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May 30, 2008 07:34 PM

From Bad to Worse

In the old days, you could go to hot posts and see all postings since the last time you accessed that board--GOOD. Then, for the last year or so, # of posts was limited to 67 or 68--no matter how many had been posted since the last time you accessed the feature--BAD. Now, for the past few days, it seems to be limiting hot posts to 47 posts--WORSE!!!!

When I reported the 68 post limit, I got no response from Engineering. It would be nice if someone acknowledged the issue this time!

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  1. Same here -- when I log on in the morning after 12 hrs or so, I get only a page or two of HotPosts, usually less than an hour's worth, and no more. I reported this days ago...

    1. Engineering has this problem on the list of many that have cropped in the last couple of weeks.

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      1. re: Jacquilynne

        Does engineering have the 67 post limit on their list too? That's not a recent problem but it's just as annoying.

      2. Hot Posts is working for me - lots of fresh stuff. Are you still seeing this problem?

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        1. re: 5 and Dime Eater

          Hot Posts works, in that it brings up fresh stuff. Unfortunately, on active boards, the limit of 47 or 48 items means that you need to check it every few hours if you want to be able to peruse everything. It used to work so that it brought up everything since last one looked--now it's very limited (in what it displays, and therefore in usefulness).

        2. Hot posts for all boards - I stopped at 200.
          Individual boards seem to be limited to 1 page or so.

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          1. re: hannaone

            The way hot posts currently works ... from the beginnig of the new software ... has seriously sucked all of the joy out of Chowhound for me.

            If you don't want to answer on the board, please email me so I can understand this.

            Why did you put the two hour limit on hot posts?

            Even then, that two hour limit never works really ... suddenly the message comes up ... 'no new posts' and everything is erased.

            In the past, the workaround was to open a lot of new windows.

            That no longer works. At least 25 percent of the time there is a '500' error. Also, opening more than three Chowhound windows at a time brings my computer to a screeching halt ... often to the point of having to restart my computer.

            I'm an avid Chowhound fan, but I find myself reading less and less these days and not really caring much.

            1. re: rworange

              Excuse my ignorance, but what are "hot posts"? I just had a poke around and I can't find reference to them. Thanks.

              1. re: grayelf

                It's probably not called Hot Posts- that's what it was called in the old software and some of us old timers just are stuck in the habit. If you go to you can see all unread posts for Chowhound, and by selecting "Switch Board" you can browse by board. The way it's supposed to work is you should be able to use Hot Posts to browse through all the threads that have new posts, since your last visit to that board. For rabid users of the site, it's a great way to stay on top of the current activity.

                Unfortunately it's been crippled for some time, showing a maximum of only 68 or 69 threads. On a busy board like Boston, you can have that many active threads in a day, so with that limit, it's less useful. With this new limit or 47 or so, and the way it's now resetting Hot Posts after you visit the page once, it's pretty crippled. Which is a shame, because this is a feature many "regulars" clamored for more than once since the new software was rolled out 2 years ago. It may not be used by a high amount of users, but I'd bet that the users who do use it are some of the site's most loyal, so I do hope these problems get prioritized once the major site problems are resolved.

                  1. re: Chris VR

                    Thanks for the tutorial. I'll be using this even in its more truncated form to become more familiar with the boards I don't frequent.

                    1. re: grayelf

                      Just had a few minutes to test out the "hot posts" thingy -- I got 200 on the opening all board one, then 300 each on Western Canada and SF/Bay area. I did have to hit the Back button a couple of times to get more listings but they were there a few minutes ago...

                      1. re: grayelf

                        Just to make things more confusing--the first time you go to "My Unread Posts" or whatever hot posts are now called, for a given board, it seems to give you 50 on the first page, and then the option to click on "older". Looks great. But, if you go back to it in a subsequent session that's where the 47 limit kicks in. Pretty crazy--I'd love to see the code that explains that wrinkle!

                      2. re: grayelf

                        One tip that helps me- if you have a browser that allows tabbed browsing, open each interesting thread in a new window and then "Mark all as read". This allows you to resent the "counter" on your terms rather than having the software reset for you when you reload the page.

                      3. re: Chris VR

                        How do you get to the "see all unread posts" other than going to the link you provided? Of course it isn't working at this moment because the "new" icon isn't working.

                        1. re: danhole

                          If you click on the arrow next to "boards" you'll see " My Unread Posts (aka "Hot Posts") " at the top. It's easier just to bookmark that page.

                1. Just throwing in my two cents as a user, here. It's driving me absolutely bat-$#!t crazy, too. And pity the moderators, who endure all the same delays and errors as they try to load zillions of pages to manage the site.