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'.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -
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.
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 -
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 -
At this point it is still empty, nothing assigned to it. Click the reveal triangle, which is here -
and you will get a drop menu which looks like this -
Click the "Edit this widget" item in that list, and you will get something that looks like this -
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.