I suspect Pforrest meant the index page
where the subforum icon appears red (or another colour for those who messed around with custom stylesheets)
when there are unread topics within. This is why I initially wanted to load the offending threads in order to mark them as "read".
Okay, yes, that makes sense.
The fix would have to involve some kind of XMLHttpRequest
call to a URL that loads the last page in this thread (like this
) but making sure to use the same hostname so you're logged in. It might also need to pass the SID, if any. (You shouldn't need to actually create a window or anything like that, I doubt it's doing anything more complex than simply noticing that you are loading the page; but the transaction definitely needs to be able to get your login cookie to know it's you.)
For me, that index page is almost always completely red (except for the deprecated "News" forum near the bottom). I just checked — at 10:48 UTC on 2016 Feb 11, there are 14 forums listed there that have a post on "Feb 11, 2016", and only 13 that give an older date for their recentmost post. So you have to really have a lot of time on your hands to be looking at the XKCD fora often enough to be able to keep those icons blue. But I assume that's the use case we're addressing, and the reason for the frustration and complaints (which have happened several times over the past few years).
I am also wondering why this thread can't be moved somewhere that is deemed more appropriate for an ongoing community, like General
. I mean moving the actual thread, so all 2400+ pages remain intact, not any kind of splitting, which would be laborious and painful. Our ongoing comics based on Time
are fan-generated and inspired by xkcd
, much like xkcdsw
which is in General.
It was explained a year or two ago that if a thread gets moved, all the links will work for the same reason that this link works
field is wrong but the server ignores it if there is a t
Once moved, a single-post thread could be added to the IXCT forum that explains the situation and points people to the (moved) Time thread. That pointer would be locked so people would have to come here in order to comment or ask questions about Time