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BeeJ1109

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Hi bjevers, lukval,
I had same issue. I compared XDA on 2 tablets.
Both set to most recent in Preferences and Notifications under your profile settings.
So I unticked, Thread Preview to now OFF. (Setting Tab 1).
When ticked, First page is displayed everytime, you select a new thread under your WATCHED List, when you first start the XDA app. (Setting Tab 2)

Having Thread Preview enabled, Slows down XDA's Functionality after selecting a thread, then waiting to view any latest posted updates of any thread's functionality.

So change Thread Preview to OFF, fixed my issues. Last post displayed & faster in response to loading selected thread.

Cheers BeeJ1109
 
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shinobisoft

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You asked for our opinion, so there it is:
The app cannot be used.
Look at the reviews on Google Play.

Yes, the app has issues but it's not as useless as you're making it out to be. Granted, I'm not near as active here as most are or as I use to be, but I'm using the same version of the app as everyone else and with minimal issues... It's a work in progress!
 

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It's a work in progress!
At last a voice of reason. My impression of many/most of the comments is that they're not reporting to be helpful, but rather just whingeing ungratefully about a free app that people are putting their own time and effort into.
I admit that it's not as easy to use as the old version, but I can live with it as it improves. At the schedule of the developers, not according to my demands.
 

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At last a voice of reason. My impression of many/most of the comments is that they're not reporting to be helpful, but rather just whingeing ungratefully about a free app that people are putting their own time and effort into.
I admit that it's not as easy to use as the old version, but I can live with it as it improves. At the schedule of the developers, not according to my demands.
Agree in principle to what you have said, but people are not whining about some fancy features they want. It's about basic functionality that is not working. Having something free does not mean it should fail in its basic functions.
 

TonikJDK

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    Seems like development on this app is progressing the way one would expect. They killed bad bugs first such as the log on issue and the stuck white screen. They will move on to functionality when they can. We don't know what resources they have for this.

    In the meantime I will test each new version and provide feedback. The web version suits my needs well while I wait.
     

    IronTechmonkey

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    Seems like development on this app is progressing the way one would expect. They killed bad bugs first such as the log on issue and the stuck white screen. They will move on to functionality when they can. We don't know what resources they have for this.

    In the meantime I will test each new version and provide feedback. The web version suits my needs well while I wait.

    Well said, and a good example of realism about the fact that performance might be bad for some people, and about the fact that improvements occur based on a priority and are indeed actually happening. Getting to last post or last unread post has improved, and there are some nice new post editing features but the jumpy nature of the edit box makes it difficult for me to create well structured posts and frequently results in stray material or unready material being posted. This does not make me want to slam at the app. This makes me want to help improve it so I can use those additional features in an interface that is more comfortable.
     
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    shinobisoft

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    So... For reasons unknown I had somehow been logged out of XDA. Logged back in and now the app is telling me that I don't have any Watched threads. Anyone else facing this issue today? I'm not a happy camper!!!

    EDIT: Manually refreshing the Watched threads tab seems to have fixed the issue...
     
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    IronTechmonkey

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    So... For reasons unknown I had somehow been logged out of XDA. Logged back in and now the app is telling me that I don't have any Watched threads. Anyone else facing this issue today? I'm not a happy camper!!!

    EDIT: Manually refreshing the Watched threads tab seems to have fixed the issue...

    FWIW, on one device with the XDA app sometimes opened and sometimes closed and sometimes online (mobile data or Wi-Fi) and sometimes offline and sometimes viewing site in web browser but having stayed logged in I had no issues during that period, except for the normal delays in the refreshing of alerts.

    [EDIT] I was also on and off the site in a desktop web browser during that period.
     

    milewap

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    For me reply to thread from PC,noth work???When i clik on reply on PC,i can see only space but cannot wrote nothig.This wrote from app,from google play store.Pls how to post,from PC?
     

    It_ler

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    For me reply to thread from PC,noth work???When i clik on reply on PC,i can see only space but cannot wrote nothig.This wrote from app,from google play store.Pls how to post,from PC?
    Can you please post s screenshot?
    For me it works fine on PC. After clicking on "Reply" I can type into the text box at the bottom ... where the replied post is inserted as quote.
     

    milewap

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    Sory i can noth because app from phone,seid uploaded image is big.Simply on phone all work ok,but from PC(Laptop Lenovo B50-45,field for answer is open but nothing can wrote.Pictures from camera is to big for upload,from phone all is nice.
     
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    It_ler

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    For me reply to thread from PC,noth work???When i clik on reply on PC,i can see only space but cannot wrote nothig.This wrote from app,from google play store.Pls how to post,from PC?
    Can you try to use xda forum in a browser (e.g. Chrome) on your smartphone?
    Does it replying work there?
    See my screenshot (Samsung Internet):
     

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    So... For reasons unknown I had somehow been logged out of XDA. Logged back in and now the app is telling me that I don't have any Watched threads. Anyone else facing this issue today? I'm not a happy camper!!!

    EDIT: Manually refreshing the Watched threads tab seems to have fixed the issue...

    Bouncing back at this again. Everything look normal in my previous posts but now several hours later I'm spontaneously log out of the app. It happens that I was logged in via Firefox on the same device and that never experienced the log off. I've been logged in concurrently before so I somewhat assume that is not the issue. In any event I'm logged back in now.
     

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