Posted by R. Berg on November 04, 2001
In Reply to: The number in brackets after a post posted by Bob on November 04, 2001
: : It is my understanding - and please correct me if I'm wrong - that this number indicates how many times an entry has been read.
: : If so, why doesn't it change if I read something, log out and come back?
: : If it should change, it would appear that many posters are not interested in reading replies to their post, since I see a lot of zeros.
: The indicates the most recent, not-yet-responded-to entry. A is one generation back. Thus a connected chain of responses that build on each other might be numbered the earliest, , , , , and , the newest. Each is indented and re-numbered as new entries arrive. Where you see two 's under an entry, they each arrived independently as responses to the same . Note that they are also not indented.
: Now, when you're in an answer, you can tell whose answer is which by the ::: in front of all the paragraphs that came from the same answer. There's a "change of voice" from :::: to ::: to :: to :
That is, the number in parentheses after a post isn't the number of readings, it's the number of follow-ups that post has. The number of readings doesn't show; it would be much greater.