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Jul 30, 2014 06:21 PM

why hide the "sticky" topics?

The whole point of sticky topics is that they're right there for newbies to see them. They're supposed to be MORE noticeable than the rest.

Hiding them under the "i" icon is counterproductive.

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  1. I don't think they are that hidden. The list pops up quickly with a a mouse-over. And once you learn to find the info on one board, the same action applies to all.

    Stickies often get in the way of normal use. If there too many they displace regular threads. And most of us ignore stickies, unless we need a specific piece of info.

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    1. re: paulj

      Except that the "i" and therefore the information is missing on mobile devices.

      1. re: MplsM ary

        Clutter from too many stickies can be even more of a problem on the small screen.

        I suspect new users are much more likely to explore CH on a full computer than on a mobile.

        1. re: MplsM ary

          That's not a new issue, though. The stickies haven't been visible in the mobile view for at least a couple of years.

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            That just shows how effectively I had tuned out the stickies.

            I sometimes use a tablet, and get a mix of mobile and desktop views (depending on the browser settings). It didn't register that I wasn't seeing the stickies on the mobile screen.

          2. re: MplsM ary

            I have the "i" on my iPad mini. Maybe it's just the phones that are lacking it?

          3. re: paulj

            I didn't notice the "i" and if I had it would not occur to me to click it.

            1. re: paulj

              Well I use them a lot, especially in the Home Cooking forum where they are most abundant.

              1. re: rasputina

                Now that you know where they are, they are just as available as before.

                Maybe they could extend the mouse-over area to include the whole board name, e.g. 'Home Cooking i'. That way new comers are more likely to stumble upon it.

                Another option would be a larger oval (like the 'follow') with a name like 'FAQ' or 'info'.

                Speaking of mouse-overs, I'd like it if we got a preview of the OP text when mousing-over the thread title. Currently that action just echos the subject line.

                1. re: paulj

                  "That way new comers are more likely to stumble upon it."

                  There's feature in most forum software called "sticky topics." It's a really handy way to make things obvious for new users.

                  Alternatively, you could reinvent the wheel to break something that was working fine, but if this were a student project, you'd be lucky to get a D- for that kind of cleverness.

            2. Over on Home Cooking there is a lot of concern that new users will be unaware of the COTM and DOTM threads because they will miss the stickies that used to draw them in. It seems that even seasoned posters are having a hard time finding them.

              1. I must add my voice to those above. The decision to effectively hide the sticky topics is a bad call. The "i" does not scream "Hey, there's important stuff hidden here, so come look!" and therefore is ineffective.

                I've been working with website usability issues for many years: the key to effective websites (at least one of them) is making it possible for any site user to find the information they need, in the fewest number of clicks or mouseovers possible.

                I understand that the "i" is a nifty little graphic signifying "information found here," but I'd certainly not think to look there for the stickies. In fact, I assumed you'd done away with the Cookbook of the Month and Dish of the Month projects, until coming to this thread.

                1. I was wondering where they went

                  1. I never even noticed the i" before this...