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Jun 24, 2006 04:53 AM

How to Identify Posts Not Yet Read

On the old site, posts I had previously read showed up in a different color from the posts I had not yet read. Does the new site provide an easy way to pick out the posts I have not already read?

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    1. Yeah, look for the "NEW" button both in board index view and in thread view.

      Once you open the thread window, stuff therein will (obviously) no longer be new once you close or refresh that window, so the buttons will no longer apply. At least until something new comes in to the thread, which will be marked NEW.

      It works well. I've been trying to break it all night, because I don't know any database message board software that's not buggy with this. But it seems to really work.

      1. Great! I see it now. Thanks for the amazingly quick response!

        1. How about when you want to "Mark All Read" -- that is, get rid of all the "New" posts so that you are caught up to the present moment before ending a browsing session? I would love such a feature.

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          1. re: Saccade

            reload whatever page you're looking at, and they'll be gone (though new flags may appear if new stuff came in since you last loaded)

            1. re: Jim Leff

              I don't think so. As far as I can tell, they only disappear if you actually read the threads (although if you open a thread and don't read all the posts, they do disappear). So, no, there doesn't seem to be a "Mark As Read" function.

              1. re: Chris VR

                To clarify, there are two places you see "new" flags: board index and within a thread. To clear the "new" flags from a thread, load and reload the thread. To clear from board indexes, yeah, you have to click the threads. For non-techies out there, the software can't REALLY tell if you've read something... just if you've opened and closed the page. So if you're reading a thread with 4 new flags, and just read 3 of them and close the window, the software will assume you've read all and clear all 4 flags.

          2. Yeah, but when looking at a list of threads there's no reason that there couldn't be a "mark all as read" link that when clicked, tells the software that we've clicked into ALL the threads.

            It's a standard message board feature, incredibly easy to do, and makes wiping the slate clean when you've been awhile for a bit much, much easier.


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            1. re: Peter

              That's what I am after, yeah. A global feature.

              But this is a minor quibble. Good job overall!!

              I like the subtle changes in the background colors to denote different levels of reply.