Hypothetically, what would happen if I click on "delete all board cookies"?

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Hypothetically, what would happen if I click on "delete all board cookies"?

Post by brothers » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:01 am

That's something I've been tempted to do for quite some time. For no reason other than curiosity. My fear is that I delete something I depend on, and make a big mess out of something. Is this something others have tried, and if so, why and with what results? Is it something one might want to do more than once? Sorry to appear dense!
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Re: Hypothetically, what would happen if I click on "delete all board cookies"?

Post by drmoss_ca » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:44 am

If it works the same way deleting all smf cookies in your browser preferences does, you would lose your saved log-in, and have to re-enter username and password. All posts and threads would appear unread, and any notifications of follow-up posts would be cancelled. Nothing terrible, in other words.

Managing browser cookies is quite useful at times. For example, those news sites that let you read ten articles a month for free use cookies to keep track of how many you have read. There are utilities that will delete unwanted cookies at set intervals, or on browser quit or log-in, which means no limits for news articles. Some cookies are used for tracking you, so a website obtains your browsing history and then serves you targeted ads. So deleting tracking cookies is a good thing (SMF has no trackers at all). As well as such a utility, I use Firefox with four privacy related extensions to foil the evil empires of Google and the like - Disconnect, uBlock Origin in advanced mode, HTTPS Everywhere and Privacy Badger. They all need setting up and tuning to suit your needs, but uBlock Origin, and it's relative uMatrix, are rather complex when you go beyond simple mode, and allow you to customise what you see and who sees you. It's a bit dry, but here's a video on how to achieve that:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lisQQmWQkY

For example, if you look at https://www.theglobeandmail.com/ you will see there is a big banner across the top of each page, and quite a broad one at the bottom inviting subscriptions. On a 13" laptop screen there is only a thin letterbox to read in between them. So I have uBlock Origin block the elements of the lower banner and I see nothing at all of it on any page on that site. A boon.
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Re: Hypothetically, what would happen if I click on "delete all board cookies"?

Post by brothers » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:37 pm

Chris, thanks for that information. Now I understand.
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Re: Hypothetically, what would happen if I click on "delete all board cookies"?

Post by fallingwickets » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:55 am

I dont mind 'paying' for sites i visit, but the count ( which seems to be creeping smaller) does get tedious to take care of and so I appreciate you sharing some solutions to that.

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Re: Hypothetically, what would happen if I click on "delete all board cookies"?

Post by drmoss_ca » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:45 am

The stupid thing about the Globe and Mail is that I tried quite hard to get a subscription to the physical paper, but they didn't deliver it in rural Nova Scotia, and now for the last year, they don't print a copy for sale in the whole of eastern Canada at all. Once they stopped, our other 'national' newspaper, the National Post, also stopped offering a print version anywhere east of Quebec. They could have had my money, but I don't enjoy reading on a computer very much so I'm not interested in a digital subscription.
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