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I think (hope) this is a question and not a complaint. But on the main page where it shows all the threads, beside each topic it has the little icons/avatars (included avatars generated by the site) for those who have responded (sort of). What I’m wondering about is on what are those icons/avatars based. I always thought they were there in order of the responses to a topic, so that if I was the last person to respond, my avatar would be at the end of the row of avatars for that thread, and the person who responded to the thread topic before me would be the next to last icon shown, and so on. But today I noticed that is not the case (I’m going by the thread on big box store trees if it matters). SO then I thought maybe those icons were just the FIRST people who responded to a thread, so the first response would be the first icon on the row, 2ed icon would be second responder, and so on until room ran out. But that isn’t the case either. In fact, I can determine no logical basis for the order of the icons. Again, I don’t mean to complain because I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new site and applaud Scott’s work soooo much! But if there is a logical order, I’d like to understand it because it could be useful. I always thought that by looking at the icons I could tell who had responded/posted in a given thread and when (in order of posts) they did so. That would be very helpful in decided whether or not to open a thread and read it. The other reason I’m asking is that I’m wondering if I’m not crazy and it used to be that way and now something has gone wrong-either on my computer or maybe during the move to the NJ server? If its never been that way and those avatars are nothing but a random showing of who all has responded, then at least I’ll know I’m not missing something. THanks!


There is space enough for 5 icons to a post. The first four posters that are different users of the forum get their icons displayed in that order. The fifth different poster will get the last spot and will be replaced by the next new poster. It is not a random process.


What is that thin horizontal (orange?) line that seems to randomly appear under a posted topic? Thanks,Brady


I may have the answer to my question.As soon as I posted it,the line showed up under it,so it could be the latest post. Brady


Where is the new user tutorial?