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Checking and unchecking options in Forum Settings and clicking the "Save" button has no affect. When Settings are re-displayed, all options are checked again. It's been this way for a considerable time. I noticed this same issue in this thread from a year ago, but I'm not sure if it was ever thought to have been fixed. Is this a known issue or are Forum Settings supposed to be working?
I've noticed another bug. The lightening bolt indicates I have "1 unread notification" but after I click to expand it, nothing appears. It just displays the built-in options: View All and Settings. It's very annoying because it's a permanent red circle with a "1" inside and I can't get rid of it.
UPDATE: ghost circle has mysteriously disappeared.
CurtB....I tried doing a save of my Time Zone....and the Save does not activate, so you are correct...its broken!
Bruce...I too have wondered about the contents listed under the Lightning bolt. I don't understand why certain postings are tagged and others are not. I used to think that when I login, and see Bold listings under the ForumHome...or any of the others columns, that they would appear under the Bolt....this is not true. After opening each Red circle entry, I still see Bold entries. I too have had Red circles and have gone to ForumHome and gone to each numbered page and selected a Bold post. I go back as much as 4 or 5 pages and usually the Reds clear. However, the Red numbers don't indicate that there is a Bold entry that you have not read. I don't know how this Forum decides to indicate how many each user has yet to read. The numbers definitely are not what is in Bold, but some other algorithm...good question.
I don't know if you try to look at each post or just the ones that appear under the Bolt. Maybe, you need to try and Page back to open some of the still Bold entries...like I said, there is no Logic as to why some posting appear as unread under the Bolt, and yet other Bold entries still remain. Maybe some AI logic is introduced and the AI sees you commenting about certain subject or words and thinks you need to read other similar topics...like buying something, and getting suggestions on other Buys of a similar item....Amazon does that....
Here is my Bolt
But here is a Bold entry on my Page 2...this happens all the time!
You're speaking of 2 different issues. I have a permanent red notification circle I can't get rid of. I even navigated to the Activities section under my profile and clicked on each of my post for the past 4 months...but the circle will not clear.
There is also an issue with late red circles. If I notice a topic has changed since I had last contributed to it (bold font with a name of a new contributor), I will not get a red circle. Nonetheless, I click on the topic to read the post and the bold font will return to thin font. The bold font notification works.
However, later in the day, there will be a late red notification circle of that "new" post...even though I had already read it.
It's just broken and indicative of no quality assessments at Cox.
Yes Bruce...this red circle counter under the Bolt is a bit confusing. I have to believe that COX built in a AI thing that chooses when to red dot and which get Bold highlighted. It definitely is associated to a user's login, because, when you first go to the Forum, prior to login, line comments are Bold (mmm I need to check this out further).
I notice that topics that I may have previously commented to and Not read, appear in their own section of the Bolt...and disappear after read. Same goes for this new Join to comment section that I covered in another Post today. By the way, Bruce, did you have to Join starting from yesterday or never have?
Notifications are definitely tied to user accounts. This is how notifications are suppose to work.
1. If you don't login...or are not a subscriber...click a topic, read it and return to the Home page...the topic remains bold. It remains bold because your actions are not associated to a user account.
Then you log in...
2. If you click a topic and just read it...meaning, you don't contribute...the font thins. However, if another contributor changes the post...meaning, contributes to it...the font returns to bold because the post has changed and you haven't read the update.
If you contribute to the post, the font does the exact same thing: bold, thin, bold, etc with each new post. It's no different from you not contributing to the post.
3. Again, if you contribute to a post, the website automatically subscribes you to the post. If you didn't contribute, you're not subscribed but the font still indicates changes to the post. The red circles are subscription updates.
If you contributed to the post and then someone else contributes, you'll get a red circle(s). If you don't contribute, you'll never get red circle(s).
Bold Font indicates changes to any post and Circles indicate changes to subscribed post.
I don't understand your "joining" question.