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Release Notes for 9/26/13 - Changes to Profile

Hi Everyone,

Several changes went out in today's release, and the most noticeable are related to Profile. Here are the details:

1) As a logged in user, if you navigate to your own profile page, the default landing page will be called "My Followed Discussions." Here you will see a list of all discussions that you are following, which is private to you.

a) If you participate in a discussion, it will automatically be added to "My Followed Discussions"
b) If you don't participate in a discussion, you can still add it to your "My Followed Discussions"
c) If you no longer want to follow a discussion, you can remove it from your "My Followed Discussions"

2) As of right now, you'll see that "My Followed Discussions" is populated with all of the discussions you've ever participated in, plus all of the discussions you've ever saved. The star that was being used for saving discussions is now being used to follow discussions.

3) Email Notifications, if you choose to have them on, will be based on "My Followed Discussions" which means that you can get email notifications about discussions you are interested in (but haven't participated in), or you can stop getting emails about discussions you are no longer interested in. You can control whether or not you receive email notifications in your settings (this is the same as it has been).

4) Navigation for Profile pages on desktop has changed. On desktop and tablets, you will see buttons that let you navigate between the different parts of profile. On your own profile, you have access to 6 pages: My Followed Discussions, Reading List, All Discussions, Posts, Photos, and Saved Recipes. If you look at anyone else's profile, you'll only see the four public pages: All Discussions, Posts, Photos, and Saved Recipes.

5) Navigation for Profile pages on mobile devices has also changed. From any profile page, you can click the heading which launches a dropdown, and from this dropdown you can navigate to different sections of profile.
6) On your Settings Page, you'll notice similar new navigation systems (both on mobile and desktop).

7) There is no longer a way to "Save" a discussion, since our new Following feature replaces this. Your "My Followed Discussions" currently incorporates all discussions you've ever participated in, PLUS your previously saved discussions. However, if you still want to access the page that contains only your previously saved discussions,it is still available by following this url: http://www.chow.com/profile/#####/fav... (insert your profile number where you see the #####). We are only going to keep this page up for 1 or 2 weeks, so if you want to use other software or your browser to bookmark these discussions for future reference, you should do that now. Of course, unless you decide to unfollow them, they will always be a part of "My Followed Discussions."

8) A permalink feature is now available on mobile: if you click the date of a post, your browser will navigate to that specific link, which will allow you to share a specific post or bookmark it.

I think that's the bulk of what's being released today. As usual, if you notice any bugs, feel free to report them here. If you have any questions, we will do our best to answer them. We're hoping this new functionality makes things more clear for all users, and also adds a functionality that some users have wanted for many years.

That's all for now,

Dave MP

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  1. What about the big yellow stars?

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    1. re: coll

      Since we're using stars at the top of discussion threads for following/unfollowing, we also put the same stars on the profile so you can unfollow discussions there if they're ones you no longer want to see updates on.

    2. Really happy about the permalinks being added to mobile!

      1. I like the ability to unfollow discussions, but the loss of the "saved discussions" feature is a real blow. I've participated in thousands of discussions on chowhound. Finding the dozen or two that for one reason or another I have saved -- going back to discussions more than ten years ago -- is going to be next to impossible.

        It feels like once again the PTB at Chow have made decisions without taking into account how they would affect their most loyal long-time users.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I wish they were still separate for the same reason, but because they're not, I just went to access them per the info in the OP and bookmarked them all (around 50 in my case) in my browser, in a "saved threads" subfolder in with my general CH bookmarks. Any others I want to save for reference purposes going forward (vs. follow while they're active), I guess I'll be bookmarking now.

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            The oldest thread in my saved discussions is:

            "Speaking of Meyer Lemons, Caitlin...

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/17053

            Some of us spent a lot of time with search engines finding old discussions and saving them!

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            Hi Ruth,

            We talked about this decision for a long time, and looked closely into the numbers. What we found is that most users were saving discussions very infrequently, and that users who were saving discussions the most were actually using it to follow along with ongoing discussions, as opposed to bookmarking an old discussion for future use.

            For users who have posted hundreds or thousands of times, but who also have a small number of saved discussions, it's true that the saved ones are now lost in the shuffle. The good news is that if any of these discussions *do* get updated, you'll see them in My Followed Discussions. And because we've left your "Saved Discussions" page up for the time being, there's still an opportunity to save these links elsewhere, whether in your browser as Caitlin describes, or using an application like Evernote. We purposefully left this page up because we knew there would be some users who would want to keep these bookmarks separate.

            Hope this makes sense, and thanks!
            Dave MP

            1. re: Dave MP

              Yes, but I'm not saving those old discussion on the off chance they get updated if someone posts to them. I'm saving them so I can reference the info already there when I want to.

              1. re: rasputina

                That's why I bookmarked all of mine, and it works for for the occasional times I reference them. It was sort of fun bookmarking them and revisiting each of them and thinking "wow, right, krissywats cracker recipe!" "Oh I forgot I had this great thread saved on concord grape recipes" "Hey, I never did try this place, I really should do that".

                1. re: Chris VR

                  Krissywats has a cracker recipe? Must.Have.It.

                  Ah, here it is: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/278744

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: Chris VR

                    OK, I've started a new thread here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9184... called "rediscovered" favorites, where we can post links to all of our favorite discussions that we find during our bookmarking process...

                    ~TDQ

            2. Where do I find my "profile number"?

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              1. re: carolinadawg

                yes please, i looked for mine on my profile page, didn't see anything that resembled it...

                1. re: mariacarmen

                  It's in the URL for your profile -- go to your profile page, the URL for the page will be something like: http://www.chow.com/profile/10159 (10159 is my profile number).

                2. re: carolinadawg

                  Another way to do this is to go to your profile, and then just add /favorites onto the end of the URL.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    What's a profile number and why should I know about it?

                    1. re: John E.

                      Click this - it's your CH profile # at the end of the URL.

                      http://www.chow.com/profile/1157657

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        I sort of got that from Ruth, but I still don't know why I need to know it or how it might be useful.

                        1. re: John E.

                          From Dave MP's OP:

                          7) There is no longer a way to "Save" a discussion, since our new Following feature replaces this. Your "My Followed Discussions" currently incorporates all discussions you've ever participated in, PLUS your previously saved discussions. However, if you still want to access the page that contains only your previously saved discussions,it is still available by following this url: http://www.chow.com/profile/#####/fav... (insert your profile number where you see the #####). We are only going to keep this page up for 1 or 2 weeks, so if you want to use other software or your browser to bookmark these discussions for future reference, you should do that now. Of course, unless you decide to unfollow them, they will always be a part of "My Followed Discussions."

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            Thanks. The funny thing is, I just read #7 and figured it out before scrolling down. I don't think I ever used the save function. I just bookmarked them into a folder on my browser.

                  2. So does 1c efectively mean that I can finally rid myself of threads I've lost interest in??

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