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From: Eric Wong <>
To: "Nicolás Ojeda Bär" <>
Subject: Re: public-inbox-httpd feature request: sort oldest-first
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 20:37:19 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20190615203719.5un64ihnkf7b74gf@dcvr> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Nicolás Ojeda Bär <> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 8:13 AM, Eric Wong <> wrote:
> > Nicolás Ojeda Bär <> wrote:
> >> Unless I missed something there does not seem to be a way to sort the
> >> message list oldest-to-newest. A little arrow somewhere to invert the
> >> order would be nice to have.
> >
> > Right; it's always favors newest messages.  We usually find
> > newer messages more relevant and also git packs are optimized
> > for newer data.
> >
> > I'll take your request into consideration, but am currently
> > against this:

So I've realized reversing results can be faster than "git blame"
in some cases, so I've implemented this:

> > I don't want to go down the path of making the WWW interface too
> > complex or trying to satisfy everybody with it.  User interface
> > is a PERSONAL choice and I want it to remain that way.

So I didn't state this before; but one of my concerns was about
extra parameters and inconsistent ordering leading to duplicate
cache entries (in either the client or varnish).

So I managed to overload the "o=" paramter to use negative
values, which makes sense to users of Perl (and similar)
languages which allow negative array indices to look backwards.

I'm actually regretting making "x=" a separate parameter,
instead of just replacing "q="...

So I might also start 301-ing search requests to enforce a
consistent ordering for cache-friendliness...

> I share this point of view. Having said that, _personally_ I still
> feel reverse date ordering is an important feature to have in the web
> interface.

Fair enough.  I'm considering developing some sort of REST API or
just for search; since their's no provision for it in NNTP; and
IMAP search capabilities are too limited.

      reply	other threads:[~2019-06-15 20:37 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-03-11  9:17 Nicolás Ojeda Bär
2018-03-14  7:13 ` Eric Wong
2018-03-14 10:03   ` Nicolás Ojeda Bär
2019-06-15 20:37     ` Eric Wong [this message]

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