Posts that never make it to discussions (but do generate email notices)
I follow a lot of discussions, at least for my target language, but I noticed that despite getting all the email notices for new posts, many of the new comments never actually appear on the thread. The phantom posts have a comment number but just are not there.
A few of my first comments also never appeared. They showed as being there when I first made them but were never seen again. However, that has not been a problem since.
Today however, out of 20 or so comment emails I received for new posts, only 4 or 5 were actually there when I clicked on the link to the discussion.
I do understand that some comments are really worthless, but others are about the language and often will be something I could answer. Instead my time feels wasted in two ways, in opening the email, and then opening a new tab for something that is not there.
So... just wondering what it is all about.
It is some sort of weird bug that I experience too. Jrikhal discovered a way to make them appear again. It has to do with finding the right base language. (I don't know why changing the base language can make them appear again, but, it can.) (If the whole website appears in English, English is your base language. If it appears in Swedish, for example, then the base (aka interface) language is Swedish.
So, if you've noticed that a comment appears to have been swallowed into the vortex, try switching courses and checking the discussion for that comment again. Sometimes, you'll need to try a few different courses to make it appear.
PS Some comments have been deleted. I'm not sure how general users will be able to tell the difference. For me, if a comment doesn't appear in grey text, I know it's been lost to the vortex. (Mods can see deleted comments even after they've been deleted, so long as they have a green ring in the forum it has been posted to.)
I too hope this bug gets fixed!
Thank you Usagiboy7 for letting me know what you know. :)
Even if it does not get fixed now, at least I understand it better and know it is not personal. :)
I do not think so, at least not in those numbers, and for sure I had not deleted mine (I even made one twice since it was not there when I went back and I cringe at how many received the email notices for basically the same but non-appearing comment)
As you said, "A few of my first comments also never appeared. They showed as being there when I first made them but were never seen again. However, that has not been a problem since."
This was the exact same thing that happened to me. Even now (a couple today), posts disappeared of others that posted. Now there is 1 solution to this, but it would not solve everything. A mod(s) might/does take down posts (not discussions) that are irrelevant/inappropriate to the prior situation. This doesn't solve a ton, because a lot of this stuff is actually good, and would have no reason to be taken down.
I do hope this issue is resolved soon.