Jump to content

Invision Community Blog


Managing successful online communities


4.5: Topic view summary and more

A topic is more than a collection of posts; it's a living entity that ebbs and flows over time.

Evergreen topics can see month-long gaps between posts and longer topics spanning numerous pages can end up hard to navigate through to find useful content.

With this in mind, we've added numerous improvements to the topic view to bring context and summaries key areas within the topic.

Topic View 1.jpg

Topic view updates

Topic Activity
The first thing you likely spotted in the above screenshot is the new sidebar. This acts much like a summary of activity within the topic. It very quickly lets you know how old the topic is and how long it has been since the last reply. This context is essential if you are unwittingly replying to an older topic.

Most topics are driven by a handful of key members. The topic activity section shows you who have been most active, which may influence which posters you give greater authority to.

Likewise, popular days lets you dig into the 'meat' of the topic which may have evolved quickly over several days.

More often than not, a single post attracts more reactions if it is particularly helpful or insightful, and this is shown too.

Finally, a mini gallery of all upload images allows you to review media that has been attached to posts.

topic view under bar.jpg

The topic activity summary under the first post

This activity bar can be shown either as a sidebar or underneath the first post in a topic. If you enable it for mobile devices, then it will show under the first post automatically.

topic view mobile.jpg

The topic activity summary on mobile

As with many new features in Invision Community, you have several controls in the Admin CP to fine-tune this to your communities needs.

topic view settings.jpg

AdminCP settings

Other improvements
The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted a few other changes to the topic view.

The first is the badge underneath the user's photo. The shield icon notes that this poster is part of the moderation team. Of course, this badge can be hidden for communities that do not like to draw attention to all their moderators.

Topic view post.jpg

You will also notice that when the topic starter makes a reply to a topic, they get an "author" badge as their reply may carry more authority.

When you scroll down a topic, it's not often apparent that there has been a significant time gap between replies. For some topical topics (see what I did there) this may alter the context of the conversation.

We have added a little identifier between posts when a period of time has passed between posts.

My idea to make adding comments easier - A test forum - Invision Community 2020-04-03 15-13-57.jpg

These changes add a little context to the topic to give you more insight into how the replies direct the conversation.

The new topic activity summary gives you an at-a-glance overview of key moments and posters to help you navigate longer topics.

We hope that you and your members enjoy these new features coming to Invision Community 4.5!

Edited by Matt

Comments

Recommended Comments



Quote

This activity bar can be shown either as a sidebar or underneath the first post in a topic. 

I'd prefer to show it at the top and/or at the bottom of the page, right after the data-widgetarea="header" or before the data-widgetarea="footer". Please consider these options too.

Edited by Mr 13
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I would really love to see popular comments in addition to or rather than things like popular days or top posters in this topic. What matters most to my community is finding the information that's most valuable and that's usually the comments that have the most reactions (thanks, like, heart, etc...) Popular days doesn't really mean much and neither does top posters in terms of finding the best information in my community. 

Thanks for the update / improvement. The work is very much appreciated. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

That's GREAT! Thank you!! ❤️ 

 

5 minutes ago, Chris027 said:

I would really love to see popular comments in addition

Definitely! ❤️ 

 

5 minutes ago, Chris027 said:

Popular days doesn't really mean much

I agree 🙂 

Edited by LaCollision
Link to comment
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, Chris027 said:

I would really love to see popular comments in addition to or rather than things like popular days or top posters in this topic. What matters most to my community is finding the information that's most valuable and that's usually the comments that have the most reactions (thanks, like, heart, etc...) Popular days doesn't really mean much and neither does top posters in terms of finding the best information in my community. 

Thanks for the update / improvement. The work is very much appreciated. 

Top post is already included, but you can toggle each of those sections on/off to suit your community 🙂 

Link to comment
Share on other sites
18 minutes ago, Rikki said:

An insider just told me we may be able to include a setting to control how many are shown 🎉

Please. This is the first thing that came to my mind while I was reading 🙂 Let us choose how many posts, images, etc. we like to include. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nice enhancement! Is this a block you can add or is the position fixed? I would agree and like to see if it can be added somewhere else and not after the first post. Also, how does it interact with the advertisement position after the first post? Before or after? That position is a high value position for an ad.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It improves greatly content discovery (one advantage we have over social media). And now I can imagine the egos of our users scrambling to write a high quality comment that could be selectable with this distinction.

This is great, guys. Thanks!

Edited by SammyS
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Very, very nice and similar to what Discourse has. Although of course, Discourse doesn’t have the depth of Invision. 
 

One small suggestion. If this is valuable within a topic, I see it as even more so within a forum. So showing (off the back of a promise) most frequent and popular posters, most popular topics, most answered questions - filtered by last 7/30/90 days  etc at the top of the forum page would be really cool.  But perhaps something for the future, coz who needs someone saying that they want even more when you’ve delivered something very cool  


 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nice improvements to topic views, thank you!

What happens if you already have a sidebar with widgets on topics? Does it still show those blocks dropped underneath the bottom of the topic posts on smaller/mobile displays as it does now?

Link to comment
Share on other sites
40 minutes ago, The Old Man said:

Nice improvements to topic views, thank you!

What happens if you already have a sidebar with widgets on topics? Does it still show those blocks dropped underneath the bottom of the topic posts on smaller/mobile displays as it does now?

Yeah, other widgets will be below the new info panel. That was one reason we added an option to show a slimmer horizontal bar under the first post instead.

Link to comment
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Rikki said:

Yeah, other widgets will be below the new info panel. That was one reason we added an option to show a slimmer horizontal bar under the first post instead.

What happens to the sidebar advertisement position? Is it above this fixed block? What happens to the advertisement under the first post position if you use the slimmer option? 

Link to comment
Share on other sites



Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

Important Information

We use technologies, such as cookies, to customise content and advertising, to provide social media features and to analyse traffic to the site. We also share information about your use of our site with our trusted social media, advertising and analytics partners. See more about cookies and our Privacy Policy

×