I’ve never been super happy with the topic summary / topic map layout. What’s the topic summary?
When you arrive at Disneyland, they hand out maps at the entrance – since the first post is the entrance to the topic, this is the map we hand out to visitors arriving at the entrance to the topic!
It contains overview information about the topic, such as:
- When was this topic created?
- When was the last post in this topic?
- How many posts are in this topic?
- How many links were posted in this topic?
- Which users are posting in this topic, and how much?
It does stuff too! Try clicking the parts of it.
Click the Last post to zap yourself to the bottom of the topic.
Click the big down chevron to expand the Topic Summary or Topic Map to see:
The complete Cast of Characters in this topic, along with how many times they’ve posted. Click on users to filter this topic to just posts by those particular user(s).
A list of “top” links posted in the topic, ordered by click count and thus popularity.
If the topic is long, a Summarize Topic button that filters the topic to just the “greatest hits” so it can be read more quickly without losing anything essential.
Looking at it with a designer friend of mine, we decided to add headers and make the numbers bigger.
While there is more we can and should do here, I think this helps keep the topic summary from getting too busy while we figure the rest out.