I absolutely understand the need for automated processes to reduce support requests.
But distracting me with a “new notification” indicator, showing a potentially-alarming title (“3 messages in your admins inbox”), forcing me to click through, pulling me away from actually running my community, just so I can see the same message I’ve seen several times before, doesn’t seem like a great solution. This is the sort of time-wasting UX I expect to see on platforms like Facebook – not libre software I run myself
So why not continue keeping track of missing pieces of configuration, but only send a system message if there is actually new advice on the dashboard, as the message purports there is?
Or let site operators make decisions for themselves and dismiss notices?
Or even show a persistent banner across the top of every page that tells the admin “x items need to be addressed on the dashboard”. This would at least be commensurate with the importance of the message, and wouldn’t be lumped in with higher-priority notifications.
FYI, this is the dashboard notice I’m being badgered about:
- Your site is missing a 512 × 512 icon which allows users to add a homescreen shortcut to this site on Android devices. Go to the Site Settings and upload a 512 × 512 icon.
It’s not a quick fix (I need to create the graphic), and it’s not critical to my site’s operation.