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rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,150 points)
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May 27, 2011 9:09 AM

Does anyone know of a use for the homepage?  I'm sure the developers spent a lot of effort on the homepage,but they should have spent their on making a top notch forum instead of eye candy.  Is there any reason I should visit my homepage?

 

I did use the your content feature until your stuff > discussions was fixed.

 

Robert

iMac G3 600, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,100 points)
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    May 27, 2011 9:33 AM (in response to rccharles)

    I personalized it with "watch a user" - namely myself; set to display 100 topics:

     

    Screen shot 2011-05-27 at 9.31.01 AM.png

    I have a couple of other users I watch and some communities for easy access in the right column; but the main 2/3 width of the page are the topics I've been active in.

  • laverne\'s mom Calculating status...
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    May 27, 2011 10:06 AM (in response to babowa)

    Thank you.  That is much better than my content which I was using.  I follow some communities that have the subjects I most want to learn about, but I do like to keep up to date on things that I either asked about or provided some information on. 

     

    laverne's mom

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,100 points)
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    May 27, 2011 11:08 AM (in response to laverne\'s mom)

    Yes, I thought that was the best alternative given the current options. I still would like to see the "updated" thingy in there - would make checking for new content much faster instead of trying to remember when I (or someone else) posted last.....  Ahh, the good ol' days of just quickly scrolling while looking for little blue dots..... how I miss thee 

  • b noir Level 9 Level 9 (71,990 points)
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    May 27, 2011 5:11 PM (in response to rccharles)

    At the moment, these are the widgets I'm running there. (It tends to change a bit.)

     

    Four watch user widgets: One for myself (I have an unusually interesting navel), one for polydorus, one for Katrina S. and one for ed2345. (They work closely in my iTunes advice-provision fields, and it's useful to keep current on what they're up to.)

     

    A Places widget: Helpful for quick access to the communities I'm following (although I tend to use the "Your Stuff > Communities" quick navigation controls for that more frequently nowadays).

     

    A top participants widget: I like to see how folks are doing in places. So I've got one cranked out to 100 entries, and periodically shift it from place to place.

     

    An "Other > HTML" widget: currently set to stash certain links that I use a lot (or would be handy to get to in a hurry) into my Your View:

     

    Email notifications | Advanced search | ASC bookmarks | Recent changes to kb docs | tonyASCbox | Blank b-noir-constrained buegiesearch | Nubz_N.-constrained buegiesearch on "user contributions"

     

    Other things I've used are "Recent Activity" widgets. When in large columns, they show not only every post made in a community (not just every thread in which there's been a change), they also show the first couple of lines of content. So they can help with getting a sneak peek at what's going on in the threads.

     

    I've tried a recent content widget set to all of the communities I'm following. (That gives you something like an old-style "Parent view" of multiple forums in a community, only it shows you every community you're following. My communities are pretty-high-traffic zones, though, which limits its usefulness. I know people who go for multiple small individual Recent content widgets (each set for one particular community), to get the same sort of "one page to track them all" overview of their communities.

     

    Also I've tried watch user widgets constrained to just view a particular person's bookmarks. (Useful for tracking highly active posters who do good public bookmarks, like Jolly Giant.)

     

    What you do with it and whether it helps depends on your advice workflow, of course. It's possible to get by without it, but it can certainly help with your monitoring and navigation needs. I'm more efficient with that sort of thing now at ASC than I was at AD. So not "eye candy" for me in the slightest.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    May 27, 2011 9:45 PM (in response to rccharles)

    I find the homepage ("Your View", personalized) to be very useful, to the point that I constantly return to it while working in various communities here, and while travelling elsewhere on the web. It gives me quick overviews of recent activity in discussions where I've been active and of those communities in which I have an interest.

     

    I keep it fairly lean - I use the Watch A User widget (set to watch me) to follow the discussions I've participated in; the Places widget to follow the communities in which I'm interested; the Announcements widget; and the Top Users widget. I have the page layout set to two columns, narrow left; all but Watch A User are in the left, narrow column, and Watch A User is in the right, wide column (this gives WAU lots of horizontal space).

  • laverne\'s mom Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
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    May 27, 2011 9:56 PM (in response to Don Archibald)

    I noticed today when I changed my view to put in the WAU( set to watch me)  instead of my content, that some of the topics listed I had never replied to, yet it had me listed as the last post (which I wasn't).  I don't know if that is just another oddity that needs to be worked on eventually.  Its not a problem, just a curiosity.  They don't show up if I go to Your Stuff - Discussions.

     

    I also was wondering why some of the topics have two little balloons instead on one with a ? or the check indicating a correcto answer.  That occurs in other discussions too.

     

    laverne's mom

     

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  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    May 27, 2011 10:20 PM (in response to laverne\'s mom)

    I suspect the incorrct entries in WAU might disappear if you quit and restart the browser, especially if you clear the History in the process; sometimes old stuff lingers for a bit.

     

    I also was wondering why some of the topics have two little balloons instead on one with a ? or the check indicating a correcto answer.  That occurs in other discussions too.

     

    If you mean this icon - Screen shot 2011-05-28 at 12.15.48 AM.png - that means the discussion (thread) is a non-question, i.e. no points can be awarded.

  • laverne\'s mom Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
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    May 28, 2011 12:59 PM (in response to Don Archibald)

    Thank you for the info.  I just discovered something.  I had bookmarked those specific threads because I wanted to go back and review some of the information.   I did that, and removed those bookmarks, the threads are no longer showing as part of my WAU.  Other topics I've bookmarked are probably much older, so aren't showing in my personal view, just showing as bookmarks.

     

    laverne's mom

     

    Message was edited by: laverne's mom

  • b noir Level 9 Level 9 (71,990 points)
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    May 28, 2011 3:26 PM (in response to laverne\'s mom)
    I had bookmarked those specific threads because I wanted to go back and review some of the information.   I did that, and removed those bookmarks, the threads are no longer showing as part of my WAU.  Other topics I've bookmarked are probably much older, so aren't showing in my personal view, just showing as bookmarks.


    That makes sense. A bookmarking will appear as an entry in a Recent content or Recent Activity widget, so it makes sense that it would also cause the threads to lurk in a watch user widget. (Not something I'd noticed myself because the vast bulk of my bookmarks are to my own topics, so activity in those threads would show up in a Watch user anyway.)

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    May 28, 2011 10:21 PM (in response to b noir)

    b noir wrote:


    That makes sense. A bookmarking will appear as an entry in a Recent content or Recent Activity widget, so it makes sense that it would also cause the threads to lurk in a watch user widget. (Not something I'd noticed myself because the vast bulk of my bookmarks are to my own topics, so activity in those threads would show up in a Watch user anyway.)

     

    Yes, it does make sense. And, since I've never bookmarked anything here (leastwise, not using the ASC bookmark function), it's not something I would have suspected.

  • b noir Level 9 Level 9 (71,990 points)
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    May 28, 2011 10:44 PM (in response to Don Archibald)

    Wish I owned a copy of the manual.

     

    The other slightly disconcerting one that can show up in a widget is when a host makes an edit.

  • Colin Robinson Level 6 Level 6 (8,290 points)
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    May 30, 2011 2:51 AM (in response to b noir)

    b noir wrote:

     

    Wish I owned a copy of the manual.

     

    This might be some of it but not knowing which release we have makes it hard to tell:

    http://docs.jivesoftware.com/jive_sbs/4.0/index.jsp?topic=/com.jivesoftware.help .sbs.online_4.0.1/user/HowcanImakethemostofthecontenteditor.html

  • b noir Level 9 Level 9 (71,990 points)
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    May 30, 2011 2:58 PM (in response to Colin Robinson)

    Thanks, Colin.

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