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Why did the Answers link get taken off the navbar? Answered

I think it's a great feature and that it should be showcased.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Best Answer 11 years ago

The Instructables site gets detailed information about which links are followed and how frequently.  The "Answers" link in the masthead was used very infrequently.  Most users get to I'bles from an external search. 

You'll see that Answers is featured on every single I'ble and forum topic page, and it is those features which generate the most traffic.

Many of the long-time users were unhappy with this change, but there is a reasonable rationale for it.

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revelae
revelae

Answer 11 years ago

"You'll see that Answers is featured on every single I'ble and forum topic page, and it is those features which generate the most traffic."

What do you mean by featured? When i go to an I'ble, I don't see it at the top.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

Big box with ANSWERS in blue. Featured the same way the INFO box is featured.

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revelae
revelae

Answer 11 years ago

Oh, that.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 11 years ago

I'd buy that if 'ibles was short on screen real estate in the header. But given how much space the header is currently spending purely on style, I have trouble believing that explanation. (Though I'm willing to believe that this is the excuse programmers gave management, or vice versa.)

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acidbass
acidbass

11 years ago

 tis all about research so the ible HQ people saw that it was getting not a lot of use like KITEMAN said but i am with you i used to use it all the time but once the people at HQ saw that it wasnt being used often enough they just said screw it and discontinued it

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

They didn't "just say screw it."  Good interface design involves having a minimal number of buttons/links/whatever.  If one of the buttons is really not being used, and the same information is also available through a different route, then it is reasonable to eliminate the redundancy.

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

 well yes i know that my dad is a seinor software architecht for IBM i know how it works

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

If you already knew that, then why did you make the rude comment?

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

 i did not mean to make it sound rude 

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

Because the site's own data showed that the Answers button in the header generated effectively zero traffic to the Answers section.

It is quite a while since it was removed, and the number of people who have registered their disapproval of its removal is less than a dozen.