Continuing the discussion from Move some post actions to “extra drawer”:
This seems to warrant its own discussion. A few thoughts I have regarding the current indicator and its history:
By the time you can see the current bookmark indicator, you’ve probably already read the post, since its below the post.
- A long time ago the bookmark icon was on top of the posts. Since it was doing double-duty as the bookmark feature, it made sense to move it down to the bottom, but its more clear not that these two functions are somewhat in conflict with each other.
Its not that useful as is because the indicator is really only visible on the last post you’ve read in a topic. You have to scroll up and down to find it if you’re not already there or entering the topic from the topic list.
So, there seem to be two main goals out of this:
- The indicator should show which posts are read and which aren’t.
- It’d be nice to have a way to jump to the last read post from within a topic.
So here’s an idea:
First, for the ‘subtle but visible indicator’… ‘a “you read this” indicator on each post’, follow some conventions from email clients. Just style the name and date on each post differently for read vs unread: bold = unread normal = read
(Ignore the funky outline/dropshadow… just a quick and dirty mock)
Having this indicator back at the top would help make it more clear that the state changes as you read the post like in the old days.
Then, to answer the issue of losing your place, what if the progress bar showed which the last read post was in a darker shade of green?
Clicking anywhere in the dark green region would bring you back to the last read post.
(I realize this second part of the discussion overlaps with the one going on here as well…)