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issueid=104 10-20-2010 01:51 PM
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"new content" bolding vs. "last post" confusion
subscribed thread title shows BOLD (new content) disagrees with "last post"

I create a new thread -- anywhere within LQ forums.
The thread shows my username and some timestamp for "last post".
The forum shows this thread as a "new content".
LQ [New Posting] show the newly created thread.
... time passes ...

I return to LQ and display [Subscribed Threads]
The above thread shows the title in BOLD (aka, "new content")
and the "last posting" shows my username and timestamp.

While this might be technically correct:
  • my username was the last to post to that thread at whatever time
  • the thread does have new content -- it is a new thread

This seems counter to the intent of the display. As a thread creator who subscribes to a newly posted thread, "new content" implies at least one reply other than the posting that created the thread.

~~~ 0;-Dan
Issue Details
Category Forums
Status Not a Bug
Priority 5 - Medium
Affected Version Unknown
Fixed Version (none)
Users able to reproduce bug 0
Users unable to reproduce bug 0
Assigned Users (none)
Tags (none)

10-20-2010 02:39 PM
If a thread doesn't get any replies, two automatic "bumps" occur which would cause the behavior you're seeing.

10-22-2010 02:35 PM
Senior Member
I'm glad to learn what is going on and I'm not saying that the bumps are bad. However, the display is misleading about LQ activity.

That still leaves the Subscribed Threads page content misleading.
(1)there is zero new content. Therefore, the title should not be bold
(2)someone or something other than the OP caused the bump and thus the OP is not the Last Post originator.

Perhaps a bogus last post name like "LQ Automatic" or similar makes more sense as a last poster in these situaitons.

~~~ 0;-Dan
10-22-2010 03:20 PM
The OP is still the only member to have posted in these situations, so I think adding something like "LQ Automatic" as the last poster, when there is in fact no post, would probably cause more confusion not less. Thanks for the feedback.


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