New Posts seems pretty useless

Discussion in 'Site Information, Help, and Feedback' started by AlbertInFrance, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. AlbertInFrance

    AlbertInFrance FujiXspot Regular

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    Feb 11, 2013
    Morbihan, France
    When I open the forums and click on New Posts I only get stuff that is new since I last visited. Sometimes I drop in, see a couple of dozen items, get interrupted and shut my browser. Coming back a short while later I see maybe 2 or 3 'New Posts'.

    On most forums I use the equivalent search defaults to showing at least one day's worth of items. To get this I have to use Advanced Search, set to find anything since yesterday (or sometimes even earlier), tell it to sort by date, have a stiff drink and then hit search.

    I can't see how to save this search as a default, although there's a button that looks like it should.

    Am I missing something? This actually makes FujiXspot less attractive to me than some other forums.

    Also, the way that I can't add an avatar until I've made 100 (or whatever) posts also makes it harder to scan a thread and pick up from where I last posted.
     
  2. flysurfer

    flysurfer X-Pert

    Feb 1, 2013
    Nuremberg
    Rico Pfirstinger
    Agree, it's annoying and makes me miss plenty of posts. "New Posts" should show everything that I haven't fully read, not just new stuff since my last visit. It's the same problem at seriouscompacts.com.
     
  3. Nic

    Nic FujiXspot Regular

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    Feb 5, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    I just use the list on the right of the page, or "Discussions -> Recent Discussions" if I haven't visited for a while. Never knew that the "New Posts" button existed on either site.
     
  4. jloden

    jloden FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2013
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
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  5. capodave

    capodave FujiXspot Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2013
    Mission Viejo CA
    Dave Kavlich
    Good suggestion.
     
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    Jan 31, 2013
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Have you ever been to a forum where it wasn't this way? If so, let me know where, and I'll try to figure out how they're doing what they're doing. As far as I know, this is a limitation of vBulletin. Jay's suggestions are good ones. There are several ways to see the latest posts.
     
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  7. joeradza

    joeradza FujiXspot Regular

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    Feb 22, 2013
    Amin, I do't want to send anyone somewhere else BUT, on fujixseries if you are reading a thread it shows say 10 posts for example, the next time you go to the site if there are more posts the number is highlighted and takes you to the next unread post. Works great. It's the only forum I've ever seen that does it.

    Joe
     
  8. flysurfer

    flysurfer X-Pert

    Feb 1, 2013
    Nuremberg
    Rico Pfirstinger
  9. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    Jan 31, 2013
    Boston, MA (USA)
    That site uses totally different software, so I'm not surprised it works differently.

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
     
  10. jloden

    jloden FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2013
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Probably not much help, but I did notice when viewing theforum in tapatalk, it tracks "unread" posts, which would be tje desired behavior. Not sure if that's implemented server side or only in the tapatalk client though.

    I did a cursory search and it does look like there are at a minimum some vbulletin plugins for this, not sure how complicated it'd be to implement without digging in further:

    http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=231060
     
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  11. pniev

    pniev Guest

    Thanks for searching for answers, Joe. It is really great that people invest their time by making suggestions for improvement. But it is even more impressive when people search for solutions! We cannot expect Amin to solve everything (unless he turns his hobby into a profession, of course ;-) ; I am always amazed how people manage to run fora like this besides their day jobs and family lives!).

    Unfortunately I cannot contribute anything but I'll ask a colleague - who is more technically developed, so to speak - if he's familiar with vBulletin and has some suggestions.

    Peter
     
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    Jan 31, 2013
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I think I figured out the difference. There is a setting called "Thread/Forum Read Marking Type"

    The options are explained in this thread: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=172692

    I've always used option #1 because it is the least server intensive (I want the sites to be fast) and is least likely to corrupt the database. I'll try switching it to option #3 and see how that goes.
     
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  13. joeradza

    joeradza FujiXspot Regular

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    Feb 22, 2013
    Amin, I didn't want you to think I was dissatisfied. I only made the suggestion because I thought others were looking for it. As they say, whatever floats your boat.

    Joe
     
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  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    Jan 31, 2013
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Thanks, Joe. I found your suggestion helpful. Just wanted to make it clear that our software may not give me the same options as theirs (and vice versa).
     
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  15. AlbertInFrance

    AlbertInFrance FujiXspot Regular

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    Feb 11, 2013
    Morbihan, France
    Thanks Amin. I hadn't seen the discussions list on the front page because I normally shortcut directly to the Forums page of sites like this.
     
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  16. flysurfer

    flysurfer X-Pert

    Feb 1, 2013
    Nuremberg
    Rico Pfirstinger
    Yay, the site's much better to use now!
     
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