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Ralf Rottmann
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Does anybody know how I can mark all threads of a forum read? I visit JavaRanch regularly and I want to know about "new" threads only. Therefore I'd like to set all threads to read.
Any idea on how to do it?
 
Michael Ernest
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We don't have that service. The closest we get is the marking each forum as having no activity since your last visit. For individual threads, we place the most recently updated ones at the top of its respective list, as you know.
 
Ralf Rottmann
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Well, the issue is, that I visit JavaRanch quite regularly but I do not read each and every thread. Therefore the lit light bulbs will stay because there are always kind of unread threads in each sub forum.
 
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Actually, it doen't matter if you read a post or not -- UBB doesn't track that. All it does is track when you last logged in, and uses that to determine whether to highlight a forum/thread; it has nothing to do with what you have or have not read.
Particularily annoying (for mea, at least), is that UBB stores that information in a cookie, which means that if you log in from a different machine, you suddenly have a lot of "unread" items....
 
Michael Ernest
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Originally posted by Ralf Rottmann:
Well, the issue is, that I visit JavaRanch quite regularly but I do not read each and every thread. Therefore the lit light bulbs will stay because there are always kind of unread threads in each sub forum.

As someone who visits several times a day, I'd say I feel your pain if I did, but I don't. I am sure it would take some doing to implement the service. Joel is right too -- you'll almost never see a busy forum unlit.
It's the first time I have seen a request for this -- I'm not thinking very deeply about this admittedly, but the idea of marking threads as "read" when they could change at any time seems anathema to the implied updating scheme of new additions to "already read" threads.
Any other opinions?
 
Ralf Rottmann
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Knowing that the board tracks based on last visit date totally solves my issue. No need to change. You can regards this thread as closed.
 
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