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    Hello,
    I was just wondering what was the best way of tracking unread news posts in a forum script.

    I noticed many forum scripts use cookies, like vBulletin, to keep track of topics the user read by storing a serialized array containing the topic id and the timestamp of the last time the post was read by the user, but is this really a good way? If the user switches computer, his read topics will become unread. Another problem using the cookie method, is the maximum length supported by a cookie.

    Could someone suggest a new way of doing this?
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