There are many possibilities to explain the forum behavior I described. I offered a conclusion one might jump to with limited knowledge of how the forum works.
I can accept for now that a direct answer to my question doesn’t exist, that I’ve asked the question badly, or that the behavior I’ve observed simply doesn’t happen. I will continue to observe until I answer it myself or can ask a better question.
> I can accept for now that a direct answer to my question doesn’t exist,
you asked two Qs:
Q1:Is the forum activity so high that some posts get lost in the crowd?
A1.1: No. all posts stay in the database forever (almost) and are
therefore available no matter how high the forum activity might be.
A1.2: Yes. in the forums structure if a user does not know how to
search or find one’s own post, then the high level of activity will
very soon cause a post to scroll down the web page and to the
next…never to be seen again (by the person who does not look,
search, and find it)
Q2: Or do some posts just get lost?
A2.1: No. Once received posts do not get lost (barring catastrophic
failure of technology).
A2.2: Yes. If the post database and ALL backups, google caches and
etc are wiped out.
A2.3: Maybe there are incidents where individual posts are accidently
wiped out by technical glitches…as they say “S–t happens.”
however, the post you singled out didn’t lost…they are still there.
so, no need to wait for a ‘direct answers’…i got lots of’em.
> How does one mark a thread SOLVED. I’m sure it’s staring me right in
> the face, but I can’t see it.
it is not possible here for reasons explained in several past threads
within this this forum…the last thread i see (quickly) is named
“Mark thread as solved” and was begun on 16 Nov 09…