All forum software I have ever used has an indicator on threads to indicate "there are new posts in this thread since the last time you looked at it". There doesn't seem to be any such indicator here, and so I have to click every topic to check, or else I have to somehow remember when I last checked each topic and see if there is something since then (impossible to do, even for people with good memory). If such a feature is implemented here, I cannot seem to figure it out. Could someone be so kind as to clarify for me? If it doesn't exist, it sure would be handy.
On the main forum list the light bulb icon next to the thread indicates a new post, it is yellow if there is something new, white if not. Same with the folder icon if you are in an an individual forums list or in the recent topics list.
posted 5 years ago
Ben Plummer wrote:On the main forum list the light bulb icon next to the thread indicates a new post, it is yellow if there is something new, white if not. Same with the folder icon if you are in an an individual forums list or in the recent topics list.
That's what I thought, and it sounds reasonable. But for some reason, that's not the case for me. For instance, I see that there is a post dated today in the Trees forum, but I have never visited that forum area, and the light bulb is not lit. Same with Forest Garden, except I have viewed that in the recent past, but the post dated today did not cause the light bulb to get lit.
Same goes for the yellow folders. Right after I posted this thread, I went to a forum area and saw 2 yellow folders on topics, but I know that the next 2 topics definitely had new posts since I last viewed them, but they did not have yellow folders. Right now, I'm not seeing ANY yellow folders in ANY forum area at all. It is as if the yellow folders are set to go away across the whole site after you visit the site, regardless of whether you view the specific topics or not.
I suppose this could be a design feature, presuming that people would visit, view all topics that have yellow folders and light bulbs, then leave. All indicators go off presuming that you have viewed all new topics that you care to view? If so, it might be useful to have this feature explained in detail? Exactly what action causes the lights to go off, and when, etc.
I don't know the intent, so I don't want to call it a bug. Just trying to figure it out.
Oh, and thanks for the link to "recent topics". I did not know that existed. That link will help me a lot.
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