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  1. @maxxd I've found allot of ambiguity in the vague endorsements for being able to achieve a reliable count in this manner. But the "unreliable" crowd seems more consistent.

    That's why I created the post here for an honest dialogue.

    I, like you, considered the possibility that certain email providers might receive special treatment. However, that reality would strongly lean towards the topic of collusion and violations of Federal anti-trust statutes that would probably temper that behavior.

    Then again, I'm not gonna say it can't be happening. [But do you REALLY think a company would act unlawfully on the pristine roads of the internet highway?? *scratching my head*]

  2. I want to be able to distinguish between emails that the recipient ignored and emails that were opened.

    I've looked at code with a header item Disposition-Notification-To but indications are that this is easily turned off and therefore an unreliable choice.

    Other alternatives state that placing a .gif image in the email's body is effective. But some indicate that it, too, is often blocked by major email providers.

    Either way,I have not found a working example to test for myself.

    Additionally, I plan to use this primarily when sending an email to an address that is NOT maintained by Google or Yahoo etc.  More likely to momandpop.com type domains (that may have a GoDaddy-ish hosting plan).

    Any helpful information would be great.

  3. I want to send an email via php (no problem)

    Now I want to get a confirmation when the email is opened.

    I've seen a few bits of code but nothing that seems very well defined.

    Any guidance or direction to valuable explanations or links would be great.


  4. @kicken  Thanks for the help, but I wasn't as clear as I should have been.

    I'm not interested in the page loading speeds (at this time)

    I am only trying to determine how long each user remained on the specific page before advancing.  This would let me know if a question was too complicated, or maybe randomly answered.

    Hypothetically, it would take more than 3 seconds to write 500 words versus cut & pasting. Likewise, if it took 20 minutes to add 3 + 3, then maybe you were distracted from the webpage, etc.

    Or, maybe my design or layout is not easy enough to follow.

  5. I want to assemble a multi-page questionnaire/quiz whereby submitting page 1 will lead to page 2 etc.

    I have locked in the time that each page loads by using

    if($_SESSION['start'] == ""){
    $_SESSION['start'] = time();

    at the top of each page

    However, I am having difficulty in getting the time at submission.

    I realize I can simply use the start time of page 2 as the submission time for page 1, but that would technically be incorrect, right?

    In actuality, a page would load (and the time recorded). A person would submit after any amount of expended time (and that would be recorded) Then there would be a gap before the next page loaded.

    How can I effectively obtain these events?  Or am I unnecessarily overthinking this?


  6. @gizmola Thanks.

    And yes.  Again, I haven't started to write the actual code, but that was my thought process (especially since so many of the tags fit such a similar format.

    I guess I've actually come quite a way (thanks to those that have helped me HERE).

    *i wonder if it's time to change my username???!?*

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  7. @cyberRobot Yes, I do consider the description tag as one of the "usual."

    I discovered a meta for security and refresh that I am unfamiliar with and uncertain about.

    As for you saying


    too many people willing to pack those meta tags

    Yes, that was me from way back when.  I suppose I owe an apology to everyone that I effected. (although I never got too crazy and NEVER used irrelevant terms)

  8. @gizmola With all due respect, I don't think google is the ONLY search engine on earth.  (Sorry, not a fan of theirs, but still fond of you.  LOL)

    Are there any less popular meta tags that I should use (beyond the usual list) or recommended settings to be aware of?

  9. I'm not sure whether I'm becoming overindulgent or a real developer, so please advise me.

    I have several webpages for a new website. I am well acquainted with them and their content.

    As I began planning to publish these pages, I realized I could probably utilize an array to include meta data for bots and search engines.

    My thinking was something like:

    for ($I=0; $I<count($meta); $I++){
    if ($page.I){
    echo $meta[I]


    I'm concerned with the effectiveness of doing this.

    Will bots and crawlers see it as legitimate and valid the same as if each page had "hand written" meta data?

    Or will it flag it as illegitimate or miss it, thereby hurting the pages placement in search results?

    Not much more to provide since I'm asking the question BEFORE attempting the code.





  10. I'd try this for starters:

    ////$gname =  $row["fname"];
    $gname = 20; //this will give you an easy way to spot the added value and see that it increases 
    $user_updated_token = ($user_token) + 1;
      $sql_l = "UPDATE users SET token='$user_updated_token' WHERE id=$gname";

    I don't use PDO, some in not sure about 

    if ($conn_l->query($sql_l) === TRUE)
    //would == be more accurate than ===

    And are you repeating this query? You already have it once, don't you?

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