Continuing the discussion from Proposing a left-aligned slide out hamburger menu.
The category list in the hamburger menu probably isn’t the best way to navigate between categories. In cases where a community has a large list of categories and subcategories, it likely isn’t very good at all.
When you’re on a topic list page using the breadcrumb dropdowns are definitely my go-to for category navigation, now with the added bonus of being searchable.
I suspect navigating from /latest to /categories might even be a bit superior, because it can do a better job at showing subcategory hierarchy and additional details (takes the same number of clicks, but a little more scrolling).
The #1 case for using the hamburger is when you’re in a topic or other page that’s not a topic list… (or I guess if you’re scrolled really far down the topic list and don’t want to scroll back up or refresh the page?)
So, how could categories in the hamburger menu be improved?
Do they need to be there at all? Would that menu generally be better and less noisy if we directed you with a single link to /categories? This would require one more click than selecting a category directly from the menu.
Or if a community has more than 10-15 categories, do we limit the list to most popular? Should we suppress subcategories by default (this is a common request). As a phase 2, could this be your most frequented categories?
Am I totally wrong about the menu? are you using it all the time? thoughts? additional ideas/examples?