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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)

[personal profile] marahmarie 2017-04-16 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
The thing is, it would force me to use the navbar, which I'm currently not using on my own journal (just on other people's - but I'm not even sure why I have it set like that, because I don't like using it).

If not for that I'd vote yes; a possible "with changes" might be making a new navbar for this alone (or setting the existing navbar to display this alone, instead of displaying all the traditional navbar stuff), which I'll think about as I eat the chili I just got done making). :)

ETA: my "with changes" is that the functionality is coded into the navbar in such a way that it's like an added strip laying across the top of the navbar (but still nested within navbar HTML so it can be styled and even displayed separately, if one so desires).
Edited (eta, typos) 2017-04-16 04:13 (UTC)
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[personal profile] brainwane 2017-04-16 08:34 am (UTC)(link)
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.

I hadn't thought about this until you mentioned it but maybe this is indeed why my Dreamwidth inbox is stuffed to overflowing and I don't interact with it much!
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[personal profile] susanreads 2017-04-16 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I wouldn't use this, but as long as it's optional I don't care. But Each entry would contain an "x" dismissal button which would delete the notification from both the Inbox and the dropdown sounds like an accident waiting to happen. Deleting things from the inbox is permanent, isn't it? I can see people deleting things when they meant to get rid of the dropdown, especially if it appears on the navbar without having to be configured first.
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[personal profile] anaraine 2017-04-17 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
I'm leaning towards 'no' because of how I use the inbox myself - but honestly, the biggest detractor for me is the Each entry would contain an "x" dismissal button which would delete the notification from both the Inbox and the dropdown. I'd be clicking that 'x' all the time to dismiss the notif - and then swearing a second later as I realized I also deleted the message. Which is a me problem, I get it, and I could probably retrain myself eventually. But it also sounds like a hundred Support requests waiting to happen, with no way to retrieve the deleted messages/notifs.