I have made some rather big changes to the forum pages to make it easier to read threads with a lot of replies and to get a better overview.
So, in short - here's how it's supposed to work:
Posts that you have already read are "compress", that mean that you'll only see them as one row of text with the username of the poster and the first few words of his post as in this image:
|Having already read the first 25 posts of this thread, you'll notice that they are compress, ie, you only see the name of the poster and the first line of every post. Clicking on a post will open the full version without re-loading the whole page.|
Click on the image to get the full view. Note that in that image, the first 25 replies are compressed (because I have read them previously). Starting with reply 26 (which is new to me) the posts are shown in full. Note that the number of posts that you have already read are saved as a cookie. If you have cookies disabled the system will always think all posts are unread by you (so enable cookies!).
As of right now, there's a page limit of 25. That means that max 25 posts are expanded and shown in full and the rest compressed. This will soon be a setting in your user-profile so that you can change it to a bigger or smaller number as you see fit.
You'll have to press the "Show next 25 posts" button to open the next 25. You can also click on the individual posts which will also expand them. Any way, the posts will be expanded without you having to reload the page, saving lots of time. Note that there will be a slight delay in any case as the webpage needs to get the full post info from the Airliners.net servers.
Click on the X at the top right of each post (beside the "Quote selected text" button) to compress a post to just a line again. Here's an image of a thread where reply 60 has been expanded. You can compress it by clicking the X that's highlighted.
|Clicking on any one post that is compressed will open it in full version without re-loading the page. You can compress it again by pressing the X button at the top right of every post. Open next 25 posts (profile setting) by clicking the blue buttons.|
Click on the image to get the full view. You'll also see the "Show next 25 posts" and "Hide 25 posts above" buttons that will work as expected without reloading the page. Note that one of the compressed posts (reply 54) has a small graphic infront of it. It means that the posts contains at least one image. There's three graphics:
= Contains one or more graphics
= Contains one or more links
= Contains both graphics and links
Finally, there's now a nifty little feature to let you check for new posts without reloading the page. You'll find the "Check for new replies" button at the bottom of the thread. Click it and it will check for any new posts. If there are any, they will be displayed below with a yellow "New!" prefix as in this example:
|Check for new posts without having to reload the page. Simply click on the "Check for new replies" button and new replies will be added below (so that you can click to expand them).|
Simply click on the compressed post to view the full thing (without reloading the page or loosing anything you've written in the reply form!). You can press this button many times and each time any new posts will be fetched.
Now, these are all complex features and I'm sure we'll run into many problems with all the combinations of browsers, operating systems and firewall settings out there. Please post any problems you run into below and please include a very detailed explanation of what happens and how I can try to replicate it. Include screenshots if possible.
I hope this change will improve the forum experience for you guys. I considered going with one of those standard "Next page" buttons and cap the number of relies to 25 per page. It brings in more in ad revenue as more ads are loaded but personally I hate that system, you get a very bad overview of a longer thread and it is difficult to go back and find a particular post on some previous page. I think in the long run the site with the most user friendly interface will win, not the one that priorities short-time ad revenue. I like this system better, I hope you will too. Give it some time, it's a big change and can take a while to get used to.