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Banshee
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:03 am    Post subject:  The database is now being used to store your visited topics.
Subject description: We are no longer storing this information on your browser cookies.
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Hello everyone. We are slowly working on the background to make the PPM cookies a bit less heavy on your disk. As some of you may know, browsers limit cookie size up to 4kb. Many members, including yours truly, were storing so much data on cookies (most of it being the visited or unread topics/forums) that were having problems with this limit. After you reach the limit, you don't know exactly what is written and what is not. So, some things may not work as expected. I'm not gonna get into details about what kind of problems you could have, but the easiest one to track is when you read the topic and it still shows as unread. Unfortunately, it can also cause much worse problems than that. So, we have decided to store this data on the database.

I don't know all the effects of this change yet and how it affects your browsing experience, especially if you start browsing the forum as a guest and eventually log in. What I know is that some topics that you've read might show as unread and some topics you may have not read could be shown as read. It might be annoying at first, but things might return to normality eventually.

Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. This change is not a complete fix for this situation, since some of you may still have cookies that bypass the 4kb limit. For those concerned about changes on PPM's security as a consequence of this measure, we recommend two things.

1) Delete all your PPM cookies (all domains) and log in again.
2) Do not give away your SID when you post any sort of link to PPM. We are trying to minimize the occurrence of these events, but your help will be truly appreciated.

Key Words: #PPMForums #ProjectPerfectMod #Cookies #Security 

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MadHQ
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Laughing  I came to the forms and it was all "unread" I cant even see "new" post's. This is an interesting change...
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G-E
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Perhaps you could make an update/transition page a user could visit to have their cookie read and populate the database one last time before redoing the cookie to minimalism?
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

That's a good idea, G-E, if I had time to actually work on it. However, I have some tough real-life deadlines related to my Ph. D., which is not allowing me to spend much time coding PPM's forum software recently. So, I have to deal with this problem by prioritizing what is on my range. And, right now, this is what I can do so far.

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MadHQ
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2021 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

As long as some one clicks "Mark all forums read" from the main forum page its not so bad.
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Update: I'm still slowly tweaking how the forum deals with cookies on all affected domains. But the idea is to actually minimalize cookies instead of doing what G-E suggested, for the sake of simplicity, predictability, and maintenance.

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