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Posted - 04/18/2006 :  17:05:27  Show Profile  Visit JohnOAS's Homepage Send JohnOAS a Private Message
I've noticed lately that my "Active Topics" cookie / date stamp isn't being updated. I generally browse SFN from one of two computers, and the problem seems to be present on both. Any ideas?

Is there a particular page (the home page?) I should visit in order to make sure my cookie refreshes, or a particular page I should exit from? I haven't consciously changed my browsing behaviour in recent times. I generally hit "Active topics" and then open up the individual threads in new tabs (I'm using Firefox It might have started around the time of the server upgrade or a little after, but that could just be my imagination trying to assign blame anywhere but with myself.

On a similar vein, I'd like to be able to synch the cookie between my two machines so that when I move between them I can easily stay "up to date". I already have the software to do all that, I'd just like to confirm exactly which cookie holds the relevant information. I may just write a utility to do that job specifically. My list of SFN cookies is below if it helps:

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SFN Die Hard

4907 Posts

Posted - 04/18/2006 :  17:09:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
I've always wondered this myself, or at least something like this.

Why does the SFN use cookies for the last visit? Why not just save the data along with the user profiles? I mean, you already have so many bytes for profile items like name and email address, plus kilobytes for the avatar/picture. What difference would 16 extra bytes make?

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

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Posted - 04/18/2006 :  19:39:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
We'll have to wait for our webmaster to answer the questions above, but I always wind up selecting "last 12 hours" or "last 2 hours" or whatever seems appropriate, because what the forums claim to be my last time on often is not correct, and I think it has something to do with the difference in time zones between my home and the server (but I'm not sure). I know, however, that at times if I (for example) I sleep for 10 hours, and log back on with the "active topics" set to "Last visit on...," I will often miss topics which were last active between 8 and 10 hours ago (or so). So, I always change it to at least however many hours it's been since my last time on, or more if I'm unsure.

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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 04/18/2006 :  20:27:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
I use the same method as Dave. I find it's the most reliable. (Well, not that my memory is all that reliable in the first place, but hey, it works better for me)

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