I'm back from the dead (for now). Where I had noticed it was under the thread "Compression Ignition" in the Engine & Drivetrain 99 & Up Forum. I did not surf any further to check other threads. Not a huge deal, just thought maybe the software was acting up or somethin'
The forum software stores all the messages for a thread in a delimited text file. The .html pages (that you see when reading a topic) are also stored. When you post a new message, it is added to the end of the delimited text file for that thread. The software then calls a process called UpdateThread that reads the delimited text file and recreates the .html file that you read. So, when you post a message, the html file is updated which causes your # of posts to become current. It will stay there until the next post. The reason it stores the threads in two files is to reduce the load on the server. When you read a topic, it just sends the static .html file. This keeps the server from dynamically creating the threads each time someone reads them (which would create a huge server load).
OK, how about a different problem? No one seems to have mentioned it. When I enter the site and go to Forums and enter a forum, all unread posts are highlighted in Red. However, when I boink out of that particular forum and enter another everything is yellow.. even the posts I haven't read. Any ideas?
I can't remember the last time the folders turned color for me(always yellow). I started using Netscape 3.0 and they worked then. I recently updated to Communicator 4.7 thinking this would fix that among other things but it didn't.
I've noticed the folder colors doing weird things since the first of the year. Sometimes they change color and sometimes not! Also I've had to re-enter my user name and password several times lately, it used to keep it for me.
For the last few months my post's have not come up for about 12 hours and my user name didn,t store. Yesterday I was having trouble connecting so called my ISP for advise and they changed my dial in number.Everything is now OK and faster as well.So the moral is sometimes the server has a problem.