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pauldryan
11-04-2006, 07:50 PM
Since we switched to the new VBulletin software I have been travelling a fair bit and I regret that I'm discovering the alerts for unread messgeas are often unrealiable or non-existent. This forces me to review every thread message that was posted since I went out of town, a nasty, redundent exercise.

I'm wondering if its a setting that I may have to establish upon every visit or is this just "one of those things" that we must learn to put up with. Just to remind you, each thread will have a small ">" in a radio button context immediately to the left of any thread containing unread messages. Clicking on that button should bring you to the beginning of unread messages within that thread.

Bent
11-04-2006, 08:46 PM
I've noticed that they do notifications, but always quite a while afterwords...
VBulliten here, as well as DHC and NextLevelAV.com's forums (which is also VBullite powered) are all very slow to update/inform.

Jaspear
11-05-2006, 08:04 PM
I'm wondering if its a setting that I may have to establish upon every visit or is this just "one of those things" that we must learn to put up with.



It seems to work for me, but I check threads every day or two. Maybe VBulletin has a default time limit for unread messages beyond which it will automatically return you to the beginning of a thread. I'm not sure why they do something like that, but nothing would surprise me.:)


Just to remind you, each thread will have a small ">" in a radio button context immediately to the left of any thread containing unread messages. Clicking on that button should bring you to the beginning of unread messages within that thread.I wish it were reversed. Clicking on the thread subject should take you to the last unread post. Clicking on the button should return you to the beginnning.

pauldryan
11-05-2006, 09:55 PM
Even this weekend, I have found numerous messages neither identified by the ">" nor with the "letter" sticking out of the envelope at the far left of the line listing threads which were not previously seen by me.

I'm left with no confidence whatsover in what should be a real bonus of converting to the new system. I can't help but wonder if anyone else is being fooled into thinking that they have read all the new messages.

There is one wrinkle that I haven't explored yet. Since I switched to IE 7, every time I open an Explorer window by clicking on my Windows desktop, I open a new home page with Shaw.ca but a secondary tabbed page with Canadian TV Forums. Could each access by the system be triggering the viewing notifications whether I have actually viewed the website or not?

Does chocolate really give you zits?

Do these pants make my a$$ look fat?

Where does all that fuzz come from in my belly button?

These are just a few of the things that keep me up at night ........ well these and a couple of Viagra.:o

Filthy
11-06-2006, 04:13 AM
Yes, the message marking is sup-par at best. It worked flawlessly with the old UBB board. I would suggest that this site switch from vbulletin, back to the newest version of ubb.

Bent
11-06-2006, 04:21 AM
The only problem I had with UBB was a e-mail notification c/w a link would take you to the new message, but proceding to the rest of the forum would erase all new post indicators...

rosenqui
11-06-2006, 05:16 PM
Yes, the message marking is sup-par at best. It worked flawlessly with the old UBB board. I would suggest that this site switch from vbulletin, back to the newest version of ubb.

That's my main (and pretty much only) complaint with vBulletin. When the administrators were considering the switch, I voted to go with the updated UBB software since liked how it tracked exactly which threads I had/hadn't read. It was one of the things that made this forum the one I visited first, and DHC the one I visited second. vBulletin keeps track of the threads during your current session, but then eventually seems to make decisions (upon returning many hours later) based on the timestamp of your last session.