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Doug de Werd

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Marked as Read?
« on: April 08, 2004, 10:33:55 am »

I like the new forum, but I have a question about posts being marked as read. Maybe it's just me, but I can't seem to tell the difference when looking at the tree view of which posts I've already read, unlike the old forum where it was very obvious by the color difference.  Maybe it's something subtle that I'm just overlooking?

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Re: Marked as Read?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2004, 12:05:09 pm »

There's a color difference here too. Either red or blue.

Atleast on my screen  Rolling Eyes  Smile

EDIT: It's the icon on the left that changes color, not the text. That's the difference.
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Re: Marked as Read?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2004, 12:36:04 pm »

OK no problem.... it only changes color if you are logged in as a registered user.  I knew it had to be something simple, but it actually tells you that when you do a mouse-over on the icon

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Doug
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Re: Marked as Read?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2004, 12:39:22 pm »

hmmmmmmmm

well it did  work like that just a second ago, but now it's not.  I'm registered and logged in, so I'm still confused (no surprise there).

Doug
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Re: Marked as Read?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2004, 12:58:26 pm »

It works it really works Very Happy
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Re: Marked as Read?
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2004, 08:26:07 pm »

I am getting no indication or read or unread message either, just which forums have read or unread messages...the lit or unlit lightbulbs on srforums.prosoundweb.com..

.don't know why...
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Re: Marked as Read?
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2004, 03:34:48 pm »

I am having the same problem. There seems to be no difference between posts I have read and posts I have not.
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Over keen marking as read?
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2004, 05:24:41 pm »

Not quite the same issue but to do with read/unread problems, i find that if i start reading a topic which has many replys, before i've read them all they all get changed to read so i get lost as to which i've read and which i haven't. Is this just a problem with me or have other people had the same issue?

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Re: Over keen marking as read?
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2004, 07:42:40 pm »

I've noticed that as well and documented it though it appears that's the way it is intended to work which on a long thread, well, sucks.

Keep the comments coming...

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Re: Over keen marking as read?
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2004, 01:09:32 pm »

While I don't care what the forum looks like or what special views I can get, I do need to be able to tell at a glance what messages I have not read.  If you can't fix this major flaw it will be very difficult for me and many others to use the LAB any more.

BTW Spell check rocks!
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Re: Over keen marking as read?
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2004, 03:18:55 pm »

Tom B wrote on Sun, 18 April 2004 10:09

If you can't fix this major flaw it will be very difficult for me and many others to use the LAB any more.



The hell you say....  Wink

All kidding and ball busting aside...

It's an inconsistent sort of thing in that I can't replicate it most of the time.  People are looking at it, if we can't replicate it consistently, it's kind of hard to fix.  There are other ways to follow threads such as subscription, syndications (for Newsgator users) and emailed responses.

One more thing not specifically to Tom, but to some of the others that are having a difficult time enjoying the new format...

Sometimes things will happen and software has a way of doing things at times that is difficult to get a handle on, even for the people that built it.  We strive to make this as easy and flexible as possible, there will be issues that develop from time to time.  While I don't mind and even encourage is criticism or comments on how we or the infrastucture is doing there is one thing that is getting long in the tooth.

Some, a few though not many have resulted to "if this doesn't change I'm gone", "you didn't do this like I wanted, I'm out of here".  I have one thing to say to those folks.

Thanks for stopping by...  

As always, suggestions, comments and criticism always welcome.  Rants and flames returned in kind.

Dave

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Re: Marked as Read?
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2004, 01:11:38 am »

Here's problem that I've noticed - when I'm working in the "unread posts" view (very handy!) it sometimes has the same posts that I've already read in the view.  It's like it hasn't registered that I've read that post.  Sometimes it will show the same message or series of messages from a thread several times before it's marked as "read"

otherwise - very good!
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Re: Over keen marking as read?
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2004, 11:53:50 pm »

Dave wrote on Sat, 17 April 2004 18:42

I've noticed that as well and documented it though it appears that's the way it is intended to work which on a long thread, well, sucks.

Keep the comments coming...

Dave



Dave wrote on Mon, 19 April 2004 14:18

Tom B wrote on Sun, 18 April 2004 10:09

If you can't fix this major flaw it will be very difficult for me and many others to use the LAB any more.



The hell you say....  Wink

All kidding and ball busting aside...

It's an inconsistent sort of thing in that I can't replicate it most of the time.  People are looking at it, if we can't replicate it consistently, it's kind of hard to fix.  There are other ways to follow threads such as subscription, syndications (for Newsgator users) and emailed responses.

One more thing not specifically to Tom, but to some of the others that are having a difficult time enjoying the new format...

Sometimes things will happen and software has a way of doing things at times that is difficult to get a handle on, even for the people that built it.  We strive to make this as easy and flexible as possible, there will be issues that develop from time to time.  While I don't mind and even encourage is criticism or comments on how we or the infrastucture is doing there is one thing that is getting long in the tooth.

Some, a few though not many have resulted to "if this doesn't change I'm gone", "you didn't do this like I wanted, I'm out of here".  I have one thing to say to those folks.

Thanks for stopping by...  

As always, suggestions, comments and criticism always welcome.  Rants and flames returned in kind.

Dave




First off I think I misspoke or misunderstood what you ment.  I was refering to the above quote of "it appears that's the way it is intended to work"

the read/unread markings are kind of working now.  It is about 90% corect in its markins.  But it is makring threads and mesages I have not looked at yet as read.  I am curious how the information is stored on my computer.  I am asuming the old way was based on the history stored in my browser.  It looks like the new program uses a cookie or is based on my system clock/ login.

I will also try to look for a repetable patern for you.

Tom B
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Re: Marked as Read?
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2004, 12:30:49 am »

I've determined that nothing that you read in the "unread posts" view is ever marked as read - you have to either click "mark all posts as read" or go into the thread manually so the forum thinks you've read it.

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Re: Over keen marking as read? Method as to why
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2004, 12:31:01 am »

I've noticed the software doing the extra marking as read as well.

I think I've found the pattern: First an example thread, each line is a message, numbered for convience, dashes show the equivalent of tree view


1
-2
-3
--8
--9
---10
----11
-4
-5
-6
--12
---13
-7

If messages 9 and 10 are read then messages 2,3,8,9 & 10 will be marked as read.
If messages 12 and 13 are read every thing but 7 will be marked
If messages 8 and 9 are read then 2,3,8 and 7 will be marked as read.

It seems if you read at least two messages "further into the thread" it marks as read everything above them as shown in the tree view.

I'm not 100% sure that this is exactly correct but it seems to mostly work to predict the forums erratic (and very annoying) behavior.

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Re: Marked as Read?
« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2004, 12:55:52 am »

We've got some info to work with.  It'll be a bit before we really dive into it.  The functionality depends on the specific veiwing prefs in the profile, particularly the tree view.  The flat view seems to be honky dory but tree needs some work.  We'll address it but in the near term but for right now the priority is getting the RecPit moved.

If ya'll find anything new let us know.  I'll check back once a day or so.

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Re: Over keen marking as read? Method as to why
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2004, 02:23:23 am »

rphilip wrote on Tue, 20 April 2004 21:31


I'm not 100% sure that this is exactly correct but it seems to mostly work to predict the forums erratic (and very annoying) behavior.



I think you're going in the right direction, Philip.  Well done.  I would agree that it's annoying, though I wouldn't say it was erratic, from looking at the code it looks like it's supposed to do that.  Weather that's an error or not, I can't say but it looks like it's doing what it's being told to do.

Most of the users and development happen in flat mode, like most other forum systems. The threading was one of the main reasons for choosing FUD.  It looks like there hasn't been as much testing in threaded and somethings, (like this for example) might have been coded with flat in mind.  It's also possible that just a bit of the logic is misordered and an oversight.  If you think about it, in tree mode

1
-2
--3
---4

If 4 is a direct reply to 3, then one could possibly ASSume that someone had read all posts.  Hmmmm, but....

If we're in flat mode, we really have no choice as the posts appear on the forum.  I suppose you could just skim over them or not look at them but flat the program wouldn't really know if you read them, only if they have been drawn to the screen during your session (which is what looks like is happening)

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3
4

I'll chat with the developer and see what he has to say.

DAve


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Re: Over keen marking as read? Method as to why
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2004, 08:30:26 pm »

Hi Dave,
Somthing good I discovered today was that when I loged into another computer it knew what was marked read/unread.  Very cool.  This tells me that the read/unread is stored on yours servers instead of of on my computer.

Tom B
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