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Forum topic by Woodbum posted 08-28-2014 02:34 PM 1431 views 1 time favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodbum

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08-28-2014 02:34 PM

I can rarely get the back button feature to work on the LJs site without clicking it two or more times. I have not noticed this issue on any other site, but I have been having some forward button issues on a couple of other sites. I thought it might be my mouse, but it doesn’t do it on any other site (back button) than LJs. I used to think I was semi technically savvy for a 64 year old geezer, but lately everything is changing too fast for me to keep up with and comprehend, with all of the hacks, viruses and general *holes out there trying to mess with everybody. Hell, I’ll post a question on a computer users forum, and then can’t understand the answer. Can anybody offer any insight into this weird issue? I know a lot of you guys out there are tech geniuses, so if you can help me, speak slowly and precisely in everyday English so this old moron can get it. Thanks!! :-)

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"


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#1 posted 08-28-2014 02:54 PM

I haven’t touched the “back button” on ANY site in years. Why? you ask? Because I found it much easier to right-click on any link I want to open, then choose “Open in a new tab”

Quick as a click, I am looking at the new page I wanted to see. Then when I’m done reading it I simply mouse over that page’s tab and click the “X” to close that page, and presto-changeo, I’m now back on the page I started from.

I open the LJ’s Pulse Page and scroll down the titles. Soon as something peaks my interest I right-click and open that in a new tab. I usually keep scrolling down the Pulse Page till I’ve opened 5 or 6 “new tabs” and then start reading them one-by-one. As I finish reading each one I simply close it and go on to the next tab. It’s really useful if you want to compare two different projects here. Open them both in new tabs and you can click back and forth looking at each project without having to open and close them multiple times. Once I’ve read all the new tabbed pages, I start the process over till I get to the bottom of page 1, and I click on page 2 of the Pulse page.

This works on ANY web-site …... you can have as many tabs open as you like.

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 03:28 PM

I’ve been seeing it off an on here. It has to do with how they’re serving up the ads. If done correctly, the ad loads don’t count as a page impression and don’t muck with the back button. If done incorrectly, the browser sees it as you visiting another web page, hence the reason you have to click back several times. If you right click on the back button, you’ll see the history that’s stored. Alternatively, when you right click, you can just select the LJ forums page to jump straight back to that.

It’s something the web masters will have to fix, not much you can do about it. If it makes you feel any better, it’s not as bad as it has been in the past (or I’ve seen on other websites). Sometimes it gets really bad and you’ve got to click through a dozen times or more. Like JoeinGa, I tend to just open new pages in a new tab and it avoids this problem.

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#3 posted 08-28-2014 03:34 PM

Thank you both for the quick responses. I will begin using the right click solution offered here.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#4 posted 08-28-2014 03:40 PM

LJ’s had the back arrow problem before—like gtbuzz mentioned, it had to do with how doubleclick.net puts the ads on the page. Easiest way to fix it if you are using IE is to go to Settings, Internet options and then the Security tab. Click on Restricted Sites and then the Sites button. In the “Add this website …” line put in:

*.doubleclick.net

Just like that, including the asterisk, and click the Add button. Reload the LJ homepage and the back button should function correctly after that.

For Chrome, I just use Adblock and that takes care of a bunch of annoyances.

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#5 posted 08-28-2014 03:49 PM

I wonder if it could a browser issue?

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#6 posted 08-28-2014 03:56 PM

JayT: Thanks for the solution. It worked. The back button works like a champ now. I will toast you with a cold one.
gtbuzz and joeinga: That cold one toast goes for you guys too.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#7 posted 08-28-2014 05:58 PM

If you just hit the backspace key on the keyboard it will bring you to the previous page.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#8 posted 08-28-2014 07:10 PM



If you just hit the backspace key on the keyboard it will bring you to the previous page.

- UpstateNYdude


Not on my lap top.

-- Jerry

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#9 posted 08-28-2014 08:36 PM

I’ve had the same prob.
with the back button. Only on this site.
Bill

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#10 posted 08-28-2014 08:44 PM


If you just hit the backspace key on the keyboard it will bring you to the previous page.

- UpstateNYdude

Not on my lap top.

- Gerald Thompson

Must be a special laptop because I’m on a laptop and I tried my wifes and I use it all the time on the ones at work, are you in a different browser and by that I mean anything besides Firefox or Chrome?

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#11 posted 08-28-2014 09:31 PM

thanks for the tip JayT.

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#12 posted 09-01-2014 01:00 AM

The backbutton problem is a recurring problem on this site. Jay T’s fix looks like a good one if I was smart enough to know what he was talking about. I’ll just have to wait for Cricket to fix it!

Cricket, Are you listening?

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#13 posted 09-01-2014 11:18 AM

I’m listening but it is not an issue I am experiencing (I checked multiple browsers.) so I need to talk to the IT guys to see if they have any solutions.

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#14 posted 09-01-2014 02:19 PM

Thanks Cricket. Mine requires 4-5 clicks on the back button before anything happens. I have IE and Windows Professional (whatever that is).

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#15 posted 09-02-2014 10:48 PM

Cricket,
I’m experiencing the same problem, seems like a few weeks now. It really is a hassle. I sometimes back click either with my mouse or the back space key three – five times before it goes back. When you have a one click function, it’s a shame to lose it. I sure hope you can fix this.

-- Ken

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