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 same domain.
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
Thanks for writing.
- Kirt B.