9e31989c: A patch from Chris Connett to change the...

Jorge Villaseñor salinasv at
Thu Jan 29 01:23:31 EST 2009

2009/1/26 Kevin Stange <kevin at>:
> Etan Reisner wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 12:55:39PM -0600, Kevin Stange wrote:
>> <snip>
>>>> Here's the relevant description from #5447:
>>>>         It implements a new buddy list sorting method. Buddies are
>>>>         sorted by their recent activity, i.e., how much text you have
>>>>         exchanged recently.
>>>>         It works similarly to the log size sorting method, but instead
>>>>         of counting number of bytes in a particular conversation, it
>>>>         counts bytes in the conversation decayed exponentially by age,
>>>>         with a half-life of 14 days. Thus, people you've started talking
>>>>         to a lot in recent days will climb to the top of the buddy list.
>>>>         Since recent text counts more, new friends you've been talking
>>>>         with recently will claim the top spots, instead of the person
>>>>         you've known a long time and who has the largest log.
>>>> Note, the patch as committed *replaces* the existing sort method. I'm
>>>> especially interested to know how people feel about that.
>>> Why did you replace the existing sort method instead of adding an
>>> additional option to the menu?
>>> Kevin
>> We couldn't think of a reason to have/need both. I think the fall-off
>> behaviour is most likely what people are going to want and I really don't
>> want to have to come up with explanatory text which explains the
>> difference well enough for people to understand what they each were if we
>> kept both.
>> Does anyone have a reason they think we should have both (and ideally some
>> good text to explain them)?
> I can't think of a compelling reason to keep them both, since chances
> are you sort by log size to keep people you talk to a lot near the top.
>  If you don't talk to someone a lot, but used to, keeping them at the
> top forever probably doesn't serve much other than nostalgia.

Come on. We all love nostalgia.

> If you wanted to, you could call the:
> Sort by Log Size
> Sort by Recent Activity Level
> Kevin
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