woolysw (woolysw) wrote in suggestions,

Allow Specifying Number when calling "http://www.livejournal.com/tools/recent_comments.bml"

Allow Specifying Number when calling "http://www.livejournal.com/tools/recent_comments.bml"

Short, concise description of the idea
Currently when you use "http://www.livejournal.com/tools/recent_comments.bml", it:
- displays 'Last 50 comments posted in xxx'
- displays 'Last 50 comments xxx has posted.'

I would find it very useful if I could specify the number displayed for both of these instead of always having them set to 50 each.

Full description of the idea
I would suggest limiting both parameters to a reasonable integer value (e.g., 0-200). I believe "0" would be a useful value because sometimes I just want to see one listing or the other but not both.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Provides more control to user.
  • Allows for use of more or less resources (i.e., time and effort to run script) as needed (e.g., if I know it was recent I could say '10'; if was a month ago I could say '150'.
  • Allows user to search further back than current 50.
  • Runs faster if one is set to '0'.

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • May require more system resources if much higher numbers are chosen
  • Would require either an intermediate screen for parameter entry and/or parameters be specified in URL

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Make changes to code behind "http://www.livejournal.com/tools/recent_comments.bml"
  • Or, allow access to the code to LJ users so we could modify it ourselves
Tags: comments, comments: recent comments, user interface, § implemented
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