I can't find the thread I was just browsing.

I used to:

  • look in threads recently upvoted. I can't find that now
  • look in favorites, sorted by most recent. this sorts by most recent activity, not most recently "favorited"
  • IF I commented the thread, use the recent tab. Only works if you commented or answered the question though

How do you quickly find the thread you were just browsing if you didn't leave a comment or answer it? Can we still access "recent votes"? It was a useful thing!


FWIW, the point of this question is to point out the upvote-to-bookmark feature is gone. I liked it and I thought it was a great feature, though it might not have been intended to be used the way I used it.

Top voted answer has nothing to do with what I'm talking about here.

  • Now this is an existential question. +1 because I'm a Kierkegaard fan. – Eric Sep 11 '09 at 11:38

Since you've cleared it up and are now talking about the Votes tab, well, sadly, it's... how should this be put...?

It's... well it's gone. Passed away. No longer.


Browser History?

  • I actually don't keep history. – bobobobo Sep 11 '09 at 11:39
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    Time to start :) – Sampson Sep 11 '09 at 11:40
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    @bobobobobobobobo: Don't browse StackOverflow in porn mode. – Eric Sep 11 '09 at 11:40
  • Wow. Its because it slows FF down! – bobobobo Sep 11 '09 at 11:41
  • And I thought you write him a Greasemonkey script... – Ladybug Killer Sep 11 '09 at 11:41
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    @bobobobobobobobobo: google.com/chrome – Eric Sep 11 '09 at 11:41
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    @bobobobo: How slow could it possibly be? I use FF, with history, and I am not affected. – Sampson Sep 11 '09 at 11:41
  • @Sampson: You are. Its incredibly slow. Try turning it off. – bobobobo Sep 11 '09 at 11:50
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    @boboboobobobobobobobobo So you'd rather the sites managed your browser history for you? - Surely that slows it down for everyone else. In all honesty, the limiting factor on my browsing speed is my connection to the Internet, but I can't fix that without moving house. (Monopolies are bad) – Rowland Shaw Sep 11 '09 at 12:04
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    @bobobobo - So in short the site needs to solve a problem for 1% of users that actually turn of browser history because they have the perception that it's faster without it? Wow. I learnt something new today. – BinaryMisfit Sep 11 '09 at 12:08
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    Welcome to Meta, Diago – TheTXI Sep 11 '09 at 12:20
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    @bobobobo: It's not "incredibly" slow. I am rather comfortable with how quickly FF functions. Why on Earth would I turn it off and join the ranks of those who can't find what page they visited yesterday? I prefer good speed + productivity over great speed - productivity anyday. – Sampson Sep 11 '09 at 13:10
  • @bobobobo: I would like to think that Jonathan Sampson knows how fast or slow his browser experience is. Again: Search on these sites or Google. Surely, if the thread was that important, you remember a few details about it that would allow you to find it via Google or S[OFU]'s search? – John Rudy Sep 11 '09 at 13:24
  • Forget it all and just use Opera already. – random Sep 11 '09 at 13:39
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    Welcome to the Internet. Please be stubborn as possible to everyone who trys to help you with your problems. – Troggy Sep 11 '09 at 14:43

Search. The back button on the browser. Undo Close Tab if needed (and the browser supports it). When push really comes to shove, Google: site:stackoverflow.com +term +term.

Upon reading the detailed comments, I have to ask: Is turning off history really that much of a performance boost in Firefox? I mean, I browse with history off -- but my Back button and Undo Close Tab (and their Back buttons) all still work, so I don't know if there are additional paranoia buttons I should be hitting. :) My browsing experience never seemed slower just because history was on ...

But it doesn't matter. Ultimately, adding a feature to track threads we've viewed seems difficult at best and a quagmire at worst. I view a lot of threads. I only care about a few. If I care about them, I mark them "favorite," or I upvote them, or I comment, or I post an answer. Sometimes a combination!

With the ability to search, assuming you remember even just a few key points from the post you are so interested in, you should be able to find it. If you can't find it using S[OFU]'s search, you can Google it -- most S[OFU] posts seem to get on Google faster than you'd believe.

It seems to me that adding a feature like this is catering to a very limited audience: Those who browse with history turned off, and forget all of the contents of the very important thread they were just viewing such that searching is not viable. I can't believe that's a very large audience.

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    On Chrome, I need to use +term +term site:stackoverflow.com, otherwise it decides I want to use the site's own search... – Marc Gravell Sep 11 '09 at 12:08
  • That's weird; then again I don't use Chrome ... I've always gone the other direction. Which is correct Google-fu? – John Rudy Sep 11 '09 at 13:19
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    Google-fu is fluid and doesn't matter how you strike, so long as you find what you're looking for on the first page. – random Sep 11 '09 at 15:35
  • I had recently had to reset my computer and all my history is gone... – Richik SC Jul 11 '14 at 16:49

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