Do We Need: The Stats Post, Views, Actively Stats on Homepage?

(Charles Wilmott) #1

I know these stats are needed for admin user
but for the normal community member

Do they really need to know : The Stats for Numbers for Posts, Views, Actively on the Homepage?

(jark) #2

I think only one “Replies” is enough.

And the Users Avatar is too noisy to me , three or two avatars is the most tome.

(Jeff Atwood) #3

Just suppress what you don’t like via CSS.

  • Views tells you how many users are actually entering your topic. Does anyone care about your topic? If this value is low, the answer is “nobody”.
  • Activity tells you how old the topic is (the date of last post)

I doubt many people would dispute the value of Posts, which is “how long is this topic? How much will I have to read if I enter it?”

(Khoa Nguyen) #4

You can custom yourself

(Charles Wilmott) #5

I’m finding I’m focusing on the numbers 1st instead of title of the post.

i.e when I see a post with “10.4K views” I highlighted in orange.

I feel like clicking on it because of the numbers
not because of the title of the post

Does anyone else experience this too?

(Khoa Nguyen) #6

Yes. I’ll read the 10.4k views post without read its title. (except the pinned topic)

(Charles Wilmott) #7

Do you think it’s a good thing or bad thing then @thangngoc89 ?

Because it makes me engage with the site
but I’m also ignoring topics I might find interesting by focusing on the numbers 1st
instead of the subject

What I would rather see instead is highlights of the discussion i.e

"Sam liked … "
"Charles said… "
“Jo added Mark & Dan to this topic”
“Jo shared a video”
“Sam shared a photo”
“Sam shared a thread”
“John now joinned in the talk”
“John mentioned Paul”

That already sounds more interesting than 10.4K views

(Khoa Nguyen) #8

No. IMO It’s a social network. Not a forum

(Charles Wilmott) #9

Here the eye heat map results

See what visitors will see in the first 3 seconds.
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See in detail which elements of your design capture and command most attention.
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Make sure your most important elements get over 50%!


you find this interesting @codinghorror @eviltrout

(Sam Saffron) #10

Can you run this on my simplified design? Sam's personal "minimal" topic list design


I don’t tend to look at a post’s metrics. The title is the thing I focus on. Recency is implied by the order shown and the feel developed over time on how active the forum is. If I feel the forum is dead or I’m on a first visit, I’ll look to check for the metrics if there’s not many topics present. Maybe if someone is a regular visitor, some of the metrics could drop-off (and welcome pins/stickies) to make it easier on the frequent user. Why do they need to see a welcome pin every time they visit?

(Jeff Atwood) #12

Thanks for running that @CharlesWil very cool.

This image in particular, “first impressions”, looks very solid to me

It seems to answer the key questions:

  1. What is this? (looking at the site logo + category drop down)

  2. What is being discussed here? (looking at the topic names)

  3. Who is discussing it? (looking at the discussion avatars)

So that works for me 100%. That was the goal.

(Jacob Chapel) #13

I ran it on my variation, here are the results:

Compare against here

I also ran it as a new user vs an engaged user since I think for most people it matters more if someone will sign up and engage.

(Jeff Atwood) #14

One thing I do not care for in the two rows per topic design, the left side gets awfully busy.

(Dave McClure) #15

I’ve been using it for a few weeks, and that was my initial objection too. It’s bothered me less as time goes on, but… I still think the OP data could just be eliminated - would love to try that out for a while here.

With just the category indicator there I’m guessing it’d feel a lot less busy over there.

(Jacob Chapel) #16

For my forum, having op info is a must. For larger forums the info isn’t as useful.

(Jeff Atwood) #17

I think OP would be better next to the other avatar, e.g. Have two avatars in that column, remove OP name as text from first column.