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David Clark 122/01/2016 12:15:50
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If you view the source code you can see the thread number and post number. It is also shown in the url at the top of the browser. This is how I used to sort over wide posts.

Edited By David Clark 1 on 22/01/2016 12:17:20

Ian P22/01/2016 15:44:13
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Posted by David Clark 1 on 22/01/2016 12:15:50:

If you view the source code you can see the thread number and post number. It is also shown in the url at the top of the browser. This is how I used to sort over wide posts.

Edited By David Clark 1 on 22/01/2016 12:17:20

Getting desperate now if we have to go into the source code!

Might be one thing an a PC but not so simple on a handheld tablet/phone.

Seriously though. how can you identify a single post in whole page full, even if it does give thread number in the address box?

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JasonB22/01/2016 15:54:57
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I don't think there is an easy way for the average member to get a post number, as a Mod I can get it by clicking one of the options that I have. You also can't see the source code for other members posts as far as I'm aware.

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David Clark 122/01/2016 15:55:30
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Because it gives post number as well.

JasonB22/01/2016 16:01:02
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I can't see it at the top address box David all I get is thread number and P= page number and how would the computer know which post you were looking at as its quite possible to see three posts at the same time if they are short.

post number.jpg

It will only show a post number at the end of the URL once you have submitted a reply  and then it gives your reply(post) number.

post number 2.jpg

 

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Edited By JasonB on 22/01/2016 16:08:23

Ian P22/01/2016 16:29:21
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Posted by JasonB on 22/01/2016 16:01:02:

I can't see it at the top address box David all I get is thread number and P= page number and how would the computer know which post you were looking at as its quite possible to see three posts at the same time if they are short.

It will only show a post number at the end of the URL once you have submitted a reply and then it gives your reply(post) number.

Interesting it may be, but Its probably all academic anyway as what could we do with the post numbers if we knew them?

I was hoping there might be a way of linking directly to previous posts.

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Michael Gilligan22/01/2016 16:47:46
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Ian,

There probably is a way ... buried in there somewhere :

On your post; I clicked on 'Send to friend' which opened this page:

http://www.model-engineer.co.uk/forums/sendtofriend.asp?th=114173&p=1949497

Now, let's try that as a **LINK**

Not a pretty solution, as it stands; but presumably it would be simple to adapt.

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Ian P22/01/2016 16:59:08
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 22/01/2016 16:47:46:

Ian,

There probably is a way ... buried in there somewhere :

Not a pretty solution, as it stands; but presumably it would be simple to adapt.

MichaelG.

Michael

That is what I meant about it being academic. What you demonstrated does work and might be easy to adapt or improve but its not on MTMs To-Do list.

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ASF22/01/2016 17:06:11
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I need a `make bozo` button tyvmia

Michael Gilligan22/01/2016 17:07:11
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You're welcome, Ian

ega23/01/2016 12:17:02
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Numbering of posts:

What I (and, I thought Circlip) had in mind was the facility of posts being numbered sequentially *within* their thread ie 1, 2, 3 etc.

Each post is already date and time-stamped and it would to my lay mind seem a small additional step to number them. This would make navigating and contributing much easier and cut down data-hogging repetition.

Enough!23/01/2016 16:13:14
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Posted by ega on 23/01/2016 12:17:02:
cut down data-hogging repetition.

You seriously think that numbering the posts will cut down on over-quoting? I know of no other forum in the world that's managed to do that. Many don't even realise they can edit their quotes while much of the remainder are too lazy.

Ajohnw24/01/2016 10:11:48
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Posted by David Clark 1 on 22/01/2016 15:55:30:

Because it gives post number as well.

Jason's was too long to quote.

Some browsers don't show the entire web page address unless it's highlighted but in any case there isn't a post number, only a thread and page number

http://www.model-engineer.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=114173&p=3

That can be book marked just like anything else

When some one replies the address changes to

http://www.model-engineer.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=114173&p=3#replybox

Another forum has just changed it's software entirely to something by IPSFocus. On the face of it that one costs $10 every 6 months to keep getting updates. There is lots of forum software about. The one that is being used is often shown at the bottom of the forum's pages eg

**LINK**

That one is using this package

**LINK**

John

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JasonB24/01/2016 10:19:57
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Posted by Ajohnw on 24/01/2016 10:11:48:

Some browsers don't show the entire web page address unless it's highlighted but in any case there isn't a post number, only a thread and page number

John, read what I said about the second screenshot I posted

th= the thread number

p = page of thread, in this case 3 followed by the post number in this case 1949481

post number 3.jpg

Ajohnw24/01/2016 11:37:12
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Posted by JasonB on 24/01/2016 10:19:57:
Posted by Ajohnw on 24/01/2016 10:11:48:

Some browsers don't show the entire web page address unless it's highlighted but in any case there isn't a post number, only a thread and page number

John, read what I said about the second screenshot I posted

th= the thread number

p = page of thread, in this case 3 followed by the post number in this case 1949481

post number 3.jpg

I think that there are other aspects relating to this forum that are more unfortunate than not being able to link directly to a particular post as I don't see why people can't just keep bookmarks for a particular page. Why would post numbers be a real boon? Adding them in a meaningful way would just waste some ones time really.

If people want a record of an actual post the can use send to a friend and send it to themselves. Their email address will be there so they can even copy and past it. I just tried it and it does work - sort of. I received an incorrectly formatted html email. There was an image in it and the link to that was incorrect so no image. The text content was fine but in real terms it was more like a rich text email. That is good practice really as there is no chance of getting people to click on links that go to some where other than they indicate.

The email included a link to the thread but just like the main forum pages the start of the thread but no indication of which page. Every time I want to see what Brian has been up to I click on the link and then have to click on the last page to actually get there. Unusual. Most forums offer the ability to go directly to the last page or any preceding it - well a number of them. Some threads might run to 1000 pages. Not sure what the longest one is on here.

The image in the email was of interest. The link to it was

file:///sites/7/images/members_albums/44290/650287.jpg

This gives some idea of what integration over several sites means in practice. They will all have their own independent data bases with links in them much like the ones for the photo.

John

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JasonB24/01/2016 13:11:11
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Posted by Ajohnw on 24/01/2016 11:37:12:

The email included a link to the thread but just like the main forum pages the start of the thread but no indication of which page. Every time I want to see what Brian has been up to I click on the link and then have to click on the last page to actually get there. Unusual. Most forums offer the ability to go directly to the last page or any preceding it - well a number of them. Some threads might run to 1000 pages. Not sure what the longest one is on here.

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John if you go to "Settings" on the left of the green bar,top of page then "my Account it gives you the option for thread start page as "default to first" or Default to last" you may want to set your sto last.

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