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Starver

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Anybody else noticed this forum misbehaviour?
« on: September 21, 2018, 08:41:02 am »

A number of times over the last week or three, many more than I can count but not every time or even most, clicking on a thread-listing's (New) symbol, to send one to the first message not yet read, has seen me reading the very last message - much as per the icon in the Last Post column on the thread-list - and not the message that I think I should have been #anchored to.

I started to notice apparent non-sequiturs in latest responses, until I realised that there were posts before the jumped-to one that the jumped-to one was written for, but I hadn't seen them as New Posts (they were datetimed as since my last poke into the thread, as much as I could recall) and I could thus scroll back to the last remembered post and re-read the conversation. But it's happening too much to be "my error", of any of kind.

Possibilities:
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4) Some variety of Forum Bug.  A db-lookup error or cross-leaking data pointers or whatnot. Which surely someone else will have noticed, though maybe not felt a need to remark upon before now, hence this post, to put it out there.

(If it doesn't happen to you, right now there's no reason to say so. If it's just me then I'll have to live with it and just be vigilent for additional clues.

And, from now on, I'm keeping a closer eye on the URL query and even delving into the source of the page to try to ascertain what gets #anchor-linked to and where that #anchor-link ends up being.


ETA: And it happens straight away.
Sent to
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www.bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=162538.msg7858236;topicseen#new...but msg7858236 was the penultimate message, not the one I 'arrived' at..
Viewed Source of page (with the risk that it resubmits the request with altered pointer data, but I don't think it does) and in there I see:
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<a id="msg7858239"></a><a id="new"></a>...the message I jumped to.

So apart from the risk of resubmission having reset the "generate anchor" position, it seems to confirm a forum bug,
« Last Edit: September 21, 2018, 08:53:13 am by Starver »
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Re: Anybody else noticed this forum misbehaviour?
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2018, 08:44:39 am »

Wait, you can click on the (New) symbol?
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Re: Anybody else noticed this forum misbehaviour?
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2018, 08:54:01 am »

Wait, you can click on the (New) symbol?
It's how I click around. Unless I'm madder than I thought.
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Re: Anybody else noticed this forum misbehaviour?
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2018, 09:08:43 am »

I've noticed misbehaviour.

I've not checked certainlier than that.
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Re: Anybody else noticed this forum misbehaviour?
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2018, 09:12:50 am »

Can confirm. The same is happening to me. Weirdly, this is a fairly recent thing. Has to have started in the last month.
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Re: Anybody else noticed this forum misbehaviour?
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2018, 09:20:07 am »

Wait, you can click on the (New) symbol?
It's how I click around. Unless I'm madder than I thought.
I always clicked on the thread title. Didn't notice any bugs with the forum.
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Re: Anybody else noticed this forum misbehaviour?
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2018, 09:33:00 am »

Wait, you can click on the (New) symbol?
It's how I click around. Unless I'm madder than I thought.
I always clicked on the thread title. Didn't notice any bugs with the forum.

Well yeah, if you don't use that specific feature (clicking the 'new' button), you're not going to notice it.

I tried it a bit and I'm not sure if I'm seeing the bug, but then again, I've never used that function either.
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Re: Anybody else noticed this forum misbehaviour?
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2018, 09:36:18 am »

I noticed when clicking on old post links to go to a certain post in a thread that you would sometimes come out on the wrong page, especially for older/longer threads. I figured it was due to posts/accounts being deleted over time and the post links not correcting which page they linked to for whatever reason. But maybe it's related to this?
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