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Jun 27, 2012 04:51 PM

Breadcrumb change with today's release

Some of you have already noticed (hopefully) that we have a new dropdown to navigate to Chowhound boards. We have now released phase two of this change, which is the removal of the "Choose a Board" module and the implementation of breadcrumbs across the site. In this context, breadcrumbs are not crunchy stale bread cut into tiny cubes, but the links at the top of the page that help users know where they are. For instance, you will see at the top of this thread the words "Home > Chowhound > Site Talk." Those are the breadcrumbs. Hopefully they will help orient you to where you are on the site at all times. Additionally, we have added a save feature (the yellow star) that helps you save the boards you are interested in visiting over and over. Those boards will now appear in the "Chowhound Discussions" dropdown when you are logged in.

All of these changes are aimed at streamlining navigation and helping people get to threads more quickly. Hope you find them helpful.


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  1. Now I can not navigate between boards as easily as before... I have to choose "See All Boards" to do that.
    What is the reasoning behind taking away the Choose a Board feature? Did people really complain about not knowing which board they were on?

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    1. re: iluvcookies

      Now that there's a Chowhound dropdown navigation, you can access the most popular boards, as well as your saved boards, there. You can have 9 saved boards in the dropdown, plus another 9 that are always there on the left-hand side. It's true that you'll need to go through "See All Boards" to access any boards beyond that....but that was the case with the Choose a Board feature, too.

      You can find more information about this change in this thread:

      1. re: Dave MP

        I don't like it. I don't want to learn a new navigation system. It was fine the way it was.

        The old way I was able to use the "See All Boards" right from the top of the page. And it was fine.

        1. re: iluvcookies

          fiddling with the new dropdown, making clicks, etc. keeps those ADS in front of our eyes for many seconds longer. It's all about AD revenue.

    2. Nothing good can come of this.

      These "improvements" have seriously slowed-down site navigation.

      1. I think it would be better if the color scheme of the bread crumbs matched the CHOW red color. That light shade of blue is easy to miss and clashes with the overall color style of the page.

        1. It took me quite a while to figure out to click the star in order to save a board. At least 6 minutes, which is an eon in screen time. Of course, I was not yet fully caffeinated.

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          1. re: tcamp

            I use Chrome, so the star is instinctive, as it is what I need to click to bookmark a page/site, browser-wise.

            I *do* find the "breadcrumbs" a useless "feature" Not like Chow or CH is SO "vast" that one can get so deep into the woods, that you have gotten lost, what, you can only be a few places. And those are in the drop down menu. You can be three places, only one level in on Chow. And in CH and only one level in.

          2. I don’t get all the dislike here and even more so on the “Dropdown” thread. Works great for me, perhaps because I have only five saved boards. Still just one click to get where I want to go. I just scroll over “Chowhound Discussions,” my saved boards drop down, and I click on the board I want. Also love that I can now, from within any board, click on the “Chowhound” breadcrumb, and go directly to all the most recent posts and that I can click on the breadcrumb of the board I’m on and it refreshes that main page. Do agree, though, that the color of the breadcrumbs makes them hard to see.

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            1. re: JoanN

              All those options were already available with fewer actions. I don't see any of this as an improvement except for freeing up space for advertising. Saved boards were available at the top of the page and links back to the whatever board you were reading and to Chowhound were there also. The breadcrumbs just seem to encourage people to go to Chow by calling it Home. I don't read Chow and my home here is the Quebec board so al these new bells and whistles just get in my way. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way.

              1. re: SnackHappy

                Evidently many agree with you and I'm in the minority, but I don't understand how you can have "fewer actions" than one click. Didn't even realize that Home takes you to Chow; I don't read it either.

                1. re: JoanN

                  It's not one click. You have to scroll over the link, wait for the menu to unroll, scroll down the board you want and then click.

                  The old method involved one scroll, then one click.

                  1. re: SnackHappy

                    Is your menu slow to unscroll? Mine is immediate.

                    1. re: JoanN

                      It varies, but no matter how quick it is, it's still annoying. I really hate drop down and fly-out menus on web pages.