I have a question about the list of foodpickle questions and answers
Until today, I could check in on foodpickle questions and answers and they were in a linear sort based on time of the question asked. Now they seem to be random, so questions I have been following show up all over the place. How can I sort them based on time of the question asked? Thanks in advance.
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As of yesterday, that shouldn't happen anymore. The only answers that push to the top are the very few we get from our newly recruited "experts". As their answers usually don't pick up on the conversation thread, we don't think this will be confusing.
Do let me know if you see otherwise though -- we're not above making mistakes. ;-)
And for those who view Foodpickle "first and foremost as a place to get immediate answers" I'm happy to say that since the change, not a single question has gone unanswered and while I don't have stats, my general sense is that questions are getting answered a little *faster* under the new system, not slower (some of us here at the office get an email whenever a question goes unanswered for 10 to 15 minutes. I feel like I'm getting fewer of those emails.)
Maybe they're getting answered faster because people are hanging out in Foodpickle more because the conversations that are occurring are more engaging? I'm not sure.
In another direction, I would really like to be able to search Foodpickle questions and answers by member name. I can easily get everyone's posted recipes. Sometimes I think I'd like to get their collected Foodpickle wisdom.
How about everyone else? Opinions? Prefer the new way? Prefer the old way? Happy with either but would like control so you can switch back and forth?
What if I missed something? Ack!
Whenever I have to leave the pickle for several days (OK that's never happened, several hours maybe) I like to go back and review what I have missed, which is easier to do when the order is chronological.
I was kind of hoping that there would be a toggle between "recently-asked" and "recently-answered" (like the recipes section toggle of most buzz / most recent). I also agree with susan g about not ordering the liked answers, because often there are dialogues that get mixed up. Perhaps there could be an icon of liked-ness (like cute little cherries that line up next to posts for each "like").
In any case I will post, answer and enjoy the pickle no matter what, old format or new.
(but what if I miss something?)
And of course I have to take this opportunity to point out that until this change, you'd never be able to "[pop] in so this thread stays near the top." :-)
That said, we are going to do more to lessen the email. First of all, have any of you noticed that every email now ends with this line:
No longer want updates on this Foodpickle? _Click here to turn them off._
Second, we're going to make a change soon that lets you turn off the email for a question as soon as you post an answer (that way you won't have to wait for an answer to be posted so you can get that email and click that link.)
Nutcakes, thanks for expressing a contrarian opinion. And thanks for inspiring a new idea -- I'll look into our highlighting all recipe comments from the person who posted the recipe. That way you can more easily find their comments.
Of course I wll give it a week for further opinion,.
Keep up the good work.
I ask everyone though to just give the new order a chance for a bit and re-evaluate in week or so.
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First, SKK, you're right -- we changed things up on you today.
Second, Syronai, you're right -- we're now showing the most recently *answered* questions first, instead of the most recently *asked* questions.
(We do have a minor concern that some questions will go unanswered as they fall down the list more quickly but we're going to keep an eye on this and find ways to bubble unanswered questions back to the top if need be.)
Third, why'd we make these changes? Well, for at least 3 reasons:
1) For some time now we've felt as Greenstuff does, that some really interesting questions that faded away too quickly. Now, as long as a question remains interesting enough to garner new answers, it will keep percolating to the top of the list. (This is the way that most forums on the internet work).
2) While we cherish our Foodpickle regulars, we also have a ton of visitors who are brand-new to the Foodpickle. We think they'll find it more interesting if the list leads off with a mix of new questions that only a few answers and older questions that will have tremendous depth to their answers.
3) Well, we're not quite ready to announce the second reason yet but keep an ear out -- news is coming in the next week or two.
Fourth, I suspect the general disorientation will pass fairly quickly and that soon enough we'll all just enjoy seeing interesting questions and conversations. I know I marveled at the change numerous times today at the office as older questions I had an interest in bubbled back up top the top.
That said, if you're still feeling a bit disoriented in a few weeks please speak up? We're exploring different ways of denoting which questions are "new to you" and which answers *within* those questions are new to you but want to hold off on that more complex task until we're sure it's needed.
Finally, prettyPeas, in the past, we've always posted all questions to Twitter. As of today, a certain subset of the questions that come in from Whole Foods will not go out on Twitter but that's a very small number of questions so it shouldn't really be noticeable.
Whew! I think that covers everything.