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  • What are the icons on the thread list?

    OK, I give up. I've spent way to much time looking for the answer so maybe somebody else can inform me....

    What do those "envelope icons" on the left edge of the thread list mean? Most are blue, some are red, some have arrows going in, some have arrows going out, some have paper sticking out of them, and I've probably missed a couple other combinations. They're neat but what the heck do they mean and how are they being set?? In other words, what value are they to us users?

  • #2
    Scroll to the very bottom of the page and you will see them explained just above Posting Rules. They are not all explained but most are.

    Regards
    Dermot Fitzpatrick
    www.fitzsolutions.com

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    • #3
      The only thing I see above "Posting Rules" on my screen is:
      - When viewing a thread - a box for "Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread"
      - When posting a message - the "Topic Review" boxes.

      Apparently there's another setting I haven't found. And, in case there is any doubt, I'm not talking about the smilies or avatars - just the various "envelopes" that appear only on the list of thread topics.

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      • #4
        Sorry I should have said when viewing the list of threads in a forum not an actual thread.
        Dermot Fitzpatrick
        www.fitzsolutions.com

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        • #5
          Duhhhh! Yup! There it is - right where you said it was. (Would you believe I just had my eyes checked about a month ago?)

          I guess I'm still curious what qualifies as a "hot" message. It doesn't appear to be just the activity level because there are hot threads with fewer messages than other "non-hot" threads that were created about the same time.

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          • #6
            Seems to me that a hot topic is one that has been viewd over 150 times. It does not seem to be based on the number of replys.
            Dermot Fitzpatrick
            www.fitzsolutions.com

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            • #7
              If you hold your mouse over the icons at the bottom, they will give you a brief explanation. The hot icon says 15 replies of 150 views makes the thread hot.

              Originally posted by CALocklin
              Duhhhh! Yup! There it is - right where you said it was. (Would you believe I just had my eyes checked about a month ago?)

              I guess I'm still curious what qualifies as a "hot" message. It doesn't appear to be just the activity level because there are hot threads with fewer messages than other "non-hot" threads that were created about the same time.

              Lenny Forziati
              Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
              Alpha Software Corporation

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              • #8
                OK guys, that's enough of trying to make me look stupid. (Or, did I do that myself?)

                Actually, I found it kind of interesting that somebody recently asked me to move some buttons from the bottom of a web page to the top because "people tend not to check the bottom of the page." Then I did exactly the same thing myself here.

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                • #9
                  Lenny,

                  You got me with that one!

                  held mouse over icons and waited and waited and waited, moved mouse to next one and waited and waited. Then realised its not april fool's so what gives?

                  Lance Gurd

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                  • #10
                    You guys don't celebrate October 13th in the UK? ;)

                    Seriously though, this will depend on your web browser and how it is configured. The description is in the "alt" text for the image and some browsers do not show it by default.

                    Originally posted by Lance Gurd
                    Lenny,

                    You got me with that one!

                    held mouse over icons and waited and waited and waited, moved mouse to next one and waited and waited. Then realised its not april fool's so what gives?

                    Lance Gurd

                    Lenny Forziati
                    Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
                    Alpha Software Corporation

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