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Old 11-30-2005, 08:15 PM   #1 (Print)
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How do stop the forum from automatically marking threads as read?

How do I stop the forum from automatically marking threads as read? If I go away from the computer for a while and come back all the forum threads are marked as read. How do I turn this off? I looked under the User Control Panel but can't find and option.

This 'feature' is particularly annoying in the Now Playing Forum when I want to come back later and read threads I didn't have time to read earlier.
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:51 AM   #2 (Print)
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The site has a 20 min time out I am sorry to say.

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Old 12-01-2005, 09:59 AM   #3 (Print)
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If you use Firefox, you could use an extension like "Reload Every" to reload a forum page every 15 minutes or so when you go away from your computer. This'll keep your session from timing out.

https://addons.mozilla.org/extensio...info.php?id=115
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Old 12-01-2005, 05:04 PM   #4 (Print)
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If you use Firefox, you could use an extension like "Reload Every" to reload a forum page every 15 minutes or so when you go away from your computer. This'll keep your session from timing out.


Home computer where I do most of my reading/posting is dialup. The wife likes to use the phone once in a while.

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The site has a 20 min time out I am sorry to say.

Any way to turn it off? Any plans to make this an option in the future?
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Old 12-01-2005, 05:30 PM   #5 (Print)
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As long as were discussing general forum usage, how do you mark a post as read?
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Old 12-02-2005, 10:46 AM   #6 (Print)
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No way to turn it off, it is site wide.



To mark a post read, go into it.

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Old 12-02-2005, 11:46 AM   #7 (Print)
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No way to turn it off, it is site wide.

Any plans to make this optional in the future?
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Old 12-02-2005, 11:53 AM   #8 (Print)
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As long as were discussing general forum usage, how do you mark a post as read?

You can mark all the threads in a forum read by selecting the Forum Tools menu on the upper right and selecting mark this forum read

You can mark Every thread in every forum read by Selecting the Quick Links menu and selecting Mark Forums Read
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Old 12-02-2005, 12:26 PM   #9 (Print)
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Bryan, the nature of the software requires certain things about your session be maintained on the server as long as your session lasts. If they never timed out, or the timeout were made much longer than the current 20 minutes, there'd be tens of thousands of active sessions more that the server just couldn't handle.

It's not something that can be turned off or made optional.

There are bulletin board software packages that maintain a "last read date" for every individual thread for each user, but that is a voluminous amount of information to store. That wouldn't work well here because of the size of the message boards as well as the size of the membership.
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Old 12-02-2005, 04:40 PM   #10 (Print)
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No way to turn it off, it is site wide.
But it wasn't always like this. The 20 minute limit makes it impossible to read all the threads when using the New Posts search option. A few months ago (I forget exactly when) I could get a list of new posts, read them at leisure, then get new posts when done. Now, if I go in and read just one long thread, like Lost, or get a phone call, this limit causes the list to time out, and when I advance to a new page, it's no longer available. For someone who goes through all the forums, this 20 minute time-out is frustrating.

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But it wasn't always like this. The 20 minute limit makes it impossible to read all the threads when using the New Posts search option. A few months ago (I forget exactly when) I could get a list of new posts, read them at leisure, then get new posts when done. Now, if I go in and read just one long thread, like Lost, or get a phone call, this limit causes the list to time out, and when I advance to a new page, it's no longer available. For someone who goes through all the forums, this 20 minute time-out is frustrating.

The 20 minute timeout is reset every time you retrieve a page from the web server, so everytime you switch to a new page, the 20 minute countdown restarts. If you're spending too long reading a full page of posts, you might want to change that setting to show fewer posts per page.
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Old 12-02-2005, 04:52 PM   #12 (Print)
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The 20 minute timeout is reset every time you retrieve a page from the web server, so everytime you switch to a new page, the 20 minute countdown restarts. If you're spending too long reading a full page of posts, you might want to change that setting to show fewer posts per page.
Interesting, I have posts/page set at the max. I'll give it a try. Thanks.

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Old 12-02-2005, 09:57 PM   #13 (Print)
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And yes, it was always like this.

Doug...Thanks for all the replies to the thread. Very helpful.

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Old 12-02-2005, 11:48 PM   #14 (Print)
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Thanks Doug, I'm not familiar with posting board software and the limit make better sense now.

Just so I got this straight.

1)The board maintains a master 'last time visited date/time'.
2)When you log on it uses this date to display any threads or posts that have a later time as 'unread.'
3)While you're logged on it temporarily maintains a 'last time read time/date' for that particular thread.
4)In a course of a session there may be dozens or thousands of these temporary times. And permanently storing these times on a high traffic site like this would kill the storage space.
5)After 20 minutes of inactivity the master time is reset to the 'last time used' or the 'current time'. (Still fuzzy on which one it uses.) And the temp times are discarded.
6)The cycle is then repeated the next time you log on.

While I know the moderators of the board are not the programers of the software, I'm going to put out a suggestion in hopes that it will someday filter back to them.

Add a feature that lets you manualy reset the permanent 'last time visited time/date' value. It could be simply labeled 'Mark ALL posts after (time/date) as unread.'

That way if you have an oopsie you could reset the threads.
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Old 12-02-2005, 11:52 PM   #15 (Print)
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Add a feature that lets you manualy reset the permanent 'last time visited time/date' value. It could be simply labeled 'Mark ALL posts after (time/date) as unread.'

That way if you have an oopsie you could reset the threads.

That is a feature present on some message boards and would be a nice addition here.
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