IMs & red asterisks

fontplayer's picture

Couple general question on how this works.

I have never used the IM feature when anyone answered back
while I was still looking. Will answers show up when you log back on?

Also what does a red asterisk mean next to a topic? I've seen that
a couple times.

dan_reynolds's picture

It isn't an asterisk, it is a W, for the typophile wiki
http://typophile.com/wiki/start

Miguel Sousa's picture

Dan, Dennis is right, it is an asterisk.

It tells you that the thread has new posts since the last time you read it.

(You'll only see those if you're logged in)

dan_reynolds's picture

Sorry, I thought he was referring to the Wiki w's. :(

Doesn't the red asterisk mean that the thread in question is not read by you yet?

I have never used the IM feature when anyone answered back
while I was still looking. Will answers show up when you log back on?

Yes.

mili's picture

What is the logic behind it? Sometimes there is a red asterisk and sometimes not. At the moment I can see it with one subject, that I've read before and not with another one.

fontplayer's picture

> What is the logic behind it? Sometimes there is a red asterisk and sometimes not.

I guess that is what is throwing me off.

(this is a test edit to see if it causes a red asterisk)
blah-blah-blah...

paul d hunt's picture

there's a red asterisk if the thread has new comments that you haven't read.

Miguel Sousa's picture

AFAIK, the red asterisk will appear if:
— you've read the thread at least once, and;
— there are new entries since the last time you read it (or your last login — that I'm not sure of).

> Doesn’t the red asterisk mean that the thread in question is not read by you yet?

I don't think so, as there are threads I've never read that don't have the asterisk (for me).

pattyfab's picture

What browser? I don't get any asterisks, whether I've read the thread or not.

mili's picture

I'm on Firefox 1.0.3/mac OS 10.3.9

pattyfab's picture

Hmm. I'm on Safari. No asterisks there.

Do you recommend Firefox over Safari? If so, why?

dave bailey's picture

Safari 2.0 renders/opens faster than Firefox, so that's what I use. I see the asterisks FWIW.

antiphrasis's picture

Red asterisk: new thread you've never visited; or post or thread title have been edited in a thread.

fontplayer's picture

If someone edits a post in a thread, then that might make sense, since
I wouldn't really know it, not having a photographic memory. Otherwise there is no consistancy to the other suggestions. The red asterisks just appear here and there occasionally, and seemingly sort of random.

Test edit to see if it causes a red asterisk.

claes's picture

i use Firefox 1.5.0.x and i've never seen the red asterix (except for the one by the "Comment:" right above this box i'm writing in right now).

mili's picture

Pattyfab:
Do you recommend Firefox over Safari? If so, why?

There was some security scare about Safari, so I decided to change. Also, not all websites worked with Safari.
I've been told that Safari is faster with things like browsing for pictures in picture banks, but I don't think there's much in it. On the negative point with the Firefox, occasionally I can't see letters ä and ö on some websites. And since they are in Finnish, it's rather annoying.
Firefox remembers, when allowed, passwords etc, which I find quite useful in an one-person office.

pattyfab's picture

Safari does that too - the password thing. Or if you have to fill in a form it will auto-fill in your name, address, etc.

I think I'm going to make this a question in the General Discussions forum. I've been using Safari since it came with the computer, like it fine, and wonder if there's any reason I should switch to Firefox.

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