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Torment
16th May 2000, 03:16 AM
Thanks, that's helpful but it doesn't completely address my issue. Let me explain by example. Say I read a thread about bindings in UT and decide to post a response to that thread. I'm gonna be kinda curious to see if I get any replies to what I said, so the next day I go to check that particular thread. Unfortunately, I can't remember the exact topic title. And since the sort order is based on most recent post/reply, I now have no idea where that particular thread is located. So I have to scan through 50 threads per page, reading each title until I find that particular one.

Now if the "vlink" color were different from the "link" color, I could just quickly scan through each page of topics reading only the titles of the ones that I had previously visited. Since I don't tend to read every topic posted to a forum, there wouldn't be a lot of visited links on any one page, thus making it so much easier for me to find what I'm looking for. Now, granted I could also just use the Search Forums link to the left here, but that causes more of a drain on the web server than if I could simply see the threads that I've already viewed.

And combining the color change with being able to see which of my previously viewed topics have been posted to since my last visit would make things even easier. See how much better life would be! ;)


[This message has been edited by Torment (edited 05-16-2000).]

Loibisch
16th May 2000, 03:34 AM
Hmm, you could just look in your "recent sites" folder...or just bookmark the thread. Don't get me wrong but there are people here (like me :)) who read almost every thread...so this wouldn't be helpful at all :) but only mess up the list a bit...

Loibisch

I don't see an important reason for this...sorry :)

Torment
16th May 2000, 01:02 PM
I have a simple request for the forum administrators. Currently, in the <BODY> tag of the forum pages you have both the "link" and "vlink" attributes set to the same color (#FFC600). I was wondering if you could set the "vlink" attribute to a different color. It would make it a bit easier for me to see which topics I've already viewed. Call me lazy, but I would really appreciate it. Thanks! :)

>>> Torment

Azmo
16th May 2000, 02:47 PM
So you only wanna check every forum once? Ever?

You won't be around for very long then, will you? ;)

But seriously: changing the visited link color to something else would mean you'd always see it that color after your first visit. So if you came back to the PU forums after a few hours/days it'd still be marked as "visited", even though new posts (which you might want to read) have been submitted.

The lightbulbs on the main page show which forums have new posts since you last checked them. If you refresh the main forum page every now and then, you'll be able to see which forums you needn't open.

Hope that solves your prob.

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Torment
17th May 2000, 01:02 PM
I assume by "recent sites" folder you mean the History folder (plz correct me if I'm wrong). In which case, it only records me as visiting http://www.planetunreal.com/forums/. It doesn't record every page I visit in the forum... probably because the forum is being displayed in a frame. So, unfortunately, that won't resolve the issue either.

While it may not be beneficial to you, it also won't hamper you in any way and I'm sure others would find it useful. I doubt the different colored topics would bother you any more than the different colored folders displayed to the left of the topics.

Here's another reason for making this change. One of the reasons sites add a forum to their site is to attract more people to it. Useability features in a web site also attract people. What I have suggested is a useability feature that may help attract more people to this forum. Granted, it may not have a large impact or anything, but the cost for this addition is simply changing a line of code or two. Well worth the investment if you ask me.

If you'd like to see an example of this in action, you can check out the forum over at http://www.unrealtournament.net/forum/

Maybe I'm mistaken, but I get the feeling that you're against this idea, Loibisch. If so, do you have any reasons other than it may "mess up the list a bit"? Thanks for your input! :)

>>> Torment

Loibisch
17th May 2000, 04:58 PM
Yeah Torment :)

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>I assume by "recent sites" folder you mean the History folder (plz correct me if I'm wrong). In which case, it only records me as visiting http://www.planetunreal.com/forums/. It doesn't record every page I visit in the forum... probably because the forum is being displayed in a frame. So, unfortunately, that won't resolve the issue either.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I use a German Windows so I don't know the exact English names, yeah I meant the "history" folder.
You can't browse the forums with your history since the forums aren't on http://www.planetunreal.com/forums/ as displayed but at dynamic.gamespy.com
Search in your folder for this site and you will see all visited sites of PU :), fine, eh?

To the issue :):
I don't think it would help me much, but I also don't think it would bother me much :). It's only that I like the forums as they are now, and I have never had a problem with vlink and link color ;). I know that changing the vlink to another color would help finding topics you already viewed...I just never needed it, and it doesn't help you much if you see you already visited a thread. I check threads I have posted to regularly and since I don't post to every thread I view it wouldn't help me. I would simply see almost every thread marked as "visited" and still had to figure out which thread I posted to and to which not...
If I want to find a thread I have posted to about 3 days ago I simply use the Search Forums (http://dynamic.gamespy.com/~unreal/ubb/cgi/search.cgi?action=intro) link and seek for all posts with my name in it.
I would also like to know what other people of this forum think of it.

Loibisch

Ho people, let me hear your voice... :)And btw Torment: I'm not definaely against it, I just posted my opinion here. I am willing to learn, but other people have to post here, too. :)