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Jun 22, 2008 10:31 AM

Latest posts not visible

I'm opening recently "New" topics and not seeing the latest post. Could just be latency.

However, unlike the last time this was happening, the missing posts are being marked as read, and when I return to the board list the topic no longer shows as new.

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  1. I'm experiencing the same thing. Seems like this new twist on the old problem just started today or yesterday.

    1. It's been bad and it's getting worse. Used to be that it sometimes took a few minutes for a post to show up in a thread. Now 15-30 minutes isn't uncommon. Just went to "My Chow" and saw that a new post was made to a thread I've been following 18 minutes ago. Click on the thread, and the new post is nowhere to be found.

      This gets especially irritating when I want to edit a post of my own. Fix a typo, save the change, find another typo, and only the original post will load. Surely there's a simple fix for this...

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      1. re: alanbarnes

        Me too. None of the 3 posts I have made in last 8 hrs have appeared. One entire thread has disappeared after I posted and it was not off topic/inappropriate. Confusing.

        1. re: alanbarnes

          I'd have to imagine that if there were a SIMPLE fix, it'd have been done. The engineers clearly are working on things, so let's give them some credit where it's due.

          1. re: Chris VR

            Among my engineer friends, "surely there's a simple fix" is a running joke. It's what's said by people who have no understanding whatsoever as to how a system works, let alone any clue as to the source of a particular problem or the effort that's gone into preventing and/or solving it. So when somebody complains that he's been beating his head against a wall for a couple of days without any results, responding with a deadpan "surely there's a simple fix" is supposed to lighten the mood (if deranged laughter can be considered light). That, or result in bodily assault.

            Regardless, it was my attempt at humor.

            1. re: alanbarnes

              And often the simplest fix would break something else.

              If you don't know the source, it's very hard to guess whether a problem is non-trivial.

              1. re: alanbarnes

                Sorry for being oversensitive- my better half is a software engineer, as are most of my geeky friends (and I've done some programming myself ages ago) and I really do sympathize with the engineering team. Things never are as easy as they look (but then, you really could say that of ANY profession!)

                1. re: Chris VR

                  As of yesterday, my posts weren't showing up. Using this as a test.

          2. me 7. my experience is the same as AlanBarnes 6:58 and the op by R.L. i'm appreciative of any efforts by engineering on all of our behalves.

            1. jfood as well. open a post marked "new" and every one is collapsed. if jfood returns they are all expanded. quite a frustrating experience.


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              1. re: jfood

                same thing for me as in Jfood's post again today. still happening for others?

                1. re: jfood

                  If you have seen all replies and then go back to that thread they should all be expanded, but if you have only seen some of them, then the new ones should be the only ones expanded.

                  Are you seeing something outside that behavior on thread pages?

                  1. re: Engineering

                    > Are you seeing something outside that behavior on thread pages?

                    Yes. Thread indicates there are new posts with the New icon. Click on thread. Everything is collapsed, no new posts appear in thread, either expanded or collapsed.

                    Go back to overview, "new" icon disappears, as if you've seen the new posts. Open thread again. New posts now there, but collapsed, because system thinks you've seen them. Scan through dates/times looking for new posts and open them manually.

                    Quite a tedious process, as you can imagine. Let me know if I haven't explained this well This happens about 50% of the time since approx. June 21-22.

                    1. re: kpzoo

                      Yeah, this is exactly what happens to me. It's frustrating, especially in long threads.

                    2. re: Engineering

                      It has to do with the delay in some posts showing on a thread. A post is made and the thread gets the new tag. Open the thread and the latest post does not show up, however all old posts are collapsed. Refresh the thread or go back to the parent board then re open the thread and all posts are now expanded even though the newest post has not been viewed yet.

                        1. re: hannaone

                          To add - I just posted on this thread, but when I went back to it, because it showed a new post by alan barnes, I don't see my post, or alan barnes' post, and all posts are expanded for me.

                          1. re: MMRuth

                            Maybe it's intended to increase discussion! I didn't see the responses from kpzoo, hannaone, or soupkitten when I posted largely redundant information at 11:35. If those posts had been viewable, I could have just kept my piehole shut. This way, the post counts go up...

                            1. re: alanbarnes


                              I expect this is giving engineering fits since it doesn't happen with every thread or every post.

                              1. re: alanbarnes

                                I think it really is just a glitch/technical issue - from what I've read on this board, it's deterring a lot of people from posting/reading the boards, which would presumably reduce site hits or whatever they are called! Of course, after spending a law school course studying the Kennedy assassination, I still think Oswald did it. Not much of a conspiracy theorist.

                                1. re: MMRuth

                                  C'mon, it was supposed to be funny. They surgically remove your soul in law school, not your sense of humor.

                          2. re: Engineering

                            from my screen, what we're seeing is the new flag on a post-- "oh, Jfood responded to the maltshake thread 2 minutes ago"-- then go to the thread-- all posts are collapsed and Jfood's brand new one does not show up *at all*-- we go back to the board or "my chow," check the thread, new flag is gone despite not seeing new post, click back on the thread and all posts are expanded, and Jfood's new post may or may not be there somewhere in the 100+ expanded posts. . .

                            am i making sense? others sharing same exp? fwiw the chances of getting to see a new post seems to go up if you don't try to look at it for 10 mins or so after it is first posted.

                            1. re: Engineering

                              Yes. A "new" tag appears next to a thread title. It says that the most recent post was made by userx y minutes ago. Upon opening the thread, userx's post is not yet visible. Later, upon opening the thread again, userx's post is visible--but it's mixed in with all the other (old) posts on the thread.

                              Generally speaking, if the thread was opened less than y minutes ago, it's a fair assumption that the viewer has seen all posts, including userx's. If the software makes this assumption, but the assumption is incorrect because of latency issues, it would produce the results we're seeing.

                          3. I've noticed the time delay between posting and appearing. I've been chalking it up to censorship. That is, they're withholding the posts of some people until clearing them for public consumption. If you've ever been controversial on this board, now you know.

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                              1. re: Googs

                                There's no such function built into our software. We do, very occasionally, delete something in order to discuss it and then put it back later once we reach a decision, but there's no 'hold queue' for pre-approval before things are posted.

                                1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                  My apologies. I assumed the new ownership came with the "television delay". Good to know it isn't exactly Hound-specific.