Announcement: Changes to Forum 'New Posts'

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

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    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 ;).
  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Well, that's good. For a minute there I though my computer had lost its mind. :rofl:
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    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.
  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Put me down as a "don't care." Whatever makes your life easier is good for me.
  5. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Ad Dieleman
    Amin, I haven't noticed a change at all, I'm probably reading the forum too frequently. So I'm fine with whatever you choose to do.
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    I went ahead and ordered a memory upgrade for the server, which should take care of the problem.