Feature Request: non-minified interface
My notifications currently go like this:
- some icon - my brain never registers WHICH icon it is, it's just a gray blob
- some username - i don't expect to know all other contributors well enough to actually recognize them by their (non-fixed) username
- page link. (no context)
Thanks a lot for the wonderful bounty of information crammed up in there.</sarcasm>
I would really appreciate a version of this interface much more like what stackoverflow offers in its activity tab:
- timestamp (!)
- (not in there, but it makes sense to include this too) username and avatar
- spelled-out action (asked, accepted, awarded, comment(sic!) )
- expandable content, so that i could get a glimpse of what actually happened before i open up the page.
Also, topic lists could hugely benefit from a similar treatment, IMO.
Edit: damn double-newline requirement before i can start a bulleted list...
Can you make a mockup of what you want?
Also, keep in mind in your activity stream there is a much more detailed view.
Sure, here's what i had in mind:
My page sort-of already does a bit of these (still doesn't explicitly spell out the action!), but it doesn't have a filter for "only those things that appear in the notification panel underneath that callout icon to the top-left"... And the "All" filter has way too many of my own actions.
So maybe that's what i was looking for: a "All except me" filter in my page, with the action more visible, and with a better distinction between the subjects (currently, i see 3 subjects for a "X liked a post" entry: the actor (liker), the author (likee), and the topic name* -- all on the left side, so basically sharing the same "column" in the page's real-estate).
*Edit: Wow, the topic name links to the post, so that's pretty non-WYSIWYG... Though a link to the topic itself is there on the second line, so i guess this way will just become status-quo after a while.
I like your ideas here, will see if we can add another filter to the user page, just need to figure out non-confusing terminology for it. Maybe we should simply call it "notifications" and show it only for current user.
their (non-fixed) username
Luckily, that little notification panel uses a fixed username.
Notification page, on the other hand...