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Bookmark posts for future reference - Bookmark Center

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Grover, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    I am a member of the biggest social networking site in The Netherlands and there you can bookmark someone. Normally when you want to be a friend of someone, you send a request to that person. This person can either grant or deny your request. But what if you are not interested to become a friend of someone at that point in time? You just want to bookmark a person because you find them interesting, and decide later maybe what to do with it.

    I was also a member of a very popular dutch dating website and there you have 'Favorites'. You can browser through millions of Profiles and add the ones you like to your Favorite list. This Favorite list can be sorted subsequentially on different fields (try doing that with your browser favorites....).

    Furthermore, I also often have the need to bookmark a thread or even just a single posting.

    Ofcoure you can use your browser bookmarks. But it is much more handy to have a dedicated bookmark section (on your profile or wherever it fits best) really where you can manage those bookmarks to your likings. (We could even have privacy-options for it, so we can share our bookmarks with whoever we wish, but that may take things a bit too far... just keep it basic is my opinion).

    You know the 'Favorites Center' in Internet Explorer? Simple and very useful... it would be great if we have something like that, so we can manage different kinds of Bookmarks, being it Profiles, Threads, Posts, or even Private Conversations... and in the future Blog entries/comments and CMS Articles/comments. Any content type really. Divided them into different subfolders and we are ready to go!

    How many times on a sophisticated board like for example vBulletin you find yourself you need to reply to something, or see an interesting thread or posting or CMS article, or Profile and you think... I need to get back to this at some point. What to do? Most of the time I mail the URL of that content to myself...

    It would be much better if we can do all this on the platform itself. What do you all think?

    To the Moderators: this thread should be called 'Bookmark Center', because I am not talking about Favorites only here. Bookmarks fits the bill the best.

    (edit: Maybe odd to say in my own thread :), but this functionality is not one that is essential to me on a day-to-day basis. Just sometimes think it might come in handy).

    Please do [like] this first posting if you think it is a good feature suggestion for XenForo
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  2. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I think it'd be an idea to be able to bookmark a post for future reference.

    I found this idea when I saw this post:

    I wanted to bookmark it for anyone who asked about alert opt in/out :cool: so I thought I'd suggest a bookmark feature (though it's probably best as a modification)
    island and Enigma like this.
  3. Lawrence

    Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Done! Pretty good suggestion. I can see this being used a lot, especially by Mods.
  4. James

    James Well-Known Member

  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I would expect a bookmark feature to be standard rather than a mod.

    I use this quite a lot on other forums.

    Edit: Why does the first URL in your post above have a break between a and r?
    www.xenforo.com/community/members/james.908/bookma rks

    I think it must be related to the 50 character limit.
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  6. James

    James Well-Known Member

    50 character limit, I guess it forces a space after 50 characters :p
  7. Enigma

    Enigma Well-Known Member

    Fully agree. I see two ways of implementing this.

    #1 Add a "Save" button to every thread/post. If you click it then the thread/post shows up in your User CP in a list of "saved" items.

    #2 Use tagging for this. Allow all major pieces of content (currently threads/posts/pages) to be tagged, and have a full User CP section for your tags where you can search/organize/view them. You can tag items you want to come back and read later etc.
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  8. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I was thinking something a lot more subtle. Just an icon in the upper corner of a post that resembles bookmarking (star, pin, etc).
    Click - bookmark post, set the post in a higher opacity, display a tooltip "You have bookmarked this post".
    Click again - unbookmark, lower opacity, tooltip "You have removed this post from your bookmarks".

    The database could just contain a list of bookmarked post IDs and it'll fetch the posts as you view. Alternatively, you could store an extra column named "bookmarks" in the posts table and just put the userid of all users who've bookmarked it.
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    This is how my forum handles bookmarks, subscriptions, drafts, etc.


    There is a "Bookmark topic" and "Subscribe topic" link below every thread so it's easy to add new ones.
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  10. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but what if we want to bookmark individual posts in a 100+ page thread? Maybe bookmarking threads AND posts could be an option.
  11. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I don't see why not but eventually there are going to be more links in a post than content ;)
  12. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    Isn't this what Watch is for?
  13. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Not really.
    Watching a thread will give you alerts for all new posts, etc.

    Bookmarking is exactly the same as bookmarking in a browser: it's just a list of threads which you have stored for easy access to at a later time.
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  14. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    I do see the point, but couldn't the bookmarks (in theory) go to a special post in a thread? Or anywhere on the internet, even information on a 'page' of content that was announced last week?
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  15. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    Yeah i mean it's basically the same thing, just think of the "Watch Thread" feature as a more general feature than the "Bookmark Thread" feature. Reminds you of the PC feature, its like private threads and private messages in one which is a more general feature than the Private Message feature.

    On a side note,

    Couldn't you use the browser for this anyways since you mentioned it's exactly the same as bookmarking in a browser?
  16. James

    James Well-Known Member

    You could but then if you're visiting on another browser/computer you don't have access to the bookmarks you've set.
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  17. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You could of course bookmark posts and threads using your browser. Or in a post you create yourself.
    Neither of those are very good solutions though.

    I don't think pages would work as members can't create private pages themselves.

    As I said, my forum has bookmarking and it's extremely useful.
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  18. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    Can you add text of some kind? Such as "explanation of ___ feature"? Or does it show up as an url only?

    If we had them on this forum then in theory helpful people could more easily keep track of the major threads regarding tags, prefixes, when it will be for sale, etc.
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  19. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It's exactly as I posted above.

    There is a "Bookmark topic" and "Subscribe topic" link below every thread.
    You click on the "Bookmark topic" and the thread is saved in your CP as shown in the screenshot.

    It's like having your own personally customised forum with the threads you want in it.

    There's not much else to say about it really.
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  20. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    Already suggested: Favorites Center :)

    Maybe a Moderator can merge the 2 threads and call it 'Bookmark Center'?

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