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Discussion in 'BYC Website & Forum Feedback & Announcements' started by Wes in Tx, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. Wes in Tx

    Wes in Tx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was reading the fourms and had to reboot my computer. I had not visted all the fourms with todays post in them but when I rebooted and logged back in all the fourms were marked as if I had read them all.

    Is there anyway to stop that? I think it also happens if I switch to another internet site and then come back say 30 minutes later.
     
  2. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    It's always like that Wes so not a glitch of you rebooting but seems the way this format is. Several boards I go to are like that and I agree with you, manually setting what you have read is better in many ways. As I tend to read up at work in down time and get on and off the board lots for me this way is tough to keep track on.
     
  3. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Wes,

    You picked up on a very interesting topic... one that is debated around all internet forums. Long story short, this is one of those items where there are "fixes" / modifications to alter the "read" post behavior, but they all come with a very high price in forum speed.

    There is a new version (1.3) of this forum due out. One item is it will have proper mark as read functionality. Rickard Andersson, the developer of this forum software said (warning... techical content below),

    "What I mean by "proper" mark as read functionality is that when you read a topic that has been posted to since your last visit, it will no longer be marked as containing new posts (for that session!). It does not mean that you're "unread" topics are marked as such forever. I can't really think of a situation where you want to save that data for that long. When you are away from a forum for some time and then come back, you're interested in which topics have been posted to. You're not interested in which topics had been posted to the last time you were there.

    In short. The only difference between the way it works now and the way it will work in 1.3 is that in 1.3, when you read a topic that was marked as containing "new posts", that indicator will turn off.

    There is to my knowledge no fast and elegant way of implementing a long term read/unread posts marking system. Thus, it won't be in PunBB."


    adoptedbyachicken is right, this is the way a lot of the forum applications do this. I'm constantly looking for mods / ideas that will work without effecting the speedy response of the forum, but as of right now there isn't anything available.
     
  4. Wes in Tx

    Wes in Tx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I disagree with those thoughts because when I do have to leave for a while I like to come back and try to read the fourms I didn't get to read before and answer any questions I can. Guess since this fourms acts like it does then I may miss lots of question because I don't have the time to go back through all the fourms every time to make sure I haven't missed somethin I may have could help someone with. Heck this being the case there ought to be only one fourm that way nothing gets missed.[​IMG]
     
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Wes, I agree, it can be frustrating. I'm still looking into options and will keep you posted.
     

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