posted on Mar, 5 2014 @ 06:05 PM
When I click on 'home', I am sent to a screen that lists a number of popular threads from a variety of ATS forums. I can only assume that this is
the same for everyone... the home link sends all guests & members to this page.
I have used ATS for a handful of years now and I'm familiar with how the 'home' page updates and refreshes. However, there seems to be a recent
change in how it functions in relation to updating the threads displayed on the page and the rate at which they are refreshed.
First, I have a question I'd like to go ahead and get out of the way. When I go to ATS's home page, I usually spend a few minutes looking over the
thread titles and previews. When I find a thread that interests me, I open it in a new tab then I return to the tab that is still occupied by the ATS
homepage. I continue scanning the page and I open any other threads I find interesting in a new tab too.
The frustrating thing that happens every time I do this is related to the page's refresh rate. As I scan the home page for interesting threads, I am
constantly interrupted by the page automatically reloading. Many times when this happens the list of threads is rearranged, causing me to lose my
place and essentially start reviewing the page from the beginning.
The question is, can the auto refresh/reload rate be changed. I'd like to be able to increase the time between reloads, which would decrease how
often the page refreshes.
The main question I have, which concerns a different aspect of refreshing, is; How are the threads that appear on the top of the home page selected? I
thought it was their popularity, but that seems to be incorrect. I have seen the same thread at the very top of the page for days. The thread is not
very active, consisting of only 2 pages & 40+/- flags, yet it has remained atop the home page list for some time now.
Is there a way that I can modify the settings of this, so that the most popular threads are displayed on the home page and updated frequently?
Although I have experienced the frustrating reload/refresh of the home page, more recently it seems that the threads are not changed. No new threads
seem to be added and no older threads removed, they seem to only be rearranged.
I can't say this is the case for every single thread, but it is most definitely the situation with the threads at the top of the page.
Thanks for any information or help you can give me.