I'd like to ask what is the most efficient way to discover new threads which may be of interest. I've been around personal computers since the early 1980's, but hardly ever use bulletin boards (at least since Fidonet) and have always been been intimidated by IRC. I'm using Xenforo's watch function on some threads, but there doesn't seem to be (or I haven't yet found) a means to easily identify new threads. So far, I've been looking at the "latest posts" in the column on the right side of the home screen for new threads, but that might not be ideal if one is unable to login for several days especially now that Steve is discussing new forums. Is there a way to be alerted about newly created threads and then have the option to watch or ignore them?
, FWIW, here's what I'm doing. YMMV.
When new I first joined, or when new forums are added I did / will:
- click on forums on the top tool bar in the brown banner
- select a forum like steve's blog or off topic lounge and open it in a new tab
- click the watch button on the right to watch the whole forum with alerts and / or emails
> The system will alert / email you when a new thread is created. It will not alert / email you
> when new posts are created unless you watch the threads.
Then, when you next login, you can:
- Click on the What's New in the brown banner. This will default to a sub heading menu of
New Posts. This will show you posts you haven't read.
While on that page, you can:
- Click on the (other) What's New link just above the lists of posts (rather than New Posts).
This will show you recent posts whether you've read them or not.
If you click back to Forums in the brown banner, you will see a 2nd row of menu items just
below the brown banner. You can:
- Click the drop down arrow next to Watched, and examine your watched threads and forums
- Click the Mark Forums Read link. This tells the system you've read everything, so next time
you come back, the "new" tags will only show what you haven't read.
Note that if you watch a thread and select email alerts, it only emails you about the first new post since your last visit. Then you have to visit the web page. You can leave a tab logged into the forum all the time if you wish.
Hope this helps. Hope it makes sense.