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Offline DR M

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Something about recent posts
« on: January 15, 2015, 04:28:14 PM »
Well, first of all, I am not the proper person for making suggestions in this forum.  :Hammys pint:

Second... My suggestion!  :mitch:

My suggestion has to do with the daily posts in game topics (e.g. 5 letter word, 2 words game etc.). Game topics are nice, and a place where all we can come closer and have fun. But... I think that they "hide" other posts which are more "important" in a forum like this. I'm not talking about a post in Maleware removal section, because it's too easy to see which is the newest post there (except when too many topics are opened in this section), but about other posts, in other sections.

I know that one can click to Recent posts and see all recent posts there. But viewing recent posts at the bottom of the first page gives (to me) a clearer picture and a better impression.

My suggestion???

Can you increase the number of recent posts at the bottom? Perhaps 10? I don't know. And of course, only if you agree.

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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2015, 06:58:30 PM »
If you go to the top of the page, below the "Hello DR M" and to the right of your avatar, click on "Show unread posts since last visit".  That may show 'more' than you want, but might be a quick solution.  I'm not as well versed as other Admins about the forum software, I'll let them chime in if your suggestion can be adopted.
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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2015, 08:08:57 PM »
I think that they "hide" other posts which are more "important" in a forum like this.

I completely agree with DR M, and have had the same thought for quite some time now. The word games are fun (and, I'm one of the biggest abusers), yet like DR M, it would be nice to have an easy option for quickly viewing more recent posts, not merely the last five. In fact, when I visit the site and see my name listed as ALL the recent posts, well..., hmmmm..., it makes me feel like a bit of a bully. :sad: Or, a psycho. :smiley:

Winchester73's advice is good, yet it requires logging in, which I don't always do. Maybe an option (button) to show all recent posts without having to log in would be nice.

My 2 cents.  :wink:
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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2015, 10:31:44 PM »
In case you don't get your wish....
There are a few forums where I bookmark (for instance) http://www.landzdown.com/unread/ instead of the main page.
It saves time as well as wear and tear on the mouse buttons.

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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2015, 10:41:55 PM »
In case you don't get your wish....
There are a few forums where I bookmark (for instance) http://www.landzdown.com/unread/ instead of the main page.
It saves time as well as wear and tear on the mouse buttons.

The link in your suggestion brings me to a sign-in (log in) page. Only after logging in does the "unread" option become available.
Thus, still log-in required and lots of typing and clicking. I was thinking more along the lines of either DR M's idea about just more "recents" being shown (10-15?), or one button (one click) to maybe view the recent posts from maybe the past 2-3 days.

I actually never log in unless wishing to post something, and I also sometimes check LandzDown with my iPhone. Thus, simple and easy is better for me.

Life is so difficult sometimes. (ahaha  :cheesy:)
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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2015, 11:23:53 PM »
SMF forum software doesn't have all the fancy options available with the (expensive) licensed forum software programs like vBulletin that can show 20 Recent Activity items in a sidebar  (See Sysnative as an example).  An option button without logging in wouldn't work because features of that nature require cookies.  ;)

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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2015, 11:30:22 PM »
I'm not as well versed as other Admins about the forum software, I'll let them chime in if your suggestion can be adopted.

Thanks Corrine  :cool:

Of course, another option is to stay logged in, and then click on the unread threads button  :D
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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2015, 11:38:50 PM »
Winchester,
That's what I do...Stay logged in.
Then head to the bottom of recent posts.
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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2015, 11:48:46 PM »
Thanks, Corrine.

Actually, I just realized that drop by here most every other day, so all of this basically doesn't apply to me.  :smiley:

Oh well, please continue.
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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2015, 12:03:09 AM »
I stay logged in also but am subscribed to new topics in the WinPatrol forum.  That way if I am busy at another forum and haven't refreshed the page here in 15 minutes or longer, I'll receive an email notice.  (The User online time threshold is set for 15 minutes.  Thus, even if a tab is open here at LzD - which it is all day - the forum software will consider me inactive after 15 minutes.)


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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2015, 01:42:38 PM »
As Winchester73 posted....
My "suggestion" about going directly to a bookmarked "new posts" page, requires that you stay logged in.

Since I use a different password for everything, I was staying logged in anyway. It saves precious (aging) memory cells.

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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2015, 10:27:18 AM »
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SMF forum software doesn't have all the fancy options...

Not true.

Go to "Administration Center » Themes and Layout » Theme Settings"

http://www.landzdown.com/index.php?action=admin;area=theme;sa=settings;th=1

Scroll down to: "Number of recent posts to display on board index" and enter the desired number.

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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2015, 01:20:31 PM »
Thank you, James! :rose:  I missed that when I was searching the control panel.  I changed the setting to 10 but, as can be seen, except for this thread, the rest are in the Lounge. Still, it should help.


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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2015, 02:20:57 PM »
I changed the setting to 10 but, as can be seen, except for this thread, the rest are in the Lounge. Still, it should help.
You could activate the "Ignore Boards" option. (go to Administration Center » Boards » Settings)

Users could then go into their account profile settings and opt to ignore the Lounge. Posts in the Lounge will then no longer show up in the Recent Posts list. If they want to see what's new in the Lounge they'll have to surf on over there and look.

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Re: Something about recent posts
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2015, 05:25:45 PM »
Thank you, James! :rose:  I missed that when I was searching the control panel.  I changed the setting to 10 but, as can be seen, except for this thread, the rest are in the Lounge. Still, it should help.

Now logging in from a galaxy far far from home, and as you pointed out, changing the setting to 10 basically just doubled the amount of Lounge posts shown -- which is what I suspected might happen. On the plus side, going from 5 to 10 makes it look like I only have "mild" OCD, as opposed to "complete" OCD.  :D

Anyway, it`s a nice change, Corrine. Thanks.  :rose:
 
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