I received the following email message today…
Gregg L. DesElms, someone just posted
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The title of the thread is:
How to get them all
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Title: How to get them all
Message:This post is really fantastic. Thanks for your posting
...but when I clicked on the “the post can be found at” link, I got this message…
The following errors were encountered
The specified thread does not exist
...which is clearly not true since here I am in the “How to get them all” thread (which I had to find by searching for it, here).
My heart immediately sank because I stupidly hadn’t paid attention to the actual URL that was behind the one displayed in the email, and on which I clicked, and so I worried that I had just been Phished, and had, then, just given someone my login and password to this forum. As someone with pushing 40 years in IT, I know better. However, I also have three—count ‘em, three—anti-phishing measures in place, and they’re so effective that I confess I’ve become stupidly uncareful about such things. I won’t be making that mistake again anytime soon.
At any rate, upon hovering my mouse pointer above the link in the email, and noticing that to which it linked in the lower-leftmost corner of the browser (and also after looking at the raw source code of the email message), I could see that it really and truly linked to this forum.
Still, it briefly scared the bejesus outta’ me!
Could whomever manages this forum please figure out what happened? Was it as simple as that someone posted something here, but then deleted it after I was sent the message that there was a new reply? And, if so, then might a more descriptive error message that just says that that’s what happened—and not that the thread, itself, doesn’t exist—be more appropriate? Is this forum software not capable of that? And if it’s not, then could you not contact the forum software maker and insist that that be something it adds in a future update?
And could both s/he and the forum software maker please, now, also see, from what I’ve herein written, how disconcerting it can be to the user whenever whatever happened happens? And so, then, could s/he please ensure that it doesn’t happen again?