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Possible relocation of Status Updates


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  1. 1. Do you think forum activity overall would be increased or decreased by moving status updates to their own page?

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I'm thinking of moving the status updates to the Activity tab, with its own page. The reasoning as follows:

  • on a page of their own, longer statuses can be read in their entirety, without the truncation that is used in the sidebar feed
  • on a page of their own, more statuses can be listed without affecting page layout
  • reducing the number of database queries required to fetch and display front page content may improve front page load time
  • statuses are superb for updates that aren't really sensible as topics and I like the sense of connection they provide; however I am somewhat concerned that new users in particular sometimes post statuses that really should be forum topics — I think this may be caused by the prominence and ease of posting a status versus creating a topic
  • I suspect that forum activity overall is reduced by the prominence of status updates
  • because statuses are visible only to logged-in members, significantly useful content can sometimes be lost to guests and search indexing, which is how most people find their way here

Change is hard and I know I've already thrust change upon you with this recent update and consequent redesign. While I ponder whether to move status updates or not I'm curious about whether you think you post more or less as a result of the introduction of status updates.

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Can I change my vote? LOL I read this question in the sidebar (and voted) without seeing the entire post until just now. :shy:  I now think moving it makes a whole lot of sense.

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Oh that's good because I want to change my vote too.

The thing with updates is that there are short comments interesting chitchat, mixed in with updates that are a longer item - a topic like you mention Brad.

Also depending how I access the forum I sometimes bypass the sidebar an miss updates.

Must say I don't fell strongly about it so whatever works best for most is fine with me.

 

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I'm beginning to get used to the new activity stream (unread content)  and finding that for catching up it pulls in practically everything going on in a pretty handy way. On mobile, unread content is the newspaper icon.

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  • 2 weeks later...
On November 19, 2015 at 3:18:10 PM, bradl said:

on a page of their own, longer statuses can be read in their entirety, without the truncation that is used in the sidebar feed

That's the reason I vote for a page of their own

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Digging in I've found that the update are *still* truncated by number of lines, but at least on their own page the lines are longer and are much less frequently truncated. Plus I can bump the number of lines up. 

The replacement page is currently running (http://www.cairntalk.net/status/ or browse there via ActivityStatus Updates).

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