Haven't been updating this as often as I'd planned as the response was pretty abysmal. At any rate, a good deal of development news. I have found a new designer who seems pretty excited about coming up with a new design, which I'm pretty happy about. In other news I've been working on finally implementing contests. Hopefully the first incantation of this feature will show up on the site on Wednesday.
One of my favorite (and simplest) features on the site is the comment highlighting which changes the background of a comment on a news post or site profile if it was made recently. This is a feature I've wanted to expand on greatly. If we could track the last visit time for each site, site profile, user profile, etc we could highlight content in many ways I think would be fantastic.
If we tracked a user's last visit to each of those areas we could:
* Highlight sites which have changed their image/sound since the last time you looked at it.
* Highlight comments on site profiles which were made since your last visit (as opposed to the current which is just the last hour)
* Highlight sites a user has made since the last time you visited their profile.
* Filter sites from search results and basically anywhere else on the site, allowing you to not see sites you've already viewed, or for that matter highlight sites you have already seen.
This data has a great deal of possibilities, but at the same time would require a great deal of server resources to store and manage.
The total number of rows would be around (Users * (Sites * 2)) + (Users * Users). That would result in hundreds of billions of rows of data assuming a high rate of activity. This has been a design hurdle that has plagued me for years, long before YTMND existed.