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Do you ever click on this in Xenforo ? How often ?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by Digital Doctor, Jul 15, 2011.

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Do you use the Latest Post information in the Forum Home Listing ?

  1. Alot

    30.3%
  2. Occasionally

    16.7%
  3. Less than 5% of the time

    6.1%
  4. Here and There

    16.7%
  5. Never (or almost never)

    30.3%
  1. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    When you click on the Forums Tab you are presented with a list of forums on the left and Latest Post information on the right. I believe this is called the "Forum Home".

    When reading posts on your forums and here at Xenforo.com ...
    Do you find posts via:
    • What's New ? / Recent Posts
    • Alerts / Watched threads
    • Read an individual forum
    • Click on Latest Post from Forum Home
    • Other:

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    How I find posts to read:
    • What's New ? / Recent Posts - 75%
    • Alerts / Watched threads - 15%
    • Read an individual forum - 10%
    • Click on Latest Post from Forum Home - 0%
    • Other: 0%
    So the question is: Do you use the Latest Post information in the Forum Home List ? (ie. the links in that red box).
     
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  2. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Regularly, yes. It's there for a reason ;)
     
  3. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I mainly use What's New / Recent Posts.

    The latest post information isn't of any use to me because I have alerts and the feeds.
     
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  4. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    yes I do all the time when viewing from a forum view as well as the what's new version
     
  5. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    ^^ same
     
  6. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    Only time I really use Latest post area is for the news area :) I know the timestamps for the most recent update so it's obviously when a new one rolls out :).

    Also What's New might as well be my homepage I use it so often :)
     
  7. Floris

    Floris Guest

    I glance over it .. here and there.
     
  8. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    On my vB forum, all the time. On here, never, because "what's new" is so good and works so well.
     
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  9. Panupat

    Panupat Well-Known Member

    I use What's New as well
     
  10. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Well I wish I had access to xenforo.com "click" data.
    I bet the number of clicks on a Latest Post thread from Forum Home is very low.

    And that would be ?

    If Forum Home ONLY listed the forums ... and there were 2 buttons:
    (1) What's New
    (2) Show the Last post in each forum

    The use of button (2) would be very low.
     
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  11. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    It's useful for quickly discovering and going to the latest announcement in the announcement forum (which is probably new and previously unseen), and I find it presents a kind of random sampling of topics. Occasionally a title will spark my interest and I'll click on it. So I wouldn't say it's totally useless.
     
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  12. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Announcements are important.
    I'm sure you'd prefer being able to subscribe to Announcements and get an ALERT ! or email !
    So I don't feel this scenario is a good idea.
    I think people are doing it currently, only because Xenforo doesn't have subscribe or "Watch" a forum.
    FYI, I get the latest posts from there via RSS.
    I would say What's New is better for that. In what's new you can see the whole title. More items per page .. etc.

    It's not totally useless, no.
    But, it takes up a great deal of prime real estate for very little value.

    If beauty = power / complexity,
    The Like Button is a Super Model
    and Forum Home Last Post List is Medusa.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I used to do that .. sometimes .. in certain forums .. but now .. I never do it.
    Just glancing at it here and there is not a justification for keeping it !
    Out with the old, in with the new.
     
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  14. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I wasn't aware you're a user experience expert now... I should keep on the ball with all your certifications and such :).
     
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  15. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    The last post area serves a purpose, and while it is probably not used to click through much (I use it only occasionally as I use What's New and mass reply or read posts), and its purpose is to show the last post, and information regarding it (date of the post, and the author).

    Comparably, if it were removed the node listing would look sparse and bland. As it does serve a use, anything that was added to fill its void would likely be lacking equally in usage, or would be nothing more than eye candy serving no real reason for being there other than to fill the void.
     
  16. Steve10

    Steve10 Well-Known Member

    To be honest I realised I use the What's New section quite rarely and do rely more on that latest posts section on the forum mainpages.
     
  17. Brett Peters

    Brett Peters Well-Known Member

    From memory the only time I have Clicked on Latest Post from Forum Home was to navigate to the lates XF release
     
  18. Floris

    Floris Guest

    You asked for my vote/opinion. No need to then try to convince me what I personally use is invalid or outdated .. It's a fact: I use it .. Not because it's old, but because the data provided is useful for me. Not for you? That's ok .. you can remove it from the template. And yes, I agree, I can do without it. Just a list of forum titles is what we will be using in our next style. The amount of negative feedback I get for that has convinced me it's not just my opinion and we're currently still using it.
     
  19. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    That is prime real estate, what are your thoughts on alternative uses?

    Remove the Latest Post information and put a small 'Sponsored By' banner?

    (Personally I would not remove the Latest Post information unless there was something else to put in its place, but that is just my personal opinion)
     
  20. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I suppose you could replace it with the most liked post or the hottest topic, etc...

    Last post info is important for some people though.
     

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