We have two site updates to announce. First is a minor mobile site enhancement- in the list of stories on the frontpage, recent list and recommended list (mobile only) you can now scroll back in time... FOREVER. Or, at least for ten years worth of diaries, which in internet time is pretty much the same.
The second change is to the the [New] decorations you see next to comments you have yet to read, as well as the 12/33 New text in stories listed in the side bar telling the number of unread comments for that story. We have implemented a major shift in where the records behind this feature are kept- this data is now stored in the browser, not on the server. This should go a long way in reducing the load on our database servers. It will have the downside that different browsers you use will no longer be in sync regarding unread comments. However, it will have the upside that the new comment text and counts will be available to anonymous and logged out users.
Feel free to use this diary to experiment with the new [New] behavior.