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Tips and Tricks: The (In)Famous Forum Glitch

July 31, 2013
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The (In)Famous Forum Glitch

We all did it when we first joined GCU. You create a post for the Forum, hit save, then it’s waiting … waiting … waiting … and finally, you get an error message. So you repost. And repost. And sometimes, repost again, and end up with four identical Forum posts. How’d that happen and how can you avoid it?

First, let’s clear up a misconception. GCU uses third-party software for its Forum. That means the company went out and bought a piece of software that was installed on their servers to create the Forum we all know and love. As with any programming, there are bound to be glitches. GCU’s admin knows this particular glitch exists, they’ve investigated what would need to be done to correct it, and that project’s way down near the bottom of their To-Do List. While it’s occasionally inconvenient for artists, especially newbies, fixing the Forum glitch isn’t a priority.

How to Avoid Multiple Duplicate Forum Posts

First, do not re-post. Nine times out of ten, your post has gone through and is there, you just can’t see it yet.

Second, simply backspace from the error page to the Forum’s main page and refresh your browser. You should see the post in the intended sub-category. I usually only need to refresh once; older browsers may need a couple of refreshes to show new content.

That’s it! A very easy solution to a problem that sometimes bugs us. Now that you know, feel free to pass the information onto newbies who meet the Forum glitch. You’ll be doing them – and yourself – a favor.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2013 12:51 pm

    Just to be on the safe side, I always copy what I’ve written, just in case it hasn’t posted and I have to start again from scratch. Having said that, I usually find it has posted 🙂

  2. July 31, 2013 2:35 pm

    Me too Judy 🙂 Also, may I add that typically with little glitch ONLY occurs when you start a new thread. So, if you can remember to have patience when you start a new forum thread and do as Corrie suggests or open a new window to verify your post was made, then you won’t have this glitch pestering you.

  3. August 1, 2013 3:28 pm

    OK, once you know it, it’s not all that big a problem – although, it’s almost a natural reflex to click a second time, when your post is not going through.
    However: [quote] _GCU’s admin knows this particular glitch exists, they’ve investigated what would need to be done to correct it, and that project’s way down near the bottom of their To-Do List. While it’s occasionally inconvenient for artists, especially newbies, fixing the Forum glitch isn’t a priority._[/quote]
    – that I don’t understand fully, why is that? Is the project to get it fixed so complicated then? I’m not all that technical, but it seems to me, if things *can* get fixed, why wouldn’t they do it then? I mean, it doesn’t need to be a high priority, but this sounds rather as if they aren’t interested at all to *ever* fix it… Is that the case?

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