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hey i know i might be brinning up a qustion thats either already talked about or not related but i'd apreciate a email to my pof account to understand.
I've had problems with misunderstanding on weather a person or myself have been online because once a person hits the log off button the site still shows that person online for 15 minutes. why is this and is there a way to turn that off its a big enconvenince for myself and alot of my friends and family and hope to be soon bf on this site we all agree this should be changed.
Let me know if you guys are still having issues, i've made a lot more changes and it should get ride of some of the issues listed here. Unfortunately for AOL users who switch IP's every page request its more difficult
Seriously, this needs fixing. If this is because of load balancing, then it's a design problem to solve (I'm saying this as someone who used to work professionally on HPCC distributed operating systems that have replaced any need for melatonin in my night life). I'm not saying it's more important than this or that other issue, or that by-golly-fix-it-by-friday, but please folks don't pretend that a cause of a problem is a logical justification for it in of itself.
I fully understand that there are limited resources as far as time to work on the server infrastructure, though this is a simple thing (functionally) that I know will make a lot of people happy. I would recommend defaulting to at least an hour. And, could we remember the passwords? This does not work consistently even with FF3's password manager. That would be awesome!!
I agree the timeout is way too short, but what I do when composing a message that's not ultra-brief is copy and paste any long messages to my wordprocessor program, and then log back in and hit the "back" button a couple times, as Cowboy suggested above.
it still happens, admin, but like the top post this page says, I realized you don't have to re-log in....just hit the back arrow and it brings up your message as you wrote it and you can press send then and it will send....seems you are still logged in, really, even though it says at first you need to log in again.
my only difference with my discovery and cowboy's at the top of this page is I only have to back up one page and then send....not twice, as he found he needed to.
I've seen this in Internet banking applications with ASP.NET applications losing session state. I don't recall what the exact fix was but MS may have the answer. Here's a related article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325056/en-us
I seem to recall when I was learning PHP a few years ago something about good practice for UI design, and how you can save the content of web forms so the information is still there if you go back. Not sure if it was invoked client or server side. I imagine you could use a client side cache, or a cookie or something? Are there serious obstacles to doing this that I'm not aware of? It's happened to me (hit the wrong button and BAM it's gone...), and as you can see others feel pretty... um... strongly... about this issue, too.
I agree with the poster that suggests there is very little to none bandwidth being used when the users computer is sitting idle or if you are typing a message.
I suggest the mods look into just how easy it would be to let have no timeout at all. I am a member of many forums, mostly all free and leave my computer on all night (by mistake usually) and am still logged in, in the morning. If you aren't sending or receiving any data then not much is going on bandwidth wise.
I am not complaining just trying to bring this to attention, as this is a great site for free
My question is related to this topic....I think I understand that if you are inactive (not checking emails or clicking anywhere on the site) for 15 minutes you will be logged out.
My question is can someone still be showing as online if they did not log off but left POF open on their pc after 2 hours or so???? Is there ANY time this MIGHT happen?
Since I've gathered from what I read that after 15 minutes of inactivity you get logged off....this technically shouldn't be able to happen -- unless inactivity is defined as something other than moving from page to page within POF.
If someone is not doing anything in POF other than IM'ing some, would they still show as online?
I just joined and twice now I've been on the site working actively for 30 or 40 minutes and then spend some time writing a message. When I hit send I am logged back in and the message is gone. Even if I hit the back button my message is still gone. Very frustrating!
I'm on blackberry and ever since about 2 days ago I have to log back in every minute or less, so everytime I click on my inbox I am asked to log back in, can be within 15 seconds even...just in the last couple days since the othere big blacberry issue seemed to have been solved, what di I do or who do I report to?
This is really annoying me too. I just TRIED to take the Relationship Needs Assessment. When I clicked submit, I was redirected to the login page. I clicked back and my answers were still there, like when I take too long to write a message. However, since I am on a phone, I have no 'print screen' function so I couldn't copy and paste my answers like I would do with a message. I'm severely annoyed right now.
I am not so server savy about what constitutes inactivity. when i am actually trying to write a post or respond to an email i might write a little longer post then the system times out. What about a warning or if i have written a post and press the post button only to find i timed out then keep what i wrote let me sign back in an finish. Or do you allow a poster to write a post first in a word processor and then cut and past it to the post so as not to loose anything ?
I'm playing necromancer and resurrecting this because 3 years (Almost to the day) later from the original post it's still a problem.
It's infinitely frustrating to loose a thought out and well written message because of the asinine idle timer on this website.
It's 2011 now, please catch up to the rest of the internet. Every other free social networking website seems to be capable of allowing the option to "Keep me logged in", why is PoF so far behind the times?
It really is disappointing, and I see no reason to invest my money and upgrade my account on a website that requires me to jump through so many hoops every time I want to send a message to someone.
I'm feeling your pain here. I just completely re-wrote my about me, and first date section. When I hit submit, I had to sign back in, only to find out everything I had just written was gone. Some kind of warning that I was going to time out, or if this site could do what every other site in this day and age does, and actually allow you to stay logged in for more than 15 minutes would be great.