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Odd behavior with marking forums as read #260951
01/20/18 01:51 PM
01/20/18 01:51 PM
Baldeagle  Offline OP
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Our users reported some odd behavior, so I investigated. Here's what's happening. If you enter a forum, then click on the Forums link, the forum is now marked as read. (The icon on the left changes from yellow to gray.)
I'm pretty sure this was not the default behavior before. If you reenter the Forum, the icon to the left of every thread is gray, indicating that they are read. Did I miss a setting somewhere? Or is this normal behavior?

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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260953
01/20/18 02:33 PM
01/20/18 02:33 PM
isaac  Online Splat
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the icon and color depend on which style icon set you have installed.

there are two icons for read status.
one is for ALL POSTS IN THIS FORUM HAVE BEEN READ
the other is for THERE ARE UNREAD POSTS IN THIS FORUM

Some Style icon sets use a blank.gif for their ALL READ icon. Some Style icon sets use a greyed-out (monochrome) version for that gif icon.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260955
01/20/18 03:06 PM
01/20/18 03:06 PM
Baldeagle  Offline OP
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OK, I understand that. But why would the entire forum and every post in it be marked as read as soon as you enter it? I don't recall seeing that behavior before. I noticed that the 7.6.1 upgrade includes a NEW beside unread posts. That seems like it would resolve this issue, so I'm going to upgrade today and see if it does.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260956
01/20/18 04:47 PM
01/20/18 04:47 PM
Ruben  Offline
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While I agree with the issue it has always worked that way for me using firefox and explorer and edge..
If you visit a forum with multiple unread posts. Even if you don't read them and back out and go back they all show as read. Per forum.

Maybe a long standing bug that has never been addressed?

Last edited by Ruben; 01/20/18 04:52 PM.

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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260957
01/20/18 04:55 PM
01/20/18 04:55 PM
Baldeagle  Offline OP
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I changed to two different styles, and the result was the same. I don't think it's a style issue. The mark-as-read function doesn't seem to be working correctly.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260958
01/20/18 04:57 PM
01/20/18 04:57 PM
Ruben  Offline
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If you stay current on a forum you really don't notice it. Because there may only be one or two posts not read.
But visit a site that you rarely visit and you see that happen very easily.When there are several posts not read.
Where active threads usually stays correct and maintains the unread status.
Or at least it seems so. Maybe not.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260959
01/20/18 05:18 PM
01/20/18 05:18 PM
Gizmo  Offline
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IIRC this feature has always marked the forum icon as read once you access the forum when it has new messages.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260960
01/20/18 05:22 PM
01/20/18 05:22 PM
Baldeagle  Offline OP
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Did it also mark all the threads in the forum as read as well? It seems that any unread threads should remain unread until they are read.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260961
01/20/18 05:23 PM
01/20/18 05:23 PM
Gizmo  Offline
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Did you double click the forum "new messages" icon? If so, it should mark it as read.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Gizmo] #260962
01/20/18 05:27 PM
01/20/18 05:27 PM
Ruben  Offline
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Lutz,FL
It always has.
Originally Posted by Gizmo
Did you double click the forum "new messages" icon? If so, it should mark it as read.

it does this behavior either way.. Always has.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260964
01/20/18 06:41 PM
01/20/18 06:41 PM
isaac  Online Splat
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California
greyed out forum icon is "nothing new since your last visit"

that's how the php code reads, when I look at it.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260966
01/20/18 07:43 PM
01/20/18 07:43 PM
Baldeagle  Offline OP
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I understand that, but, when you enter a forum, ALL the unread messages are being marked as read. Is that how it's supposed to work? Frankly, I don't recall, because I don't use the forum that often. I just maintain it and the underlying server.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260967
01/20/18 07:44 PM
01/20/18 07:44 PM
isaac  Online Splat
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that's the way it's been for several years.


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Re: Odd behavior with marking forums as read [Re: Baldeagle] #260986
01/22/18 08:51 PM
01/22/18 08:51 PM
Baldeagle  Offline OP
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What code would I have to change to have threads marked as unread until they are actually read by the user? Does anyone know how to make that mod?


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