Forum previous/next links near top
At the bottom of a topic page are links for previous/next topics in the same forum. I’ve found those handy for browsing a forum. However, scrolling to the bottom is a pain. Could there be some sort of previous/next controls near the top?
Perhaps on both, top and bottom. If you want to brwose the forum, you perhaps read the first two entries and decide to go on, then on the top would also be nice.
Yes. I wasn’t suggesting removing the ones at the bottom. The Gmail interface is similar in that it has controls at the top and bottom of messages. Sometimes you can take action after reading a bit and sometimes only after reading everything.
:)I would like to be able to go next within the “post since last visit” …
How would you distinguish between doing that and just browsing?
That is easy: I don’t know! :)
In theory is quite simple (but almost never is on real life): when you click on a post on the “posts since last visit” list you pass a parameter to the server saying “onlySinceLastVisit” then the server will render the “next” and “last” links based on that information.
EDIT: of course if you don’t have the “extra” parameter you would assume you are just browsing. Also, the next and last links would pass the extra parameter too. :)
I see… It could be a small note on the bottom right (before the next and prev links).
At any rate I would vote for simplicity: anytime you break out the flow (click anywhere but the next and prev links) you go back to the “default” mode. If you want to start browsing just the “since last visit” you start over on that page.