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View posts since last visit marks posts as read

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:49 am
by radcapricorn

I've noticed this strange thing: if I log in on the forum, click on 'View posts since last visit' I see those posts well good. But if I close the browser and then log in again, I:

1. See only new posts that were made after me logging off (which is pretty understandable - they're indeed 'since last visit'), but:

2. All the posts that I viewed with previous query are marked as read, though I didn't read all of them. And that makes me track recent discussions by hand, which is a bit annoying.

Is it normal behavior?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:37 pm
by upCASE
Yes, this behavior seems to be normal.

1. As you said, the posts for that are shown correctly. So it only displays new posts or responses that where made after you last visit.
2. The problem is that there is a session based cookie value that would handle this. When you log in again and search this would not be set, thus it can't be used to display the posts correctly. I'm not sure how to tackle this. However, after you visited the search page it should have been set and stored for the current session, so any subsequent searches should display correctly.

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:26 pm
by radcapricorn
Thanks for the explanation, I got it now.

I'd better check what I would get with different browsers (currently I use Google Chrome), maybe this'll get me additional input on this.

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:24 pm
by catalin
Try it my way :)
If I login from the top-right corner of the page, then I get the behavior described by you.
But if you go to the login page, you have that check mark under the login fields - "Log me in automatically..." or something similar. If I check that one, when I come back I can also see old posts that I didn't get to read (Maybe that cookie is not removed this way?).
I use Firefox - don't think it matters.

I hope this helps.

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:13 pm
by radcapricorn
Well, maybe it indeed doesn't matter, but I too have this checkbox set :-)