How do “tracked topics” work?

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#1

How does the software determine whether to register you as ‘tracking’ or ‘normal’ on a post? I see most posts give a count of new messages, but some do not, and can’t see anything systematic that differentiates those that do and don’t.
Thanks!


How to: Mute a topic
#2

If you’ve spent four minutes or more reading a topic, the software will set it to “tracking”

Update counts on tracked topics are highlighted in blue to help you find what you’re personally interested in when browsing through the homepage.


#3

thanks - is there a way to make it default to tracking? i find the update counts quite helpful.


#4

I think the best way to do this would be via your user preferences, where you can set topics to be automatically tracked if they belong to a category you’re interested in:


#5

gotcha thanks