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Forum Spy

By kimsland
Oct 12, 2008
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  1. I noticed a new button, Forum Spy

    Can you please provide more info on this, and how it affects "Getnew"

    Thankyou
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,313   +617

    It also seems to have taken the TAB "New Posts" which has been moved to Quick Links.
     
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,058   +645

    As you can probably guess you can get real-time updates of new replies and threads using the forum spy which we will be testing for the next few weeks, hopefully server loads won't be affected dramatically by its use.

    Now, because we had no more space on the menu I had to remove one of the previous items and "New posts" I believe was the easiest to sacrifice because Today's Post works more or less the same unless you have not visited for a long time. Like jobeard pointed out, it's still available from the Quick links menu.
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,313   +617

    May I suggest flipping Today into Quick Links and revert New Posts to the Tab position --
    giving priority to newest changes rather than 'all of today' which can be excessive to scroll through.
     
  5. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 829

    It will be interesting to see where this goes.

    ">activity spy > subscribed threads only" moves a function buried within "my profile" > subscribed threads > list all

    (btw, iff >> it gets to working)
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Topic Starter Posts: 14,524

    I still don't understand it exactly
    Or what the tick does, or the play button
    Or what the whole thing is for :confused:
    Oh and I don't like the Title name: "forum Spy"

    I haven't used it, except to be confused on what it's telling me.


    Also just to add to this thread (about buttons), what do these buttons do?
    Because, clicking on them doesn't take me to what the Title says
    [​IMG]
     
  7. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    ""New posts" I believe was the easiest to sacrifice"

    This is REALLY getting interesting!

    Go Julio!!!!


    :)
     
  8. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,214   +1,240

    That is pretty simple they do not take you anywhere, they are not meant to. They change the topic or section that you are running the search in!
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Topic Starter Posts: 14,524

    Oh yer!

    Well maybe they should be a drop down box or something
     
  10. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,214   +1,240

    No the way they are makes perfect sense.
     
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Topic Starter Posts: 14,524

    I had another look

    Personal choice, I feel they are confusing
    Anyway I got confused for a long time (probably doesn't say much though :) )

    Edit:

    I've changed my mind, they work now :)
     
  12. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,058   +645

    In case it's not as straightforward as I thought, the forum spy feature is meant to be useful for users like kimsland that visit quite often.

    The forum spy gives a real-time outlook of what's going on in the forum, new posts and threads created without page reloads - updates from the server every 20 seconds using AJAX.

    BTW, this has nothing to do with the search box on the top which uses a tabbed interface for a one-click switch, narrowing the search scope to the section of your choice.
     
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Topic Starter Posts: 14,524

    But it's not showing the latest threads or posts?

    Actually if it did that would be good, I prefer a live scrolling screen

    Edit:

    Regarding the search box, when I clicked on the buttons it took me to reply or who know where (it was really strange!)
    But after my post it now works perfectly, so you tell me?
     

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