This feedback is a continuation from this post
Originally posted by Re: https://smwc.me/1600572
The issue is that these filters have to be applied each time you visit the section, really. I suggested a user profile settings since I figured it would be easier to implement, but the alternative of the site remembering the filter settings would be fine too. Either one eliminates the issue of having to remember to apply filters every single time, which can take more time than actually looking for new hacks when you check it daily.
The site remembering filter settings between searches by default isn't good because it's NOT a safe assumption that someone will want to retain the same settings between each search. Remember that this feature would be applied to everyone. This can lead to having to change the settings twice for a single filtered search: once to apply the filter for the current search, and once to remove it for the next one.
Okay, so why not implement it as a toggle in Edit Profile? The issue here is that the subsection of people who would get any use out of this feature are those who:
1) use the filter function in the hack section often enough to get annoyed by the few seconds it takes to filter every time
2) want to use the same filter at least most of the time, and
3) will actually notice the feature in Edit Profile.
And that subsection is so small that it's unlikely to be worth the time it takes to code such a feature. In fact, I don't think I've seen anyone bring this up as an issue before now.
As an aside, anybody who's checking the hacks section every day
probably doesn't need to use the filter function anyway. The section is sorted by date with most recent first by default, so the few hacks that were added to the site over the past day will be right there at the top of the list.