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Lack of Interest Provide a name for the User Control Panel

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by AndyB, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    It would be really nice to indicate the name for the User Control Panel like this:

  2. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Any particular reason? I don't see it providing any real value there - the functions there are obviously all related to you and your account. ("Your Account" is what it is called when you go into one of those pages.)
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  3. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Hi Mike,

    I often want to direct members to the User Control Panel, but currently have no easy way of doing so because it's not named. It would make admins life easier if there was a name for the User Control Panel. For example we could than write:

    User Control Panel -> Contact Details -> Email address

    to direct a member to change their email address. Of course some extremely new members still need instructions how to find the User Control Panel.
  4. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Just say Your Account -> Contact Details -> Email Address
  5. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Or Username Drop down as it's referred to now.
  6. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Seams like "Your Account" and "Username Drop down" are not very good at describing this panel. I think User Control Panel best describes it.
  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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  8. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

  9. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    I agree it might be helpful to have a name - for support reference if nothing else.
    It's distracting and detracting immediately above the avatar though.
    I don't like 3 words - to elaborate, not neat.
    I don't like giving a link. That doesn't teach someone to be independent.
    How about this?
    User area.png
  10. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Once someone has come across the dropdown, they know what it contains and don't need a hidden visual descriptor like what you're suggesting.

    If they haven't come across it before and you're trying to tell them where it is, how is a link inside the dropdown going to help you explain how to open that drop down? The link/descriptor will be concealed until the action is already done, in which case my original point remains.
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  11. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Remind me of this next time you ask for a link.
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  12. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Morgain, I like your suggestion of naming this panel "My Account", that works just as good as "User Control Panel".

    Another option might be to call it "My Control Panel".
  13. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    That doesn't teach the member how to find these important links in the future.

    I often create help threads that show with images where to find certain things. The problem with a nameless panel is that it becomes difficult to describe it.
  14. James

    James Well-Known Member

    How do you plan on teaching your user in first instance where this panel is? A link inside the panel they're trying to open isn't going to help.

    Perhaps what you should do is remove the user's username and instead call it My Account?

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  15. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I just don't buy this argument which is constantly trotted out about members being too stupid to work things out for themselves or follow simple directions.

    Take a screenshot if that's the case.

    I repeat my earlier post that it is pointless bloat and serves no useful purpose.
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  16. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    My point was also the positioning - over on the right under the username makes it intuitively connected.
  17. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    Since the breadcrumb in the user account pages all start with Your Account can't you just refer to it as "Your Account"?
  18. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    All communities have different needs and different members of varying different capabilities.

    My members have no issue finding things, so I wouldn't want or need my environment dumbing down. These changes are very much personal preferences, and luckily that's why we have absolute full control of our templates and phrases so we can adjust all of this accordingly to the needs of our members.
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  19. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I like your suggestion, James. I think that would be a huge improvement if that was the default in Xenforo.
  20. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I agree 100% sorry I didn't acknowledge it in my previous post.

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