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Recent Activity Page (Is this forgotten?)

Discussion in 'Bugs, Glitches and Miscellaneous Forum Problems' started by Bearcarver, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm gonna do my best explaining this problem I have with the new platform, but I don't know if many use it like I do:

    The first thing I do when I get on the forum is go to my "Profile", by clicking on "Bearcarver".

    Then right below my Bio information is "Your Recent Activity".

    This is a list of every post I have made, in the order of newest to oldest, and if anyone made a comment since the last time I did, there is a little number beside it. Then I click on that thread Title, and that takes me to that thread. That way I can see who said what since I was there, and if there is any question I need to answer, I can answer it.

    After I have looked at all of the ones I can see, I click on "More" at the bottom. That takes me back a few more posts. I keep clicking "More", and I keep going back as far as I want, checking to see if I need to answer anyone. I usually stop after I click "More" a few times without any little numbers showing any more. 

    Now Here is the difference between now (The New Platform), and the way it was in the Good Old Days with the Old Platform:

    In the old days, when you would click on one of the thread Titles, it would take you to that thread, and when you were done there, you could click "Back", and it would take you to the page you were last at in the "Your Recent Activity" pages.

    Now in the current Platform, you can click on one of the thread Titles, and get to that thread too, but when you're done there, if you click "Back", it takes you all the way to the beginning page in "Your Recent Activities".

    So if you had to click on "More" ---- lets say 8 times to get to a page that has three threads that you need to look at, you have to go back to the first page, and click on "More" 8 times for each of the other two threads.

    I think that stinks!

    Hope somebody understands my explanation.


  2. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    Depending on the browser you are using, there may be an easy answer.  I use IE8.  It has tabs.  The way that I process the message threads is to do a right click and say "open in new tab".  That leaves me exactly where I was in the main listing.  In fact, I usually open a number of threads, all in separate tabs -- then go read them one by one.
  3. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks Dale,
    Wouldn't that mean if I wanted to go back 14 clicks (More), I'd have to open 14 new windows?

    Seems to me, it would be a lot easier for the powers that be to make it like the platform that wasn't supposed to be as good as this new one.

    Just sayin'

  4. Bear you can hit "More as many times as you want and when you see a thread you want to expand  this is when you right click and hit "open in new tab" when you close that "New tab" you will be right where you left off on the "Recent activity page"

    I have an issue with the recent activity page when I'm logged in I only see my stuff. If I'm not logged in I can see all the recent activity, so I log off right away.Bill
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011
  5. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree.  It's a PITA.  Seems so simple to be able to just hit the back button.  But it doesn't work for me on a PC either.  Yes, you can do everything by right clicking then "open in a new tab" or "open in a new window" either way works and your original page stays right where you left it.  You can just close that currently open tab and your original should be right there behind it.  So no, you don't have to have 14 tabs open unless you want to.  Clicking "back" should do just what it says.  Programming oversight I say.  If it was intentional, it was a bad idea.


    I prefer to not log in with my user name for that very reason.  But if you (on a PC) hold your mouse over the word "Forum" at the top of the page, don't click anything, just hover over it...a pop up menu will expose itself.  One of the choices is "All New Posts".  That'll get you to the current activity page from everyone and not just what you've commented on. 
  6. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    What I do is when I see a post that I want to look at I hold down the "Shift" key and click on the link to open a new window. No back buttons involved and I just X it out when done. I'm on windows Xp Pro.
  7. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Not that it matters but up until recently I did it similar to the way dude does it. The only difference is I click on forums  and the categories pop up and in the upper right I click all new post, this gets me the new members and such along with my post showing in blue and I know that its been responded to since my mane is not the marked name in the reply box.

    Bear is right tho since day one its been a pain in the arse for me to use the recent activity section. (Never even go there).

    In the past the back button has always worked for me up until several weeks ago. Now I know I made mention of this and Jeff thought an update would fix it. Its worse now and after it doesn't work I can pull the drop down and I see bad request in the first line and the next two lines are redirects to adds........

    I do check  here every day but I seldom check more then the first half of the first page, I get so pissed off having to scroll the back arrow drop down to back up, that I just close the page out and wait for the next day. With the hope it will get fixed, there's not alot that gets under my skin but redirects on the back button are straight up low down sneaky moves.

    Sorry if I have offended anyone but I call it how I see it and. Someone, probably the ones selling the new platform, are benefiting from this rather then us members benefiting.
  8. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OK I am the first to admit when I am wrong, not sure I am 100% wrong in my statments but I will say. I'm sorry if I have ruffled anyones feathers.

    I had a brain moment and remembered that quite some time back I turned off add blocking.

    I think someone was having troubles with adds floating over there pics they posted.

    So I turned the add blocker off in my profile settings to see if the same problem would happen to me. Then I forgot about it. 

    I just went there and turned it back on.

    Then I went to the all new post and clicked on almost every thread on the first page and then the back button.

    Gee Guess What......

    The back button had ZERO redirects. This indicates to me, that I no longer have to deal with the issue as I am a premiere member and I can shut out the adds.

    Sorry to all you folks that don't have this feature.
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I also hate the fact that you have to scroll thru a lot of messages to see what you have posted to and what has updated and if you are on page 2 or 3 because you are looking for something and hit the all new post it takes you back to page 1
  10. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    OK Guys, I checked it out:

    That "Open in a new Tab" works, but after leaving that thread, and going back to the "Recent Activities Page", the little number is still beside the thread, so that would tell me there are new comments there since I was there, and that would be WRONG! When you go through it the normal way, the little number goes away, showing nobody has made a comment on that thread since I was there.

    So why can't it just be made the way the Old platform had it---THE RIGHT WAY.


    Maybe it's just me. If I buy something new, I expect it to be better than the thing it replaced, or at least as good.

    I sure hope my thoracic surgeon doesn't ever say, "Your new valve isn't as good as your old one".

  11. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    I couldn't have said it any better. Agree 100%!
  12. I hear where your coming from Bear, I go thru the same thing.. Back-- More, More, More, it sucks.  Your 100% right Bear a "Back" button should take you back to where you were. I hope they fix it, I don't check a lot of old post for the reason you stated, sorry folks but I just hate the feature also.
  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Bump for the powers that be---Hint--Hint.
  14. retread

    retread Meat Mopper


    This is just a thought, but why don't you try this.  When you leave the old thread, and go back to the "Recent Activities Page", try reloading that page.  I think that might refresh the little number to the new value.  I'm not sure, but it is something to try
  15. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Tried it:

    Tried Refresh & tried Reload.

    Either one takes you back to the first page.

    This problem wouldn't bother me if I hadn't been here before the change to Huddler, but since I was I know how much better that ability was.

    There are things about this platform that are better than the old one was, like posting pics right through the Reply box, but this one is a REAL BUMMER to me.

    By the time I get done going through the old posts (because of the stupid "returning to page #1" thing), I hardly have any time left to look at new posts. I only have so much time on this computer.

    Thanks for your reply,

  16. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks Guys,

    I just sent this problem to Jeff, with a link, so I would imagine it will be looked into soon.

    Should be an easy fix, but I guess they couldn't fix it until they knew it wasn't working the way it should.

  17. TulsaJeff

    TulsaJeff Smoke Whisperer Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Bear, you are not alone. I have had to deal with that too and it is definitely something that needs to be looked into. I think it has to do with the fact that the Huddler refreshes the threads list when the back button is presses when in vBulletin it just gives you your last view without refreshing. I can definitely see the advantage to refreshing so new posts/threads are added into the mix but personally, like you, I would rather just go back to where I was at to start with. This is me guessing.. so it may be a lot more complicated than my attempt at a conjecture.

    Like others have said already, I just click my middle mouse button on the link to open it in a new tab so as to not mess up where I'm at but I honestly don't think we should have to do that. I can assure you that I will be bringing this up to the Huddler team this week and seeing if that is something we can get corrected soon.

    Huddler has been very good about giving us what we want as long as it is for the greater good of a significant number of members.. if we have something that only 3 people complain about then it may not be worth 200 hours of re-coding but if lots of folks on this forum and possibly other forums are having the same problem then it makes sense to get that problem fixed ahead of other problems.

    I will certainly make this known and see if we can get some priority on it. If I hear anything, I will let you know.
  18. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thank You for your reply Jeff,

    I don't have a "middle" mouse click, but as I have "already" stated in Post # 10 in this thread:

    I tried right clicking & opening it in another tab (which works the way you say), but when you're done with that thread, and close that tab, the little number beside the thread you finished dealing with stays beside that item. That makes it look like you didn't go there yet. Now you have no idea which ones you went to & which ones you didn't yet, leaving you in no better shape than you were before. (Maybe I'm missing something???)

    I really appreciate your prompt attention. As for the 200 hours that poor Huddler has to do, it reminds me of the guys that cried to me because they had to spend three days to jack-hammer my new garage floor out, and re-pour it, when I had this log house built. I told them, "If you would have done it right the first time, you wouldn't be having to do this".

    Again---Thanks a lot Jeff,

  19. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Boy that was fun, and it made me think of bumping this thread as a reminder that the problem I explained, and many agree with is still a problem.

    After playing this back & forth game, day after day, and missing a number of great posts because of it, here is what happened:

    I was working my way back to make sure I replied to all comments & questions directed to myself. It goes like this:

    Click through pages 1-2-3-4-5, open one post, back to page one.

    Keep working my way back and forth about 10 times to get to click through 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8, open that page, and back again.

    So I keep doing this time consuming PITA, and I actually clicked back 23 pages, and found two different threads I had to reply to.

    I opened one, made my reply, and I got set back to page one again. Then had to open one page at a time 23 times again, to get to the other one.

    I know I could just ignore the old ones, and not worry about any questions directed at me, but I know how I feel when I don't get an answer to a question I have asked.

    I just wish Huddler would make it easier to be nice to others, by making it easier to answer all questions asked.

    So there's my reminder that this problem still exists,


    BTW: To all of my wonderful forum friends who post really great Qview. If any of your outstanding posts do not have a comment from "Bear", it's because Bear spends hundreds of hours working through this flaw in the programming. Sorry.
  20. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    Don’t you get the most recent replies to everything you’ve posted in by going to subscriptions?