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VonII
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PostPost #1  Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am    Post subject: "View New Posts" function broken Reply with quote Back to top

Since about two weeks when I click "View New Posts" I end up with "No topics or posts met your search criteria", despite there are new posts since my last visit. It worked once just now, so I thought it was fixed, but clicking it again after visiting a thread, it's back to the same error message.

I suppose it's only me, as I couldn't find a thread anywhere mentioning this problem and I'm sure there would have been some who posted about it in the two week period this has been happening.

Confused

NOTE: As I tried posting this, it returned an error message saying "Invalid Session. Please resubmit the form.". Everytime. :/

EDIT 2: Spamming the submit button made it work after all. Was going to try PM if it didn't work.
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PostPost #2  Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I use it a lot and it seems to work fine for me.

I'd be interested to know how it decides what to show when someone has not been on for a while. Is it all new/updated posts since they last used the function?

Also if the function is used a second time it looks like it only looks back for the last 2 hours, which could be why sometimes it says there are no posts.

If a mod could explain how it works then that would be great.

Thanks
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PostPost #3  Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Mav787 wrote:
I use it a lot and it seems to work fine for me.

I'd be interested to know how it decides what to show when someone has not been on for a while. Is it all new/updated posts since they last used the function?

Also if the function is used a second time it looks like it only looks back for the last 2 hours, which could be why sometimes it says there are no posts.

If a mod could explain how it works then that would be great.

Thanks


Like I said, I suppose it's only on my account. (Tried clearing cache and all other stuff on my side).

If it's the same as vBulletin (which I have some experience on), it's exactly that, every post since the last visit. After a while the counter resets (default time or admin defined), so yeah, after two hours there will be less posts. It just does the same thing again really (Current time - last time visited = all posts in that time span).

Also, could the waiting time for a new search be decreased? I know it's there as a safety and capacity limit, but I'm sure the host can handle a few more searches and I often have to wait. For example: New posts --> Read something in a thread --> search on the forum for something mentioned in the thread. Thanks Smile
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PostPost #4  Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

New Posts function seems fixed, has been working fine for the last few days. Neutral

QB, if you fixed it, thanks. If not: mystery!
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PostPost #5  Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

VonII wrote:
New Posts function seems fixed, has been working fine for the last few days. Neutral

QB, if you fixed it, thanks. If not: mystery!


I gave the database a clean and the server a quick reboot yesterday, so I suppose that may have cleared up any old/invalid sessions...? Surprised

Can't really take the credit, but glad its working for you now Laughing Cool
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PostPost #6  Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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We have 3931 registered users


31 spammer registrations in 24 hours Wierded Out

Think I'll turn it back on, albeit in it's simplest form. That should reduce the number, even if it doesn't prevent it completely. Neutral
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PostPost #7  Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

5 things I learned by removing the CAPTCHA on the signup page:

#1) we had 31 new signups in 24 hrs, all of them bots

#2) 17/31 new bot signups were from @yahoo.com email addresses

#3) 10/31 new bot signups were from @nokiamail.com email addresses

#4) 24 of the 31 new bot signups confirmed their email address & activated their accounts & could have posted, had I not deleted them

#5) the web is a scary place once you let your guard down
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PostPost #8  Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I think those last two were supposed to be in the CAPCHA thread? It wasn't me...

By the way, are you sure they were all bots?
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PostPost #9  Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

markfiend wrote:
I think those last two were supposed to be in the CAPCHA thread? It wasn't me...

By the way, are you sure they were all bots?
Whoops, yeah.

Yep, all nonsense names in a similar format, and all nonsense email addresses.
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