2169 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Apr 4, 2011 7:49 PM by subatomic
If you followed a link that lead you to a post within the thread, the green push pin takes you to the link for the thread itself. It is most useful when you want to link to the thread and not an individual post or response. Sometimes, if you link to a post and that post is removed for some reason, your link to the thread is broken. But by using the green pushpin and using the link to the thread (or permalink), that link will remain connected to the thread, regardless of what happens to the individual posts within the thread.
Hope that helps.
Thanks jeffd55. Excuse my ignorance, I think it's getting clearer. Let me know if i've got this right.
This forum would be the link to my question, which would be the thread. Your reply would be a post. If in your reply you called me a "dumb **" and I clicked the pushpin and saved that URL. Even though your post was censored, because of my permalink I would still be able to read your words of wisdom.
How did I do?
The 17 divisions on the Apple Discussions Index are Categories.
Feedback About Discussions is a Forum.
Your original entry "Green push pin" is a Topic.
The the posts/replies within that Topic constitute a Thread.
Each post/entry in a Thread has a unique URL.
The URL for your original entry is http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2800240&tstart=0.
The URL for jeffd55's post/reply is http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=13311475#13311475.
A Subscription Email Notification has the unique URL/Link for a post/reply within the Thread.
"...post was censored, because of my permalink ... still be able to read your words of wisdom."
The Green Push Pin is always a URL/Link to the original entry.
If any posts have been edited or removed that will be apparent.
The Discussions are like a big department store.
The Index is like that board at the front of stores where everything is (in general terms)
Categories are individual Departments.
Forums are the aisles.
Topics are like the shelf.
Posts are the ordered things left to right.
Sometime things are taken off the shelf and put in the closest at the back.
If your route map to a post/shelf item is one that has been removed, you just get a Does Not Exist/Or you can't look in here message.
The Green Pin links at least to Topic level.
Only if the whole topic is removed do you get the "You don't have access" message.
Email alerts about New Posts include the Post URL and the Topic URL so you check if the first does not bring you to the Topic at that new post.
Depending on your My Settings (At the bottom) about getting emails and how quickly will effect if you get to see the post (presuming it is the sort that might get removed).
10:29 PM Saturday; April 2, 2011
You have gotten a couple of good replies already, but I will try it a different way.
The green pushpin links to the thread, in this case: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2800240
Each post will have it's own unique URL, for your original post (the one that started the thread): http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=13308413�
I replied to my original post and then removed it because I called myself a "stupid Host", the link for that post is here: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=13336311� You see that if you try to follow a link to a post that has been removed, you will get an error and not see the post.
This is why the link to the thread (green push pin) is the only permanent link to the thread.
I think I've got the concept. Thanks for all your help. Jeffd55 spelled out the answer.
Ali b and Ralphs posts helped with my comprehension Thanks to all and keep up the good work. Now when I see a wise reply from any of you on one of these threads. I'll be clickin' the pushpin so I can absorb the wisdom at a later date.