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Discussion in 'Site Help, Feedback, & Announcements' started by TheGingerNinja, Mar 11, 2017.

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  1. TheGingerNinja

    TheGingerNinja Andrew Thread Starter

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    Right off the bat, i would like to make sure I don't seem whiny. Let me make it clear that this is a great site which has helped me with my problems on multiple occasions, and this is just a small "glitch" that I have noticed and is a teensy bit annoying.. :)

    On the forums, to the left of the page is a small area called "Recent posts" where if you start a new thread and you post something in it, the thread is shown over at the "recent posts" area. But I have noticed that if you create a new thread asking a question, your post isn't shown on that area.. but if you post something on that thread again, it then updates. This shows that if you create a new thread, it does not update to the "Recent posts" area, but replies do.

    Now if I want help with something and I create a thread, but it's existence is not shows on that main page for all the helpers to see, its a bit concerning for me. I have , in multiple occasions , posted things on the thread like "help" or "bump" etc. to get onto that "Recent posts" area. I have actually come across other threads where the thread starters do the exact same thing (so I assume this glitch occurs for other people as well and not only me, but I may be wrong though) .

    Its kinda annoying to repost every time. Just getting this message out so the staff can know this is a small thing that happens on the site for me(and most probably, other people too..)

    Thanks! :)

    -Sincerely,
    Andrew.
     
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  3. TheGingerNinja

    TheGingerNinja Andrew Thread Starter

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    I've created this thread and its been about 7 minutes and my post didn't get updated into the public area, hence it has only got '1' on its view count (and that 1 view was from myself..)

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    I may seem like a kid that is complaining about a tiny issue. Its just that threads may go hidden among all the others if new ones are not being shown public. I'm sorry if I seem like a person who is complaining on tiny insignificant things.. :)
     
  4. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    The Recent Posts feature is currently set to display the most recent 5 replies to threads only (not new threads). When a user creates a new thread for assistance there shouldn't be a need to see it in that area as they already know they created a thread. I would think it would be more important if they stay online after starting a new thread to see that someone has replied to it. It's not typically a place that users look to when they want to provide assistance, especially since there are only five entries possible there at a time. Most look for threads with 0 replies via "unanswered threads" or by scanning the various forums. You can also use the "Your activity" link to easily see if anyone has replied to your thread and you can have instant alerts or email notifications sent to you when those events occur as well.

    This setting can be changed but this is the first time I've heard of anyone having a problem with it as it is now. I prefer it the way it is but of course we are always open to other opinions and ideas.
     
  5. TheGingerNinja

    TheGingerNinja Andrew Thread Starter

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    Hello Cookiegal,

    I understand that the settings are set like that because the person who created their thread knows they have created it, but personally, I feel it is better to see that the thread you have created is right there for all the members and staff to see (and maybe even reply immediately) instead of waiting for someone to come across my thread amongst all the others in the "unanswered" section..
    But hey, that's just an opinion :)

    -Andrew
     
  6. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    I also understand what you're saying but with only 5 items listed there and with the number of posts made it will only appear for a few minutes (if that) and then be gone.
     
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