Some Talkback Changes and Fixes

Saturday December 4th, 1999

We've implemented some changes to our talkback forums that you may have noticed. First, you can now reply to specific messages from "flat mode". Before, you could only reply to the forum itself. Now, the messages will still appear in the same order in flat mode, but they'll be threaded properly in threaded mode if you reply to a specific message.

Next, we've fixed the titles of replies, adding a "Re:" in front of the default reply title.

Finally, we no longer allow anonymous posting. This change has been coming for a while, but we finally got around to implementing it. Old anonymous posts will show up, but no new ones will be allowed.

We've added one more change. Now, if you view in threaded mode, you have the option of showing which posts are new since your last visit. How does it work? Well, visit any forum, and click the "flag new posts" checkbox and click the "Change forum display" button. This change will affect all forums. After that, each time you visit a forum, we will store a cookie on your browser which will contain the current time and date of your visit to that particular forum, and use it to flag new posts. The cookie will expire a week after your last visit. If you don't like cookies, you can simply leave this feature off.

UPDATE: We added a small fix so that the "new" flags persist as you view posts in the forum.

These changes only apply to the talkback forums for articles. I will be propagating the changes to the poll and reader review forums when I have the time.

#27 Re: Re: anonymous postings

by gerbilpower <>

Sunday December 5th, 1999 10:51 AM

You are replying to this message

True, but I think overall this is better and will not lock out that many people. For a while I was just an outside who knew nothing about coding but I monitored the discussions but after a while I wanted to share my opinions so I registered and started posting.

If someone really has an opinion they want to share, why hide behind an anonymouse banner? I am not saying that we want to know who people are so we can pick on them, but we want to know what is saying what just to know who is saying it. On newsgroups, mailing lists, and even IRC you always know who everyone is.