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Title: New posts in topic
Post by: kphoger on December 09, 2019, 02:52:43 PM
Hopefully I can word this to make sense...

In my user settings, I have it to where new posts in a thread are at the top, not the bottom.  That is, on a 15-page thread, the newest posts are at the top of page 1, and the OP is at the bottom of page 15.  I use the yellow [new] flags to see where it is I need to pick up reading the conversation since last time:  I scroll down until I stop seeing yellow [new] flags, then I start reading upwards back towards the top of the page.  This is very convenient because, if a thread has only had a few replies since I last visited, then I never have to leave page 1;  furthermore, if there have only been one or two replies, then I might not even need to scroll down at all.

My issue arises if the thread is so hot that more than one page of replies has been added since I last visited.  Page 1 will then be full of [new] flags but, when I click to page 2, there are never any [new] flags—even if there should be.  Therefore, I can't tell where I left the conversation.

To be even more concise:  with the settings of arranging newer posts to the top of a thread rather than the bottom, no [new] flags ever appear on any page except page 1. 
Title: Re: New posts in topic
Post by: 1 on December 09, 2019, 03:07:16 PM
If you click the word "NEW" when there are two pages of new replies, does it take you to Page 2?
Title: Re: New posts in topic
Post by: kphoger on December 09, 2019, 03:12:12 PM
If you click the word "NEW" when there are two pages of new replies, does it take you to Page 2?

You mean from the thread list?  Yes, I think I tried that once and it worked.  But that would only matter if I already knew there were two pages of new posts before clicking on the thread topic.

I suppose I could re-train myself to click on the [new] flag in the list as a work-around.  But I was hoping there might be some easy sort of actual fix to the problem—such that the site wouldn't simply assume I've read everything on page 2.
Title: Re: New posts in topic
Post by: rickmastfan67 on December 09, 2019, 06:56:07 PM
I think this is an issue with SMF, as they assume you'll always be going the other direction that you're viewing them.  Nothing we can do here to change this, as that's hardwired into the software.

You could always make a post over @ SMF (http://www.simplemachines.org/) on this issue, but I think you'll get the same response.
Title: Re: New posts in topic
Post by: Alps on December 09, 2019, 10:53:21 PM
Yeah, I've learned to just click NEW on the thread topic each time. Not the board, just the topic.