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Re: Where is the “recent threads” tab
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #971054 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Feb 5, 2019 10:43am
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Under “Biards”, did the “recent threads” drop down go away?

The drop-down went away, but the page is still there. (And updated too!) You can add it back yourself to the drop down from the Custom Menu preferences. (Premium member perk!)

But I wanted to de-emphasize the thread page because I think there are better ways of keeping an eye on what's happening in the message boards and suspect it confuses people. This is more of a "board-based" system rather than a "thread-based" system and I can't count the number of times someone didn't understand how something worked because they thought it was a thread-based system.

I'm not sure how you set up your My Page, but there is a "Threads" widget that allows you to see the most recent threads--and now you can even edit the preferences on it to show only "watched" threads or "all" threads (unless you're "ignoring" a thread, at which point it won't show up at all). Which seems like a better option for keeping an eye on threads.

The "newest messages" widget also now has an option to show only "watched" threads or all threads as well.

I guess I should also mention what a "watched" thread is. AQ actually has supported them for years--the posts were color-coded based on if you were watching a thread or not, and you were automatically subscribed to "watch" a thread whenever you posted to it. There was never an option to "unwatch" a thread, however, or to add a watch to the thread that you hadn't posted to. AQ will still automatically add a watch for any thread you post to, but now you can add (or remove) a watch manually by clicking the eyeball icon.

As a whole, though, I think the Favorite Boards widget is the easiest way to track new posts to boards that most interest you. The "new threads" and "new messages" widgets can be used to narrow (or expand) the favorite boards that you're tracking.

But like I said before, you're more than welcome to add the Threads page to your drop-down with the custom menus feature since you are a premium member. It's just a feature that I wanted to de-emphasize since I felt like it confused a lot of people new to the message boards.

-- Ryan
Re: Where is the “recent threads” tab
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #971059 by Green Tortuga
Feb 5, 2019 11:13am
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The drop-down went away, but the page is still there.

I forgot to mention, you can find the link for it by clicking the "Boards" link in the menubar. (Not anything in the drop-down menu, but the actual menubar name.) I didn't hide the link--just moved it so it wasn't front-and-center.

It's also in the sitemap as well. =)

-- Ryan
to find “recent threads” & Simple view of messsages
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #971064 by Green Tortuga
Feb 5, 2019 12:22pm
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Q1: now we go to "Boards"
go to "Threads and Boards"
open the "Recent Threads"

is that the shortest route?

Q2: Message View - I keep clicking on Simple, but it reverts to Expanded when I close the message boards. I can't find a way to make it stick.
(Edit note by me. Now it has stayed on Simple. No idea what I did to make it happen.)

Wow, trying to do this with the blindingly beautiful Chinese New Year theme is fun.
Re: to find “recent threads” & Simple view of messsages
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #971071 by Grrly Girl
Feb 5, 2019 2:51pm
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Q1: now we go to "Boards"
go to "Threads and Boards"
open the "Recent Threads"

Unless you use the recent threads widget on My Page or create your own link under the menubar.

I keep clicking on Simple, but it reverts to Expanded when I close the message boards. I can't find a way to make it stick.

It should stick automatically, but it's based on links in the URL. It's hard for me to guess what happened without looking over your shoulder. It also depends what account you're logged into (or not). If you were reading boards, for instance, but not logged into your account then wanted to post a reply and log into your account, it will change to whatever your account was set to which might not be what you were using before logging into your account.

And if you're like me and tend to open lots of windows at once, a change on one window may not be readily apparent when you view it on another one. Especially if you move between the simple and expanded views a lot.

So... it's hard to say what was causing it without my looking over your shoulder, but it is supposed to stick automatically, and I'm glad it's finally sticking for you! =)

-- Ryan