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Jeremy Roussak

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What is a "visit"?
« on: October 22, 2017, 01:30:13 pm »

I generally read the various forums on this site by clicking the "Show unread posts since last visit" link at the upper right. While I'm likely then to ignore posts in the Capture 1 forum, since I don't use it, I find interesting stuff in pretty much all the others, from time to time.

It's very useful. But it's not infallible. I may go directly into a particular forum and see lots of "new"-flagged threads which haven't show up in my "unread posts" list. Occasionally, I get a message saying that there are no new posts since my last visit, which is simply wrong.

So, what is a visit? More particularly, while I can see easily how a visit starts, how, and in particular when, does it end? I'm permanently logged in, if that makes any difference; I read the site on two Macs (Safari on both); and I always close the window (or navigate elsewhere in the same window) when I've finished reading.

Just curious, really.

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Re: What is a "visit"?
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 02:37:39 pm »

It seems to work OK for me, Jeremy.
Maybe it's another of those Mac vs Windows issues: You shouldn't try to open a "Window" on a Mac, because Micro$oft may sue you!   :D

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Re: What is a "visit"?
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2017, 04:55:32 pm »

I'm signed pretty much all the time.  After I read the newest forum message I mark them as read.  Then when I sign on to the forum again and select show unread posts from the last visit I get the ones that are new since I marked the others as read.
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Re: What is a "visit"?
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2017, 05:57:37 pm »

I believe this is determined by a session cookie file called "PHPSESSID" created by the forum software on your computer. It is set to expire "when the browsing session ends", the meaning of which is dependent on platform and browser.

I'm not sure if you're looking for a solution to what you mention in your second paragraph, but if you are:

Towards the bottom right of the list of "unread posts since last visit", there is another link to "All Unread Topics" which shows everything unread, regardless of if the post is new since the last "visit". Alternatively, if the list of unread posts since last visit is empty, the "All Unread Posts" area is accessible via the link "Click here to try all unread topics." which appears next to the text "No unread topics found since your last visit." If you want to bookmark this to always view all unread posts, the link is: http://forum.luminous-landscape.com/index.php?action=unread;all;start=0.
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