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Turn off posts marked as read?

Discussion in 'About phun.org' started by pson, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. pson

    pson

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    Did a search but got nothing so here goes.
    Is it possible to turn of the automatic post read function? I looked in the settings but can't find anything about it and it's annoying that when you look around and all of a sudden you can't see wich posts you looked at or not.
    Or maybe it's supposed to be like that and with a good reason?
     
  2. Green Bastard

    Green Bastard feels good man

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    I'm not sure exactly what exact problem you're having, but the answer is no regardless. There isn't any way you can stop posts from being marked read. They will be marked as read when you view a thread or after a certain amount of time (when your session expires I believe). When you log in again it will check what threads are new since your last visit and those are what are bold. It then keeps track of which threads you've viewed since that point and removes the bold.

    To put it another way, it doesn't save what threads you've read for all time, just for the current session.
     
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  3. MadamMeow

    MadamMeow ... Staff Member ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Although I can't give you advice for after you leave from one session either, I can help you prevent posts from being marked as read while you are still on.

    The posts will get marked as read after a 1/2 hour of browsing. To prevent that from happening, you can use search http://forum.phun.org/search.php and search for anything, doesn't matter what, it will prevent the threads from getting marked as read while you are still on. Just make sure that you keep doing it within every half hour. :)

    This is something I've stumbled upon long ago and can't explain why it helps, but it does. I do it everyday.

    Although like GB said, once you log out or leave for an extended period of time, anything not read when you left will still be marked as read and everything posted since you left will be marked as unread at that point.
     
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  4. Green Bastard

    Green Bastard feels good man

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    Yep, I think basically any activity should work. I take it you, like most people, tick the "remember me" box when logging in, right? Well, after that half hour or whatever our session timeout is (I forget offhand) it technically logs you and ends your session. If you load a Phun page after that it doesn't look like you've been logged out, you're still logged in as far as you can see, but that's because that "remember me" setting logs you back in automatically and transparently. As long as you avoid going totally inactive for 30 minutes or whatever, you should be able to avoid that session timeout.

    I'd guess that's what's happening to the OP, they don't realize it, but their session is timing out and that's when everything before that gets marked as read.
     
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  5. MadamMeow

    MadamMeow ... Staff Member ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    I do click the Remember Me button. Not even sure why I click it. I guess I don't want to be forgotten! :lol:
     
  6. pson

    pson

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    Ok, that's the answer I was after.
    To bad it was the "wrong" answer :/
    Almost all other forums I know of (no not sites like this) doesn't mark a thread as read before you've actually read it or let you mark all posts read manually or something like that.
    As it is now since I only have the time to come here on the weekends there's a lot of new stuff to look at and it's impossible to do it in one sweep.
    So why have phun chosen to go with this solution (that sucks ;) ) and can a "fix" be added since other forums hace the option already??
     
  7. Green Bastard

    Green Bastard feels good man

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    Oh, I do too, it's useful. I was just pointing out that even though you don't manually log out, as far as vBulletin is concerned, your session is reset at that point.

    If you mean you don't like answer, sure, sorry about that. But, it's the correct answer.

    We use vBulletin forum software and it provides 3 different options as far as handling thread "read" marking. The one we use is based on your session/last login and stores the threads you've read during that session in a local cookie.

    The other two methods do what you are suggesting but they store all that data in the database (on Phun's servers). These options are very server intensive and not a viable option for a forum of any decent size and traffic. It's one of the first optimizations large forums are recommended to make. In Phun's case, I suspect it's just always been that way because the these two other options didn't exist until vBulletin 4 which Phun predates. Regardless, it's not a feature I would recommend turning on.
     
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  8. GMGoodwill

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    Hi, i dunno if it is some sort of vacation jet lag, but the posts i read do not seem to become marked as read. Instead I have to read click mark all messages as read which is rather cumbersome and annoying.

    Am I the only one with this problem?
     

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