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Apparently they're called thread dots ?

  1. Jun 30, 2009 #1

    DaveC426913

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    apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    Am I the only one who can't distinguish - let alone divine the meaning of - the teeny icons next to the threads?

    https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread_dot_hot.gif [Broken] https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread_dot.gif [Broken] https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread_dot_new.gif [Broken] https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread_hot_new.gif [Broken]
     
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  3. Jul 1, 2009 #2

    cristo

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    They mean (roughly)
    https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread_dot_hot.gif [Broken]
    This is a 'hot' thread (over a certain number of posts or views) with no new posts, which you have posted in.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread_dot.gif [Broken]
    Normal thread with no new posts which you have posted in.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread_dot_new.gif [Broken]
    Normal thread with new posts that you have posted in.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread_hot_new.gif [Broken]
    Hot thread with new posts that you have not posted in.

    Others are:
    https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread.gif [Broken]
    Normal thread, no new posts, you have not posted in.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread_hot.gif [Broken]
    Hot thread, no new posts, you have not posted in.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/Nexus/statusicon/thread_new.gif [Broken]
    Normal thread, new posts, you have not posted in.
     
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  4. Jul 1, 2009 #3

    Kurdt

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    Go to the following page and scroll to the bottom Dave.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/subscription.php [Broken]

    There are also combinations of those basic ones which I'm sure you can guess the meaning of.
     
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  5. Jul 1, 2009 #4

    cristo

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    I didn't know there was a key somewhere: good find!
     
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  6. Jul 1, 2009 #5

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    I know all :devil:
     
  7. Jul 1, 2009 #6

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    Is Riemann hypothesis true?
     
  8. Jul 1, 2009 #7

    jim mcnamara

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    It is true, and Kurdt is still working hard on the proof. As of now all of his estimates for completion dates tend to infiinite time.
     
  9. Jul 1, 2009 #8

    DaveC426913

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    OK, good. Then it makes sense that I can neither distinguish nor divine the meaning of them. There's no consistency!

    (I tried to draw up a chart, but gave up because it's impossible.)
     
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  10. Jul 2, 2009 #9
    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    I think we need some images for revived ghost threads, for example:
    thread_dot_ghost_new.gif A ghost thread with new posts.
    [PLAIN]http://sites.google.com/site/physicsgirlphd/Home/threaddots/thread_dot_ghost.gifA[/URL] [Broken] ghost thread with no new posts.
    Etc.
    Maybe that way more threads would stay dead... or at least not revive for long.
     
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  11. Jul 2, 2009 #10

    Kurdt

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    Most people that necropost tend to be new users that would probably not know what the symbols meant anyway.
     
  12. Jul 2, 2009 #11

    dlgoff

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    Yea but we could have ghost locks or maybe necropost locks.
     
  13. Jul 2, 2009 #12

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    Yes, but we would then know not to respond to the necropost. Or at least to be guarded in our response.
     
  14. Jul 2, 2009 #13

    DaveC426913

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    The more I think about it, the more that actually makes sense.

    Inadvertant necroposting is frustrating and embarrassing. It's one of the very few places where the presence of an icon would actually serve a purpose by letting us know that this post is different.
     
  15. Jul 3, 2009 #14
    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    How does one manage to necropost inadvertently?
     
  16. Jul 3, 2009 #15

    DaveC426913

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    Occasionally someone - often a newbie - will post to a very old thread, causing that thread to be bumped to the top. It might be simply a new thread, or it might be a thread I'm subscribed to. Either way, I don't tend to stop to check the age of the thread before responding. It is only afterward that I realize that all but the very last post is years old.
     
  17. Jul 4, 2009 #16
    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    I see. :smile: It also just occurred to me too that thread resurrection might inadvertently happen when people search for certain topics and then post on a thread from the search result, not realising the thread is old and long gone.

    And, yes, absolutely, little ghost icons would be terribly helpful. :smile:
     
  18. Jul 4, 2009 #17

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    I think that's how it usually happens, that someone stumbles in through a search result, perhaps is new to forums, and doesn't realize the date of the thread before responding. Other times, I've seen them brought up by spammers...perhaps using a keyword search to insert their spam link into something that looks relevant to keep it from getting immediately deleted. The spam still gets deleted, but then whoever else replied without noticing is left looking like the necroposter.
     
  19. Jul 4, 2009 #18

    lisab

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    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    I agree, Georgina...only instead of a ghost, it should be a zombie :surprised.
     
  20. Jul 4, 2009 #19
    Re: apparently they're called "thread dots"?

    We need a zombie emoticon. Yes, I think so.
     
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