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My drop-down menu is broken! Where are "Recent", "Forums", and "Answers"? Answered

For the past several years, I have used the excellent user-specific drop-down menu options for quick access to those parts of the Instructables site in which I am most interested: recent I'bles, forum topics, and recent Q&A.

This afternoon, my dropdown menu changed, losing all of those functions.  Now, all I have access to are the instructables which I myself have created.  Obviously, I can take the tabs I currently have open and add them to the bookmarks of my current browser.  However, it's rather rude to take away functionality from users without warning us :-(

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jessyratfink (author)2013-06-12

I complained too! I'm doing the bookmark thing as well. It's the best workaround, I think, until I can pout/be generally miserable/sad enough to get it back. :D

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Kiteman (author)jessyratfink2013-06-12

Whenever you complain, add on the end "...and Kiteman says so too!".

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mikeasaurus (author)2013-06-11

Thanks for the specific feedback, please keep it coming.

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steveastrouk (author)mikeasaurus2013-06-12

It takes something like 30 seconds for Instructables to even display my "you" page. Then I have to click "discussions", a tab which I can't bookmark.

Why have you broken the customisable feature ? When I used to check comments 5 times a day or more, I can't be bothered hanging around now.

Or is this yet another example of a UI bug making it into the wild, because it wasn't tested properly, again.

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frollard (author)steveastrouk2013-06-12

You can direct link to
https://www.instructables.com/you/?show=COMMENTS
and it loads quickly
OR
https://www.instructables.com/you/backtalk

Same thing - loads fast - I have it as a bookmark on firefox 'home'

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WWC (author)2013-06-11

How come my comments i made on this are no longer here?

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kelseymh (author)WWC2013-06-11

Your comments were on Frollard's version of this topic, not mine :-)

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WWC (author)kelseymh2013-06-11

I have a comment here also but it has not shown it self.

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WWC (author)WWC2013-06-11

Maybe my comments are caught in the filters and are not showing up until .....?

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frollard (author)2013-06-11

I posted exactly the same thing right around the same time...It makes me sad as I primarily log in, check comments, then questions, then recent...all of which are obfuscated behind menus.
UI rule number one: less clicks is better.

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gmoon (author)2013-06-11

Totally agree. Everything on the new menu is accessible from our "You" page, so it seems redundant. I don't create a new ible twice a day, so why give that "instant access" priority?

Rather than follow the current trail of multiple clicks to access some locations, it's time to add direct links on my Firefox toolbar. :-P

A certain amount of dexterity is required to access current menus, too. A straight-line mouse path doesn't cut it... Maybe that's not a new thing--those menus could be avoided with the customizable drop-down.

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frollard (author)Kiteman2013-06-11

You commented on my other almost identical post...perhaps that's where?

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WWC (author)frollard2013-06-11

I also have another forum post related to all this and where is it? I can not see it. Its not gotten out into the public yet. I think it is stuck in the filters. That's 1 comment and 1 post stuck in the filters, i guess. Both related to the new changes.

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iceng (author)2013-06-10

I would enjoy tunneling the mastermind programmer for a sub level access.


As now I cannot directly access my library by shortcut or on my page.

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caitlinsdad (author)2013-06-10

AND "guides" are now "collections". Ibles will now tithe us religiously as there is a draft collections counter in the you page.

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caitlinsdad (author)caitlinsdad2013-06-10

also, comments made on guides collections no longer appear.

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