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Clicking the topic should go to first unread post in a thread
hilpara commented on 2 February 2018 at 1:07 pm UTC

Would it be possible with the current forum software to add a feature for the forum (and why not for the discussions in news section) to get to the first unread post in a thread? It annoys me every time to search the first post I haven't read.

stretch611 commented on 2 February 2018 at 11:09 pm UTC

Or, clicking the story link goes to the story as normal, but clicking the "## comments" goes to first unread comment.

stan commented on 3 February 2018 at 10:23 am UTC

In my experience, forum software never detects correctly which post you have already read and this causes people to miss posts. I prefer to subscribe to the threads I’m interested in…

hilpara commented on 4 February 2018 at 8:05 am UTC

How can I subscribe to the thread without writing an answer? Or is my script blocker blocking something? I have also subsribed to few thread (where I have written to) but I do not get any email notification. And the email is also not the best way to read the posts. I still would prefer to some how be able to get to the latest not read post. I don't have has any problems with this feature on another forums.

hilpara commented on 4 February 2018 at 8:09 am UTC

It would also be nice to show the topic on bold if there are unread posts.

stan commented on 4 February 2018 at 8:57 am UTC

hilparaHow can I subscribe to the thread without writing an answer? Or is my script blocker blocking something? I have also subsribed to few thread (where I have written to) but I do not get any email notification. And the email is also not the best way to read the posts.
There is a subscribe button in the title bar for the thread (the black rectangle).
Getting emails or not is an option in your control panel:
- click on your avatar in the top-right hand corner
- click "User CP"
- in the menu on the right click "Notification preferences"
- click "Get email replies when subscribed"
- select "New reply only" in the dropdown so you’re only sent a mail for the first reply and then you can click on the link in the email to read all the new replies on the site.

hilpara commented on 4 February 2018 at 10:33 am UTC

Thanks, didn't see the subscribe button But I would still prefer the clicking topic or any other way to get to the first unread post.

liamdawe commented on 4 February 2018 at 10:38 pm UTC

I'm certainly not against doing it, however, doing it right is actually quite a difficult thing to do.

If we use cookies: Some people block them and it's per device.
If we use the database: That will end up as a huge amount of data, per user.

Every software I've looked into, uses their own slightly different method and none of them work exactly how you would think/want it to.

Edit: I will continue to look for the best option.

I've also just added a new feature for people using the category/forum view and not the flat topic list view (change views in UserCP). It will show a forum with a highlighted icon if there's new posts since you last visited that forum. That was at least easy to do, since it's only one sql row per-forum, per-user. Since the data is tiny, it shouldn't be an issue for that.

hilpara commented on 5 February 2018 at 7:56 am UTC

Could you at least change that the link to last post actually goes to last post in thread? And thanks for the flat topic list view tip!

liamdawe commented on 5 February 2018 at 12:13 pm UTC

Okay, here's what I've now done.

I've gone over all sections of the forum so the last post time will link directly to the actual last post. Apart from the traditional category/forum view, where the actual title of the topic is the link. This way it all makes sense, previously the last post link was only going to the last page (woops) not the actual post

Hopefully this all helps.

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