May 22, 2008 in Feedback
I've been thinking lately that it might be more friendly to redirect users to a personalized splash page after logging in, as opposed to the board index. Think along the lines of a user's main homepage on Myspace or even the UserCP splash page (only much more hooked into the user's participation on the forum/site). Now I know I said the "M" word - but please don't be scared. I'm not suggesting top friends, bulletins or friend trains. :P
Most people just click "View New Posts" after logging in anyway, rather than sorting through each forum on the board index one by one. Obviously there'd still be a high priority navigation link to the board index... I just think a main splash page would make more sense and prove far more useful than being sent to a plain list of forum titles. Actually, perhaps this doesn't even need to be a new page, just an enhanced version of the current UserCP main page. (And then maybe admins could set whether they want members to be directed to the board index or the UserCP when logging in?)
Abtway, off the top of my head, some things this spunked up splash page could have:
Honestly, most of this seems like social networking, and I LOATHE it. When I log into the forums, I want to see the forums, not some about profile view of me. I certainly don't want some site telling me I don't have friends and to go look for them. I do like the idea of having some links to add a personal photo and avatar readily available, maybe in a dhtml pop up like PM box, once a day.
Honestly, most of this seems like social networking, and I LOATHE it. When I log into the forums, I want to see the forums, not some about profile view of me.
I certainly don't want some site telling me I don't have friends and to go look for them.
For a forum I really think there are quite enough socializing tools, but when I read the first line of your post, I actually thought you were aiming at giving the member the option to choose what page they be redirected to after logging on, which would be kinda cute to have.
I agree that the user cp needs a bit of an overhaul (which I'm sure 3.0 will see)
I think it would be good for the user to choose where they are redirected to after log in.
I think it would be good for [b]the user[/b] to choose where they are redirected to after log in.
I would not object to any of the above. What I would like to see is an extensive social networking add on similar to ipblogs, ipgallery, ipdownloads.
It would be great if the main profile page can be customize by the subscriber, the look they want (themes, music, style...), something similar to myspace. :keith:
While I'll agree that it would be nice for the UserCP (that place where you go to change settings) to get some attention and make it a bit more frendly... custom themes? For the user settings page? Umm, no.
My members use this part of the site way more than I thought they would and they love the social networking capabilities much more than I do. Personally, when I visit a forum I want to read the forum posts and that's about it. On behalf of my social networking crazy members, though, I request that a more user friendly personal portal and About Me page be thought about and implemented. I think it's a little difficult to find the About Me page and I think that would be a neat thing to develop more.
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