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Curtis
(@cbisel16)
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Posts: 50
05/08/2018 11:04 pm  

I know there is the "Recent Posts" button at the top which lists all the latest posts. But, is there a way planned that will allow forum owners and moderators to see a list of all new posts that they haven't read or replied to yet?

I feel like I saw an admin/moderator say sometime months ago this type of thing was coming, but now I can't find this post/thread. If this is in the works, and someone already wrote about it, can someone please past the thread link for me?

 

PROBLEM:

My forum is basically my tech support for my paid membership area, and I personally need to read every post and answer it if someone else hasn't already addressed it. But, it's really hard to know if I personally have already read the post or not, or if I still need to reply to previous (new) one I read before but still haven't written it yet. 

 

POSSIBLE SOLUTION:

What would be great would be a way I could see a list of posts I haven't read or attended to yet. And ones I don't need to reply to I could then them "check off" by clicking on something basically telling the system that this message has already been attended to, or it doesn't need my attention anymore. This way I could have a list of just posts I know I still need to read or attend to — my current "to do" list.

 

Thank you! — LOVE wpForo!


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 Tom
(@tomson)
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Posts: 3113
06/08/2018 1:18 pm  

Hi Curtis,

As I've already mentioned the read/unread status is shown by normal/bold font of topic titles. In the recent posts page you can see which topic title is bold. This is the regular way to find unread topics.

 


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Curtis
(@cbisel16)
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07/08/2018 11:57 pm  

As I've already mentioned the read/unread status is shown by normal/bold font of topic titles. In the recent posts page you can see which topic title is bold. This is the regular way to find unread topics.

@tomson

I recall now either reading this, or noticing one day. It appeared to have escaped me before I wrote this post topic.

The reason it was easy for me to forget it was I feel the default font and bold style just doesn't stand out enough that the average person will notice and interpret it to mean this is "unread". It really needs to be bolder, maybe even a lighter shade of color, and have an icon next to it to represent it's different.

For example, the iOS Mail app on an iPhone uses a little colored dot to the left margin to represent unread. It's a visual language that people now accept without having to learn something new.

I worked this morning to come up with a slightly better (in my opinion) solution to the default bold style. I made the font bolder with a heavier font weight, and added a thicker colored triangle icon to the right of an "unread" post to make it visually stand out more.

 

highlight unread post

 

#wpforo-wrap .wpf_topic_unread, #wpforo-wrap .wpf_topic_unread a {
font-weight: 900;}

#wpforo-wrap .wpf_topic_unread :before {
content: url(URL OF ICON ABOUT 15px IN SIZE);
position: relative;
left: 2px;
top: 1px;}

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Curtis
(@cbisel16)
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11/08/2018 12:51 am  

What is the method that wpForo uses to remember which "Recent Posts" are unread (and therefore bolded)?

I've been using two different computers the last couple days to answer support questions in my forum, and in both browsers, the "Recent posts" list for my same account shows different posts that are unread. Neither list is consistent. And more alarming, some of my bolded "unread" recent posts are posts that I've personally made with this account in the last day or so.

 

Does wpForo save to the main website Wordpress database for each account, or is it using people's browser cache to try and remember?

Does it make sense that today, a post I made yesterday, would be showing to me as something I haven't read? (No one made a post in the topic since my post) 


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Tom
 Tom
(@tomson)
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13/08/2018 5:23 pm  

The reason it was easy for me to forget it was I feel the default font and bold style just doesn't stand out enough that the average person will notice and interpret it to mean this is "unread". It really needs to be bolder, maybe even a lighter shade of color, and have an icon next to it to represent it's different.

There are very few places where you can see other solutions. In 90% cases the only difference is the bold font. Almost all forum software only use the bold font. Even the GMail app uses only bold font. I'm sorry but we have no plans to change it yet. You're free to use custom CSS for your site.

What is the method that wpForo uses to remember which "Recent Posts" are unread (and therefore bolded)?

Does wpForo save to the main website Wordpress database for each account, or is it using people's browser cache to try and remember?

wpForo only uses browser cookies for this purpose. If you change the browser it starts collecting read topics information  from scratch. We're planning to change this working logic and use database to avoid such issues.

 

 

 

 


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Curtis
(@cbisel16)
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14/08/2018 12:27 am  

wpForo only uses browser cookies for this purpose. If you change the browser it starts collecting read topics information  from scratch. We're planning to change this working logic and use database to avoid such issues.

Thanks @tomson. Good to know. I just wanted to be able to understand how it worked myself so I could explain it to my members in an FAQ or at the top of the "Recent Posts" pages so they didn't think they were crazy that the list was different in multiple browsers etc. 

I'm sure a lot of people use the same device and browser much of the time, so it's not that big of a deal. But, I know for people like myself who use multiple computers and browsers, it will be nice whenever you all are able to switch over to the database. So, glad to hear it's on the roadmap for a future update.  


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 Tom
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06/09/2018 12:44 pm  

Please update to wpForo 1.5.2. We've added the Read / Unread forum, topics, posts feature with "Mark all read" and "Unread posts" buttons. More information in the releases summary: https://wpforo.com/community/wpforo-announcements/wpforo-1-5-2-is-released/


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Curtis
(@cbisel16)
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20/09/2018 2:12 am  

We've added the Read / Unread forum, topics, posts feature with "Mark all read" and "Unread posts" buttons.

@tomson, just have to say... awesome!!!  Thank you! I've been trying it out and am loving it! I have my "to do list" I was hoping for! (And I love the implementation of the icons) It's making my life SO much easier now, and I'd venture to say, also yours too. 😉

Thanks again.


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