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10/02/06

Displaying the First Forum Posting

You might have noticed that now when you click on a link to the deal you will see the content of the first (AKA original) posting in an embedded window. This should save you time on opening a new browser window and loading the forum thread to your PC. If you want to you can still go it the old way by clicking read more... in the lower right corner of the embedded window or by clicking Ex-small to the right of each link to a deal. In fact you will have to do so if you want to read the entire deal discussion at the forum.

Give this new functionality a try and let us know if you like it.

A special note for the folks at SlickDeals and FatWallet. All links in the thread posting are preserved as is. Not content tweaking of any sort is done or is planned to be done. We are doing the best we can to improve the experience for the users and yet to preserve the original content posted by users to the forums. And finally, we are open to any of your comments regarding how we use the forums content.

Comments

  1. geehal

    October 02nd, 2006 at 5:21 PM

    I hate it. I normally open all interesting deals in new windows and now I have to wait each time to open each.

  2. wireddeals

    October 02nd, 2006 at 7:04 PM

    You can still do that by clicking on the icon next to each link to the deals. Not on the front page though - there are no icons there due to the space constrains.

    Are there any other opinions? It will not be hard to reverse the functionality or... have the links work the way they did and open the embedded window when you click on the icon...

    What do you think?

  3. fishfucker

    October 02nd, 2006 at 8:06 PM

    kills it for those of us that middle click to open deals in new windows.

    also, if there is going to be a "read more" it should be at the top to avoid scrolling for long posts. Title of the post should have the same functionality as "read more".

    This change totally was anti-instinctive for me, and I spent a few minutes this morning trying to figure out how to get to the page.

  4. fishfucker

    October 02nd, 2006 at 8:07 PM

    [hit char limit]

    To be honest, this nearly kills the value of this page for me. before, I was able to middle-click, middle-click, middle-click on the deals I liked and then check them out. Now I have to scroll through each one, looking for the "read more" link, which is different in each case because the size of the post is different.

  5. fishfucker

    October 02nd, 2006 at 8:07 PM

    Ideally, you could offer functionality for people who like it both ways by putting that icon you mentioned on the front page, or by making it a preference.

    I can totally see where you guys were going with this, but it's fixin' something that ain't broke, IMHO. I can get the same data faster the old way.

    ps you need a stripslashes on your field output.

  6. fishfucker

    October 02nd, 2006 at 8:08 PM

    other than that, wd is awesome. killed my bookmark bar links to sd and fw after you guys came out.

  7. wireddeals

    October 02nd, 2006 at 8:22 PM

    Are you guys noticing the column of icons to the right of each page in New Deals, Hot Deals, Alerts, and Profile? You can use these to go to the deal posting the old way. Middle button will work on them as well.

    Two negative comments now which kind of gets you thinking. I will give it some more time before rushing with a change. Express your opinons!

  8. wireddeals

    October 02nd, 2006 at 8:26 PM

    Oh, I get it now. Most people don't get to those pages. Missing icons on the Front Page is the problem.

    Good idea about making it configurable via preferences. It might be the way to go...

  9. wireddeals

    October 03rd, 2006 at 2:10 AM

    I hope the latest changes resolve all of your concerns. Thanks for your feedback!

    A few tips:

    1. You don't need to close the window to see another deal. Just click on the next link if you can see it, the window will go away (going through the deals down-up seems to be more convenient in that sense).

    2. Clicking on the window title closes it as well as clicking on the X.

  10. fishfucker

    October 03rd, 2006 at 1:26 PM

    Yep, the addition-slash-fixing of those little icons to the right mean that the new behavior is a handy feature rather than a crippled one. There are probably times I'll want to check out deal details without looking at a new page, but I definitely want that option. Sold!

  11. fishfucker

    October 03rd, 2006 at 1:26 PM

    you guys are really doing a great job...

    I'll have to keep this in mind myself when I'm developing on sites. I often think "of course this is better -- anyone who doesn't think so knows nothing about UI" without considering why people liked the old way in the first place. It's interesting to be on the other side.

  12. fishfucker

    October 03rd, 2006 at 1:29 PM

    i haven't really used any of the "user" features yet (not a big fan of alerts), but the "saved" deals looks like it could be super super useful and is a particularly good candidate for some ajaxy front page stuff (a simple star like the way google does favorites would be great).

  13. fishfucker

    October 03rd, 2006 at 1:29 PM

    For what it's worth, I haven't bothered to venture past the front page in the two weeks or so that I've been jocking the site. It seems like the index list is usually enough for me if i check it several times a day (which I do).

    FWIW I don't think you need it as a preference if you've got those other links on the index.

  14. webwesen

    October 04th, 2006 at 6:08 PM

    i like the new way


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