Topic List Table
The icons in the first (far left) field have the following meanings:
|If you're logged in, this means the topic is active but has no new posts since your last visit. If you're not logged in, it just means the topic is active (the Last Post column tells you the age of the last post).|
|If you're logged in, this means the topic is active and has at least one new post since your last visit. If you're not logged in, this icon will never show.|
|If you're logged in, this means the topic is locked, and has no new posts since your last visit. If you're not logged in, it just means the topic is locked. You can't post new messages to the topic, nor can you edit or delete existing posts.|
|If you're logged in, this means the topic is locked, and has at least one new post since your last visit. You can't post new messages to the topic, nor can you edit or delete existing posts. If you're not logged in, this icon will never show.|
Topic gives the subject line of the topic, as provided by the author.
Author tells you who started the topic. Click on the displayed userName to visit the author's profile.
Replies tells you how many replies have been posted to the original topic. Note that counting starts at zero - this is the number of replies, not the total number of posts.
Views tells you how many times the topic has been visited. It's a measure of the topic's popularity - though this isn't necessarily a measure of its relevance to you, one way or the other.
Last Post does three things. First, it tells you when the most-recent post was made. By default this is presented in relative format (e.g. 4 hours ago or Mar 27, 2007). However, you may change the displayed format to absolute (e.g. Mar 27, 2007 7:21 pm) by editing your profile. The second piece of information is who made the most-recent post. Click on the displayed userName to visit the poster's profile. Lastly, clicking on takes you to the most recent post in this topic.
If you want to post a new topic to this forum, click on the New Topic icon at the top (or bottom) of the topic list. Please be sure you're currently in the correct forum, though.
Just to the right of the New Topic icon is a link back to the forums page. To the right of that, after the -> symbol, is a link to the top of the first page of this topic list.
Your current visit becomes your last visit when you log off, or when you Mark all topics as read (on the forums page). If you forget to logout and your session remains idle for longer than 2 hours, then you'll be automatically logged out. In this case, your last visit time will not be updated, or will be updated to the time of the last topic read, depending on the Automatic Logouts setting in your profile. See the help page for details. This can be confusing - if you were automatically logged off from your last session, posts and topics may not be marked read/unread the way you expect them to be.
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