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Oct 22, 2006 02:46 AM

"Bookmarking" made difficult

I enjoy being able to bookmark threads I find interesting and see them appear on the "my CHOW" page. I see that bookmarking has moved to the new "Topic Options" menu at the top right of each thread.

Previously, bookmarking a thread would take one click -- just clicking "bookmark" beneath the first post would do it.

Now, bookmarking takes 4 clicks:

1) Click "Topic Options"
2) Click Bookmark
3) Wait for Bookmark dialog box to appear. Click the "Bookmark this topic" checkbox.
4) Click "Close" to get rid of the dialog box

I think this is several clicks too many. I realize you probably want to explain bookmarking to users in the dialog box, but doing so every time a user wants to bookmark a topic is overkill.

If the user has never bookmarked something before, perhaps the dialog box should be displayed. Otherwise, why not just allow bookmarking with 2 clicks?

1) click "Topic Options"
2) click bookmark

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  1. Yeah, that is a bit much, but I like where you're going with this. Any chance of getting an "Add to delicious" link in there?

    1. I, too, like the direction of these options, but if it isn't possible to make one click available on the relevant page, then I think one click should work, and perhaps a "?" or some other indication of help could be clicked on. I don't think there are many people who wouldn't know what "email to a friend" or "bookmark" means.

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      1. re: Dave Feldman

        After doing a bunch of research this morning and bookmarking quite a few threads, I have to agree that the 4-click thing is unnecessarily arduous.

      2. It's good that you can un-bookmark a topic in the topic.

        It would be more efficient to replace the checkbox with "Bookmark this topic" "Don't bookmark" buttons, then you wouldn't need the Close box.

        1. We're listening, don't worry. We hope that you like it now with it built into the menu.

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          1. re: Engineering

            Wow! Thanks for the Add to Delicious! That's amazing. I'm so excited.

            One comment, while we're talking about the stuff in that dropdown. The print stylesheet has a lot of extra stuff both at the top and the bottom. The top has a good couple of useless inches and the bottom has two unnecessary pages.

            Thanks for all your work. The site is getting better and better.

            1. re: Engineering

              Thanks very much for the quick change!

              1. re: Engineering

                Better, but it still takes three clicks:

                - Trigger the pulldown-popup-menu-thingy by clicking "Topic Options" (Where'd you get this UI? Squeak? Jakob Nielsen would wring your necks)
                - Check off "Bookmark"
                - Click "Topic Options" again to dismiss the pulldown-popup-menu-thingy.

                Shouldn't it be:

                1. Trigger a standard-behaving pulldown menu or flyout or modal popup
                2. Click "Bookmark" and the pulldown, flyout, or popup magically disappears to whence it came

                1. re: hatless

                  You can actually do it in 2 clicks. That list click to close the menu isn't needed. Just leave it open and go on with your business.

              2. Email notification's a nice one.

                The Topic Options menu could use a help item, some of the items have overlapping functionality and some aren't self-explanatory.