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Todd TerryDisappearing posts
by on Apr 18, 2012 at 11:55:19 pm

Has anyone else had this happen...?

On occasion I've posted a reply to someone's new-thread post when I thought I had an answer to their question or something to add.

I'll write a response, click to post it, and POOF!!!... not only does my reply not show up, but there's NO HINT OF THE ORIGINAL POST back in the main forum. It has simply disappeared, as if it was never there. I would think I had been hallucinating, if not for the email notifications reassuring me the post did exist at one point.

Are people deleting posts (I wasn't even aware one could do that)? Or are they being moderated?... none of them ever seemed to contain anything offensive to warrant admin removal.

I'd normally just give it a "Hmmm that's weird" and shrug it off... except I just spent a good 10 minutes of my time writing a reply to a question that no longer exists. And this has happened numerous times in the past.

Just curious....

T2

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Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
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Craig SeemanRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 1:43:52 am

Yes. In my case I'm getting posts to forums I'm subscribed to via email. I respond to the post without any issues. I go to the forum and neither their post or mine exists. I can go right back to the email and click on the link and there's the post and my reply. It just doesn't exist if I go to the forum directly.



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Juris EkstsRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:06:40 am

I've had the same, (but only once I think),
I thought at the time the OP had deleted the thread to avoid embarassment.


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Juris EkstsRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:10:13 am

What's more, I'm positive there was a thread below this one that I was going to read next, and while I was writing the previous reply, it dissappeared too!


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Todd TerryRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 2:20:21 pm

Yep, exactly.

What's even weirder, both the original post and my reply do show up perfectly normally if I log in to the mobile version of the COW from my phone. They are just not there in the regular full version.

Anyone know why this would happen? Ron? Tim?

T2

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Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
fantasticplastic.com



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Jason JenkinsRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 3:49:11 pm

[Todd Terry] "I'll write a response, click to post it, and POOF!!!... not only does my reply not show up, but there's NO HINT OF THE ORIGINAL POST back in the main forum. It has simply disappeared"

Just happened to me 5 minutes ago on the DSLR forum.

Jason Jenkins
Flowmotion Media
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Mark SuszkoRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:45:09 pm

I had this happen to me this past week or so as well, but I'm so tired this week I've forgotten exactly what it was, except that my response had of course been useful, erudite, timely, and witty. I came back to check other answers to the thread and add a second though and *poof* it was gone, no trace. I thought maybe I had imagined it.

Somewhere deep in The Matrix, a server has re-booted, I think.


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Tom SeftonRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:18:22 am

Literally just happened to me, in this forum with a post about how much to charge for a screen capture/VFX job.

Strange...


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Mike SmithRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:29:29 pm

This thread has an explnation http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/1/858989#858991


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Craig SeemanRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 20, 2012 at 1:38:14 pm

But the strange thing is we're obviously seeing these threads otherwise we wouldn't be responding to them . . . to discover that they're gone. Basically COW has created a discontinuity in the space time continuum so we see and respond to posts in our in boxes but don't see them on the COW.

Now I have to get the Tardis fixed.



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Todd TerryRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 20, 2012 at 2:40:50 pm

Unbelievable... it just happened to me again.

I was replying to the original disappearing thread (which for some reason had re-appeared), and after I posted my (fairly lengthy) response, the thread was gone.

I think I'm gonna hold off wasting my time posting any more replies (at least anything more than a sentence) until this is figured out.

T2

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Craig SeemanRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 20, 2012 at 2:52:17 pm

As per Mike's post, there may be a simple solution.

Go to your settings and deselect "Hide Newbie Posts"

The problem with that setting is that many of us read the forum in other ways. The result is that we're responding to posts using those other methods. We come to the forum and it's hiding the newbie posts . . . as well as all our not so newbie responses.

I think COW might have to rethink that option as well as the default enabled setting.



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Todd TerryRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 20, 2012 at 3:20:20 pm

I guess that was it, it seemed to restore the thread.

My question would be why is that check-box apparently toggling on and off by itself... since the thread seems to come and go at will.

And I've always kept that box unchecked... I certainly don't want to be in a closed/elitist community, and the newbis are often the ones that need help from the rest of us the most.

Weird. Wait... is that Rod Serling over there.....?

T2

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Jason JenkinsRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 20, 2012 at 5:06:07 pm

[Craig Seeman] "Go to your settings and deselect "Hide Newbie Posts""

Yeah, that worked. Had no idea that setting was even there.

Jason Jenkins
Flowmotion Media
Video production... with style!

Check out my Mormon.org profile.


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Craig SeemanRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 20, 2012 at 5:42:22 pm

I think it was just recently implemented.

I can see the reasoning. It reduces clutter for those who want to focus communications with other more advanced skills. The problem is it impacts only the forum and not the other ways the forum sends out messages. Also there are those of us who want to help newbies . . . but that's why you can disable it. Obviously in it's current state it's creating confusion and those of us confused by it are the ones who are helping the newbies and then finding our posts MIA.



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Steve MartinRe: Disappearing posts
by on Apr 21, 2012 at 12:42:31 pm

Interesting... just happened to me as well. But here's the weird thing. I opened up in a different browser, and I could see my post. Oh wait, I see... I'm not loggin in with the other browser. Never mind...

Production is fun - but lets not forget: Nobody ever died on the video table!


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Ty FordRe: Disappearing posts - The Deteriorata
by on Apr 21, 2012 at 1:03:30 pm

You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.....

Go placidly
Amid the noise and waste.
And remember what comfort there may be
In owning a piece thereof.

Avoid quiet and passive persons
Unless you are in need of sleep.
Ro-tate your tires.

Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself
And heed well their advice,
Even though they be turkeys.
Know what to kiss.....and when!

Consider that two wrongs never make a right
But that THREE.........do.
Wherever possible, put people on hold.
Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment
And despite the changing fortunes of time,
There is always a big future in computer main-te-nance.

You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not
The universe is laughing behind your back.

Remember the Pueblo.
Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mu-ti-late.
Know yourself.
If you need help, call the FBI.

Exercise caution in your daily affairs,
Especially with those persons closest to you.
That lemon on your left, for instance.

Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls
Would scarcely get your feet wet.
Fall not in love therefore;
It will stick to your face.

Gracefully surrender the things of youth:
The birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan
And let not the sands of time
Get in your lunch.

Hire people with hooks.
For a good time call 606-4311;
Ask for "Ken."

Take heart amid the deepening gloom
That your dog is finally getting enough cheese.
And reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot
It could only be worse in Milwaukee.

You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not
The universe is laughing behind your back.

Therefore, make peace with your god
Whatever you conceive him to be---
Hairy thunderer, or cosmic muffin.
With all its hopes, dreams, promises and urban renewal
The world continues to deteriorate.
GIVE UP!

You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not
The universe is laughing behind your back.


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