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Forum Read Data Syncing

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)
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I implemented a functionality necessary for anybody with more than one device.

In the forum footer box, along with the link to the rules, there is now two new links, one to 'Sync Read to Server' and the other is 'Get Read from Server'.

For now it's a clumsy work around to have the 'Thread is read' data available across devices like phone, tablet and computer. In the future it will be solved when I implement a proper data syncing method.

To use the new functionality is fairly simple. If you're accessing the forum on your computer and you need to leave the computer, click the 'Sync Read to Server', this will save the data to the site's server so that it's preserved and available for other devices.

If you need to access the forum on a different device, right before you start reading on the forum, click the 'Get Read from Server' link and it will download the read/unread data from the server (the same data that you saved). Then proceed to use the forum as usual, when you're done, click the 'Sync Read to Server' link.

Crumbly Writer

Thanks for the update (and the temporary workaround)!

Clansman

INhave changed ti itunes doc writer called Pages.I have several times I'm the last few days tried to to my submissions to no effect. can you suggest
somefhing. I have always kept chapters short enough to use the paste method.

Crumbly Writer

I don't believe Pages synchs to websites. I've always used cut & paste to move text from websites to word processors.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Crumbly Writer

INhave changed ti itunes doc writer called Pages.I have several times I'm the last few days tried to to my submissions to no effect. can you suggest
somefhing. I have always kept chapters short enough to use the paste method.


If you copy from Pages (I have Pages too) and paste into the submission form, then it should work. It doesn't matter which program you use to write, copying the text and pasting it into the form should work as the copy function should be identical across applications.

paliden

I am under the assumption that this feature enables me to move from computer to computer without losing my place on the forums. Doesn't work for me. Am I mistaken as to what this is for or am I doing something wrong.

Here's the steps I use:

1. After browsing the forums before I leave the forum web page I click the 'Save read to Server' link.

2. Sign out of SOL.

3. Shut down the computer.

3. Startup my other computer.

2. Log in to SOL.

3. Open the forum web page in another tab or window.

4. Click the 'Get Read from Server' and the response I get is 'No Data Yet'

Grant

@paliden

Are you logging back in using the same account?

I've got a couple of systems, and I always stay logged in on each of them.
If I "Sync Read to Server" on one I can then "Get Read from Server" on the other an all the read posts and threads stay that way.

I have multiple browser windows open on my main system and I find if I have been following the forums in one window, then go to another browser window all the posts I've read will show as unread, till I click on a post. When I then click on another link all the posts & threads that had been read in the other browser window then show as read. I'm guessing it's just a caching thing which isn't an issue IMHO.

Replies:   paliden
LonelyDad

Pressing the 'Refresh' button for that page would do the same thing without having to click into a story.

Ernest Bywater

@paliden

Doesn't work for me.


Your local security settings may be causing the issue. Without knowing the full technical side of what Lazeez does on the servers I can't be sure. However, my understanding of the behind the scenes actions is what this does is to save the Forum related cookies to the server then pull them back to another device. But some browser security settings related to Private Browsing are capable of interfering with this process so it doesn't work.

Replies:   paliden
paliden

@Grant

Are you logging back in using the same account?


Yes, I only have one account for SOL.

paliden

@Ernest Bywater

Your local security settings may be causing the issue. But some browser security settings related to Private Browsing are capable of interfering with this process so it doesn't work.


I am using Firefox, version 50.1.0, I do not use private browsing.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@paliden

I am under the assumption that this feature enables me to move from computer to computer without losing my place on the forums. Doesn't work for me. Am I mistaken as to what this is for or am I doing something wrong.


You're doing the steps in the correct order. However few thing that could interfere.

1 - You have to be logging in with the same account on both computers/devices.

2 - Your browser will need to have support for something called 'local storage'.

3 - You can't use private browsing in your browser because private browsing erases local storage getting rid of the 'read thread' data.

4 - Your security software must not be configured to clean up after browsing sessions.

Replies:   paliden
paliden

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

1 - I log in with the same account on every computer.

2 - I am using Firefox v 50.1.0. Firefox has supported 'local storage' since v 3.5.

3 - I do not use private browsing.

4 - This could be the problem -

A - I use Ccleaner v 5.25.5902 to clean up internet cache and delete cookies. I have 'Enabled browser monitoring' (under options) to automatically clean on closing with notification. I disabled browser monitoring.

B - I am using Eset Smart Security and experimenting with the settings. We will see what happens.

Replies:   Capt Zapp
Capt Zapp

@paliden

A - I use Ccleaner v 5.25.5902 to clean up internet cache and delete cookies. I have 'Enabled browser monitoring' (under options) to automatically clean on closing with notification. I disabled browser monitoring.


Usually programs like that have an 'exemptions' setting. You might look fo that and add SOL to the list.

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