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Lack of Interest Alerts as a side bar

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Reeve of Shinra, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Reeve of Shinra

    Reeve of Shinra Well-Known Member

    So I'm cruising around xenforo.com, reading new posts and -- oh cool an alert, hmm what is it for? *click* oh, its a reply to a post. Let me check it out.

    Awesome stuff. Very interactive and engaging ... but as I've done this over the last hour it seems ... repetitive?

    I'm wondering ... would an alert side bar be more interactive to work?
  2. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    You want to immediately see what the alert is about in a sidebar if I understand correctly? I guess an add-on is the best solution here, since not everyone wants to have a sidebar on all pages showing alerts.
  3. Veer

    Veer Well-Known Member

    -1 this.
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  4. Tomble

    Tomble Active Member

    The problem with the sidebar approach is that people tend to ignore it once they get used to it. On the other hand there's a weird excitement when people see that they have an alert, similar to when people see they have a notification on Facebook.

    Of course an add-on certainly would be a good approach as I'm sure for some forums and some users they may prefer to see it as a sidebar.
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  5. Reeve of Shinra

    Reeve of Shinra Well-Known Member

    Not against the addon approach - I'm just curious to hear what others thing and how we could better the system overall.
  6. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    What if Alerts were not just in the Alert Box ... but appeared wherever the member is ... instantly.
  7. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    I agree with this. I merely glance at the sidebar as it is, but most of the time I ignore it. It also should be mentioned the sidebar isn't used on the most-visited pages (threads and forums), so you'd have to require the sidebar to be on every page. Remember that alerts are also marked "read" whenever they're viewed, so if it loads on the sidebar and is marked red by I didn't actually acknowledge it, I end up missing it entirely.

    The red alert box is more than enough to catch my attention and it's always there wherever I go.
  8. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Interesting thought.

    It's pretty popular the way it is.
    Implementation is everything and the Alert's implementation shows why Xenforo is the bestest.

    Do you like the Expanded Alert idea here ?

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