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Raghavan Muthu
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Hello Ranchers,

Having been used to access the "my posts" page in the left side of the page besides the "log out" link, i am finding a bit difficult to get accustomed to the top right corner of the page where its been moved besides the new link "My Watches".

Though i am aware that the feature is not disabled in JavaRanch, sometimes all of a sudden after seeing it absent near "log out" button makes me think so

Is there any specific reason to move it to top rather than clubbing the relevant links together?


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David O'Meara
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My Profile | My Watches | My Posts

Makes sense to me.
Raghavan Muthu
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Yes David. Thank you.

My intention was not to revert the link to its original place. Just expressed my thoughts on the same.
David O'Meara
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Usability is an important but often neglected side of web design. The old location was fine but did not make sense in terms of site navigation. Now that we also have the the 'My Watches' link, my opinion was that moving the other link was a good decision.

In terms of links on pages it doesn't make a difference, in terms of cohesive navigation rather than links all over the page, it is much better.
Raghavan Muthu
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Yes. Thats a valid and agreeable point David.

I have got used to it by this time.

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Maneesh Godbole
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Probably I missed it but I just cant figure out how to add any thread to my "watch" list.
When I click on "My Watches" I just get two options which let me configure how and when I want to be informed regarding any change in the thread.


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Originally posted by Maneesh Godbole:
Probably I missed it but I just cant figure out how to add any thread to my "watch" list.
When I click on "My Watches" I just get two options which let me configure how and when I want to be informed regarding any change in the thread.


Click on "Watch this topic" at the botton of a page.


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Maneesh Godbole
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Duh!
I searched for it on top of the page and in the topic options (edit reply etc).
Putting it near the topic options would be a better usability design.

Thanks.
Raghavan Muthu
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I think putting the "Watch this topic" link in the bottom of the page also makes some sense wherein the user can get a feeling to watch the whole conversation happening on the particular page.

If instead its placed nearby the options given for the particular thread (like edit, quote etc), it may not be catchy until and unless the individuals pay some closer attention towards it.

Does it make sense?
Maneesh Godbole
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I think putting the "Watch this topic" link in the bottom of the page also makes some sense wherein the user can get a feeling to watch the whole conversation happening on the particular page.


I would agree to some certain extent. What you say makes sense logically. However I would really have preferred having it near the other options as this too is a topic option.

That said, I should also point out that usability is a very subjective and hotly debated topic. Everyone has his own opinion! So lets start using it and eventually we will get used to it!

Another thing I noticed while searching for the "watch" link is that there are no tool tips for the topic options. I had to figure out things initially either by watching the browser status bar or a trial run. Can we have tool tips please?
Raghavan Muthu
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Originally posted by Maneesh Godbole:



.... Everyone has his own opinion! So lets start using it and eventually we will get used to it!



Well said. That will be good.


Another thing I noticed while searching for the "watch" link is that there are no tool tips for the topic options. I had to figure out things initially either by watching the browser status bar or a trial run. Can we have tool tips please?


As this feature has been requested by many people for long time, and thats why some people behind the scenes involved in implementing it. And its been just a couple of days.

The enhancements would be gradually included i think.
Jim Yingst
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[Maneesh Godbole]: However I would really have preferred having it near the other options as this too is a topic option.

Putting an option next to the edit post / quote post / send pm / etc links doesn't make sense to me, as those are all associated with a specific post (or with the member who made the post), while adding a watch is associated with the whole topic. What we will probably do though, is add a button next to Post New Topic and Post Reply. People seem to find those easily enough. Should be a bit more visible than the current link. We're currently deciding on what the button(s) should look like; shouldn't take too long.

Actually the plan is to leave the current "Watch this topic" link in place just long enough for you to get used to its position, then we'll move it. Just to keep you on your toes.


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