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Sekoya Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

Not that I would want to get there but it is still funny the only way to get to ones 'personalised page' (ie, https://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa?showpersonalized=true) is via the discussions home page (https://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa).

 

When you are anywhere else on the site none of the links, nothing in 'Your Stuff', will lead you to your 'personalised page'. Again, I see little point in using that 'personalised page', this is no Facebook, I am not going to make my 'personalised page' my browser homepage. I navigate to the discussion forum I need to go to and then either post a question there or start a search there. And I subscribe to individual threads via e-mail or read threads Google or others lead me to. I am not going to browse different forums here as a past time unless I use browsing as an extended way of searching, way way too much traffic here.

  • 1. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    Michele Gardner Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    I was JUST thinking the same thing.  I actually like the personalized page so I see what I want to see all in one place but the fact that I can only get back there by first going back to the main discussion page is nuts.

  • 2. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    John Maisey Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    Hi Sekoya and Michele,

     

    In general I agree with the point. It would make sense to me for it to be under the Your Stuff menu. 

     

    I have set the Your View page as the defualt forum homepage. When you go to the Your View tab there is an option to set as default tab.

     

    Best wishes

    John M

  • 3. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    FishComputer Level 4 Level 4 (1,035 points)

    If you set personalized as default tab ( to the right ofnthe tab whennselected) clicking the asc logonwill go there

  • 4. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    Sekoya Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    I still find it highly confusing to have 'Your Stuff' and 'Your View' as two separate items, particularly as only in 'Your View' you can view more than 50 of your posts (in the 'Your Stuff' page, once you make the extra click on discussions you can increase the number of posts shown to 50 but even though it says '50 per page' there is no way to get to a second page with any additional posts).

     

    And even seeing all your posts in 'Your View' is highly hidden via first the 'personalize' link, then a very small grey triangle and then a 'Edit this widget'. Surely that must be the most intuative way to show more of your posting history.

     

    And 'Your View' uses about 50% more vertical space than 'Your Stuff'.

  • 5. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    Sekoya Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    And why on earth would I want to do this? Why should my posting history be my default starting point? My default starting point should always be the list of discussion categories to choose from. And my posting history should be one click away from that.

     

    And more importantly how the heck to unset this again?

     

    (Edit: Ok, I figured out the last one, you have select 'All content' and then make this the default tab.)

  • 6. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (14,175 points)

    I think what FishComputer is trying to tell you is clicking on the huge "Apple Support Communities" text at the top of each page will take you to your "home" page, & what it displays by default is (mostly) dependent on how you have set up your "Your View" tab using the "personalize" link & if you have made that the default tab.

     

    For example, if you want a list of categories (now called "Communities") on that page, click on the "personalize" text in the tab, then on the "Places" widget type, & then on the "Communities" item. Drag that into a spot on the page where you want it to appear & click on the "Publish Layout" button to save it. If you haven't already done so, set "Your View" as the default tab & you are done.

     

    The nomenclature is needlessly ambiguous & confusing but this should get you what you want, more or less.

  • 7. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,145 points)

    If you click the Follow This Community link (in the Notifications box, RH sidebar) for a forum, that forum will be added to the My Places section on Your View; it also adds it to the My Communities section on the All Content view of the homepage. This makes it conveniently available for selection.

     

    When you hover the cursor over a link in My Places (or My Communities), a floatbox will appear showing the initial few links at the top of that place/forum. Items in this list are both informative and goto clickable.

     

    If you want the full list of communities to be visible on your personalized homepage, click the Communities heading under Places.

     

    I find that being able to view the My Content list in Your View is an asset - it shows the name of the last poster, which cues me as to whether something has been added to a thread I've made or been active it.

     

    Initially I found no use for a personalized homepage. Now I have it set as my start point for ASC, and keep it handy in a tab while being here.

  • 8. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    Sekoya Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    The 'problem' is that only the personalized homepage is allowing you to view all your previous posts, the 'Your Stuff :: Discussions' only shows a subset of them (and I have no real clue as to how this subset is determined).

     

    Yes, I know, I can set up my personalized homepage to show all the categories and all my previous posts, eg, below that (every other configuration makes the previous posts list to narrow). But something as simple a clicking a link to see ones previous posts is not longer possible, one has to contain all ones content in one fixed layout.

    But what is really annoying that 99% of all users do not want to mess around with creating their own webpage, they just want to use Apple's discussions website which means:

    a) Finding categories

    b) Browsing, searching and posting in those (though browsing rarely works unless on is interested in the topic of the day, ie, today's change of layout), and

    c) Going back to their own posts as a means of finding the relevant threads

     

    For a) and b.1) and b.2) one does not even need (or probably want) to be logged in. Thus why shouldn't the default 'discussions.apple.com' website be taylored for this? And I personally also deeply dislike having to log in (or allow cookies for an 'auto-login') to websites just to make them functional.

     

    While some people might find it cool to being able to customize their view of webpages, having as a almost default a customized webpage makes it also harder to explain others where certain things are (as their customisation might be different than yours).

     

    And yes, this customisation really smacks of social media and Facebook, which is another reason for me to dislike it.

  • 9. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    Michele Gardner Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    John, you solved my issue - now I have a direct link to my personal page no matter where I am - just click the big ol' Apple Support Communities text and I'm there.  Thanks.

  • 10. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    John Maisey Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    Michele, Glad it helped.

  • 11. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)

    having as a almost default a customized webpage makes it also harder to explain others where certain things are (as their customisation might be different than yours).

     

    I've already run into this problem!  Folks keep mentioning personalizations and widgets to add, and NONE of those were available on the pages I was seeing. I won't easily be able to get back to this thread, either. It's serving up my old posts from years ago, and the "refine by..." doesn't have an option to sort by date.

  • 12. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,145 points)

    Hi, Katrina -

     

    In case you do find your way back here...

     

    The only page that can be personalized (customized) is the homepage for ASC (Apple Support Communities), which is presented via the basic link in to ASC -

    https://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa

     

    After you have signed in, on that page click the Your View tab under the "welcome" legend in the upper left.

     

    Once Your View is the active tab, a "(personalize)" link will appear on that tab. Click it, and you can then customize your version of Your View (= your personal home page). Once you have it arranged to your liking, click the Publish button.

     

    Note - don't be afraid to experiment. You can re-personalize the page at any time, redoing the layout until you're satisfied.

     

    Note also that most of the widgets, after they have been dragged down and made part of the layout but still in the 'personalize' mode, will exhibit a small grayish reveal triangle in their header. Click that, and you can set various things in its options as well as remove it if you decide you don't want it.

  • 13. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)

    Thanks Don, but no little gray triangles appear where I would expect. I thought I might watch myself (that sounds mildly perverted, doesn't it) so I could at least see if my posts had answers. No such luck on figuring this out. Every user name I drag gets the circle/slash no-go sign.

  • 14. Re: One gets to ones 'personalised page' via the homepage only?
    Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,145 points)

    Hi, Katrina -

     

    OK. Let's try a little step by step.

     

    Open Your View and click the personalize link. Once there, click People in the first column, then Watch A User from the new array offered in thre second column.

     

    Over to the right a new area will fill, part of which includes a green box labelled Drag to Add -

    Screen shot 2011-04-27 at 4.38.09 AM.png

     

    Click on that green box and drag it down into the area below, place it where you want it - a pale green background highlighting will appear wherever you can put it. Just let go of it to place it. I would suggest placing it in an area where the most column width is available for it to use.

     

    Once it has been placed, it will look like this -

    Screen shot 2011-04-27 at 4.38.31 AM.png

     

    At this point it is still empty, nothing assigned to it. Click the reveal triangle, which is here -

    Screen shot 2011-04-27 at 4.38.31 AM.png

    and you will get a drop menu which looks like this -

    Screen shot 2011-04-27 at 4.38.48 AM.png

    Click the "Edit this widget" item in that list, and you will get something that looks like this -

    Screen shot 2011-04-27 at 4.39.09 AM.png

     

    except that it should show your name in the username field.

     

    Set the various fields the way you want - except don't change the username assignment if you want to use this to show your stuff.

     

    Rename the widget if you choose; increase the number of results if you choose (I set mine to 25, seems more than enough for my needs); set the various classes of items to display or not (certainly leave Discussions set to Yes; the others, well, I left them all set to Yes with no illl effects).

     

    Once satisfied with those settings, click the Save Properties button at the bottom of that blue screen for Watch A User, and the properties/editor field will disappear.

     

    The columns in Watch A User should now be filled in with titles of discussions containing your posts, plus no. of views, no. of posts, and last post relative time and by whom. As yet the columns are unnamed, but it's a standard array set.

     

    Note - All the above is done while you are still looking at Your View in personalize mode.

     

    While still there you might consider changing the layout - there are several variations available. Actually it helps to do that first, but you can do it afterwards - might need to move some stuff around afterwards.

     

    Once you are satisified with your arrangement and personalizations, click the Publish Layout button in the upper selection field. The page will then return to My View.

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