I don"t know about specifically here, but this is sometimes used when changing between languages. For example, changing between Perl and PHP. Really, you have to use sessions. Often, this is transparent, but on some sites it's very clumsy. Face it: this forum is running on old software. There are MANY unfriendly aspects, including image posting, navigation (having to hit back a bunch, rather than home), retrieval, rate-limiting (required because of the delay you mentioned), actually the entire posting process, the search feature, large image display on small screens, and the links for srchived threads (think links from other threads, next, previous). Viewing on mobile devices is less than great. Mostly, the forum is sluggish. You cannot delete your own posts. Renaming and deleting threads is an issue.
That delay is nowhere near the top of my list. I"m not paying to change it, though, so it is what it is.
Edit:It says if you DO NOT WANT TO WAIT any longer. An impatience button. I'm still thinking it's a META REFRESH. Setting it to 0 causes issues.
[This message has been edited by tshark (edited 01-14-2018).]
Simply changing the Content="3" to a "0" would immediately redirect, with no waiting, and no having to click a link.
I read somewhere that this forum is in PHP, yet I saw a CGI script, at one point. I believe it is in multiple languages, because I don't recall PHP being a CGI language.
As stated previously, setting the redirect to 0 causes issues, and may prevent the redirection from working at all. When coding for a public web site, you have to ensure consistency and compatibility. Also, when it is set to 0, you tend to get cached results.
If it would make you happy, he could do what other sites do, and not redirect at all; rather, it could state that your post completed successfully, and make you click a button. Like I said, this is WAY down my list.
It has long been said, that patience is a virtue and when you've been as many miles and lived as many years as I have, you about lost all your other virtues, so I gotta hang on to at least this solitary remaining one.
I have never clicked the link and always let it do its thing. Maybe it is a hold over from the dial up days, or a method to get more page clicks and ad revenue...but who knows, I am not a computer guy.
From my perspective, it doesn't really slow anything down significantly as I still hit the flood control limit (which is fine) from time to time.
I think its just the PFF version of the "You are now leaving the Xxxxxx site and will be re-directed shortly" message that some websites show you when you click on a link on their site. Nothing too exciting, move along.
Just understanding that this forum is 18 plus years old will help. Think off all the changes taking place in the world around you. There was not even the term "mobile device" when this began. Then there is PFF. A well worn shirt. Your favorite even. Yes, it has holes, you can detect an odor even after washing, but it is your favorite shirt.
It is just an understanding of things. Not the daily change that frustrates you when you get ANOTHER update on your devices. I like it the way it is. I like the fact that it does not change all the time. This is a forum about a Fiero. I like that.
[This message has been edited by Tony Kania (edited 01-15-2018).]