Forum “Last Post” and “Newest Posts”
June 20, 2020 at 1:34 am #41848Jim GuinnModerator
Jason, I wrote a post about this last week and then deleted it because I didn’t think I was explaining it well. I think what I wrote below is clearer.
The “Last Post” column and the “Newest Posts” (at the bottom of the page) do not reflect the “last post” or “newest posts”. They only reflect the “last topic” started and “newest topics” started.
So, when one comes to the forum, if no one has posted a new topic, it looks like there has been no activity. The only way to see if someone posted a reply to a topic is to click on that topic and look.
I am and have been a member of a lot of forums. I have never seen one function like this. The norm is to have “Latest Posts and or “Newest Posts” reflect new topics started AND new replies to topics. This is usually done by a highlighted symbol or by the text itself being highlighted so members know immediately that there has been a new topic or reply made in a forum area. I have also seen it done other ways, but this is the most common for most forum software.
IMHO, I think the way the FiddleHed forum functions makes members really have to hunt for replies, which is time consuming. I think it may also diminish participation in the forum.
I don’t know if the present WordPress Forum plugin will allow “replies” to be seen “at a glance” and not have to be hunted down, but I think if it does, it would help out a lot.
July 4, 2020 at 10:13 am #42106jason kleinbergKeymaster
I’m going to ask our developer to make changes to the forum.
I just replied to your Si Bheag Si Mhor post. I noticed that I was not credited with that post, but you were. I think you’re saying that any reply would appear as a new post with the replier’s name. I also see that my post didn’t show up at all in the forum table.
I’m also thinking of adding the Newest Forum posts to the Home Page, underneath the new lessons feed.
Let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed.
July 5, 2020 at 4:11 am #42116Jim GuinnModerator
Yup, saw that. It updated the time, but not that you posted or that you were replying. It also doesn’t bring the reply up to the top of the list (bottom of page). So unless you are keeping track of the times of posts, it doesn’t look like there was a new post/reply.
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