My posts keep merging. Why?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by ScottyTheMenace, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. ScottyTheMenace macrumors member

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    On the "Apple Releases iTunes 12.7.3 With Support for HomePod" thread, I created a new original post in the thread (about the iTunes ratings bug). When I tried to then reply to a poster (about adding ringtones in iTunes 12.7.3) in the same thread, my reply keeps getting merged with my first post. Why is that happening? They're completely different subjects. I cleared my browser cache but that didn't work Thanks.
     
  2. jtara macrumors 68000

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    There is no such thing as a "new original post in a thread". When you make a post, that STARTS a thread. Any time you reply, you are replying to an "original post".

    Macrumors isn't a "tree-structured" forum. You make a post. People reply to the post. Period.

    It is a bit confusing, since you can "reply" to a reply. But all that does is add a new reply to the end of the thread, quoting the reply your are replying to.

    Tree-structured forums are a bad idea. Even though I used to run one. I thought it was a good idea at the time...

    Can you clarify what you mean?
     
  3. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    I think what OP is saying is he posted, then when he post again it getting merged as if no other person has replied between his first post and his reply.

    I think he saying the forum is putting his reply merged with his first post rather than it being posted after the 2nd person reply.

    This is how I am reading this anyway.

    OP can you post screen shot to clarify?
     
  4. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I have only seen that happen when the replies are back to back, with no other replies from another member between them. It is the forum software doing that.

    Even though the replies are of a slightly different topic, it makes sense to make them one post. It creates less sprawl in the database and keeps the thread as compact as possible for readability.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    --- Post Merged, Yesterday at 9:37 PM ---

    If you reply in the same thread within one hour, and there are no intervening posts from another forum member, your posts will be merged with this "post merged" note popped in there. This is by design and a forum software setting to try and keep the threads a little more compact as @belvdr mentioned.
     

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