seems common. from what i can see, there are already 3 threads on this very topic. It appears to be a problem viewing archived threads from old SUSE forums. However, I get this problem even on new (1 week old) threads that I have started, and to which I subscribed. Happens I say 1 in 6 times
I subscribe to this thread in Gmail. The above post showed up in my inbox, and a URL to view the thread was also visible. I clicked it, and I was immediately sent to http://forums.opensuse.org instead of
I’m actually suprised that Kim is suprised about this problem because it
also happens in the Novell support forums (forums.novell.com) and has been
discussed in that context a number of times.
The issue is actually related to Novell’s ichain integration plugin for
vBulletin, e.g. the plugin that allows use of Novell web login for the
I haven’t been able to analyze the exact details of the problem, but
roughly the problem occurs under the following circumstances:
If you had previously been logged into the forums (not in the current
session), then your browser still has some kind of authentication cookie
for the web site but this cookie is no longer valid. Such an invalid
cookie will cause you to try to reauthenticate to the forums, but this
fails and you will end up on the forums home page.
The problem does not occur under the following situations:
You don’t have the cookie for the forums web site. In that case, you
end up on the desired page as an unauthentcated guest user
You visited the forums in your current browser session (either you
logged in, or you didn’t, in both cases, your cookies are in a sane state)
Workaround for the problem:
Configure your browser such that it clears all cookis for forums.opensuse.org when you close your browser.
Long term solution:
Someone needs to create a scenario were the problem can be systematically
reproduced so that Novell people can no longer claim they don’t see the
problem and someone finally decides to fix it.