July 8, 2015 in Feedback
Lots of long topics have good tips in them. Following the topic is not the best option when you want to mark a post that has a tip in it.
Can there be some sort of Favorite option next to the Like button? Will the Content Highlights that is coming soon take care of this? If it will, will there be an option to mark it for yourself only and not notify the member or mark it publicly? (Similar to the anonymous follow option.)
Browser bookmarks are not what I am after. Looking for something that is saved within the site so it travels with you and is manageable in our settings.
I think a favourite/bookmark feature would be great.
Lots of sites use this, such as YouTube's "Watch Later" feature or Facebook's option to bookmark applications in the sidebar.
By the way, that's what the huge star icon on the mobile design made me think it was, it made me think of this feature.
There's often a good code tip buried in a very long topic here, or on other sites; recipes, tips, videos, what have you. I'd love to be able to mark the post.
I'm hoping the upcoming Content Highlights feature will do this but it would need an anonymous marking feature to really work this way, so it could function as public marking (Helpful, etc.) as well as bookmarking for yourself (a Save option maybe).
And I too was confused by the multi-use of stars on this site. New content on mobile only, then your own content in the list, but commonly known as a bookmark. So confusing I created a topic about it lol.
Yep, I'd like this too. When it was raised in the past the response was "That's what your favourites feature in your browser is for." I've taken to following threads that I think will have content that I'd like to come back to, but that's not so useful considering that I automatically follow threads that I post in too.
Why is the follow option not good enough? (I mean shy of the administrator pruning watched content).
That's how I flag things for me to read, specifically things that I want for later. I normally say "don't notify me" and then go digging into my followed content for the threads that I missed and it's all in one place.
Talking about posts not topics.
Let's say someone just told me how to code the single space option here on IPS and it is in a post with no number on page 16 of a 33 page topic. The topic may be called something that has nothing to do with that code, so not only would following it not trigger why I followed it, it would be impossible to find without reading the topic from the start.
I want to mark the post.
Brings up a good point though, I wonder if they can work the follow setting into actual posts. No notification, just a post follow marker using the current follow system.
The option to follow is for notifying me when content has been added. That's its purpose and what I use it for. If it's used like that (as intended), then it can't also serve the purpose of being a source of reference for me of things that I might like to reread. That's what I'd like to; the option to have a list of things to consult even if no new content has been added.
Here at IPS I don't necessarily read every topic but if there's a thread that I've posted in, I might like to come back to it if someone else posts in it, especially if I've helped somebody. Not everybody quotes posts and I wouldn't want to seem ignorant if somebody asked me a follow-up question without mentioning me, so I'd rather get a notification. With something like the bug tracker it might be weeks or months before I get a response either confirming the outcome, or asking me a follow-up question, so I need to follow it. To make life easier, I set things to automatically follow a thread if I've posted within it.
On my own site, I want to know everything that's going, especially because we have something like the bug tracker used for following our different work tasks. If somebody posts a comment, I want to be notified. So I need to use the follow option as intended.
In those instances I'm using the follow option as intended and getting a fair bit of use out of it. I'd rather not surrender that because I need to use the follow option instead as list of interesting things that I might like to revisit, even if no new content is added. So I'm having to use the follow option for both things, which means it's not really working for the latter thing for me because of the volume of things I'm following. Does that make sense?
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