Post URLs different from Post numbers

Not sure if this is a bug or just a mess up in counting post #s in the URL.

Reproduces here on Meta and on CodingHorror.

  1. Start reading a long topic (> 100 posts).
  2. Use scroll wheel click and move cursor below to auto-scroll.
  3. URL changes only when scrolling is stopped.
  4. At some point, the post # in the URL is higher than the actual post # in the timeline.

The only time it’s a bother is if I copy the URL to come back later… then I’m jumped several posts past what I’ve read. I just backtrack a few posts to where I actually left off. No biggie.
Here’s some screen shots showing the last post in the URL as to how many posts are actually in the topic:

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There’s a difference of 8 more posts than the actual number.

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There’s a difference of 14 more posts than the actual number.

A similar effect is in the counting of posts/replies shown when clicking on my avatar on my own forum. It would show, say, 10 posts/replies, but when I go to it there is usually one or more actual posts/replies. So the count is also off a little there also. It’s no problem as not one user has even noticed the slight discrepancy.

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I believe I’ve seen another topic talking about this not very long ago. I remember they arrived to the conclusion it was because of deleted messages (?). But it seems a little too many “deleted messages”.

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Yes, I do remember something about that. I questioned something and was informed that a post had been deleted. I believe it was Simon who told me. Brain fog set in and I couldn’t remember what it was about - or even related to this. :roll_eyes:
Thanks for jarring my failing memory. :laughing: But you are right, 14 deleted posts does seem like a lot - unless someone went through and “cleaned” the topic.

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It’s due to post deletions. Always.

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Do whisper posts also result in extra mismatches?

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Most likely, yes. Numbering is absolute, but life… isn’t :wink:

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Okay, so it’s basically any sort of reply which might be hidden from the current reader (ie. plugins could make some as well, trust level, etc.). Makes stuff easier to explain.

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