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Author: MichaelRead Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Winner! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 88787  
Subject: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/11/2012 1:14 AM
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The ‘change color of read post’ seems to have stopped working. Thought it was me so I restated the computer but got the same result.

MichaelR
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Author: dsbrady Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87228 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/11/2012 6:58 AM
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It's working the same as it used to for me (FireFox 16 on MacOS).

I restated the computer but got the same result.

If you accidentally changed a browser setting (one possibility), restarting your computer wouldn't fix it.

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Author: MichaelRead Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Winner! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87233 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/11/2012 4:39 PM
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I checked the browser but I know I haven’t made any changes to it.

Colors on the main boards’ page are there: only missing on the actual boards themselves. Returning to a board does, as usual, start with last post read yet it is not color changed from blue to green.

MichaelR

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Author: MichaelRead Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Winner! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87235 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/11/2012 7:50 PM
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When I go back to Nov. 9 and look at posts I have read they are color changed. The break in this happened Nov. 10.

I Have made no changed in my system across this period.

MichaelR

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Author: RHinCT Big red star, 1000 posts Ticker Guide SC1 Red Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87236 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/12/2012 11:43 AM
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The color change I am familiar with has nothing to do with anything done on the MF web site. The color change is related to the specific instance of the browser I used to view the messages. Browsers maintain a local cache of recently read pages; what exactly is meant by recently depends on the browser and its settings, but for me it goes back at least couple of months. When I view messages using another computer, or using a different browser, they do not get into the cache on my usual system. When I return to my usual system the color of those messages in the list makes them appear unread, even though I did read them.

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Author: MichaelRead Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Winner! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87237 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/12/2012 2:51 PM
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RHinCT, thanks for that. It seems now appropriate to ask on HWTSC board.

Problem is I haven’t made any changes (not one update or whatever) in this period and damned if I know how to read the properties of Explorer 8. This from someone who knew DOS 2.0 backwards and then got lost

Thanks again,

MichaelR

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Author: MichaelRead Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Winner! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87238 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/16/2012 6:12 PM
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Still no joy. Reloaded the browser (IE8) but the ‘having read’ green posts are still in their ‘yet to read’ blue. All other color changes are in effect but for turning ‘read posts’ into green. Makes for harder navigation on a page.

Someone suggested I have a corrupt TMF coolie. So, since I haven’t done that (remove it) how is that done?

Next step is the ultimate: waving a dead chicken over the computer.

MichaelR

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Author: ptheland Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Nominee! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87239 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/16/2012 7:50 PM
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Next step is the ultimate: waving a dead chicken over the computer.

There's your problem. Ya gotta wave the dead chicken FIRST. Nothing's gonna work until you do that. ;-)

Let me help. I keep a virtual chicken handy for just such a situation. <waving virutal chicken> Now, on to your situation.

TMF uses two different naming schemes for posts. One uses a simple message ID number. The other uses either the subject line or the first couple dozen (or so) characters of the message. Rather annoying, if you ask me.

In some places, TMF uses one method to generate a link to a specific post, and in other places they use the other method.

The upshot to all this is that if you click on a link that uses the post number, for example, it will not show up as read if you come across a different link that uses the subject line as part of the URL. Unfortunately, that is just the way it is - unless TMF chooses to use a single method for linking to posts.

So let's try some tests. Click on the link to a post. Then click the back button on your browser. Does that link now show up in green rather than blue? If not, try reloading that page. Does that fix it?

Here's another wild guess. Have you turned on private browsing? That would prevent your browser from storing the information needed to mark links as visited and turn them green.

At any rate, the issue is almost certainly at your end. There is nothing that TMF does to indicate posts as read or not read. That's all handled by your web browser. So let's see if we can figure this out.

--Peter

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Author: grouse100 Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Nominee! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87240 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/16/2012 8:00 PM
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Author: MichaelRead Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Winner! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87241 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/16/2012 8:45 PM
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If I go back to posts I read before Nov. 10 they’re marked in green. Not so those following the 10th.

I have made no changes to my MS Explorer but to reload it yesterday (15th) in an attempt to solve this.

All of TMF’s other color codes work: cursoring over an unread post colors it red. Sites on my Favorite and Replies are some blue some green depending.

It’s almost as if TMF’s algorithm has dropped a step but why me I don’t know. Could be a setting on my browser – I’ll spend some time looking yet I really don’t know where to look.

Sidebar: couldn’t find a dead chicken so used a chicken salad sandwich as a substitute. Maybe the proportions of chicken to salad were off because nothing happened.

MichaelR

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Author: MacNugget Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87242 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/17/2012 2:19 PM
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t’s almost as if TMF’s algorithm has dropped a step but why me I don’t know. Could be a setting on my browser – I’ll spend some time looking yet I really don’t know where to look.

It's definitely an issue local to your computer. TMF does not keep track of which posts you've read and which you have not read. It only (minimally) stores a highest post number read for each board, which does not influence link colors.

...couldn’t find a dead chicken so used a chicken salad sandwich as a substitute.

(Chicken) Nugget
also no help

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Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/17/2012 3:16 PM
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If I go back to posts I read before Nov. 10 they’re marked in green. Not so those following the 10th.

If you read a post in whole thread mode, only the first post of the thread will be marked as read.

HTH,

Speck

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Author: MichaelRead Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Winner! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 87244 of 88787
Subject: Re: Color change for 'read' posts Date: 11/17/2012 6:08 PM
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Peter: you're right -- it is the browser. Know what setting I should have?

Also, moved this to HWTSC board.

Thank,

MichaelR

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