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solarbird ([personal profile] solarbird) wrote in [site community profile] dw_suggestions2017-04-08 07:40 pm

"Activity"-like view of 1st page of Inbox, in a dropdown, from Navigation Strip

Title:
"Activity"-like view of 1st page of Inbox, in a dropdown, from Navigation Strip

Area:
navigation strip, messaging

Summary:
It is currently very easy to configure your Inbox to serve as an activity notification hub. It would be very useful to have a shorted version of the first page of that Inbox be accessible via a dropdown on the Navigation Strip, and allow some manipulation of your Inbox via that dropdown.

Description:
Each line of the proposed dropdown would contain a one line description of the activity. (N replied to [your post|comment], N messaged you, subject "", N posted to group X, and so on). Each entry would contain an "x" dismissal button which would delete the notification from both the Inbox and the dropdown. Clicking on an individual entry outside of the dismissal button would take you to the item about which you are being notified - the message, the comment made, etc - and mark it as read. A "see all" entry at the bottom of the dropdown could take you to the current Inbox view. Currently, using the Inbox as a notification centre results in large numbers of page swaps and reloads, as you go from Inbox to post to Inbox to reply form to Inbox etc., etc., etc., with mark-as-read and delete-item as separate actions across separate pages. Further, it is difficult to maintain (de-clutter, etc) without engaging in that maintenance as a separate task. As a result, those of us who have this issue end up with over-full Inboxes that we tend to bulk-delete. This suggested feature would allow us both to use our Inbox more easily and maintain it more effectively, resulting in improved usability of the service and - hopefully - fewer notifications being stored on the servers.

Poll #18205 "Activity"-like view of 1st page of Inbox, in a dropdown, from Navigation Strip
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 31


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Should be implemented as-is.
6 (19.4%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
5 (16.1%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
5 (16.1%)

(I have no opinion)
15 (48.4%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)

Re: version 2 roughs

[personal profile] marahmarie 2017-04-18 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
Huh, so I posted my code before seeing/reading through the rest of this thread. Your mockups look really good! I like how you stick with the system style but still improve gradients, text size and alignment and button styles, which is *a lot* more than I've done. I've basically done a lot of work to get the navbar to blend in with the rest of the custom layout and so it resizes properly on mobile, but not too much else.
marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)

Re: version 2 roughs

[personal profile] marahmarie 2017-04-18 06:18 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, goodie! I just have to change my account to view other people's journals in their styles and I'll go have a look - thanks! (I'm really loving what you did, though, just from the .png files. If you look at the updated code in my last reply you'll see there are a few things I didn't do, like separators, gradients, and button styles - though buttons/selects now have slightly rounded borders and some padding - because the tables are so convoluted my brain just starts hurting looking at them).
Edited (typos) 2017-04-18 06:19 (UTC)
marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)

Re: version 2 roughs

[personal profile] marahmarie 2017-04-18 06:50 am (UTC)(link)
And yeah, because there aren't enough IDs and/or classes is another factor. It's funny because for search alone (just for ex) there's too many IDs and not enough classes, then there's whole swaths of the navbar CSS that are just a wasteland - nothing useful there to style.

I'll look over your CSS for ideas the next time I work on my navbar, though, because you pulled a lot of classes and IDs I didn't even think of using (I did my re-working tonight just before I saw your CSS). Looks like very useful stuff. :)
marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)

Re: version 2 roughs

[personal profile] marahmarie 2017-04-18 07:46 am (UTC)(link)
Read through it, thanks. Hopefully your ideas give DW/the dev team lots of food for thought.

Re: viewing all but feeds/using custom URLs, definitely +1. I use custom feeds, myself (added to the header navlinks instead of the navbar, using a custom theme layer) and dropped feeds altogether from them after my DW subscribed/access feed became too overwhelming years ago (and which it still pretty much is).