- mouseover to see who 'Like'd your comments - control over volume of email (it's quite high)
- mouseover timestamps on the "Ongoing Commentary" chat window
- maybe with timestamp separators when the is a gap between messages
- resize images in the "Messages" inbox and outbox to fit the css widths - http://i.imgur.com/TH9Ov4b.png
Create a "How Shrtct works" hash?
I was thinking of something along the lines of a companion to this hash, where folks could post questions about existing functionality rather than requests for new functionality, and which could also be home to "Getting started with Shrtct" information (maybe a post with that name), as well as a home to a Shrct FAQ list.
I like how I can see the user followers into the user profile page. So it would be helpful for user to see his likes/upvotes in the same way:
3 likes from [Neal icon], [Harry icon] and [Ivan icon] of "My great comment"
1 like from [Neal icon] of "My next great comment"
Sorted by likes/upvotes. What do you think?
Move the Ongoing Commentary to the left side of the window.
On the right side, when there are a lot of hashes and commentary at the same time you loose track on where to scroll making the interface awkward to navigate and not pleasant at all.
You can see it in this hash or in the attached screenshot for posterity :)
Clicking away from the left-hand Menu (i.e. anywhere on the page that is not the expanded menu section that appears) should also close it, not just cliking the X. Having to move the mouse up to the X is pretty annoying.
Severity: Minor. Not a deal-breaker, just a little frustrating (and unexpected/not typical: other apps let you close menus of this nature by clicking elsewhere), and only when you've opened the Menu, which isn't all that often.
Example: not the greatest example (since it gives a centralised pop-up not a left-bound menu) but click on the Feedback button on the left of this site: http://workinstartups.com/ and then click anywhere outside of the pop-up: the pop-up closes. This is the intended behaviour I'm trying to describe :)
Alternative separator for counts?
I've gotten used to it, but new users may not realize at first (like I didn't!) that the "|" between the upvote arrow in posts and "Like" in comments was a separator and not a letter or a number. (For example, "| 0" looks like 10 since the symbol "|" is exactly digit height.) Maybe ":" or no separator at all?
"Highlight & Add to Summary," when selecting text
There are three buttons that a user can choose when they select text in a hash. Add a fourth to add a piece of text to summary view. A summary view would allow you to easily read key text, and jump directly to a post inside of a hash.
Going forward, tags within summary text could also be collated across hashes.
1) Import and export features. Unless a company/organization discovers and decides to use your service on day 1, they're looking at a huge amount of work to get everything integrated. And if your service goes down (temporarily or permanently), they're facing catastrophic data loss. Where's my JSON at?
2) Users need more information about who is following a specific space. For instance, I have no way of knowing if any of the site staff will ever see this comment. The following should display who is following it on hover. I'm not sure how your backend is setup, but it shouldn't be hard to return that array.
3) Are you just using open sockets for chat for everyone by default and doing pinging? That's gonna cause slowdown as you scale up, especially in a company where everyone is expected to be idling in the channel all day.
4) I use (and frequently despise) angular and I understand that using an ng-view might not be an easy fit for what you're doing, but it's also completely crazy that changing the sort from date to votes requires a (really slow) server request AND a full page refresh, AND it wipes out the text field at the bottom. Here, take a look at what happens when it's pressed:
Why the hell is this purely display logic not happening client-side?
My advice to you would be do not, under any circumstances, hire anyone else who isn't also a coder. Like, hire a Project Manager by all means, but if they don't understand why the picture above is a huge problem, what are they even managing? I see a lot of potential here and I like the interface, but if you're contracting out your coding or just trying to muddle through it yourselves, you're gonna have a bad time.
I can throw together a rudimentary export function in a few days just using an external scraper as a freebie, if you'd like. Shoot me an email or reply here and let's build some stuff!
Automatic login from link in email from Shrtct?
I don't know if clicking a link in email transmits address information from the account clicked from, but if it does, it would be convenient if links in email from Shrtct could be used to avoid having to log in. Would this present security issues?
Make top bar float?
(Re-post of comment embedded in Jonathan's post about "back to top" button.)
The top bar contains a lot of useful information and navigation tools, like the "hamburger", the name of the current space, the search box, whether someone is currently typing (at least in the Ongoing Commentary, I think), and notification alerts. Would it be difficult to have this float permanently at the top?
Hello Harry, follow a picture relating the scenario I've wanted to describe before.
I don't know if it's a "problem" but I feel bad once I don't want to lose my post and search for the hash after close and post it.
Does it make any sense?
Flag posts and chat messages
- User chooses if spam or if offensive
- Optional details box
- Members with less than 100 likes will have their post disabled automatically until reviewed.
- Members with 100 likes or more will have their post kept live until reviewed.
Messages need to be improved. I like the sign "+XY" indicating the number of new messages, but the user experience could be improved... Is easy to get lost on that screen without seeing the really important information.
Still don't have an example or proposal on how to improve it but I'll try to find it.
For multiple comment email updates on a sub-hash.
When new comments are posted under a sub-hash, and a notification email is sent, include the title of the sub-hash before the comment as well as the full list of comments so the receiver can quickly understand which sub-hash is being commented on. Currently, it seems only the hash title and the comment are included in the email.
Use the same shade of blue (or similar) from new badges:
For all accentuating in the app (from hash highlights , the +Notifications in the profile nav bar, working messages, etc.) Like:
To increase the consistency of the color pallete in the site.
Pop-up window option for entering text?
This is related to Rebecca's hash "When editing a post...": When writing longer posts, I find I sometimes need to navigate elsewhere to get links or information, or check other posts, and end up composing off-line so I don't lose text.
By the way, since Neal created the digital nomad space, I was thinking that the Colony shrtct I created should be added in there and would be of interest but even though I'm a member there's no way to do that. if I was wearing the PM shoes already, I would be driving and pushing for resources to ape and steal Colony's self organizing thinking as well as the "ask to answer" feature from Quora :) Shrtct as a kind of async self organizing answer to Slack which you *have* to be invited to and you *have* to follow the structure set up by the slack group mods has the potential to outwork Slack entirely. That would be my vision for Shrtct.
Make the "Your Answer" div float in the bottom of the webpage (like the hamburguer button in the top left).
This encourages taking action.
If something in a hash sparks something, a ready to post (maybe slimmer version of the) "Your Answer" form is more appealing than scrolling down to the end of the conversation (specially long ones) loosing valuable context and increasing the barrier to entry for being part of the discussion.
Open in a new tab when you click a link inside an answer.
I've lost all my answer when I did it.. LOL!
Maybe a "answer cache" should be really cool if you redirect by missclick and turn back the browser expecting your answer to be there or actually when you get out and come back to the same hash by any reason.