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Lack of Interest revisit "last seen" updates

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by ForestForTrees, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. ForestForTrees

    ForestForTrees Well-Known Member

    Below is a screenshot of a user who posted a thread 8 minutes before the screen shot . However, he is "last seen" viewing a completely different thread, 32 minutes before the screen shot.


    Now I'm not going to complain that this is earthshaking, but one of the greatest appeals of XenForo is its "Xen"-like simplicity. It has an Apple-like attention to detail in getting the basics right while keeping them simple.

    In this thread, Mike explained that this was an edge case. In the battle between feature creep and UI elegance, there is something to be said for focusing developer time on getting the basics right, though.

    With servers cheaper and faster than they were when XF was first written and with a large library of addons already available for webmasters who need more features, maybe it is worth putting some developer time into 'revisiting' the basics like "last seen." Perhaps the entry could be updated not just on page loads, but also on all form submits and possibly even on javascript calls that talk to the server.

    Distant "last seen" times can make users seem less engaged and make others wonder if they are still around. Editing a post can take a while, but doesn't update "last seen." Likewise, viewing a membercard is an indication of continued engagement but also doesn't update "last seen." Because these involve communication with the server, they are instances of the user being "seen" by the server and could be recorded. If "last seen" is to be as accurate an indication of when a user was "last seen" as is feasible, it could include these cases.

    Possibly I just feel bad because I gave Herbie, the guy in the picture above, a hard time for not being around for half an hour when he was on the clock. :oops: I felt pretty bad afterward. I'm taking the time to write out the post, though, because I think that details matter.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2014
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  2. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Was this implemented? I thought I was seeing things earlier, so I made a test in Test Messages to test this.

    I made the thread at 9:21 AM (PST) and left it alone for a few minutes. At 9:24 AM (PST), I made a reply, clicked on my member card, and noticed my last seen updated to "A moment ago."
  3. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    There was a very specific case that was revised, but there are cases mentioned in this that have not been changed (and that I generally disagree with).
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  4. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    So it looks like it was implemented when posting. Was it also implemented to update when using quick edit?

    Also, just out of curiosity, what are the cases where it wasn't implemented?
  5. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Just tested it on profiles and conversations. Looks like those are two of the places the change wasn't implemented on.

    I personally think it would be nice, but hey, you guys are the developers. :)

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