"I think she means to have the comments filtered so the newest displays first and we do not have to scroll all the way to the bottom to read it."
Now I'm getting confused. Why do you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of a thread to read a new comment?
The new default view displays differently, but it functions the same as before.
When you login, if threads have new comments, you click on the "X new" link, and you're taken to the bottom of the thread where the X-number of new comments begin.
On the home page, under the title of each thread is a line about the last comment. If you click the "comment" link, you're taken to the last comment in the thread.
The "new" link or the "comment" link are the two ways that I get to the bottom of a thread to read new comments. I don't click on the total comment count number. And I only click on the title of a thread when it's a new thread.
When I logged in, here's what I saw with the new display and the old display:
To read the new comments, I would click on the links for "2 new", "3 new", and "1 new," which would take me to the bottom of those threads where the new comments begin.
If I was not logged in, then obviously, I would not see the "X new" links, so I would click on the "comment" link for each thread, which would take me to the bottom of the threads, and then I would have scroll up to where I left off last.
So functional-wise, it's still the same, right?
The little breadcrumb links are no longer displayed in the new view. Those links indicated the five recent threads that the logged-in user accessed, during the user's current browser session. Those little links were handy at times, but for now, they are gone from the new display.
In the new view, I removed the word "last" from the last comment line for each thread, and I shortened the date-time stamp info, and I removed some other text in an attempt to reduce the amount of text clutter.
In this example from the front page of the new display, I hope people realize that the text within the red ellipses are links.
The blue and purple text are links, of course. But I did change the last comment line to use black or grey text to be links. Is that causing a problem?
If someone thought the black text for "comment" was regular text and not a link, then I need to switch back to using normal link color.
All the blue/purple links on the home page looked a bit annoying to me, so that's why I made the last comment line use black/grey color for links.
In the snippet above, I hope users read the line as, "For the thread R.I.P Oregon Lanes, the last comment was posted by justareviewer an hour ago." If you read that as something differently, then let me know.
Does the word "last" need to be added back in to that line?
Should I change the "comment" link color back to the normal blue/purple?
I will not change the link color and font size for the links that relate to the author of the thread and the forum name for the thread. Those will remain less emphasized.