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site forgetting "read" posts

A couple of times today when reading topics that got new posts after a long gap the only posts hidden as "read" were my own. Posts older than my last post wrongly showed as new.

This one, for example:


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  1. Having same problem and I'm definitely logged in.

    1. That happened when I first came to the site this morning. It has since cleared up, I think.

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      1. re: Gio

        Nope, still happening for me with the old Search thread that just reappeared here.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Hi Melanie. Curiously, the same thing happened to me at the very first thread I opened this morning, which happened to be this one. All previously read posts were expanded but my post was collapsed.

          For the second thread I opened everything was in order. All posts collapsed and just the unread posts were expanded. And so it's been all through the morning.

          1. re: Gio

            It seems to be happening with threads that were started some time ago. Recent topics don't have the problem, as far as I've noticed this morning.

          1. re: Mr Taster

            That's really a shame, Mr. T. Curiously, after 25 Aug. it hasn't happened to me again. I'm on Firefox.

            1. re: Gio

              Have you opened any threads that were started a few years ago and recently bumped up? Those are the problematic ones for me.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I did in fact, just now, a thread dating to March 2008 and, you're right. All the threads were open except the ones I made, those were closed. Either I hadn't noticed or I hadn't opened an old thread before this. W8/Firefox/PC

        2. This happens to me periodically.

          1. This might be a related issue, so I'm adding it here.

            When an old thread is revived with a new post, it's no longer ID'd with the blue dot (or whatever that icon is) as one I've read before when I know that I have.


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            1. I am having the opposite problem: all posts are presented as read, even posts that have NOT YET been read.

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              1. re: escargot3

                I've seen that after I click a topic in the list and it fails to load.

                1. re: escargot3

                  I have been having the same issue.

                  1. re: gourmanda

                    Hi escargot3 and gourmanda. We're not able to reproduce this. It looks like you're both using Firefox. Just out of curiosity, does this happen in other browsers?

                    1. re: DeborahL

                      Since the problem is inconsistent on Firefox, testing on another browser wouldn't reveal too much unless I spent a lotta time -- which unfortunately, I can't.

                      1. re: DeborahL

                        I'm having the problem in Google Chrome.

                        1. re: DeborahL

                          At this point, it seems to be a widespread problem that many users are experiencing across multiple browsers. It would be great to hear something from engineering, even if it's just to say "messages received-- we're working on it."

                          Mr Taster

                          1. re: Mr Taster

                            Hey guys, there are a couple of potential issues mentioned in this thread. Inconsistent issues can be tough to diagnose, but we'll take a look soon.

                        1. re: escargot3

                          I've been having both these problems - but only once in a while. Very odd.

                          1. re: escargot3

                            Starting this morning, I'm having this issue on mobile even for shorter discussions.

                          2. This is happening to me today, (Aug 29 2914). Chrome on Win 7.

                            1. Just happened to me today (8/30/14) with a post dating to April 2013. Using an IPad.

                              1. Same problem just now:

                                Firefox (latest version) Windows 7

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                                1. re: jackiecat

                                  Ha! I'm also on that thread, and when I clicked on it I got the same thing, all posts fully expanded except my own.

                                2. Hmmm, an exception to the old thread rule. Just opened this on mobile and my posts are hidden.

                                  1. This has happened to me today on every thread I've opened that originated prior to 2014, though they had new posts today. First time I've experienced it. On a MacBook using Chrome.

                                    1. Happened to me today on this thread that I had contributed to back in 2012. ALL of the posts were "unread"......EXCEPT for mine. New post from pedalfaster about 15 minutes ago was the latest post:


                                      I use Chrome.

                                      1. The site is also forgetting threads that I've already read that have no new posts. They're not changing shading on the board index. Interestingly, I noticed this for threads I'd already read on the Mexico board that have no updates. But it is not occurring on the SF Bay Area board, as far as I can tell.

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                                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                                          Looks like that's happening on the SF board as well. After page 132, all topics show as new.


                                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                            Ah, you went much further out than I did. I only sampled into the '30s.

                                        2. This problem seems quite consistent to me.

                                          Topics in which the most recent post was on or before August 20, 2013, display as new (not shaded) on the board page, whether I've read them or not. Posts in those topics display as new (expanded and not shaded), except for any posts by me, which display as read (collapsed and shaded).

                                            1. re: walker

                                              Happened to me viewing the Hollywood Pies thread on the LA board. Jessejames just made a new post and all old, previously viewed threads were open, except for mine which were collapsed. Viewing on my Android nexus 5 using Firefox.

                                              Mr Taster

                                              1. re: Mr Taster

                                                Someone just posted another reply and now the same thread is displaying properly. (all posts collapsed except for the one just made by "bringiton")


                                                Mr Taster

                                            2. And OLD thread (last post from 9/11/2009) shows up on my profile list as having a new unread comment... And ALL posts were open and "unread" - except for my post from 6/18/2008.


                                              1. Actually, the old threads don't need to have a new post to show an aspect of this behavior. I just looked up an old thread that I started a few years ago and it has all the posts open as "new" except for my own replies in the thread.

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                                                1. Thus begins the third week of this aberration. Any news regarding a fix any time soon?

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                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                    To the staff this seems to be an inconsistent problem that can't be diagnosed. Maybe there are no oldtimers among them who read enough on the boards prior to August 2013 to have an inventory of already read older threads that would exhibit this behavior. Now what do we do?

                                                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                      Hey guys, we appreciate the info here and it's on our list to investigate further as soon as we can.

                                                      1. re: patsully

                                                        What seems weird to me is how many old threads are suddenly showing up with new posts, which is making this problem especially obvious.

                                                      2. re: Melanie Wong

                                                        That sounds like a viable hypothesis. It's certainly not intermittent or inconsistent from where I'm standing.

                                                        Mr Taster
                                                        Chowhound poster since ~2002

                                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                                          So I just went back to an old testing thread on Site Talk that I read long ago,

                                                          It shows the same behavior, all posts open and my own closed. DeborahL posted to this thread, so perhaps she could check it and see the issue.

                                                    2. This is the first time this has happened to me in a modern post (dated Jul 22, 2014):


                                                      I contributed this post last night on my Windows 7 PC/Firefox:


                                                      This morning I checked the thread with my Android Firefox browser on my Nexus 5, and all previously read posts were expanded except for mine, which was collapsed.

                                                      Engineering, HELP!

                                                      Mr Taster

                                                      1. Just so the engineering team doesn't forget, this is still happening.

                                                        What's the progress on this issue? Are you able to recreate this yet?

                                                        Thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8531...

                                                        Mr Taster

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                                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                                          Yep, we're seeing this issue occur on older threads, but can't prioritize a further investigation quite yet. It's on the list and we'll keep you posted when we have an update.

                                                          1. re: patsully

                                                            OK, well that's progress, for sure. Seems like it wasn't long ago where this issue was still considered a figment of our collective imaginations!

                                                            Mr Taster

                                                            1. re: Mr Taster

                                                              Hah, we're with you. Scroll up a bit and you'll see there were a few other variations being reported here, including all posts being presented as read when they hadn't been yet. Those seem to have been resolved, so we'll focus on the read state in older posts as soon as we can.

                                                        2. Annnnnnnnd it just happened again to me. This thread from Apr 9, 2007, on which I replied 4x, showed up in my Profile list of posts, professing to have a "new" post.....which it does, from Teri1938.

                                                          Except all of the posts except mine were showing as unread - when I had read them back in 2007.


                                                          1. This is really annoying and your don't seem to care.

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                                                            1. re: wally

                                                              It only affects the minority of users who create most of the content, so they don't see it as a priority.

                                                              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                                Hadn't thought of it that way before. This error affects me on a weekly basis, buy you're right... It probably wouldn't affect new or casual users of the site.

                                                                I'm still baffled as to why the parentheses spacing error has been going on for literally years, now.

                                                                By the way, I am grateful and appreciative of the invisible fixes, the unsung victories that we never notice (or have forgotten about). However, these achievements do little to mitigate the annoyance of the current problem. (i.e. thanks for spraying the swamp with mosquito spray, but can a brother get some calamine lotion up in here?)

                                                                Mr Taster

                                                            2. A regular occurrence these days. Usually on very old posts

                                                              1. A regular occurrence every day since the roll-out on threads a couple of years ago and older, with a short respite at the beginning. This is not one of their priorities. Clearly.

                                                                1. Still happening. Someone today revived a thread from July 2012 that I'd read at the time and on which I'd posted. All of the previously-read comments were expanded with the exception of my own.

                                                                  1. This is a royal pain. I read 90% of the stuff in the past that was shown as new. It is a continuous problem. Why can't it work half as well as it used to. Read the complaints.

                                                                      1. re: meatn3

                                                                        Indeed it is, and seemingly randomly. Techs, would you like us to report which threads it happens on so you can try to trace the cause?

                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                          Yep - someone just bumped this thread from 2007:

                                                                          All of the old comments were open except for mine.

                                                                        2. Still happening.

                                                                          Engineering, any progress on the fix for this?

                                                                          Mr Taster