08-18-2007, 09:32 AM
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Basically, while it sounds like a bug/issue, I tend more to think that it's a feature. What's happening, from what I can tell, is when you exit the messages list and come back in, it's taking you right back where you left off.
So if you got say, 20 new messages, and you read them all one by one and then escape out and got 10 new messages, your newest ones are 30 messages up from where you left off. When you go back into the messages list, the highlight bar is on the last message you were at when you left. So it feels as if it's listing old messages instead of new ones.
While I do see the point of users wanting to jump right to the newest messages that just came in, what if a user was only partially finished reading their 20 and had to exit out after only reading the 15th? Some might like to finish reading that set before starting on new ones. If the list defaulted to the newest set when you go to check your messages, they would see 10 new ones, 15 read ones and there would be a set of 5 unread ones farther down and it could be easily missed altogether after reading the first 10.
The next thought that occurs to a person is, "why not put all the unread messages at the top?" *and* open the listing view at the top also? That would be good for some too, but for others it'd make going back to find a certain message tougher, as the next time you go back in (after all the messages have been read), they wouldn't be in the order that you read them; especially if you didn't read all the new messages in a single session.
Probably having some sorting options would be the only way to make everyone happy. Some would probably prefer to jump to the newest unread messages, while others like to start out where they last left off.
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