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Ability to differentiate between Updated and Brand New Discussions - Is this helpful to you?

Dave MP | Sep 17, 2013 02:23 PM

This is a general question for logged-in users of the site, and I'd love to get feedback from a variety of people.

With the design changes that came in December 2012, we introduced a way to differentiate between Brand New (you've never read them) and Updated (you have read, but there's a new update since you last read it) discussions. For the first three months, it was indicated using arrows, but then in March of 2013 this changed to a blue dot, which you see to the left of the title on board pages.

Prior to December, there was no way to see this differentiation. Threads were either read (in entirety) or new (which could have meant entirely new, or could have meant a thread you've read before with some new posts added)

So, the question I have is: Is this type of differentiation useful to you?

Some points to consider:

1) This differentiation (currently blue dots) is only useful on Board pages and the Chowhound homepage, when you are logged into the site.

2) You do currently see blue dots next to discussions in your profile, but these aren't really useful at all. If something is in your profile, it means you *must* have read it before, which means there are really only two states a discussion could be in: updated (with a blue dot) or completely read (grayed out)

So, to reiterate, I'm most interested in finding out whether you find this type of differentiation useful as a user. Is this something you look at and care about when browsing board pages?

Thanks!
Dave MP

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