+ 1 noticed this the other day, I believe Dave says they are making several changes. Maybe it will get worked out.
Hope your doing well Nancy
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Questions
Change in default order of questions
Asked by nancyjac on Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Change in default order of questions
I really hate this change. Listing questions in order of "Most Popular", which I assume means most responses, results in questions asked months and years ago and totally buries new and current questions. I can change the default to "Recently Asked" but I have to do that every time I return to the main question list page. Can we at least get it so that we have the option to set our preferred default sort and save it so we don't have to change it every time?
5 Answers from the Community
I think from a user standpoint (particularly new members) it would be much more inviting to see recent and active question, rather than the ones that have had the most responses for a couple of reasons. One is that if the first question encountered by a new member is the one that has had the most responses, it will be the most tedious one for them to read. Secondly, often the questions that have had the most responses are among the oldest questions, many of them going back for a year or more with no responses for the last several months. This doesn't make them "Most Popular" as your default sort titles it, just old and long. It also buries new questions at the bottom (no responses yet, so least popular, making it less likely for a new question to get any response, which can be pretty disappointing for new members and reflects poorly on the site itself.
I would suggest that the default sort be the most recently asked or responded to questions. I think this is the info that is most sought by both new and existing members. If somebody is looking for a specific or older question, they can use the search feature. Alternately, you could use the existing sorts, but let each member select their preference as part of their profile set up. so that there preference is saved and each member doesn't have to resort each time the go to the questions page. Most members (especially new ones) probably haven't even figured out that that is an option.
The only other recent change that I have a minor problem with is the reduction of the type size. The smaller type is pretty hard on these near sighted 65 year old eyes. All of the other changes I've noticed are great! Thank you for providing this great resource to all of us.
PS: Another feature that is a tad annoying is the profanity filter. In my previous post I wanted to say that the smaller type size was h a r d o n my old eyes, but those idiot filters took my words out of context and bleeped it out. Not a big deal, because we can usually figure out what the XXX was intended to be, but now and then it is just so obscure out of context that we can't. I would rather somebody's input be uncensored. If somebody actually wants to be profane, they can certainly find a way to do it and get around the ignorant filters, although I haven't really seen that as a problem at this site, but that's just my personal opinion.
Another thing I don't care for is that the response box is BEFORE the answers that have already been contributed. I feel like this has resulted in much less awareness of what other people have already written. It seems to me that this detracts from the feeling of community when every answer stands alone...
In the old way, the answer box was AFTER the previous answers, and people would often refer to other respondent's answers... which felt much more collaborative and community-building.
What do other people think? I'm always interested in seeing the different ways that people view questions.
I also agree on the profanity front. I think censorship in general is a bad idea. I think it's find to request that users refrain from using profanity, but cancer is XXX hard!