Sorry for the delay in response. I have
been out of town since last Thursday.
I have to
admit that I have not put any effort into exploring the
cookie issue or timeout settings. However, after reading
your post, I went to the PHPBB website and read a little
on it. All of the settings for the RF Cafe forums
regarding cookies, timeouts, etc., were left at the
default settings. The help recommends leaving them at
default unless multiple forums are being hosted on the
One thing I did just do is change the
cookie name from "phpbbsql" to "phpbb_rfcafe" so that
maybe it has a more positive identification. When I look
at the cookie that gets set on my own computer, it is
listed as "rfcafe[n].txt", and has this opening text when
viewing the cookie contents, "phpbb_rfcafe_data".
The timeout is at the default setting of 3600 seconds (1
hour). I do not know if that is what causes your unread
post list to clear after a certain amount of time, but it
does not seem like that should be the mechanism.
I'm open to suggestions if you know of a better way to
configure the settings.
One thing that I should do
is update the bulletin board to the latest configuration
(from 2.0.5 to 2.0.8a), since that might help clear up
some of the inconsistencies (like sign-in not always
working the first time). I've been a little hesitant
because things have been running fairly smoothly so far
and I hate to give it an opportunity to screw up. The
other thing is that applying the patch to permit voting in
the polls without registration was a painful process, and
will probably have to be re-lived after upgrading to the
newer version. Maybe I'll try it out tonight.
Thanks for writing.
- Kirt B.