Avoid Duplicate Posts! Uncheck "Alert Me" RRS feed

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  • First up, in the Credit Where Credit Is Due department, I should note that BurrManator pointed this out in a recent thread. I'm just putting it up in its own thread so the title shows up in the thread list where people will see it. It would be nice if a moderator could sticky it so it would be at the top of the list (for new users to see) until the devs fix the forum.

    Anyway, here's the story. There are several ways to avoid creating duplicate posts, but by far the easiest is to simply uncheck the "Alert Me" checkbox which appears to the right of the editor while editing a reply. You will see it in the "Post Options" box, down at the bottom just above the Submit button.

    When this box is unchecked, you get no "There was an error processing the request" message, and the reply box closes up normally, leaving you still in the thread as you should be. As a programmer, it seems remarkably silly that simply changing a bit flag to make that checkbox default false instead of true would resolve the issue while tracking down what's causing the error, and it hasn't been done. But, hey, I'm not one of the developers of this forum (thank heavens; I want no credit or blame for this misbegotten pile of c.r.a.p), so I cannot fathom why they haven't put the fix in place.

    [EDIT: Well, thanks again to BurrManator. Seems there is a way to disable the checkbox by default after all. If you go into your Profile and select Application Settings you can disable this checkbox yourself and not have to worry about it thenceforth.]

    • Edited by paladyn Friday, September 19, 2008 5:07 PM
    • Moved by Lori Dirks Thursday, April 28, 2011 5:24 PM old topic and wrong forum (From:Expression Web and SuperPreview)
    Friday, September 19, 2008 4:49 PM

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  • Scott, I always wondered why I could post without problems or duplicate posts. Now, I know. I opted out of e-mail alerts in my profile when I signed up for the forum.

    Much thanks to BurrManator for the heads up. And thanks to you for posting this work-around to this annoying problem.

    Columbia, CA. USA
    Friday, September 19, 2008 5:33 PM
  • Ditto - posts don't get duplicated, but I also opted out of email alerts.

    Mystery solved for those who do find their posts duplicated!  With luck, most will read and act on this, and the multiple post annoyance will decline.
    Friday, September 19, 2008 6:34 PM
  • Found this post in another thread, as this is my first reply, might as well test out your solution here. Thank you Scott for posting this and BurrManator for bringing this to my attention.
    James A. Hughes
    Thursday, April 28, 2011 4:52 PM
  • TheHat: "Found this post in another thread, as this is my first reply, might as well test out your solution here."

    Are you kidding me? When the last post to this thread was made, George W. Bush was still President of the United States!

    Have you any idea how often this forum software has been updated since the time of that issue being discussed?

    Do you understand why--across the entire World Wide Web--there is  one overarching rule: Do Not Resurrect Dead Threads!

    Threads die for a very good reason. Leave them alone!

    What is the point? Did you deliberately want to push current topics off the first page just for a pointless post?



    Deep down, I'm real shallow.
    Thursday, April 28, 2011 5:14 PM
  • TheHat,

    Look at the age of the thread you replied to.  2008.

    Forum guidelines include not adding on to old threads.  It brings old topics to the top, when new topics should be.

    Additionally, information in old threads may not apply.  They refer to earlier versions of EW, and in this case, forum software which has been updated since then.

    Another piece of info:  If the forum software still has problems, feedback on that goes into a different group.  Click the "Forums Home" link and you'll find it.

    Thursday, April 28, 2011 5:19 PM