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Look what happened to the home-page! Answered

Have you seen what they've done to the home page?

This is cool - I don't (didn't) normally use the front page, but now that it can show me the recent work of the authors I follow, or just the channels I'm interested in, I'm suddenly interested in it.

Kudos to the Development Team!


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pseaton (author)2016-03-16

Good news or bad news here, depending on your perspective: we collected opinions from a bunch of sources and decided that overall, people seem to prefer the rotator homepage. The feed will continue to be available (the top option in your "you" dropdown in the top right corner of the screen), but we're going to go back to showing the large images and rotator on the homepage. Should go out in the next week or so.

To those who asked for it -- you're welcome!

To those who liked our experiment -- sorry, but please do visit your feed frequently!

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pseaton (author)2016-02-23

Couple little changes went out today that it sounds like everyone in the thread will appreciate:

- The footer has been removed from the logged-in version of the homepage. It was never meant to be there, since the homepage now uses infinite scroll.

- When you select "top picks", the choice will be remembered. This is device-specific, so you'll need to hit it once per device.

- The homepage now uses the right image size, so your carefully-cropped cover images will be displayed edge-to-edge, accommodating any text or other details you may have towards the sides, tops, or bottoms of your images.

The projects in "top picks" should be the exact same as the ones on the logged-out version of the homepage (that's unchanged).

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I like that it remembers the choice.

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switch62 (author)2016-02-25

Yes, I know Top Picks is the same as Featured. But the rest of the old home page is gone.
The "recommended for you" strip does nothing but set which channels you get in your feed. I don't use the feed as I don't want to see every 'ible in every selected channel.
To see anything else I need to click the explore button and then click further.
The banner on the old home page would show me interesting pictures that would send me to 'ibles I wouldn't normally search for.
I appreciate that the design team put a lot of effort into the new home page but I find the old one suited my needs better. Surely its not that hard to have a setting that allows a choice. Or even better have a default home page and then allow the members (Pro?) to customise their home page.

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Yonatan24 (author)switch622016-03-06

And it laaaa(loading)aaaaa(loading)aaaaaags

I like the older version more....

Also, the people that spent their time making an awesome 'Ible, Don't get their appreciation from getting featured on the homepage...

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switch62 (author)2016-02-24

Is it possible to have the option of the old home page when logged in?

I actually like the old home page.

I got to see the latest featured 'ibles on one page,

nice banner that I click on when it shows something interesting,

scroll to the bottom to see current contests and get to site info and resources when needed.

As I check out the instructables site at least 4 to 5 times a day, I like to get a quick view of everything. If I want (have time) to go deeper I just use the "All" buttons or do a search.

I don't like the new logged in home page. It's very plain, unexciting and not very useful to me.

If I don't have the choice, I guess I'll have to stay logged out until I need to do something that requires login

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Kiteman (author)switch622016-02-25

That's what the "Top Picks" option is for.

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Yonatan24 (author)2016-02-19

Sorry, I don't like the new update :(

I just like to see the 'Ibles that were featured on the Homepage, Nothing more...

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Brooklyntonia (author)2016-02-18

Yes, I noticed this when the site went down for a bit and came back new and shiny last night.

These are reasons I feel totally the opposite:

The "Let's Make" banner is pretty. I like seeing it upon going to the homepage.

I don't follow that many people, so my feed doesn't update that often.

I want to see new projects by all members. Perhaps I'll find new people to follow.

I want more than my limited number of followers to see my homepage-worthy new projects.

Having the feed more easily accessible is cool, but I would prefer the default on the slider button to be all featured ibles instead of your feed, or perhaps there could be a setting in your account for this preference.

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Kiteman (author)Brooklyntonia2016-02-18

If look to the top-left of the page, beside where it says "Hey Booklyntonia!", you can switch from your feed to the Top Picks, the same projects that you'd see if you were logged out.

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Brooklyntonia (author)Kiteman2016-02-18

Yes, but I think it would better support the entire community to keep the recently featured the default.

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Kiteman (author)Brooklyntonia2016-02-19

I see your point, but I understand that [at the moment] the homepage gets [relatively] very little traffic from logged-in members, so [IMO] there shouldn't be much, if any negative impact from the change.

But, we'll see what happens when folk have had a chance to get used to the change.

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Brooklyntonia (author)Kiteman2016-02-19

Do you really have access to data that says logged in members don't visit the homepage often? That surprises me. If that's the case, then I don't suppose it will make that much difference, but I personally view the homepage a couple times a day most days.

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I like to check the homepage often to see what made it to what I consider a major league feature, especially if I made something. I still don't know what to make of the channel feature but I guess there are numbers to back up that channel featuring works just as well for exposure.

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Kiteman (author)Brooklyntonia2016-02-19

I don't have the data, but I've been told by people who do.

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pseaton (author)Brooklyntonia2016-02-19

Coming soon: the "top picks" button will remember your preference, and stay selected once you click it.

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Brooklyntonia (author)2016-02-19

Ok, so I still miss the "Let's Make" banner. I think it's better design and presents the site better to non members. Along with missing the old banner, I don't like looking at the "recommended for you" banner at the top of the page. If I've set up my feed, it becomes useless, and from what I can tell at this point, the images/categories will be the same every time I visit the page. If the images or categories that showed up in that bar interchanged to entice me to add a new category to my feed, it might make more sense. As it is now, a button next to the top hits/feed slider to "customize your feed" seems more appropriate.

I also didn't realize until today that you could click on the "recommended for you" and see all the various categories and sub categories as well as contests to add to your feed. Once I was on that other page, I was quite excited to see that I could follow a contest and see all the entries!

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caitlinsdad (author)2016-02-18

Tag, you're the default bug topic page for the announcement they never let comments on.

When they put infinite scroll on the Top Picks, it will infinitely try to load and display the next set of ibles. You can never get to the bottom banner with all of the pertinent site info like where to go pro or contact info.

If you don't have feeds or categories previously and try the feeds selection, you will be stuck on the page with the arrow chasing its tail widget spinning forever.

but hey, at least the Knexers can claim the home page.

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pseaton (author)caitlinsdad2016-02-19

We've had infinite scroll on the search page for a long time; it seems like most people like it. It definitely makes it faster and easier to browse through lots of projects quickly, which in turn lets us use larger cover images in the display. All designs have trade-offs, but we didn't feel that not having a footer on the homepage -- specifically for users who are registered already -- was a deal breaker.

The footer is still accessible on all "content" pages (as opposed to "list" pages) and for all logged-out users. I don't find myself using the footer very often actually.... there are some useful references in there, but we try to make sure most people's go-to stuff is in the header.

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caitlinsdad (author)pseaton2016-02-19

Ah, a feature, not a bug.

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2016-02-19

*click*

Thank you for contacting us about this issue. Have you tried clearing your cache and reloading the page?

*click*

(Actually, that's a good point, not a bug but an unwise design, I'll pass it along.)

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