Announcement: Changes to Forum 'New Posts'

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

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jan 31, 2013
    Boston, MA (USA)
    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 ;).
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  2. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 1, 2013
    Thanks you soooo much.
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jan 31, 2013
    Boston, MA (USA)
    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 more member feedback about whether the new changes are an improvement or not. Please state your preferences without respect to cost.
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jan 31, 2013
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I went ahead and ordered a memory upgrade for the server, which should take care of the problem.
  5. AlbertInFrance

    AlbertInFrance FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 11, 2013
    Morbihan, France
    I think I'm the guy who triggered this off. I find the current way of displaying all recent posts hugely better than the old method, where sometimes I'd only see one or two threads listed.

    Glad the extra memory option has won.
  6. afkenner

    afkenner FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    New York
    +1 for keeping it the way it is now. So helpful in keeping current with the growing number and variety of posts here on FXS. Really enjoying the forum, BTW. Thanks for all your time and effort!