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Grizbud

Jim
Sep 24, 2020
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Hello everyone,
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?

Thank you.

Jim
 

PHXdNelson

David N.
Sep 18, 2020
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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Personally I have a shortcut on my favorites toolbar and simply check the site when I have time. I find this much easier. When I arrive at the site, I see a 'new' next to each item that is new to me. This a great feature keeping me from clicking around to see what is new or not.
 

rfrazier

Well-known member
Sep 30, 2020
513
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Hello everyone,
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?

Thank you.

Jim

@Grizbud , 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.

Ron
 

Grizbud

Jim
Sep 24, 2020
4
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Ron,
Thank you very much! That looks to be exactly what I'm looking for. Most appreciated.

Jim
 

Lee 7676

New member
Oct 8, 2020
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Steve,
Good day to you and your crew! Sorry for the delay in sign up, we are looking to learn lots of new things from the smart kids here!

Have a great week and Thank You for providing these forums as a place to continue our lifelong education in computer systems and operating systems.

Continued good health and success in your ventures.

Lee 7676
Proverbs 22:6-7
Spinrite user since 1.1 on the grey 5.25" disc ;-)
 

PHolder

Well-known member
Sep 16, 2020
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Ontario, Canada
@rfrazier @Grizbud Steve is a fan of keeping the discussions focused to meaningful content. I know, at first, it may seem inhuman to not say thanks, etc, but we do encourage you to use the Xenforo "Like" feature for these simple one line messages, when possible, instead. You can hover over the Like button to see a bunch of different possible reactions, not all of them even positive.

@Steve, is it possible to add a new reaction for "Thank You"?
 
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rfrazier

Well-known member
Sep 30, 2020
513
172
@Steve At first I thought there would be an easy answer to your question. Then, when I started thinking about it, it wasn't so easy. I did a google search for thank you icon and then thank you gesture and clicked for images in each case. Many results have the words "thank you" in them. Of the ones that don't, noticed 3 interesting ones in a few minutes of searching. Those are:
* 2 hands shaking hands together - maybe hard to do as tiny icon
* 2 hands palms together in a praying style
* a hand with thumb and forefinger together in a circle and the other 3 fingers in the air - also used as an OK symbol
Looking through the emoticons on my phone, there's one that appears to look like 2 hands clapping, but the meaning isn't too obvious.
FWIW. Ron
 

Dave

Dave Jenkins, N1MXV
Sep 16, 2020
81
50
Gardner, MA (USA)
@Steve At first I thought there would be an easy answer to your question. Then, when I started thinking about it, it wasn't so easy. I did a google search for thank you icon and then thank you gesture and clicked for images in each case. Many results have the words "thank you" in them. Of the ones that don't, noticed 3 interesting ones in a few minutes of searching. Those are:
* 2 hands shaking hands together - maybe hard to do as tiny icon
* 2 hands palms together in a praying style
* a hand with thumb and forefinger together in a circle and the other 3 fingers in the air - also used as an OK symbol
Looking through the emoticons on my phone, there's one that appears to look like 2 hands clapping, but the meaning isn't too obvious.
FWIW. Ron
If only you could do: https://media.tenor.com/images/3a7876747a7d3899244281ded89f169e/tenor.gif
 

BruceP

New member
Sep 18, 2020
2
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Google added to Chrome/User Data/ZscvbnData/1, a strange collection of lists of words including: passwords, female names, surnames, english wikipedia, us tv and films. Interesting to look at and be amused.
 
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