Change in "New" flag behavior
- greygarious Jul 21, 2011 11:25 AM
I am 99.9% sure that the little gray and red "New" flag on unread threads has changed its M.O. for the worse. Here's what happens: I go to my CH profile page and see a bunch of New flags on threads which have had additional posts since I last read them. I click on one of these threads, read the new stuff, then hit the back arrow adjacent to my browser, which brings me back to my profile page. The thread I just read still has the New flag. Didn't that used to disappear? Now, it only disappears if instead of the arrow I click on my user name at the top right corner of the page.
Same thing when I read a thread to which I have not posted. If I hit the back arrow to get back to the list of threads on the board, the New flag remains. If instead I hit the name of the board, in the bold caps above the threads list, the New flag is gone.
It's not a huge deal, but it is easier and less confusing to click the back arrow rather than scrolling up to the top of the page to hit the board name or my user name.
The problem you're describing sounds to be part of normal browser caching behavior. Since I started posting actively on Site Talk about a month(?) back, I've been seeing the same behavior from the "NEW" labels when using the back button to return to the board. I'm not sure that I've noticed any change during that time, though I'm admittedly not as active as most Chowhounds. Anyone else have thoughts on this?
That's the way it works for me if using Firefox; hit back button to return to a board index or my profile, and the new flag is still there. Not so using IE; then the new flags disappear however I access the board index or my profile, including using the back button. So it seems browser-specific.
re: Caitlin McGrath
I had suspected that some browsers might handle this differently. Most modern browsers don't seem to reload the page when the back button is pressed; instead, you are shown whatever was last displayed to save time and bandwidth. As such, this is unfortunately not something that can be changed from our side.