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naviculture 03-24-2009 09:21 PM

New Posts - button
Is it me, or is this not set right...

When I click on New Posts, at the top of the Forums, should I not see all NEW posts from today, etc?

At present it takes me to New Posts, that have not been READ/ANSWERED. Is that right? :confused:

BES - I know a little

Otto 03-24-2009 09:38 PM

You should see all new posts that you haven't read. There is a Today's Posts link under the Quick Links menu.

naviculture 03-26-2009 08:38 AM

Hmm, I see. But, to me, should'nt New Post be all new post within X time period? And, then the Today's Post, be truly today's post, i.e. 26th March 2009?

I've just tested the Today's Post button, and it shows post from Today (one thus far) and yesterday. I suppose this is fine for now, but once the forum gets extremely busy that would be troublesome, no?

Normally, when I come to a forum, if I've been on in the past 24 hours, I'd just go to Today's Post, for obvious reasons. And, if I've not been on in a while, I'll probably check New Posts, then Today's Post, in that order...

Do that make sense? I just want to make sure I understand it correctly.

Joolie 03-26-2009 09:07 AM

I know what you mean, Navi, and it also took me a little getting used to.

Think of it this way: The New Posts button shows the threads that are either new or have been updated since you last read them. If you've opened a thread, it's no longer 'new', and therefore won't show when you click New Posts again.

It's not a 'Recent Posts' button, but only 'New'. The 'Today's Posts' button can be used to see all recent posts/threads.

I got used to how it worked at BBF (and perhaps CB?) where New Posts would show everything that had recently been updated - whether I'd read it or not. I noticed that BBF now does the same thing with the New Posts that we do here (copycats ;-) )

Otto 03-26-2009 10:37 AM

Navi, see below. We utilize the third option, which was new to vBulletin 3.5 and the best option available (as you can see). This removes the unreliable nature of cookies and end-user system issues from the per-user post/thread tracking. This makes the forum seem more like an email interface rather than the legacy forum systems. Most commercial non-vBulletin systems had moved to this method a while ago, and this is now the recommended defacto for tracking by vBulletin.


Thread/Forum Read Marking Type
This option controls how threads and forums are marked as read.

1. Inactivity/Cookie Based - once a user has been inactive for a certain amount of time (the value of the session timeout option) all threads and forums are considered read. Individual threads are marked as read within a session via cookies.

This option is how all versions of vBulletin before 3.5 functioned.

2. Database (no automatic forum marking) - this option uses the database to store thread and forum read times. This allows accurate read markers to be kept indefinitely. However, in order for a forum to be marked read when all threads are read, the user must view the list of threads for that forum.

This option is more space and processor intensive than inactivity-based marking.

3. Database (automatic forum marking) - this option is the same as a previous option, but forums are automatically marked as read when the last new thread is read.

This is the most usable option for end users, but most processor intensive.

Otto 03-26-2009 11:15 AM

Also, Today's Posts counts back 24 hours, I believe (as opposed to 12am-11:59pm). I'll look into this more, though.

naviculture 03-26-2009 11:57 AM

...yes, very clear. Thanks.

Otto 03-26-2009 03:23 PM

I wish other forums would follow suit and enable this new feature in vBulletin, but... :) LOL!

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