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Whoever said 'What's New' should be 'Recent Activity' was right!

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by DRE, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I changed the link for what's new to recent activity because it more accurately reflects what's new on the website. What's new only covers threads, Recent Activity covers more than threads and makes people search around the website more since the other parts of the site that utilizes add-ons and profile page activity can be displayed there. Pure awesomeness.
    maszd, Kerby, jmurrayhead and 7 others like this.
  2. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    So "What's New" should be rather renamed to "New Threads" ?
  3. ankurs

    ankurs Well-Known Member

    New thread posts
  4. Chimpie

    Chimpie Well-Known Member

    I'd say they should call it "New Posts" if it wasn't for some company accusing .... never mind.
  5. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Yes I put the Recent Threads link up on the 2nd navbar, named it LATEST.
    Much more accurate in terms of whats going on.

    I commented out "What's New" as it's so partial, cuts out what I've already read so I can't see context or check back again, and unless on a big busy site it can return a disappointing No Results message.

    I'm sure that other sites will have other needs though.
    The8thLegion and erich37 like this.
  6. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    so we have different naming for stuff which is actually all the same....?

    - What's New
    - New threads
    - All recent messages
    -Recent Threads (in the search-box)
  7. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    I guess I have found the perfect solution for this. Does the following makes sense ?

    - Navbar-Tab named "Latest Threads" = threads which are from the last 30 days (domain.com/find-new/threads?days=30)
    - Navbar-Tab named "Recent Threads" = domain.com/find-new/threads
    - Navbar-Tab named "What's New" = Recent Member Activity (domain.com/recent-activity)

    There is the issue that when clicking on the Tab named "Latest Threads" (30 days old), then it still shows "Recent Threads" in the h1-title. How to rename this so that all of this works properly across the site?
  8. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Erich I think renaming AND using an existing name can be confusing. You will be visiting here where it won't match especially around problems/ admin changes; and other members may well use other XF forums.

    The solution I found was to name Recent Threads just "LATEST!" in bold.
    I got rid of What's New. I can't see the point if I have my Watched Threads, and LATEST!" (Recent Threads)

    I also renamed and reordered most of the stuff under the username on the right as I found it very confusing.
    In its right hand column I have
    My Alerts
    Likes I've Received
    My Posts
    My Watched Threads
    People I follow
    My Follows actions
    People I ignore
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  9. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    Here's what I did.


    The members are used to the "What's New?" only including threads (for now).

    IMO the "Activity Stream" (Recent Activity) has to much fluff in it to be put in a predominant position.
  10. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    What's New? needs to be improved to include all content types !
    - images in [XFR]Albums
    - wiki entries in XenCarta
    - Articles and comments.
    - anything that defines it's own content type.
    - new media in XenMedio

    What about new members ? Hmmm ... have to think about it. Might be good for low volume sites ?
    The8thLegion likes this.
  11. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    I just "borrowed" these two ideas from you. :sneaky: Thanks! (y)

    MY Watched Threads make it more personal.
    My Posts simplifies the My Content phrase. (Plus we used to have a "My Posts" link in vB)
    Morgain likes this.
  12. Trekkan

    Trekkan Well-Known Member

    That's really nice, care to share your changes?
  13. Trekkan

    Trekkan Well-Known Member

    NM, used my head (and Jakes Nodes as Tabs mod). =)
    DBA likes this.
  14. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    You referring to the drop down?

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