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  • I believe its updated recently, but till now I face this:

     

    1. Reply doesn't appear inline.

    2. Not possible to insert code through insert code dialog as the option does not appear in reply page.

    3. Alert Me not working.

    4. In My Settings it now shows only total points but not total answers.

    5. Forums don't refresh periodically to show new questions.


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    Monday, February 21, 2011 5:59 AM

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  • The "funky" reply problem should go away later this week, this should solve #3. The yellow background refresh, we have disabled this for the time being. At a high level the scripts responsible for the feature were calling way too often. At this point I do not anticipate turning this back on unless we get more data to support this is really a critical value add for the forums. Instead, in the coming months we will continue to focus on high priority bugs and stabilty issues.


    Community Forums Program Manager
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:58 PM
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  • I'm having the same issues. Complete and utter frustration!
    Monday, February 21, 2011 8:19 PM
  • 1. Reply doesn't appear inline.

    Are you referring to the frequency that you are only seeing HTML source mode? <eg>

    FWIW a quirk that I had always seen before is that replies were inline when posted even though my options specified that they should appear appended chronologically. <eg>

    BTW this is another HTML source mode post.

    Monday, February 21, 2011 9:37 PM
  • I haven't seen the described problems, but many moderators in SQL Server forums reported the same behavior after recent upgrade. One of them suspected, that it may be a different WebServer, so not all users are affected.
    Premature optimization is the root of all evil in programming. (c) by Donald Knuth

    Naomi Nosonovsky, Sr. Programmer-Analyst

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    Monday, February 21, 2011 11:36 PM
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  • @ Robert Aldwinckle. Yes by inline I mean you can directly reply to the post in the forum view and not by going to thread view and replying. But for this reply I am somehow able to do inline reply. May be it is solved??
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    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 4:35 AM
  • 1. Reply doesn't appear inline.

    2. Not possible to insert code through insert code dialog as the option does not appear in reply page.

    You can work around these types of problems by going to the actual thread page, not opening the thread in preview mode. Click the title of the thread, taking you to the actual page and the reply editor and the code insertion dialog should be working. This is a known issue, it should be addressed later this week with an update. Last week's release introduced this problem.

    3. Alert Me not working.

    Can you verify you have set your email alert in your 'my settings' page? Have alerts ever worked for you? We had some issues last Friday where alerts were not working for a few hours but currently, things should be working.


    4. In My Settings it now shows only total points but not total answers.

    My settings has never shown points in that page. So I'm a little confused about which page you are describing. What is the URL and how are you getting to it?


    5. Forums don't refresh periodically to show new questions.

    Can you describe what you mean? Forums pages should be showing new threads. Can you describe what you mean by this problem? Describe what you expect to see and what you are not seeing?


    Community Forums Program Manager
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 5:44 PM
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  • Hi Brent,

    Here is my result from your above suggestions (note I didn't post the original report, so I'm not familiar with all points):

    1: I'm not sure what this means.

    2: The problem persists. Your workaround work, though (open the thread alone).

    3: I have alert turned on, and alerting work fine when I have a "proper" reply window (your workaround above). But alerting is not turned in for thread reolied in the "funky" reply window.

    4: Could not reproduce. Unber of posts, answers and points are reported (but in "My Profile", not "My Settings", perhaps typo).

    5: By just having the web page "at rest", we use to get a refresh periodically so we can see new threads and replies wthout doing explicit refresh. Thise have yellow background (I believe). Now trhat I think about it, I don't think I've seen such "refreshed" threads for a few days.


    Tibor Karaszi, SQL Server MVP | web | blog
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:46 PM
  • The "funky" reply problem should go away later this week, this should solve #3. The yellow background refresh, we have disabled this for the time being. At a high level the scripts responsible for the feature were calling way too often. At this point I do not anticipate turning this back on unless we get more data to support this is really a critical value add for the forums. Instead, in the coming months we will continue to focus on high priority bugs and stabilty issues.


    Community Forums Program Manager
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:58 PM
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  • Do you mean we now need to periodically manually refresh to see latest threads? BTW, I see Unpropose an Answer in your answer above - does it mean you implemented this needed feature?
    Premature optimization is the root of all evil in programming. (c) by Donald Knuth

    Naomi Nosonovsky, Sr. Programmer-Analyst

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    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:07 PM
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  • Thanks Brent,

    Solving the funky reply page problem will then likely also handle the non-alert issue (since this only happens when you reply from that type of page).

    Personally, I have no issues with disabling refresh. Doing manual refresh is fine with me, considering how much I imagine it can reduce load and provide for better sclibility and responsiveness.


    Tibor Karaszi, SQL Server MVP | web | blog
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:11 PM
  • Latest threads will always show up on page load, this means a refresh if a user is just sitting at a forum for long periods of time, but more likely will see the current latest threads (unread in bold) by simply using the forums and navigating around, forcing pages to reload as part of the naviagation.

    By unpropose an answer, yes, 2/17 included (or should have) the ability to unpropose an answer if the user made a mistake or changed their minds.


    Community Forums Program Manager
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:25 PM
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  • @Brent Serbus, I think Tibork clarified my questions, that is the same problem I am facing too. And yes I meant My Profile and not My Settings sorry for the typo.

     

    P.S. Now when I goto the thread view code insert option does appear.


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    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:52 AM
  • 1. Reply doesn't appear inline.

    Works Now

    2. Not possible to insert code through insert code dialog as the option does not appear in reply page.

    Works Now

    3. Alert Me not working.

    Works Now

    4. In My Profile it now shows only total points but not total answers.

    Not Yet

    5. Forums don't refresh periodically to show new questions.

    Not Yet (I think this feature is disabled now!)

    There is another problem.

    I don't see myself in recent visitor/answers or any of it (even though I am on MSDN 6 hours a day and answer quite a few questions)!



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    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 5:57 AM
  • 4. please provide screen shot

    5. correct, we are considering enabling this in the future, but in a way that does not compromise system stability

    Please start new threads for individual topics so we don't lose any of this tucked down into one thread. Thanks


    Community Forums Program Manager
    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:14 AM
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  • Here is the image for 4.

    http://imageto.net/?v=numberofanwers.gif


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    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:59 AM
  • If you get to your profile from some other place than forums so the url doesn't have the ?type=forum your posts/answers won't show up. If you click the username from the forums application you should see that data. 

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/profile/vijaykamat/?type=forum&referrer=http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/categories

     


    Community Forums Program Manager
    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:26 AM
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  • OK I didn't know that. Thanks.
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    Thursday, March 17, 2011 5:43 AM