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Author Topic: I WANT MY "ACTIVE TOPICS" BACK!  (Read 2888 times)
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« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2009, 11:05 PM »

When I last checked New Posts there were 2 pages of unread posts.
I read a few and then several hours later logged in on another computer and there were only 5 or 6 New Posts.
What happened to all the others?
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2009, 11:53 AM »

When I last checked New Posts there were 2 pages of unread posts.
I read a few and then several hours later logged in on another computer and there were only 5 or 6 New Posts.
What happened to all the others?

The forum software only keeps track of posts you have read during your current visit, not all posts you have ever read. The action is, strictly speaking, "Show unread posts since last visit". Since your first login, there were only 5 or 6 new posts, so that's all you saw upon your second login.
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« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2009, 12:32 PM »

I seem to remember Steve having a list of reasons for changing all this forum stuff, a couple of which were cost and simplicity.  This software is free---that nails the cost part.  It also works pretty well right out of the box---there's some simplicity!  Adding "features" to these forums isn't necessarily simple, and an add-on that fixes one issue often causes three more problems.  It is what it is.

I once got some pretty good advice from a friend when a different forum I frequent changed their software, and here it is:

If you don't have anything better to do than bitch about how a stupid bulletin board works, you need to get yourself a new hobby.
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« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2009, 03:43 PM »

It really is simple, you'll never miss a post ever, and in fact it's way better then the old forum as far as time involved if you just learn the new tricks.

Don't bother with the "read new posts" thing, log into the regular forum, if the kite icon is pointing at the forum heading (like website discussion) there have been new posts to that section of the forum so click in. Inside that section it's the same thing, if there are posts you haven't read the kite will be pointing at the threads with unread posts. Go read them, if you don't want to bother with some threads before clicking back out of that section click on "Mark all read" and it will clear those you didn't want to read. If you want to save a thread until later but there is a thread you don't care about you can open the unwanted thread(s) then click back, as long as you don't open a thread you want to save as new it will remain new.

It doesn't matter whether you've logged in 5 minutes ago or 3 weeks ago doing it this way. It doesn't matter if your coming in on 1 or 12 different computers, until you read the thread or click mark all read the forum will show you where any unread posts are lurking and take you directly to them.

That's the best part  Smiley  right to the unread posts

In the thread title you'll see a little icon that says "New" if you click that icon it takes you directly to the first unread post to that thread so you don't have to re-read a whole thread looking for where you left off - This is way better then the old software where you had to start at page 1 or guess which page you left off at and read through 5 pages to see where you were last time.

It really is simple, and better IMO
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« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2009, 05:56 PM »

Sometimes, one would wish to reread a thread from maybe a few days ago.

In that case, the ability to view topics from a time interval say:

1 week ago or newer
1 day ago or newer

etc was extremely handy.

I do agree with the icon pointing being useful though.  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2009, 08:33 PM »

On another forum that I visit clicking a thread brings me automatically to the first Unread Post, even in threads with thousands of posts or dating years ago. I guess that spoiled me.
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