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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 23, 2013

A Counter To Keep Count Of New Things Since Your Last Visit

Unless you're sleepy today, you must have noticed a little counter next to the 'What's New?' link in the sub-menu. The count will show the number of new things posted on CrazyEngineers since your last visit. It's a great way to keep a check on your backlog ( 😏 ). As you keep checking all the updated discussions and new threads, the count will keep decreasing (unless of course, some new content is posted in in the mean time).

If you wish to reset the counter to Zero, just hit the 'Mark Forums Read' link in the sub-menu and the counter will be reset to Zero.

We've quick-tested the styling of the counter on latest versions of Chrome, Firefox & Safari on Mac, Chrome + FF on Windows 7.

It'd be nice if you could tell us if the counter looks proper on other browsers / OS combinations. We hope you will like the counter. Looking forward to your feedback in this thread.

Update : The count is the number of unread posts or the new posts made since your previous visit.
Noticed, and checked this before the announcement 😁
looks cool, and appropriate.

😁

-CB
Abhishek Rawal
Abhishek Rawal • May 24, 2013
Good Job 👍

[​IMG]
The counter looks proper in :
Mozilla Firefox 21.0 : Mageia 3.0
Mozilla Firefox 21.0 : Fedora 18

Edit : Nice "Search Widget" tweak 😀
Anoop Kumar
Anoop Kumar • May 24, 2013
New count looks good..

Bug: In Chrome 27, there is overlapping of search button container over profile pic and name in all resolutions😐
Jeffrey Arulraj
Jeffrey Arulraj • May 24, 2013
Good in Firefox XP

Nice feature a hefty backlog to look into it seems
Jeffrey Arulraj
Jeffrey Arulraj • May 24, 2013
BUG in Firefox and XP combo to there is a overlap of search and Profile name
Abhishek Rawal
Abhishek Rawal • May 24, 2013
Conqueror
BUG in Firefox and XP combo to there is a overlap of search and Profile name
ianoop
Bug: In Chrome 27, there is overlapping of search button container over profile pic and name in all resolutions😐
Confirmed.Overlapping is noted between search widget & avatar.
Jeffrey Arulraj
Jeffrey Arulraj • May 24, 2013
It is there oly when I open a thread in announcement section not in other sections Like ECE
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 24, 2013
ianoop
New count looks good..

Bug: In Chrome 27, there is overlapping of search button container over profile pic and name in all resolutions😐
Strange. It's only in 'this' thread. I couldn't see it in other threads or forums on the site.

Does that hold true for everyone?
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 24, 2013
Abhishek Rawal
Confirmed.Overlapping is noted between search widget & avatar.
Please confirm if the overlapping happens only in THIS thread and not on any other sections of the site.
Jeffrey Arulraj
Jeffrey Arulraj • May 24, 2013
Yeah I can assure you that Big guy
Anoop Kumar
Anoop Kumar • May 24, 2013
Kaustubh Katdare
Please confirm if the overlapping happens only in THIS thread and not on any other sections of the site.
Yes its right.
Abhishek Rawal
Abhishek Rawal • May 24, 2013
Kaustubh Katdare
Please confirm if the overlapping happens only in THIS thread and not on any other sections of the site.
In this thread : [​IMG]


In Other Threads : [​IMG]

PS: Where the hell is "Upload" option ? 😡
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 24, 2013
Announcement section is very much restricted to the Admin use only.

But the bug looks very strange. I'm not able to figure out what's really causing the buttons to appear ONLY in this thread. Maybe it's got something with the title of the thread which was Whats New? [Count].
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 24, 2013
I figured this out. If the thread title has [count] - then the search box breaks.
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 24, 2013
This is good feature. Looks perfect in Crome. Let me check some more threads.

👍 Biggie 👍
Whats In Name
Whats In Name • May 24, 2013
I realized how relieved I am (its because subconsciously I am paranoid that I have certainly left something important on CE!)
lal
lal • May 24, 2013
Working perfect on Opera: Win7 and Symbian
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 24, 2013
The feature should be back shortly.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 24, 2013
Update: We found out that there's a noticeable difference in the page loading speed with the counter on. Investigation is on and we hope the feature gets back online soon.
Counter is back, and working fine!
Cool Buddy !

-CB
Anoop Kumar
Anoop Kumar • May 26, 2013
After seeing what's new counter for few days,
Honestly saying I didn't find any usefulness of this. It is showing me counter of whole CE new post since my last session. CE forums are updating almost every second from all sections and discussions form which I may not interested in all sections.

I always land on what's new section first, without seeing counter.
If counter given I would like see the counter of new post from subscribed sections like, If I have subscribed for Computer Science | IT | Networking' , Debate Mastermind etc.
First click on "Mark the forum read" It would set the counter to zero.
Now on-wards, whenever you will come to CE, there would not be more than few 100 posts (If you visit the CE at least once a day)

That helps me at-least.

-CB
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 27, 2013
We don't have forum subscriptions as of now. But we are indeed planning to introduce something that will let CEans subscribe to sections / topics of their interest. In the mean time, you may 'watch' specific threads of your interest by clicking on 'Watch Thread' option available with each thread.

We're still trying to fathom the overall impact of this modification on the site's speed.

Going forward, we may or may not carry on the what's new count. Things are still under investigation.
Anoop Kumar
Anoop Kumar • May 27, 2013
I do watch some specific threads😀.
I think counter is loading along with page load. I suggest to load this counter after page is loaded, It will not affect on performance. and little animation always looks good😁
lal
lal • May 27, 2013
I like the counter. But instead of number of posts I would've liked it more if it showed the number of updated threads. Any way the counter is a good thing to keep track of how much activity happened since the last login. I'm in favour of it.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 27, 2013
As I said, things will always keep on improving. It makes sense to let people get updates on only to what they subscribe to. However, in the forum system; that may take some more time to implement.

Unfortunately, the counter adds two queries to the database whenever a page is loading. That's affecting the performance of the site.

The counter will definitely be there; in a much evolved and smarter form; but it may take a while before we launch it.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 13, 2013
Alright, we got the counter back. It's still the same 'raw' counter that tells you how many new posts were made since your last visit. You can rest the counter to 'zero' by clicking on the 'Mark Forums Read' link the the sub-menu.
Sorry I now only noticed how to use it. Its quite brillient so that I wont miss any new posts.One thing I found is "Alert" didnt work properly. I had checked watch forums to read but it miss some posts and didnt give me alert.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 28, 2013
Update: It turned out that the count didn't add extra queries to guests. We've put back the latest post counter 👍

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