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Jan 17, 2011 08:29 AM

Expanded Posts

I've noticed lately I'm going into threads while still logged in that are expanded, even though they are listed as having new posts. This is the first time I've seen this problem in several months.

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  1. I'm seeing it too and it's gotten worse today. More than one-third of long posts are opening expanded.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Maybe a coincidence, but I'll mention it anyway if it helps ID the problem. I've opened this thread twice this morning and both times the posts are fully expanded.

    2. Since this afternoon, nearly half the threads I'm opening are fully expanded, rather than just showing the new posts. Also there's been quite a bit of lag when typing in the dialog box to post. That is, the letters that I'm typing are delayed in showing up and I'm not typing any faster than usual.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Here's my theory on what is happening.

        The site has been EXTREMELY slow. So I click on a topic. There appears to be no response. So I click again.

        What is happening is the first click is taking a long long time. Whatever it is doing is flagging the post as read. So after waiting a while and clicking a second time, the program thinks the post has been read and displays it epanded.

        1. re: rworange

          After a second click, yes, that would make sense.

          But I have not been clicking more than once. The thread is unfolding expanded after a long time.

          I'm really frustrated with the load times too. I got a new laptop last weekend and every other site is working faster. I have turned off several scripts (com, optimizely, cloudfront, monster, admeld, etc.) and that has seems to help load times.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            This is puzzling. As far as I can tell we hadn't changed anything for nearly a week prior to your initial post. Is there any consistency, or is it at random?

            1. re: Engineering

              At this point, seems to be random selection of threads with a lot of posts. I'll pay closer attention to see if there's some age of post issue, etc.

              1. re: Engineering

                I would have said threads with many posts (40+), but this latest one is much shorter and an exception to that with but 5 replies.

                and this one too with 31 replies

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  When you encounter erroneously expanded threads like this, do any of the individual posts show the NEW label? If not, do they contain posts you haven't seen yet (eg new posts without NEW label)?

                  1. re: Engineering

                    There are no NEW labels. It is like being logged out and opening a post. Everything is expanded.

                    Yes, they contain posts not yet read. These topics show up as NEW in the profile and on the boards. However, when opened they contain no new flags and the new content must be searched ... which is increasingly more difficult because of the relative time stamps.

                    1. re: rworange

                      Are you 100% sure that there are posts in these threads that you haven't seen yet? There's a possibility that the thing being displayed incorrectly is actually the NEW flag that appears on the board pages; however, we can rule that out if you're certain the thread really *does* have new posts.

                      1. re: Engineering

                        In my examples, yes, there are new posts in the threads that opened all expanded since the last time I viewed the thread. But they're not labeled as "new".

                        1. re: Engineering

                          Absolutely cerrtain. There will be a new poster since I last read the thread. Sometimes it will be a thread that is a few months old that will suddenly pop to the top of my profile with the NEW tag and if I scroll down I will see it is a new post for that day.

                          This is usually an infrequent thing. However, as noted in the last week or two it noticably happens more often. Sometimes 1 n 10-15 topics. Prior to that it was maybe 1 or 2 a week.

                          Also, as someone else mentioned, it was usually the long topics, but now it shows up in topics that are under 10 posts ... in one way a good thing because it is easier to find the new post on those.

                          1. re: rworange

                            Hrm. This indicates that the site has an (erroneous) record of you having viewed the thread already, though I can't imagine why beyond rworange's theory. Reproducing this one is going to be exceptionally tricky given the nature of the problem; if any of you notice anything else relevant, please do let us know.

                            1. re: Engineering

                              One miscue may be in threads that have been trimmed by moderators. Though I have to say that it's unlikely that the mods have stepped in for as many threads as have been affected.

                              The post for the Starving for BBQ thread shown at the top of this profile,
                              does not appear in the thread. Clicking on the title at the top which is the url for the specific post,, goes to the top of the thread. That thread was shown as having a "new" post by Civil Bear on the message board index. When I clicked on the thread from the index, the thread was collapsed and no new post was displayed as open.

                              The text of the post implies that CB was replying to this branch which was snipped off and moved to Food Media, right around the time he was posting.

                              1. re: Melanie Wong

                                I can verify that no moderation has taken place in most of the threads you have listed. The few that have been moderated were addressed either well before or well after the reported issues. I'm not sure what to make of this split thread you've provided as an example, but would assume that it's a unique from the other expanding issues.

                      2. re: Engineering

                        Couldn't answer that as new posts have no NEW label in any threads that I view. They do have a NEW label on the message index.

            2. I've always had this problem when returning to threads with new posts, but have noticed it in recent days even on threads I haven't read any time recently.

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              1. re: mcf

                Yes, I have experienced this as well ... for a long long time.

              2. Me too...see there's a new post, click on the topic, all responses are expanded. Wind up having to do a name search to identify the posts to find the most recent. Kind of irritating....