Reading/Finding Today's posts/New posts

Discussion in 'Support' started by TAG1014, May 23, 2013.

  1. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    There's still a problem with chat board posts disappearing too soon or not remaining long enough. If I don't check posts several times a day they disappear altogether. Evey so often someone posts to a thread that I've never seen and it returns. It happens on both read and unread posts????
     
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  2. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Re: Dining Car Book Author...

    Tom,

    I don't follow the statement about posts disappearing. Nothing is being deleted.

    Charlie

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  3. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Re: Dining Car Book Author...

    An example: When I take a look at the posts in the morning, say there are seven and I only have time to look at or answer one or two of them. When I come back in the afternoon or evening, they have disappeared unless someone else has posted a reply. In the past (Like a few months ago), the posts stayed visible until I opened and read them or posted a reply???

    Tom G.
     
  4. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Re: Dining Car Book Author...

    You are talking about the portal page I think. It shows the latest updates to a thread. To see everything you should look at the activity stream. However, nothing has disappeared. You are just looking at a feed of recent content. The activity stream will show you everything.

    Charlie
     
  5. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Re: Dining Car Book Author...

    I always click on "new posts." Where should I be looking?

    TG
     
  6. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

  7. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Re: Dining Car Book Author...

    I know exactly what Tom is talking about .. The same for me ... And it DID NOT do this before.
    Before, when I would select "new posts", anything I had not clicked on even for several days would be shown.
    I am not complaining ... Just saying.
     
  8. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Re: Dining Car Book Author...

    "New Posts" had always been they way I kept up with the "news" on Frisco-Dot-Org! The posts had always remained visible until I "read" them, then they disappeared. Thanks Sherel, I'm glad it's not just me.

    Tom G.
     
  9. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Ok guys I see what you mean now. Since I understand what you are speaking of now, let me explain these pages and how they work and are supposed to work.

    Today's Posts: The link is http://www.frisco.org/vb/search.php?do=getdaily&contenttype=vBForum_Post and it is a static page designed to show posts from the last 24 hours, regardless of whether or not you have read them. Posts which have been read should be standard text and posts which are unread should be bolded text.

    New Posts: The link is http://www.frisco.org/vb/search.php?do=getnew&contenttype=vBForum_Post and it is a static page shich is designed to show posts made only since you were last here. If you visit the site and check the new posts and return 12 hours later, that page is designed to show you only the threads that have been posted to since you were here (12 hours ago).

    Activity Stream: The link is http://www.frisco.org/vb/activity.php and it is a dynamic page designed to keep users informed of all activity on the site. If you watch this page you will miss nothing.

    The activity stream is a recent addition to vBulletin within the last year and really changed the way that we look at content. The great thing about the activity stream is that you can sit on the page and it will auto-update using what is called Ajax (meaning that content on the page can change without reloading the page). If you are a new content watcher (as I am) then the activity stream should be your bread and butter. Today's Posts and New Posts are kind of holdovers from the former way that the software functioned but they have not been removed.

    If for some reason you are not using the activity stream, then I suggest Today's Posts over New Posts if you want to see more activity. New Posts is designed to show only threads which have been updated since you visited. Since the incpetion of the activity stream, I use neither of the old pages. However, both do function as designed.

    Charlie
     
  10. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Re: Dining Car Book Author...

    So when we open up Frisco-Dot-Org, where should we be looking for "today's posts?" Is there a tab or a place to "click?" Is it visible on the masthead or home page? I do see "activity stream" but I'm not seeing a "today's posts" tab.

    Tom
     
  11. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

  12. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Tom,

    Check out the big blue button that says "What's New." That will take you right to the Activity Stream. (I still want those buttons to be different colors.)

    Charlie
     
  13. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Also take a look at the link labeled New Posts in the second line of the menu bar. This is closer to what you are looking for.

    There isn't a function built into the forum software that delivers exactly what we used to see on the Portal page that provides a list of threads that you have not read today and that removes the thread from the list once you have viewed it.

    I spent some time trying to re-create the code to provide that function, but without real training in the software that makes the forum function, I was shooting with a shotgun and trying to hit ants. Someone with more up-to-date training in computer languages could get it done - I just ran out of patience and time.
     
  14. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    One other suggestion. I don't know how you go about getting to the web site, but I have a favorite created on my Favorites Bar in Internet Explorer that links to www.frisco.org (with no suffixes, etc).

    Such a favorite can be created by clicking on, and dragging to the Favorites Bar, the icon that shows up next to the http in the URL bar. Once the icon is on your Favorites Bar, right click on it and and select Properties. Then click on the General tab and rename it in the white box at the top to Frisco.org. Then click on the Web Document tab and put http://www.frisco.org/ in that box and then click OK at the bottom.

    On the portal page that will open, mid-page, is the list; Latest Frisco Discussions.

    This list keeps the most active discussions available in order of newest posts at the top and oldest posted threads at the bottom.

    Since I typically visit at least once daily, the newest stuff is always at the top and I can see how long ago in time, the newest post was created. This works for me even if I haven't been able to get to the forum for 24 to 48 hours due to other interfering activities. (That really gets to me - keeping me away from anything Frisco).
     
  15. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Note also that I have it set so that if you go to www.frisco.org it goes to the portal page because I believe that is what people here want. However, if you go to www.trainboard.com it goes right to the activity stream. It could be set here that way too but I don't know if that is what people want. I go right to the activity stream by choice myself.

    Charlie
     
  16. pbender

    pbender Member Frisco.org Supporter

    That isn't the way new posts works for me, on any of the VBulliten forums I use, even this one.

    When I hit new posts, I see the posts made that I have not read, even if I have been to the site and read a few posts and come back later.

    Personally, I prefer the "What's New" button take me to the new posts. I generally hate the activity stream....

    Paul
     
  17. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Just out of curosity why? I love it so I have trouble understanding why someone would not like it.

    Charlie
     
  18. pbender

    pbender Member Frisco.org Supporter

    It's too cluttered, it posts things out of context in reverse chonological order, and it makes it more difficult to find updates to a specific thread.

    In other words, i don't need to see who made a post and what that post said, I only want to see that a specific thread was updated. If I'm interested in seeing what changed in a given thread, I'll click on the thread and then hit view first unread so that I can see the new posts in chronological order.

    Paul
     
  19. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Well, it's interesting to see how people look at things differently. I love it because I read pretty much everything and it let's me see everything in virtually real time without reloading the page. I had pressed vBulletin to develop something like that in the past and they did. For me, it was probably the best thing I ever saw added to the software, with the possible exception of photo uploading.

    Charlie
     
  20. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    I'm not thrilled with the "activity stream." What about a button that shows every post that the viewer hasn't read/opened? No matter if it's one day or a week. Some viewers might be away on business or vacation and away from any computers or gadgets with no way to check in.

    Tom
     

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