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#10438 22-Nov-2006 12:25
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I visit daily, and would appreciate this feature, though I realise the absence of it may be a limitation of the forum software.

If the functionality does exist - please show me where!


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#53209 22-Nov-2006 12:34
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When you visit the site you will see an icon  in front of all new articles, news and forum posts since your last visit...






 

 

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  #53219 22-Nov-2006 13:31
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freitasm: When you visit the site you will see an icon  in front of all new articles, news and forum posts since your last visit...

In my experience, this is unreliable.  Sometimes the NEW icons will show repeatedly even though I have already viewed those posts or topics.

I would have expected that the NEW icon would disappear as soon as I refresh the Home Page view of Geekzone?
If it doesn't work this way, then how does it work?

Also, the NEW icon doesn't appear in front of existing topics which have had new posts since my last visit, but only for completely new topics.

Maybe it's not possible to highlight new posts for existing topics, but it would be really nice if it could be done...

CORRECTION:  A NEW icon just appeared in front of this existing topic just now, highlighting the existence of a new reply (mine).  So obviously it does work this way sometimes, but certainly not often.

 
 
 
 


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  #53223 22-Nov-2006 14:00
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Mauricio,

Thanks for the reply. I'll be a little more specific.

Many forums allow you to click a button ("new posts") that performs a forum search for all threads that are tagged "new". The results page is a list of threads that have had activity since my last visit.

While the small "new" pictures are helpful, I still have to drill down to the sub-forum, then to the thread, to get at the new posts. As I keep an eye on most of the sub-forums, this gets a little tedious, as there are often many active threads across many sub-forums.

Again, I realise that the forum software you are using may not allow this feature. The fact that I can't find a built-in forum 'search' feature (other than a Google search) perhaps indicates that this is the case?

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#53234 22-Nov-2006 15:17
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Yes, I realise the "drill down" can be something - adding a "search new posts" function wouldn't be hard (suggestion noted).

You can keep an eye on new threads by using RSS feeds. Each forum's got a RSS feed, but this is only for new topics.

As for "NEW" it shows up for both new topics and new replies. It won't clear the "NEW" status until you logout and login again, since it's based on the last post/reply date and last login time. Try it, it works as designed.






 

 

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  #53241 22-Nov-2006 16:38
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freitasm: You can keep an eye on new threads by using RSS feeds. Each forum's got a RSS feed, but this is only for new topics.

Yes, I already do that and it works well.

freitasm: As for "NEW" it shows up for both new topics and new replies. It won't clear the "NEW" status until you logout and login again, since it's based on the last post/reply date and last login time. Try it, it works as designed.

OK, thanks Mauricio.  This is the bit I wasn't doing.  Normally I just stay logged in all the time and Refresh the page.  I will try logging out then in again and see what happens.

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  #53248 22-Nov-2006 16:52
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freitasm: It won't clear the "NEW" status until you logout and login again, since it's based on the last post/reply date and last login time. Try it, it works as designed.

OK, I just tried it:

1)  The latest 6 posts were showing NEW
2)  I read each of those threads
3)  All 6 posts are still saying NEW
4)  Logged out
5)  Logged in again
6)  Now, only the 4 latest posts are showing NEW, but all of them I already read before...

How does this work exactly?
Is the Last Post/Reply date only updated every 5 minutes or something?
Something doesn't quite make sense here...

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#53282 22-Nov-2006 21:04
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The system looks at the post timestamp and compares to the last time you logged in. For example:

Logged in (L0): 20 Nov 2006 5:07 am

Post PA: 21 Nov 2006 6 pm
Post PB: 21 Nov 2006 6:05 pm

Logged in (LA): 21 Nov 2006 8:10 pm

Post PC: 21 Nov 2006 6:20 pm
Post PD: 21 Nov 2006 6:25 pm

Logged in (LB): 21 Nov 2006 9:15 pm

Logged in (LC): 22 Nov 2006 9:10 am

While in session (LA) you will see everything since the L0 as "NEW". This will include PA and PB, and PC and PD if you look at the homepage after the time these are posted, but before your session expires or you manually logout.
 
When you login again at LB you will see everything from your last login (LA) as "NEW", this will be PC and PD only. When you login again at LC there will be nothing "NEW".

We don't mark things READ, instead we only flag things since your previous login, and for the current session as well. Posts are all updated real time. There's no delay.












 

 

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  #53300 22-Nov-2006 22:43
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Thanks for your explanation Mauricio, I see how it works now.

Cheers,
Grant.

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#53306 22-Nov-2006 23:06
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I've noticed a couple of problems, and have edited the post with correct sequence...





 

 

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  #53307 22-Nov-2006 23:10
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Yeah, I noticed those "couple of problems" too, but I could see what you were trying to say... Wink

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