[TIP] Customize the Order You View Posts - See New Posts First

Mayo Clinic Connect’s community continues to be active and engaging. Members are connecting and the discussions have dozens and hundreds of messages.

You asked: How can I find the most recent posts?

This led to a reformatting of the discussion threads and how you can control the order to read them.

1. Sort by Newest to Oldest or vice versa
You can view the messages in chronological order (Oldest to Newest) or you can choose to see the most recent messages first by selecting Newest to Oldest.

oldest to newest

Mobile view

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2. Pages
Many discussions have multiple pages. You can skip to the last page or click any page in the discussion.

3. Reply to a message
If someone has replied to a specific message, you will see who they responded to and a snippet of the beginning of their message.

reply

Click +show and you will be able to see the message that Rosemary is replying to.

reply open

 

More helpful tips

Click -hide to close the message

4. Reply
When you post a reply your message will be added to the discussion either
– at the end if you are viewing Oldest to Newest
or
– at the beginning if you are viewing Newest to Oldest

normal reply

@marilyns

I don’t recall making such a request. How can I find a response?

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@marilyns: The opening part of my post "You asked…" was meant collectively. Many in the Connect community reported that it was a challenge to easily find the most recent posts, especially in long discussion threads.

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Anyone know liver cancer? My wife has the most common form of it and is On a drug for because we found out it's advanced. It's a newly approved drug and they are trying to slow it down. The opinion of the dr is grim.

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What is the name of the drug

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@gene1234

Anyone know liver cancer? My wife has the most common form of it and is On a drug for because we found out it's advanced. It's a newly approved drug and they are trying to slow it down. The opinion of the dr is grim.

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I just was diagnosed with liver cancer,stage II.The dr wants to do an embolization.What is the name of the drug?

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Super!

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@gene1234

Anyone know liver cancer? My wife has the most common form of it and is On a drug for because we found out it's advanced. It's a newly approved drug and they are trying to slow it down. The opinion of the dr is grim.

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What is the name of the drug? There are many different drugs for .various symptoms. Usually first to tske are lactuose and rifaximin.

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@gene1234

Anyone know liver cancer? My wife has the most common form of it and is On a drug for because we found out it's advanced. It's a newly approved drug and they are trying to slow it down. The opinion of the dr is grim.

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@gene1234 @lisamb and @japv200 please join this discussion about liver cancer in the Cancer group, where we can each share more about diagnosis, treatment and living with liver cancer.

– Hepatocellular Carcinoma / Liver Cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hepatocellular-carcinoma-liver-cancer/

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@johnbishop

Hi Lisa @techi, Starting a discussion is still done the same way by scrolling to the top of the window, clicking on the Group discussion name you are in and then clicking the Start a Discussion button. Yes, when you want to make sure a member receives an email notification you use the @ sign and his member name. The old text is not going away. The newest change to Connect was hopefully to make it easier to follow a conversation and make the posts a flat view that you can sort oldest to newest or newest to oldest. What's really nice now is when you see a post that you have not been following, it's easier to see the context and flow because it provides a link at the top of the post to let you know who the person was replying to in their post.

Hopefully it's helping members follow a conversation easier but it's like anything when there is a change. It might take a little time to get used to it.

John

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Hi John- What do you mean by a flat view?

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@merpreb

Hi John- What do you mean by a flat view?

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Hi Merry @merpreb, if I remember correctly the discussions were sequential by post until someone replied to a post in the middle of the discussion. Then that post was a newer date but a reply to an older post. Multiple that by a lot of different replies to different posts in a discussion and it made it sometimes difficult to follow a discussion. The change was that now you sort the discussion by selecting Newest to Oldest or Oldest to Newest at the top of the discussion which will give you an ascending or descending "flat" view of the discussion so that you see them in order. When someone is replying to a post there is the "show post" link to show you the post that the person was replying to. @colleenyoung can probably describe it better but flat is an old school term that I probably remember from a previous life working with programmers ☺

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@johnbishop

Hi Merry @merpreb, if I remember correctly the discussions were sequential by post until someone replied to a post in the middle of the discussion. Then that post was a newer date but a reply to an older post. Multiple that by a lot of different replies to different posts in a discussion and it made it sometimes difficult to follow a discussion. The change was that now you sort the discussion by selecting Newest to Oldest or Oldest to Newest at the top of the discussion which will give you an ascending or descending "flat" view of the discussion so that you see them in order. When someone is replying to a post there is the "show post" link to show you the post that the person was replying to. @colleenyoung can probably describe it better but flat is an old school term that I probably remember from a previous life working with programmers ☺

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Thanks John! I was just interested in the term.

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Is there a way to get to the first unread post on a topic I'm following?

If something is many pages long, clicking on the last might pass where I left off, Many other forums have this feature, sometimes it's in a spot I don't know to click.

If so please let me know.

If not, how to I make a suggestion to the administrators?

Thanks,
Bob

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@bobbyboomer

Is there a way to get to the first unread post on a topic I'm following?

If something is many pages long, clicking on the last might pass where I left off, Many other forums have this feature, sometimes it's in a spot I don't know to click.

If so please let me know.

If not, how to I make a suggestion to the administrators?

Thanks,
Bob

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Hi @bobbyboomer, I moved your message to this discussion to explain the feature that, in part, responds to your request. You can view the messages in chronological order (Oldest to Newest) or you can choose to see the most recent messages first by selecting Newest to Oldest. While this doesn't take you automatically to the first unread message, it helps to see the most recent posts. This is especially helpful for long discussion threads.

Please see the original post in this discussion to see images and a description of how to use this feature.
* [TIP] Customize the Order You View Posts – See New Posts First https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/new-customize-the-order-you-view-posts-see-new-posts-first/

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OK, where do I start??????

I clicked my profile and can't find how to sort from newest to oldest. On something that gets a lot of posts, finding where I left off is time consuming and a bit of a PITA.

BTW, a link to "First Unread" like so many other forums would be very helpful.

Thanks,
Bob

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@bobbyboomer

OK, where do I start??????

I clicked my profile and can't find how to sort from newest to oldest. On something that gets a lot of posts, finding where I left off is time consuming and a bit of a PITA.

BTW, a link to "First Unread" like so many other forums would be very helpful.

Thanks,
Bob

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Hi Bobby,
I agree with you. I have submitted the "First Unread" feature to the developers. It would be very useful.

In your profile, you will only see your activity or posts. To use the newest to oldest feature, go to a discussion thread that you're interested in. For example, in this long discussion in the Hearing Loss group
– How does hearing loss change you? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/how-does-hearing-loss-change-you/

Can you see the option to choose Newest to Oldest?

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@bobbyboomer

OK, where do I start??????

I clicked my profile and can't find how to sort from newest to oldest. On something that gets a lot of posts, finding where I left off is time consuming and a bit of a PITA.

BTW, a link to "First Unread" like so many other forums would be very helpful.

Thanks,
Bob

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@bobbyboomer Bob, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. When you go to a discussion, look at the start of the discussion, the one that starts it all in a light blue box. Below that initial post, there is a light gray bar that shows you on the right side "oldest to newest" with a drop down arrow. Expand that and you will see the option to sort the order of the posts to "newest to oldest". Choose that and the order will change. It won't stay like that, so next time you come back you change it again. Hope this helps! I don't know that this forum has the capabilities to show each person the posts they as an individual, have not read.
Ginger

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