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News Page Re-Skin

Added by Sara Cannon 2 months ago. Updated about 21 hours ago.

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New
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Start date:
2022-07-26
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Description

Re-skin the News page to become similar to the design of the directory pages and incorporate features from "MyCommons". https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/activity/

  • Add a featured section for the Academic Commons news that will disappear if the filters are changed.
  • In addition to "sitewide", add the ability to filter the results similar to My Commons (My Groups, My Sites, My Campus, My Friends)
  • Remove unnecessary personal updates in the feed ("Jayden joined the group X", "Scott changed his profile photo" etc)
  • Remove the photos in the copy of the updates to streamline the look
Current Filter Items:
  • Show Updates
  • Show Blog Comments
  • Show New Groups
  • Show New Group Memberships
  • Show New People
  • External Blogs
  • New Docs
  • Doc Edits
  • Doc Comments

What items on this filter list can we eliminate or change?


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News - Sitewide.png (852 KB) News - Sitewide.png Sara Cannon, 2022-07-26 07:43 PM
Screen Shot 2022-09-27 at 00.23.17.jpg (201 KB) Screen Shot 2022-09-27 at 00.23.17.jpg Raymond Hoh, 2022-09-26 08:35 PM

Related issues

Related to CUNY Academic Commons - Design/UX #16536: Main Navigation Drop-Down EliminationNewBoone Gorges2022-07-26

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Actions #1

Updated by Boone Gorges about 2 months ago

  • Target version set to 2.1.0
Actions #2

Updated by Colin McDonald 15 days ago

Actions #3

Updated by Colin McDonald 15 days ago

Following up from the call today, let's adjust this design to show the My Commons filters across the top of:

All Activity
My Groups
My Sites
My Campuses
My Papers
My Friends

FYI, if you're logged in you can see the current My Commons layout here: https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/my-commons/

Then let's keep the secondary dropdown but simplify it a lot, so it only shows:

No Filter
New Posts (comprising public blog and forum posts in Sites and Groups)
New Sites/Groups (comprising new Groups and Sites)

So we're removing:
New Comments (I could see an argument for keeping this, though)
New Memberships
New People (this and the one above we discussed removing to not surface too much from new users right away)
External Blogs (not sure about this functionality?)
Docs options, now sunset

And now I'm wondering if this secondary dropdown will be useful enough to keep at all. Sara or others, what do you think?

Scott, I'm also adding you here for any feedback since you know My Commons well, and also to note that we should update the My Commons documentation here when we're done: https://help.commons.gc.cuny.edu/my-commons-2/

We should also discuss whether we sunset "My Commons" as a phrase to describe this page/functionality. Also now that I'm thinking about it, I wonder if instead of News this nav item should really say Activity, or something that gets more at the personal and Commons-oriented aspects of this page.

Actions #4

Updated by Colin McDonald 15 days ago

Adding some watchers here to take a look at the update I just posted, thanks!

Actions #5

Updated by Boone Gorges 12 days ago

Then let's keep the secondary dropdown but simplify it a lot, so it only shows:

If we are removing items from the filter dropdown, should we also remove those item types from the activity stream? For example, if you can no longer select 'New Docs', should we be showing 'Colin created a new doc...' activity items?

And now I'm wondering if this secondary dropdown will be useful enough to keep at all. Sara or others, what do you think?

Stepping back, the original purpose of the /activity/ page (both on the Commons and in BuddyPress more generally) is to help the user browse and drill-down into public site activity. If you remove options from the filter dropdown, or remove that dropdown altogether, you're reducing the ability to do this kind of discovery. Maybe this is OK and worth the simplicity trade-off - the amount of activity on the Commons is overwhelmingly large, and people may not want (or be able) to parse the firehose. In any case, we should be thoughtful about what use cases we're precluding if we remove built-in functionality like this.

Actions #6

Updated by Raymond Hoh 1 day ago

Since I previously did most of the work on My Commons, I started working on porting Sara's redesign of the News page over to cdev.

You might need to do a hard refresh in your browser to view the latest changes on cdev. For those that cannot access cdev, I've attached a logged-out screenshot.

Not everything is 1:1 to Sara's mockup yet, but I wanted to get something up.

Some implementation notes:

  • When logged-in, I renamed the "All Activity" tab from My Commons to "My Activity" because we also have the "Sitewide" tab. Having both "All Activity" and "Sitewide" as different tabs could confuse the user, which is why I went with "My Activity", but could use some thoughts on another label here. I also moved the "Sitewide" tab to the end instead of having it be the first item.
  • For the "Latest News" block, I'm re-using the same block that is on the homepage to avoid duplicating work. So this block doesn't match the mockup yet.
  • Also for the "Latest News" block, when logged-in, this block is only visible on the "Sitewide" tab.
  • I also left the filter options alone until we've made a decision on which items to keep and trim.
Actions #7

Updated by Laurie Hurson about 23 hours ago

Hi all,

I am looking at this on cdev and it looks good! A couple comments:

When logged-in, I renamed the "All Activity" tab from My Commons to "My Activity"

This makes sense to me. I would also suggest we make "Sitewide activity" with the latest news tab the default one that comes up when a user clicks "News". After first seeing the sitewide tab, a user can click into their personalized "My X" tabs

Also for the "Latest News" block, when logged-in, this block is only visible on the "Sitewide" tab.

Also makes sense to me. Sometimes the block didn't always appear for me in the sitewide tab and i had to refresh.

I also left the filter options alone until we've made a decision on which items to keep and trim.

I lean toward keeping the filters. The dropdown is pretty unobtrusive and it does allow a user to drill down into more detail.

Also do we want to get rid of "My Papers" - didn't we discontinue this? And optionally, we could remove any filters items about "Docs" because thy are so rarely used...

Actions #8

Updated by Boone Gorges about 21 hours ago

For our conversation, here's a list of the filters currently in the dropdown:

activity_update  Show Updates
new_blog_post  Show Blog Posts
new_blog_comment  Show Blog Comments
created_group  Show New Groups
joined_group  Show New Group Memberships
friendship_accepted,friendship_created  Show Friendship Connections
new_member  Show New People
exb  External Blogs
bp_doc_created  New Docs
bp_doc_edited  Doc Edits
bp_doc_comment  Doc Comments

Here's a list of activity types in the database that don't appear in this list. I've removed those that come from plugins that we've already deprecated (such as Social Paper):

activity_comment
added_group_document
bbp_reply_create
bbp_topic_create
bpeo_create_event
bpeo_edit_event
deleted_group_document
edited_group_document
group_details_updated
new_avatar
new_event
updated_profile
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