Feedback to the user profile page design update Oct. 2016 (post your thoughts here)

You may have noticed that intructables has a brand new user profile page design. I couldn't find a thread for feedback so I made this. Feel free to add your thoughts on this change!

It is was just about time for this update and you came up with a beautiful design. Yet I do have a few mixed feelings about it, I'll just go throught the things I noticed within half an hour playing around:
  • It's a bummer that it is not possible to sort the instructables of a user by anything.
  • I can not figure out how to access a users collections or favorites list.
  • I noticed the activity list is mostly filled with "user favorited author's ible" or "some user followed author", which is hiding any *actual* activity of the author. I doubt that this is what the majority of readers want (At least I don't). Please give use the option to choose what we'd like to show as well as the option to hide and feature individual entries, it is "our" profile after all.
  • Long comments should be "collapsed" by default with a button to display all of it. It can clog up the list quite easily.
  • This type of activity list has a great potential to ease communication with followers. I'd be great to post things (small amounts of text or maybe a picture) which generates a notification for followers.
  • The "Set promoted Items" is a great idea, if I could get it to work (I'm running firefox 44.0)
  • The "favorite <3" counter has always meant much more to me than views, they show that an ible is worth remembering, please bring it back.
  • Why is the avartar now placed in a top banner instead of in the top left corner (right over the "about user" section). It seems like a lot of wasted space to me.
  • I wish you could click any of the contest medals to get to the corresponding 'ible, it's no big deal though.
  • Characters such as " " or Ω are not displayed correctly.

To me this update feels like a lot of options to discover the things I like are taken from me. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought instructables is the place for those who desire more individuality, so much actually, that they just make their own stuff. Quite ironic to force a "one fits all" update (without any  configurations) onto everybody.

Please, don't take this to much to heart. I am aware that any of those dots above can be days worth of work, I don't expect you to change anything. Still I feel like these issues must at least be mentioned once.

Stay true to yourself, instructables, don't loose your uniqueness in search of being pretty.

nqtronix

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nqtronix (author) 9 months ago

@all: Thanks for all your thoughts so far! If you have missed it, check out the parallel thread about the same issue here:

https://www.instructables.com/community/User-profile-pages-have-been-changed-for-the-worst/

BrittLiv9 months ago

Another thing I noticed is
that spam comments remain in the user profile, even though they were deleted
from the Instructable.

Also I noticed that it says
that I was a runner up in the Wood Working contest
(https://www.instructables.com/contest/woodworking/). I don't think I was. I
haven't checked whether everything else is right. I can't figure out what the
contest are sorted by it is definitely not date, nor value of the prize. Can we please, please get the old contest patches back?

Cherzer10 months ago

The two things like about the new layout are the ability to pick promoted items and I do like the activity feed, but I feel that we all would have been better served if these features we just incorporated into the old layout.

Yonatan24 Cherzer9 months ago

+1

This is about all there is to it--and I'm not even sure the activity feed would be something for the public.

These changes were not needed to be so radical. In making them what they are, things have been worsened.

allie.fauer10 months ago

Here are my thoughts. There are a lot of them!

Positives:

-I am a BIG fan of the new activity feed. It's interesting to be able to look back and see when events such as contest wins happened and who is favoriting projects. It's interesting to be able to see which older 'ibles are receiving attention. It makes me want to pay more attention to them myself!

-I've always felt Instructables was a little behind on making their site 'mobile friendly', and from a mobile first perspective this new layout works much better!

-Setting promoted items is such a great idea. I know the feature doesn't quite work yet, but I'm assuming it's being worked on. This feature makes the page feel more personal and will really let authors display work they are proud of!

-I like that it now says what place was won in contests and not just that you won!

Negatives:

-There is too much 'essential' information that is located below the fold of the page. Personally, I have an external portfolio website listed in my "about" section and I drive a fair amount of traffic to it through Instructables. I wish the placement of this information was somewhere visible when the page initially loads so someone doesn't miss reading it before they click on one of my projects.

-I wish I could still see my favorites from this page. I often use my favorites to save Instructables that use resources that I am considering using for my own projects(so, I kinda use it like Pinterest in a way!). It's more steps then necessary to have to go to your 'You Page', click on the correct tab, etc.. This change might drive me to actually use Pinterest! I also wish I could see projects that others have favorited.

-I miss being able to see how my followers I, along with others have. Also, you can't sort by 'most views' when viewing all Instructables. When I subscribe to someone new, the decision is usually made after seeing one project I like, noticing they have a good amount of followers, clicking on their page and sorting their Instructables by views which brings of up projects I've usually seen and liked in the past.

-The new trophy icons for contest wins seems really impersonal. Getting new patches for my profile has always been an accomplishment. Getting the 'same old' trophy icon is not. It's also hard when looking at the profiles of others to quickly asses what type of contests they enter without the images like the patches have. Also, a lot of the the wrong places were listed(Ex. One of my patches said I won 2nd Place when I was actually a Runner Up).

Ben Finio10 months ago

This update surprised me as well. I also can't set "Set promoted items" to work, either in Firefox or Chrome. I click the button and it just brings up a pop-up window with the same 5 Instructables that are already there - none of my other ones are available to swap in. Hopefully that's just a bug that will be fixed soon.

Also not crazy about the news-feed ish feature (I've seen complaints in other threads about how it's pretty cluttered by things like people favoriting individual projects, as opposed to activity by the author); or how if you go to "All Instructables", all the sort options are gone. Maybe they did this as a way to help less-popular projects get a leg up, since if people are sorting by views and popularity all the time, that creates a feedback loop where the less popular ones never get any exposure?

"I also can't set "Set promoted items"
to work, either in Firefox or Chrome. I click the button and it just
brings up a pop-up window with the same 5 Instructables that are already
there - none of my other ones are available to swap in. Hopefully
that's just a bug that will be fixed soon."

It did not catch for a while when I set it either; after some time, it did show up. I think the system is just running on a bit of lag.

"Also not crazy about the news-feed ish feature (I've seen complaints in
other threads about how it's pretty cluttered by things like people
favoriting individual projects, as opposed to activity by the author);
or how if you go to "All Instructables", all the sort options are gone.
Maybe they did this as a way to help less-popular projects get a leg up,
since if people are sorting by views and popularity all the time, that
creates a feedback loop where the less popular ones never get any
exposure?"

The only vaguely positive change was the featured content selection capability. Considering that the costs for it were huge (fewer instructables shown, not indications for how many projects/subscribers the user has, the elimination of patches and the generally unintuitive design of the page), it was clearly not worth it.

I am sure that they could have integrated the function to the old layout, as they should have. Instead, we got this.

Cherzer10 months ago

It might have been nice to receive some form of communication about the update.