Viewing profile

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by snowbound, Apr 3, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. snowbound

    snowbound Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2003
    Posts:
    8,723
    Location:
    The Big Smoke
    This was possible without logging in until recently? o_O



    snowbound
     
  2. LocoLobo

    LocoLobo Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2007
    Posts:
    12
    Location:
    On a mountain top, under a Full Moon
    Don't like it!
    Sometimes, you CAN"T sign in (work?)-but you still want to read one
    of the more knowledgeabe posters advice or search for a thread you
    know someone posted but can remember the thread name,
    only the poster's..
    Maybe just leave off the contact information?
     
  3. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Posts:
    17,877
    Location:
    New England
    The member profile has links to "find posts by member" and "find threads started by member", but those simply execute Search commands. The same results can be found by using the member's username in the Search screen. In addition to finding all thread or posts by the member, the advanced search screen lets you limit it even further by forums, sections, date ranges, replied threads, etc. You don't need to specify keywords in searches by member name.
     

    Attached Files:

  4. snowbound

    snowbound Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2003
    Posts:
    8,723
    Location:
    The Big Smoke
    Just to confirm it was possible until recently to "view profile" by clicking on a member's username without being logged in? All i get now is that familiar error message "You are not logged in or you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:" etc,etc.



    snowbound
     
  5. FanJ

    FanJ Updates Team

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2002
    Posts:
    2,564
    Same here, Steve.
     

    Attached Files:

  6. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Posts:
    17,877
    Location:
    New England
    Yes, that is a recent change and is intended to be that way.
     
  7. FanJ

    FanJ Updates Team

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2002
    Posts:
    2,564
    OK, thank you Mike for confirming !

    I certainly can understand it !!! *puppy*

    Warm regards,
    Jan.
     
  8. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Posts:
    8,046
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Hi,

    Can this change be undone? It is very annoying, and I wonder why this has been changed in the first place, I don´t see any good reason for it. :rolleyes:
     
  9. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Posts:
    17,877
    Location:
    New England
    It's actually annoying for me, too, and I'm the one that changed it. However, I got sick of all the bots trying to farm the entire membership by stepping through every profile, one by one. So, I'm probably not going to change it back.

    In reality, the only things you can't get access to because of this change are a member's personal information - i.e. their last activity time (last time they were online here) and their contact info (IMs, ICQ, etc.). Those things are visible now only to logged in members, not guests or bots. A member's posts and threads can be found via Search, returning the exact same results as the links on the members profile page. So, its a little inconvenient, but, I think its better.
     
  10. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Posts:
    8,046
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    OK, I see, I didn´t know about this bot problem. And thanks for the tip, via search you can indeed find member posts, but it´s not exactly the same, I used this function ("find all posts made by") to check out my own posts. But now you will also get to see threads that were "upped" by other members, eventhough you haven´t replied in the topic yourself recently.
     
  11. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Posts:
    17,877
    Location:
    New England
    If you select the option to "Show Results as (*) Posts" then it is exactly the same as "find all posts made by". In fact, that profile option simply calls that search function. If you leave it set to the default, which is show results as threads, then yes, you'll see threads bumped by others even though you've added no new posts.
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.