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Forum DB a little messed up?

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We pee deep. Ew!
Sep 24, 2002
Some of the data base entries that track the most recent posts and allow the PHP logic to jump to that last unread post in a thread etc. seem to be damaged. Just as an example, the following entry is wrong:

Poll:Greatest freediver ( 1 2 3 4 ) fpernett 57 5568 25th-June-2003 16:21 by Cliff Etzel

The actual post time is 21st-June-2003 19:36 instead of 25th-June-2003 16:21.

These errors occasionally cause relatively old threads to get posted in the "Latest Discussions" section of the DB home page and there are a number of other cases where various short-cuts will jump to the wrong thread etc.
It ain`t messed up, it`s just that when there`s a poll to vote, then every time someone votes it will be counted like a post had been made, even if this is not the case. That is why. I think this is not a major nuisance although it should be possible to cure this. What do the moderators say?

Greets, joe
Nice catch!

That explanation hadn't occurred to me.

I'm sure that there were a few scrambled cross references in the database, but I must admit that I haven't seen one lately. Maybe the messed up threads are old enough that they no longer show up.

Since I knew that there were a few errors in the DB, I assumed that this "erroneous post time" bug was another manifestation of the problem.

I notice the repeat of old threads quite often as well. Weird


groats is quite correct that the threads move to the top of the listing whenever something "happens" in them. For example:
  • Voting on a poll
  • Editing a post
  • Making a new post
The forum software is quite robust and we try to upgrade where possible. There are on occasion problems with the code but they are very few and far between.

Would it be possible to change the behaviour so that voting on a poll doesn't mark it as having new contents?

I usually don't follow poll-threads at all because most of the time when the thread is marked as having new contents, it is just a vote and nothing new to read.

Other than that I agree that the forum is very rubust and works very well!

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