of posts displayed per page of a thread is not user configurable - nor is it likely to be made so at this point.

    However, we can change the setting globally - by default it is set to display 20 posts per page.

    While the site is still young and we don't have many inbound links which might be broken by changing this setting, I am prepared to increase this if the majority of users want it. Once I change it, I most likely will not change it again in the future.

    Some factors to consider when deciding on an appropriate setting:
    • more scrolling - too many posts leads to lots of scrolling to get to the newest content which is displayed at the bottom of the page
    • slower performance - more posts per page will hurt performance somewhat as the system needs to retrieve and render more data from the database
    • slower page loads - your computer or phone will need to download more data before being able to view the page
     
  2. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, I voted 50 before reading your facts... now I'm not so sure...

    I don't scroll to the newest content, but click on "new posts".

    Slower performance sounds bad and slower page loads sounds bad too. If that is the trade-off, then maybe current settings is better.

    Would slower page loads with 50 per page mean my phone bill might reach the monthly limit on the internet usage portion sooner than having 20 per page?
     
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  3. Simon Hampel

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    I think overall the total amount of data used would not increase that much - to view a new thread with 50 new posts, you would have to load three smaller pages versus one large page if we increased it to 50.

    However, if you frequently read new threads with only a single new post in them, you'd be downloading the other 1-49 posts just to view the one post - so there is the potential for overall data usage to increase somewhat in that scenario.

    That being said - text doesn't use much data - it's graphics and photos that would make the big difference (but they might also be cached by the browser, which helps avoid downloading the same photos twice).
     
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  4. Kael

    Kael Well-Known Member

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    I'm a fan of 25 - but if 20 stays put, that's fine too ^_^
     
  5. Kinnon Bell

    Kinnon Bell Finance Broker

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    If one of the long options is chosen then having a little arrow on the page that takes you directly to the top would be handy as (FWP here) it's a pain to scroll back to the top on mobile etc when the page is really long.
     
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  6. Gockie

    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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    With this justification, I think the current settings are fine.
     
  7. Baker

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    As is.
     
  8. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Founder Staff Member

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    I should point out that the server performance and page load aspects that I mentioned are not going to be that noticeable for the majority of users - the servers should be able to handle the extra load and we'd see maybe a couple of milliseconds extra time taken to retrieve the data.

    The only people who would notice the slower page loads due to more data being downloaded are those on very slow links (eg mobile phone in poor coverage area or someone on really bad broadband).
     
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  9. Chilliblue

    Chilliblue Well-Known Member

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    I voted 30
     
  10. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    This is probably the downside for me of having more than 20 per page. I read the forum when I'm on my lunch break when I work and when I'm filling in time when out, so on the mobile I cannot "grab" the scroll bar and drag it up quickly. I have to scroll up and it takes a lot longer on a phone.
     
  11. Waldo

    Waldo Well-Known Member

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    You know that no one uses 56k internet anymore right?

    Need more per page - I don't want to have to search multiple pages for a thread if its been responded to in the past 24 hours.
     
  12. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Founder Staff Member

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    Try using your 4G phone inside a building - quite often speeds are worse than what you'd get from a 56k modem.

    You do know that clicking on the thread title jumps you to the first unread post, no matter what page it is on - right?
     
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  13. pinkboy

    pinkboy Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    There is no option for 23. All famous people wear 23. :rolleyes:

    pinkboy
     
  14. Perthguy

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    I am using a phone to post right now. 20 is working well with this phone.
     
  15. Kinnon Bell

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    Too much to ask for one setting for mobile devices and one for pc/others? :D
     
  16. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Founder Staff Member

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    When it comes to posts per page, it is a global setting for all users.
     
  17. Steven Ryan

    Steven Ryan Mortgage Broker Business Plus Member

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    The more, the better.

    All that extra clicking to move through pages will burn weeks, or months of my life away over time.

    I plan on reading a lot on Property Chat.
     
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  18. skater

    skater Capitalist Premium Member

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    I had SS set for the most posts per page. I find it annoying to turn the page all the time.
     
  19. devank

    devank Look, lets just get on with this, ok? Premium Member

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    I would like to see all 'New Posts' in one page. May be you can add a upper limit.
     
  20. Coota9

    Coota9 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Agree with Skater more posts per page the better imo