As a new user on Try Discourse, I bookmarked a post in the middle of a topic to read later, then opened Try Discourse on another computer and tried to return to that post. But I had a hard time locating the list of posts that I have bookmarked. I think the list should be moved, or have clearer links pointing to it.
On the original computer, I wanted to open a post with a YouTube video on another computer, since that didn’t have speakers. I clicked the bookmark icon in the bottom right of the post and confirmed by hovering that it was bookmarked. On the new computer, after arriving at the home page and logging in, I looked for the bookmark icon (the one represented by
span.unread in code). I saw it next to Unread at the top, so I tried clicking that. But that list had nothing to do with my bookmarked posts; it just said that I had no unread topics. I went back to the home page and scrolled a bit down the page, but realized that there was no other controls further down that might link to bookmarks. Then I guessed that I might see my bookmarks by clicking the notifications speech balloon in the top right of the site. But the only thing listed there was the welcome mail from the admin. Finally, I tried clicking “view older notifications” in that pop-up panel. On the resulting Activity page, I finally saw Bookmarks listed on the left. I saw that I could click the bookmark in the All list, or click Bookmarks to filter the list to show only my bookmarks.
I don’t think the list of bookmarks belongs in the Activity section. An Activity log has an air of permanance about it. An action I did in the past is immutable. I can add a new event reversing something, but I can’t delete the original event. At least, that’s the way I understand the concept of Activity from Stack Exchange sites. However, bookmarks do not have that property. When you visit a post and un-bookmark it, the “bookmarked” action disappears, and the bookmarks section even disappears from the sidebar on the left.
What bookmarks do have in common with activities is that they happen at a specific time, and are often tied to a specific post. But their fundamental difference in permanence makes it too confusing for them to share a page with past actions.
I think the best solution would be to move the list of bookmarks to the Unread page, in a separate section of the page, since Bookmarks and Unread use the same icon, and are indicated by the same button on posts. The Unread section also contains a list of posts with times (I think; it’s hard to check), so bookmarks would fit right in. The Unread section doesn’t have any particular expectations of permananence or transitiveness, so bookmarks don’t clash with expectations in that way.
(I couldn’t check if someone posted about this already, because search doesn’t work for me anywhere. After I type search terms, the spinner just spins forever.)