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11. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 813 posts) 2y

Would like to heart, +1, and up vote this entire discussion! Great to see this being discussed, and Sander, thank you for asking the initial Fb question.

Going back to the My Topics aspect (which I love the position of!), would a symbol suffice? So instead of a misleading number users are presented with a green exclamation? Or arrow, or message icon?

12. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 2y

Quoting KellieBarnes

Going back to the My Topics aspect (which I love the position of!), would a symbol suffice? So instead of a misleading number users are presented with a green exclamation? Or arrow, or message icon?

Personally I find the number "useful" (not a whole lot, since I read everything and so don't actually use My Topics, but theoretically) - but of course I understand what it means. Still, I figure that new members, who've posted in only two or three threads, will figure out the meaning of the number swiftly enough just by seeing how it goes up and down.
A symbol would probably work, too - but because the numbers in front of the various threads differ, they draw a bit more attention to this feature, I think.

13. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 630 posts) 2y

Hi,

Well I still find the number a mystery.

And the more I think about it, the more the title 'my topics' is becoming unclear.

My subscriptions is totally clear
My posts, likewise.
Thread. also

My topics - now I have to think - what could that possibly be if it is not a subscription or a post?

My view is that everything should be intuitive & it's purpose immediately apparent, & 'my topics' does not do that.

Forgive me - perhaps it's a senior thing.

Steve

14. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 630 posts) 2y

Having said that - I must admit I have never looked at My Topics before Sander mentioned it.

steve

15. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 630 posts) 2y

Hello

Quoting kmwain

"Sander... It is exactly that.

I never know when people have responded and then struggle to find the people who are in a similar position to myself to chat to "

Has anyone gone back to kmwain to ask her opinion of the new look & if it helps her?

steve

16. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 2y

Quoting hasbeen

My view is that everything should be intuitive & it's purpose immediately apparent, & 'my topics' does not do that.

Good point. Renaming it to "Threads I've participated in" might be a lot clearer (I originally thought that a bit too long to work well as a header, but it still fits). Naming is hard, though, as I'm noticing for example that tone of voice is all over the place on the forums (and the general site). (There's "My Profile", "Discuss your travel plans with fellow travellers around the world.", "Start New Thread", "My Topics", "Subscribe to one of our Forum RSS Feeds", etc.)

Has anyone gone back to kmwain to ask her opinion of the new look & if it helps her?

I did; not quite that explicitly, but still. No answer so far, though.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Feb-2014, at 06:46 by Sander ]

17. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 630 posts) 2y

Hi,

I am still unclear.

What is the difference between 'my posts' & 'threads I have participated in'?

Perhaps 'My topics' could become 'threads I am following' and have it user controlled instead of system generated. i.e. the user could choose which threads would appear there.

Quoting Sander

.....

Has anyone gone back to kmwain to ask her opinion of the new look & if it helps her?

I did; not quite that explicitly, but still. No answer so far, though.

Perhaps you should FaceBook her.

Steve

18. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 630 posts) 2y

Quoting hasbeen

Hi,

Perhaps 'My topics' could become 'threads I am following' and have it user controlled instead of system generated. i.e. the user could choose which threads would appear there.

No - that does not work - they are the subscriptions.

Steve

19. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 2y

Quoting Sander

Quoting hasbeen

My view is that everything should be intuitive & it's purpose immediately apparent, & 'my topics' does not do that.

Good point. Renaming it to "Threads I've participated in" might be a lot clearer (I originally thought that a bit too long to work well as a header, but it still fits). Naming is hard, though, as I'm noticing for example that tone of voice is all over the place on the forums (and the general site). (There's "My Profile", "Discuss your travel plans with fellow travellers around the world.", "Start New Thread", "My Topics", "Subscribe to one of our Forum RSS Feeds", etc.)

Quoting hasbeen

I am still unclear.

What is the difference between 'my posts' & 'threads I have participated in'?

Perhaps 'My topics' could become 'threads I am following' and have it user controlled instead of system generated. i.e. the user could choose which threads would appear there.

Something I've noticed that hasn't really been mentioned so far - at the top of every page in the forums showing a list of threads is "My Subscriptions" and "My Forum Posts". Clicking on that, you get a list showing either all your subscriptions or the last 50 threads you've posted in (whether or not subscribed to). Just playing around with all this as things currently stand (i.e. just pushing around where things are, or what they're called) is really just gilding the lily - these small alterations seem quite superfluous.

20. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 2y

Quoting Peter

The default blog template is actually responsive - I'm surprised this was mentioned as an issue. Or were you looking at the old default by some chance? That one is not available when you are switching templates any more and is not the default when you create a new blog (since about 3 years ago). If you were looking at the new one, let me know the issues. I'm testing on iOS7 Safari and it seems pretty good to me. Better than most blog designs on mobiles in my opinion.

I've just checked again, and it seems the blog template I was looking at isn't the default. The person is using the "Postcard" template - which seems to be quite a commonly used one (is that the old default template?). The person set up that blog in September.

However, this doesn't remove the need for all blog templates offered to be responsive.