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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


This suggestion:

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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%)

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Re: thoughts on a more substantial change

[staff profile] denise 2017-04-28 03:54 am (UTC)(link)

Ha! Yeah, go ahead and make one and then drop me the username, I'll give it some paid time. (Or you could get an account on our hosted-developer-environments service, but a full dev environment might be overkill for you...)

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Re: thoughts on a more substantial change

[staff profile] denise 2017-04-28 06:23 pm (UTC)(link)
And I hit up the account with paid time, so you'll be able to create plenty of styles and such!

We aren't wedded to Practicality/Neutral Good as a default style, btw -- we used to run polls every six-to-nine months for the userbase to decide on what the default style for new accounts should be, but we haven't done it for a while because it's kind of a pain and there's always eight billion other things further up the list. So we can always change it. I like the first look at it and will do a full accessibility review when I get a chance!

(A lot of stuff may also be doable at the system layer without needing all that CSS, too, but I am soooo not the person to look into that; [personal profile] momijizukamori does a lot of our CSS-to-S2 conversions. I'll page her in.)
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[personal profile] momijizukamori 2017-04-29 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
D pointed me here - as she says, I'm one of the three or so people who've done the most digging around in the S2 system, as well as some digging in other sitescheme pages. I will also make grabby-hands, because I'm pretty comfortable writing code but like, design is hard and stuff, and having someone interested in that is a huge boon. I also don't use DW on mobile much so I'm a little out of touch with the problems there and what the right fixes are.
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[personal profile] momijizukamori 2017-04-29 04:31 pm (UTC)(link)

For sure - though we probably can't make any changes to the desktop view and keep it the same layout, because current users will notice a 2px change in where something is, and they will revolt :P (I did the conversion of site-styled entry/comment pages from the old awful system to S2, and I'm not even exaggerating about 2px changes). On a related note, this was a thing brought to my attention by a friend last week - does it seem like a useful general stop-gap measure? It wouldn't be hard to implement across the style system more generally.

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[personal profile] momijizukamori 2017-05-01 04:40 pm (UTC)(link)

Ah, okay! I misunderstood something farther up in the comment chain, carry on :) I can also maybe point more people at it for a greater range of test data if you'd like? I don't want to accidentally overwhelm you, though!

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Re: Do it.

[personal profile] momijizukamori 2017-05-01 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)

Sure thing - is it also live on your test account?

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Re: Do it.

[personal profile] momijizukamori 2017-05-01 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)

Nice! I will point at the test account but leave the caveat that things may go really weird occasionally.

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Re: Do it.

[personal profile] momijizukamori 2017-05-01 05:53 pm (UTC)(link)

I can do that! Mostly I wanted to be able to point people at somewhere that already has it installed if they want to have a look but not install it themselves.

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Re: Do it.

[personal profile] momijizukamori 2017-05-04 12:40 pm (UTC)(link)

There should be, at the S2 level if nothing else. I'll dig into it and let you know.

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Re: Do it.

[personal profile] momijizukamori 2017-05-04 04:07 pm (UTC)(link)

By new post screen, do you mean http://www.dreamwidth.org/update ? There's a beta for a new version you can opt into at http://www.dreamwidth.org/beta - I don't know what we're still waiting on before it's default-ready. Unfortunately because it's a site page and not on a journal subdomain, it's not hookable, no.

Re: Do it.

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