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malibujeff 7th September 2011 01:36 AM

Unread threads display as read
Occasionally when I go into a forum, it will show that there are no new unread posts since my last visit. But, I can see there are new posts earlier in the day that I have not read because my last visit was the previous day. Am I making sense?

Anybody else having this problem? It is very random but frequent. I am running Win7 with Firefox.



Pano 7th September 2011 02:29 AM

I've had this problem forever. I've asked about it several times but no one else seems to either notice or care. I can't tell if it does not happen to others, or they just don't use the feature so never notice. BTW, It works fine for me on other forums.

I'll do some more lobbying to get the problem fixed. If any one else is seeing the same thing, please speak up.

DF96 7th September 2011 10:37 AM

Yes, happens to me sometimes. Possibly (not sure) when I return to the forum later in the day. Threads seem to be displayed using three fonts: normal (already read), bold but dim (?), bold and bright (not read). 'Bold but dim' seems to be new - only seen that in recent months. Using Firefox and XP.

malibujeff 7th September 2011 12:57 PM

Thanks guys.

DF96, that is exactly what I see.

Pano 7th September 2011 04:23 PM

Threads are indicated thus:
Bold = New posts since you last visited
Normal = No new posts since las visit
Bold Dim = Browser knows you've been there, forum does not (I think)

If I close the forum (not log out) and come back then everything is marked as read. On many forums this is an optional, but not here. I prefer threads to remain unmarked unless I've read them or marked them "All Read." This may be an option that needs to be turned on somewhere in this forum software.

malibujeff 9th September 2011 01:41 AM


You did much better describing what I see than I did. Thanks.

What has to happen to get someone to look at this?

malibujeff 30th September 2011 01:00 AM

Any hope that this will be addressed? Today, when I came to the site for the first time, the forum I was looking at showed no new posts since my last visit even though there were at least 10 threads that had posts today.

Jason 30th September 2011 09:29 AM

It's very much on the radar.

Jason 19th October 2011 10:59 AM

Apologies for not getting to this sooner.

I've done some investigation and the admin has a section that might be the cause of this:


Thread/Forum Read Marking Type
This option controls how threads and forums are marked as read.

1) Inactivity/Cookie Based
2) Database (no automatic forum marking)
3) Database (automatic forum marking)

Inactivity/Cookie Based - once a user has been inactive for a certain amount of time (the value of the session 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.

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.

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.
FYI, we are using the first option. We have plenty of CPU power spare, so if you would like one of the option options, let me know.

Pano 19th October 2011 12:13 PM

Thanks Jason. Either 2 or 3 would work for me. I don't mind having to manually mark a forum as read, as long as posts don't get marked without reading (option 1)

Even if Inactivity time was set to 6 months or a year in Option 1, that would also work for me.

Let's see what others say.

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