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Move "My Topics" to near the top of the right-hand column?

Travel Forums System Talk Move "My Topics" to near the top of the right-hand column?

1. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4363 posts) 15 Aug '13 02:08

I've been thinking about why some people think it's hard to keep track of conversations and things here (one of the most cited reasons for why they prefer posting on That Other Place), and one big improvement which popped up would be if the "My Topics" list of threads could be moved in the right-hand column from all the way at the bottom, to right under the green "Start New Thread" button (even above the "Jump To" selectbox, as I imagine the number of people who want to navigate to a forum index will be less than the number of people who want to navigate to their own threads).

At its current position, you have to go down ~2 pages (depending on screen resolution) before you get to see it; down there, you just forget about its existence. While for people who are actively conversing with others (i.e. not someone like me who just monitors everything), I believe that being able to quickly jump back to those conversations (and even better: seeing at a glance when there's new replies!) is extremely useful.

A further improvement which could be made to that box would be to not only bold it when there's new replies, but to also list the total number of replies (after your own last reply) for each thread.

It might be useful to also keep that list in view on both individual thread pages (where it currently doesn't show at all), and unfiltered on forum index pages (it currently filters based on that specific forum), but those are imho minor improvements, which I don't feel all that certain about.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Aug-2013, at 02:10 by Sander ]

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3595 posts) 15 Aug '13 04:02

I think that would be a really good idea Sander - I find those 2 links quite useful so it would be even better if they were in a more convenient place.

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1044 posts) 15 Aug '13 12:42

Quoting Sander

I've been thinking about why some people think it's hard to keep track of conversations and things here (one of the most cited reasons for why they prefer posting on That Other Place), and one big improvement which popped up would be if the "My Topics" list of threads could be moved in the right-hand column from all the way at the bottom, to right under the green "Start New Thread" button (even above the "Jump To" selectbox, as I imagine the number of people who want to navigate to a forum index will be less than the number of people who want to navigate to their own threads).

An interesting thought, and I would agree that making "my topics" more available would probably be a good thing. Although with this thought, I think it would work better with the individual forums showing on the Forums "front page" (I still haven't changed my view expressed in my "forum view" thread 1½ years ago). In the current "all threads" view, pushing the forum list downward would reduce its visibility.

Perhaps in the individual thread or forum view, the my topics could be split into two - the top list showing threads the user has posted to in that particular forum, and the second list showing a combined list from the other forums.

4. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 595 posts) 15 Aug '13 23:54

Definitely like the ideas. Do you think a prominent or advanced search box on the Forum page would also help reduce duplicates?

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4363 posts) 16 Aug '13 01:30

I'm not seeing much that I think of as "duplicate" myself, so not really.

There's a lot of very similar questions, but most people just wants some personal attention and reassurance about their very specific situation. Even though I personally sometimes don't feel like answering the same question for the hundredth time, I'm still very much in favour of travellerspoint being a place where people can ask that question for the hundredth time without being told to search or look in the FAQ. And I do actually see quite a few of the "go with a company or by myself?", "where to get my visa?", "how to set up a bank account?" etc questions answered by new members amongst themselves, so I think that's only good for building community.

I also semi-regularly see old threads come back up by people having very obviously searched for a subject, so those who are inclined to search, do already search.

6. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 595 posts) 17 Aug '13 03:02

Cool. Thanks for your feedback. :)