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Kieran

MYBB Sprites and "No New Posts"

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Thanks. 🙂 And well, it wasn't complete waste of time as it did make me realize the issue's cause. ^^

Do you know why the "Forum Contains New Posts" icons won't go out when all the new posts have been read? This issue has been for ages, long before I moved my boards to self-host. Whenever one clicks on them to turn them off seeing to that they refuse to do it themselves...then they light right up again at the very next page load. Both on the index page and on the subforums. I noticed that the ACP's settings have some kind of an experimental setting that should attempt to mark the parent forums unread when there's no longer unread posts...But it sounds like it only applies to the parent forums and not to the subforums--besides, it doesn't seem to work at all anyway.

Also, I've been trying to google how to create a forum icon sprite to replace the default one so that they new posts / no new posts icons would at least suit the theme of the RPG. Like, instead of those generic speech bubbles I'd like to have autumn leaves for the Old West rpg. Different colour leaf for the new-posts and no-new-posts status. Or bubbling cauldrons for the Harry Potter RPGs. But I can't find a tutorial how to create such sprite, as it seems it has to be one image with four icons instead of four separate images. By the way, is that standard for this element on boards or is mybb's system just needlessly complicated? (Because on Proboards one could just link individual images for those icons.)

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@Kieran I just split up your topics so that it's easier to keep track of what the problems were and how they were solved. 🙂

 

Sorry about the late reply on this! I've had a very long work week with very long days.

 

On 6/8/2018 at 8:00 AM, Kieran said:

Do you know why the "Forum Contains New Posts" icons won't go out when all the new posts have been read?

 

Can I grab the link to see if I have the same issue? In the meantime:

- Does everyone report this issue?

- Do you clean out your cache regularly? (Which will clear the read cookies and be why this is happening?)

 

On 6/8/2018 at 8:00 AM, Kieran said:

By the way, is that standard for this element on boards or is mybb's system just needlessly complicated?

 

This is actually best practice because instead of potentially asking someone to download five different images, they're only downloading one. Typically, though, I use font awesome for sprites or just a CSS only shape.

 

But when I did image sprites, I literally downloaded the image and opened it up in photo editor of choice. Then I put the images I wanted on top of the old images (so that the height is exactly the same as the old ones) and then made the edits I wanted. Say, opacity, giving one a different shade etc. Turn off the original layer, save as a png, and then uploaded. That way, I don't need to change the background position at all, just the image URL.

 

Let me know if that makes sense!

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Yes, it's every user's issue. And no, I don't clear my browser cache downright regularly but randomly a few times a year, but clearing cache doesn't make any difference. I've tried that several times. The issue is on all my boards. Here's one of them.

 

Also, I thought of doing that just slapping new images over the existing sprite but didn't think it could be that easy. I'll give it a try, then.

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Forum read is working correctly for me. I've refreshed, closed the browser and opened it again and did a hard refresh. I can not replicate this issue.

 

Cookies are the sort of things that hold onto that kind of information - clearing the cache shouldn't help. Like Morrigan said, some browsers clear all cookies when it's closed. You should check your browser setting. The setting will look something like this:

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I assume that you're not reading the thread and then logging out and expecting the forum to still be read? It doesn't sound like that's what you're talking about but I want to be certain.

 

The other thing you can try is a recount and rebuild of your cache. I don't expect it to help, like I said, I can't replicate this issue on your forum. But it shouldn't hurt.

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