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New Threads should have its own tab

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by AndyB, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I would like to see New Threads have it's own tab. The reason is that it's the single most important function on a forum. With that said, the second most important function on a forum is the Forum tab.

    One thing I find completely unintuitive is to click the Forum tab when it's already highlighted. We do this when viewing the New Threads results. If there was a separate tab for the New Threads, it would make clicking back and forth between the two most used functions more understandable.

    Another benefit of having a New threads tab is that it would be easier to click the larger tab not only on desktops but tablets and mobile phones.
     
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  2. wdb

    wdb Active Member

    I find it completely unintuitive that new threads displays what any other forum solution would call new posts, that is it displays threads of any age that have unread posts.

    A 'what's new' tab with three sub-sections: unread messages (what is currently called new threads), all recent messages (as it is), and latest threads (new threads listed by thread creation date) would be perfect.
     
  3. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    That is a matter of opinion. I personally don't ever use the "What's New / New Threads" page. Ever. For any reason.
     
  4. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That link seems appropriately categorized under the default Forums tab.

    FYI, you can add a new tab for that link using NodesAsTabs. You would first enable tab selection for link-forums:

    Admin CP -> Home -> Nodes As Tabs -> Enable Tab Selection For Link-forums

    Then create nodes like this:

    New Threads (link-forum pointing to find-new/threads, is Tab, child links not enabled)
    -- find-new (link-forum pointing to find-new, child of "New Threads" node, this is only to ensure that all find-new pages select the parent tab, this link isn't actually visible since the parent tab has child links disabled)
     
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  5. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Hi Jake,

    I appreciate the information. However I would like to see the default Xenforo with a New Threads tab so that when I browse different Xenforo forums the location of this most important link would be in the same place.
     
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I doubt what is rightly a secondary link will ever be promoted to a main tab.

    It would be inconsistent with the other main tabs.

    It already is in the same place on every XenForo forum.
     
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2013
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  7. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Agreed.

    I've always felt, at the end of tablinks was the perfect placement. Easy to notice, easy to click, voila job done. It's simplicity is really it's key to success and why it's deemed one of the most important links in the nav area. This is a case of "if it's not broken, don't try to fix it" imo.
     
  8. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Perhaps it would make more sense to have a Threads main tab and have Watched Threads and New Threads as the secondary links below it.
     
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Again, threads are a sub set of the forums.
     
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  10. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    But where would "Threads" link to? All the tabs in v1.2 now have sub-menus / content and link to a meaningful/useful place. (Well, default tabs that is).
     
  11. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Clicking the Threads main tab would default to showing the New Threads results as default.
     
  12. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Which is inconsistant with how the other default tabs function. The current hierarchy makes sense (threads are a sub-set of forums) and remains consistent with everything else.
     
  13. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Only in Xenforo. Other forum software have seperate Forum and What's New? main tabs.
     
  14. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    XF is a leader. Not a follower.
     
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  15. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    The main problem as I see it is once you're viewing the New Threads results, it's not obvious how to get back to viewing the Forum-View. It's not clear that clicking the Forums tab which is already highlighted is what needs to be clicked. I think there's room for improvement over the current design.
     
  16. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    If there was a post that is so true and on the mark this is it. x100 likes
     
  17. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Does viewing this thread give you the same confusion? The breadcrumbs also remain visible with "Forums" listed, as it does in anything that is hierarchically underneath it.
     
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  18. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    It doesn't confuse me at all, but that's because I've been using forum software for 13 years.

    What I wrote was it's not obvious that clicking a tab that is already highlighted will show the Forum-View. I'm thinking from a new users perspective which is sometimes difficult for us to do since we've been using forum software for many years.
     
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  19. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    But if they have confusion with regards to the New Threads link being under the focussed Forums tab then they will have the same confusion with all other links under all other focussed tabs.
     
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  20. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Breadcrumbs in XenForo are consistant with virtually every other software I've seen them used in. Tabs in XenForo are consistent with plenty of other software in the forum industry and non-forum industry (I'm looking at and working on an eCommerce site for work that has tabs that function identical to XenForo).

    What makes "New Threads" so confusing that isn't confusing for users elsewhere on the site, such as viewing a thread, forum, or account page?
     

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