Actually a new theory after thinking about it. It seems like after posting, a thread is provisioned in the bbs with an id. Could it be that:
Post is made
Request is made to provision bbs comment thread with a short timeout.
If step 2 completes within the timeout, post is updated with link to comment thread.
If step 2 doesn’t complete within timeout, post is never updated with link. Step 2 always completes, but sometimes not fast enough for the timeout @orenwolf?
And thinking out loud here, since it seems like the bbs links work even without the id as part of the url… maybe set the comments link to bbs.boingboing.net/t/slug link on initial post (where slug is based on the title) so whether there is a timeout or not, it goes to the right place.
Not exactly that, but I’ve been getting a weird flickering of the whole thread as I scroll through, occasionally. It does seem to be more common when there are gifs on the screen. Wonder if it’s related.
It flickers a bunch then kicks me back up to before where I began scrolling.
I’m usually on a tablet, but it’s happened on my laptop, too.
Also, just to make it even more confusing, be aware that there are two types of “Regular” badges you might see—
One [“Regular”] is the Discourse Trust Level (TL3) that must be kept current by keeping up with the requirements for that level.
The other [“BBS Regular”] is a legacy badge/title given to users who were Regulars at the time the old private Lounge area of the bbs was discontinued, as a sort of token or memento you might say. Those users may or may not be current TL3, and may or may not have been active on the site lately.
Longtime non-regular here, and curious about the “so what” of this. This isn’t a criticism, and I’ve been curious about my status in the past. But aside from the extra candy bar Mountains of CD offers they mail you every month, what benefits are you looking for?
I realized a while back that my reading and posting habits (mainly the way I read the main posts) keep me firmly in the “member” category. I could certainly jiggle my reading metrics to get to “regular,” but I’m not sure why one would intentionally do that.
Aside from all that, most of the Members (and above) that I notice contribute more substantively than I do. So the system seems to work?
ETA: There are no candy bars. Nope. That was a typo.
I see that members of the community interact with you through replies and Likes, and vice-versa. You’re respectful of the rules, haven’t gotten a timeout as a result, and you seem to enjoy yourself here. That’s how you and anyone else here adds value, regardless of badges.
I know, easy enough to say for a Leader who gets to go to the weekly ice cream sundae bar hosted by the moderator and publisher, but I mean it.