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post #1 of 22 Old 04-12-2011, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Threads automatically being marked read

For some reason the forum automatically marks everything read after visiting the site and leaving the browser open for any length of time. I haven't measured the time but its' something like an hour or so. For example, I open a thread and have to go and do some work. When I get back to it I finish reading that thread and when I return to the forum everything in all of the sub-forums is marked read making it annoying to try to find new posts.

Any ideas as to why it's doing this? No other vBulletin based forum that I'm on does this.

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post #2 of 22 Old 04-12-2011, 05:29 PM
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I have never seen this before, I will do a little poking around.
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post #3 of 22 Old 04-12-2011, 05:49 PM
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This happens to me as well. Over time I just got used to it, but it is annoying.

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post #4 of 22 Old 04-15-2011, 06:15 PM
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I think the issue is not that the site is marking threads as read, but rather removing the "new since last visit" flag.

Like many websites, stromtrooper.com sets several cookies on your computer. One of them is called "bblastvisit" and appears to be a unix time string. Presumably the site checks that cookie every time a page is loaded, and for a time maintains your "new visit" status, so threads display as unread. Once you've been logged on for a while (I think it's less than an hour, but probably more than 30 minutes), it no longer considers your session a new visit, so any threads that haven't been updated since you logged on lose the "new since last visit" flag.

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I have seen the same issue reported on other vbulletin based forums.
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This is the only forum I visit that does this. It's very annoying.
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Yes, it's bloody annoying, a fix would be great.

If you want to see truly exceptional/user friendly forum software visit:

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/

The way all forums should operate, just so easy.

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Perhaps it's a forum-wide knob/setting related to that "new since last visit" flag? It doesn't seem to be something that can be tweaked in the user profile unfortunately.

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This seems to explain it, there are three possible config values for "Thread/Forum Read Marking Type":

Thread/Forum Read Marking Type - vBulletin.org Forum

The meat of the first post quoted here since it's not TOO long, though the rest of the thread may be interesting to admins:

Thread/Forum Read Marking Type

1) Inactivity/Cookie Based
Once a user has been inactive for a certain amount of time (the value of the cookie 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.

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post #10 of 22 Old 06-27-2011, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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This seems to explain it, there are three possible config values for "Thread/Forum Read Marking Type":

Thread/Forum Read Marking Type - vBulletin.org Forum

The meat of the first post quoted here since it's not TOO long, though the rest of the thread may be interesting to admins:

Thread/Forum Read Marking Type

1) Inactivity/Cookie Based
Once a user has been inactive for a certain amount of time (the value of the cookie 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.
Any chance the admins have been able to look at this? This problem forces you to make sure you quickly read everything you're interested in reading as soon as (and every time) you visit the site. If you get distracted (by work, children, rabid wombat invasions) you come back and everything in every sub-forum is marked as having been read so you have no idea what's new and no easy way to check out the new posts.

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