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#12299 - 12/07/00 09:42 AM NEW!!!
maverick Offline
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Registered: 09/15/00
Posts: 4757
Why does the bloody New tag behave so arbitrarily? Sometimes it stays on after reading a thread, sometimes not; sometimes it will reappear on a few threads when going back again later....


#12300 - 12/07/00 10:07 AM A game at chess
shanks Offline
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Registered: 03/16/00
Posts: 1004
Loc: London, UK

Have you ever tried to figure out the rules of chess (or any other game) just by watching it being played? You always come pretty close, but can be sure there will be one or two obscurities you are likely to miss (I've never seen the en passant move used in any master game, though I've trapped a few tyros with it in my time).

With which qualification, here's my thoughts.

In Flat mode

1. If you view in 'show all' mode, rather than page by page, the posts you've seen will still show as new. The thread will not.

In threaded mode

2. In general, posts you have not seen will show up as new, but there are exceptions.

3. If you jump into any forum, and then leave, none of the threads will show as new any more. If you go into the newer looking threads, though, within the same session, you can see which actually have posts that are new to you (they have orange instead of yellow icons).

4. If you leave a forum before checking all new posts, and you quit the board as well, threads as well as posts tend not to show up as new.

As a result (and as an addict of the threaded mode), I tend to sticvk with a forum (and ideally the board) until I have read all the new posts. Sometimes, if I can't do that, I go back to the most recently modified threads and look for posts that aren't in my 'history' (showing up as purple instead of red/blue headings).

I am sure that I haven't really sussed out all the ramifications of the 'new' threads for old rules, but maybe these few rough guides will help you.


the sunshine warrior

#12301 - 12/08/00 07:28 AM Re: A game at chess
maverick Offline
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Registered: 09/15/00
Posts: 4757
Thanks for the thoughts, shanks.

The thread will not
- but that's the trouble, it sometimes does even after I have just left a completely read thread. Not always. Just enough to be really puzzling, when trying to navigate thro' the daily molesworthill...

#12302 - 12/08/00 11:22 AM Re: A game at chess
RhubarbCommando Offline

Registered: 08/23/00
Posts: 2204
Yes, I've noticed this, mav, and puzzled about it for a while. In the end, I have dismissed it as on of life's ineluctible mysteries, like why is it that when you press the button on any given controlled pedestrian crossing, sometimes it changes within 30 seconds, othertimes you have to wait for eternity before the little green man appears (and this is when you are the only person who has used the crossing within the last ten minutes)

#12303 - 12/08/00 01:09 PM Re: A game at chess
Capital Kiwi Offline
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Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 3146
Loc: Northamptonshire, England
Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

... when you press the button on any given controlled pedestrian crossing ...

Doesn't everyone know that pressing the button at a pedestrian crossing does absolutely nothing except turn the "Don't Cross" light on? I tell you this from the experience gained from years of angrily stabbing at the damned things!

The idiot also known as Capfka ...

#12304 - 12/08/00 02:42 PM Re: A game at chess
tsuwm Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10538
Loc: this too shall pass
today I created a new post, then went back to edit it; when I returned, the whole thread... no, the whole bloody board was marked NEW!!

#12305 - 12/08/00 02:46 PM Re: A game at chess
maverick Offline
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Registered: 09/15/00
Posts: 4757
marked NEW!!

That's the way the cookie crumbles....?

#12306 - 12/08/00 02:47 PM In a crowd scene
TEd Remington Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 3467
Loc: Marion NC
> Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

I chortled when I saw this. Many years ago, my sister, an amateur thespian, told me that when a director wants background crowd noises it is customary to tell those extras producing said noise to say rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb to one another.


#12307 - 12/08/00 03:15 PM Regional differences
Father Steve Offline
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Registered: 09/06/00
Posts: 2788
Loc: Seattle, Washington, USA
When I acted at Washington State University, we were taught to repeat "peas and carrots" in crowd scenes. Are there others?

#12308 - 12/08/00 03:22 PM Re: Regional differences
maverick Offline
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Registered: 09/15/00
Posts: 4757
Apparently, New England Style is based on repetition of "baked beans, baked beans"...

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