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Announcement: Changes to Forum 'New Posts'

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by Amin Sabet, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    In response to member feedback, I've made two changes to the way the forum works:

    1) Change in thread marking type from inactivity/cookie based (threads would be marked as read once a user has been inactive for a certain amount of time (15 minutes) to database with automatic forum marking (threads marked as read once you have read them). The old system would remove threads from "New Posts" after 15 minutes of inactivity, whereas the new system removes them from New Posts when you have read them and otherwise will list the last 10 days of unread posts.

    Since I just made this change, all threads and posts have been marked in the database as new/unread. If you want a fresh start, choose "Mark Forums Read" from the "Forum Actions" dropdown in the Navbar.


    2) Change in settings to "Update Thread Views Immediately". Previously all viewed threads would be counted as viewed once per hour. Now they are counted as viewed immediately upon viewing.


    Please note that both of the above changes will place a larger load on our server. Server costs are already high, so if these changes result in slower forum performance, I may have to revert them.


    From a user standpoint, some will like the new way, and some will like the old. I'm counting on more people liking the new way once everyone gets used to it. Please allow some time to get used to the new changes before asking me to revert them :wink:.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Whoah, I thought the classifieds were awfully busy while I slept. :rofl:

    I think once I get used to it, it's going to be great.
     
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  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Someone at Mu-43 said that the changes caused problems with the forum app, which means the same thing will probably be true here. I'm sure someone will let me know :).
     
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    The new changes are causing a fair number of memory errors, which means we need to upgrade the server again or revert. Some users are saying they preferred the old way. Would appreciate some member feedback about whether the new changes are an improvement or not.
     
  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I don't mind the old style at all. Plus, I'm all for keeping operational costs lower.
     
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    If cost were no issue, do you prefer the old way or the new?
     
  7. kevwilfoto

    kevwilfoto SC Rookie

    15
    Feb 10, 2013
    Frederick, CO
    Kevin
    I think I will like the new way better, if cost were no issue.
     
  8. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I went ahead and ordered a memory upgrade for the server, which should take care of the problem.
     
  9. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Thanks, Amin. I'll have to find something to buy via one of your affiliate links. Or make a direct donation very soon.
     
  10. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I'm old school!!