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XF 1.3 Thread info

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by Mr Lucky, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    Is it possible to see which members have viewed a thread?

    We have info on how many views, but not which members they are or how many members vs guests etc..
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I believe there is an add-on available which does that.
  3. Degrinch

    Degrinch Active Member

    Wouldn't that just bulk up the database/storage? What would be the purpose to it? Outside of a serious issue with "need to know" dis order... lol You workin with the NSA? HAHA :)
  4. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Because some people find it useful?

    Anyway, @borbole has an add-on that does this.
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  5. Degrinch

    Degrinch Active Member

    How would this be of use to yourself then?
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Does it really matter?

    The OP would like to do it for their own forum and there is an add-on which will achieve it.
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  7. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    There is a good reason.

    We had a thread which went a bit inflammatory, a member posted some unpleasant lies about another member.

    After removing the offending post we want to make amends by contacting people and explaining, but if someone didn't see the thread we don't want to stir things by mentioning the situation at all.

    So we want to only contact anyone who might have seen the post, hence wanting that info.

    I hope that makes sense now.
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  8. Degrinch

    Degrinch Active Member

    Cool, I could see where stats collection to that extent would prove useful. But it would still consume storage & resources, and you're going to run out of said resources/storage unless you've got a huge datacenter (like FB, FBI, NSA... here's where the HA HA came in with my first post)
  9. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    I can understand the resources issue but it's something I saw on a vbulletin forum, not sure if it's part of vb or an addon.

    It would be good if you keep deactivated then activate when you need it and use retrogressively. That would make sense but probably doesn't work.
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  10. Degrinch

    Degrinch Active Member

    Hmmm. For the purpose/use you have expressed, implementing an "On/Off" option (in thread options) would make sense, but not as an after thought.

    It would make more sense to run 24/7
    Dumping every 24 to 48 / 72 hours or etc (depends on traffic / content).
    The On/Off per thread options would simply be the option for moderators to trigger that thread data be retained during the next scheduled dump. (of the data the addon would temporarily store)

    Eventually you'd just get tired of apologizing for other people, and probably find that your regular members are the ones that you have to do the most apologizing for. Wolf pack mentality and all that fun stuff.
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  11. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    It would actually use little to no additional resources or storage. Most of the data is already stored. Think about how XenForo tracks what messages are read/unread and whether there are new posts in a thread. It already stores enough information to know who has or hasn't viewed a thread.
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  12. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    On my forum this was a very exceptional circumstance, so if the addon was resource hungry I would weigh that against how often we'd find it useful and probably not bother.

    In the end, instead of a few discrete PCs to those who saw the thread, we did a blanket announcement that was not too specific, ie "we had some unpleasantness recently..." and as it has happened this has worked really well. Those who saw the unpleasantness were happy we noticed and bothered to take the time to explain, and we got loads of members who just reaffirmed what a lovely forum it was.

    Ok well that's good to know. Than.ks
  13. Degrinch

    Degrinch Active Member

    So if I never posted this, left the thread, came back, and then left again without posting, and then came back in ten minutes, posted a smiley face and then left... there would be data in the DB that you could extract (if you had DB access) and tell exactly how many times I entered this thread without posting, and what times I entered?

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