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@floydm -could you show a count of views for threads?

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subfuscpersona

@floydm -could you show a count of views for threads?

How difficult would it be for you to modify the page within any given forum topic to show the number of views for a thread?


Presently, if I go to "forums" and then chose a particular forum, I see the topic, a count of the number of replies,  metadata re creation and metadata re last reply.


I would find it very useful to see the number of views for a particular topic, as this would help me identify topics (within a forum category) that appeal to viewers, even if they never post a response.


Realize that this may not be a trivial enhancement, but I do believe it would help identify threads that result in a lot of hits to TFL.


Thank you for all your efforts in maintaining one of the best bread baking forums available.

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Floydm

I've had that feature before and it is a database pig: every page view becomes a stat update. The database I'm using, MySQL, is great with a lot of reads (people trying to view the same content at the same time) but not at all good when they is a heavy mix of reads and writes (particularly updates).  So... no, I'm fairly confident if I enabled that feature on the current hardware the site is running on, we'd kill the database in a matter or minutes. Sorry about that.


-Floyd 

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subfuscpersona

thanks for taking the time to explain why this would be a problem. - SF