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Looking for feedback on a new, upcoming top navigation bar...

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Looking for feedback on a new, upcoming top navigation bar...

Hey everyone,

There's a lot of things we want to do to improve the site and one of the areas we haven't been very happy with for a while is the top navigation bar. If your screen is wide enough, you would actually see 17(!) tabs. It's a bit messy to say the least so we've been working on an update that we'd like to test and roll out in the next few weeks. We think it should help provide a more fluid and cleaner navigation experience and allow you to get to more of the sections and deal info faster. Here's a preview:

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We've grouped a lot of the tabs together and provided more options in the mouseover menu so that you can drill down deeper with one click. At some point in the future, we think we can probably remove the categories in the left sidebar as well so that's the direction we're going, but one step at a time...

So what does everyone think? We're looking for some feedback right now so post it here. As we roll out this feature you will have an opportunity to test it out or change back to the existing navigation bar if you prefer. We will also have a survey to help track and monitor the results so please provide your feedback!



We've got a lot on the go right now so hopefully we'll be rolling out more tools and features in the future to make it easier and more fun to use the site.
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i hate pop-up menus. can't we aim for a simpler layout that aims for speed rather than bells & whistles?

as for 17 tabs there's a much simpler solution. deep six the following: features, credit store, warehouse sales, scarlett lounge, marketplace, newsletter, and blog. some of those are of dubious value and i question just how much traffic they actually get. stuff like 'blog' can be integrated into the forums (you could make a sub-forum called [dun dun dun] Blog).

oh and of course why is the request for a bigger inbox always being ignored in these upgrades?
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Derek wrote:
Dec 10th, 2010 6:51 pm
We've grouped a lot of the tabs together and provided more options in the mouseover menu so that you can drill down deeper with one click. At some point in the future, we think we can probably remove the categories in the left sidebar as well so that's the direction we're going, but one step at a time...

As long as the main buttons still function as buttons - ie click forums and it brings you to forums home - that would be a positive change. I'll be honest I'm more excited having the left side bar disappear.
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+1 to disliking menus; every implementation I've seen has impacted usability to some extent.

I still find myself mildly bewildered whenever I'm reminded there's more to this place than the forums to be honest.
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It looks far too cluttered. The system we have now looks fine to me.
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I like it. I'd have to see it in every day use to see just how functional it would be.
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I'll be honest in saying that I only visit the forums and occasionally coupons. This would not change my navigating habits in the slightest and I wonder how many people it would affect?
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if it slows down the site, im not in favour, any improvements that help load the page faster is OK with me, +1 for a bigger inbox as well, 500 messages?
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mikka1989 wrote:
Dec 13th, 2010 12:58 am
if it slows down the site, im not in favour, any improvements that help load the page faster is OK with me

+1 to this.

If it makes the site slower, then I'm a no go. But yea...17 tabs is a tad clutter-ish haha. Looks good, I just hope it would not lagg on the mobile-side when I log through my iPhone and Blackberry.
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No, please no. I'd rather see more time invested in fixing the existing problems than creating new ones.

Most notably:

1. The text editor is still completely messed up. You cannot highlight text and format it; it places the formatting characters somewhere at random.
2. Smilies, emails, links, images, movies, etc etc are inserted at the beginning of the post, regardless of cursor position.
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for the past 4 years I havent used those tabs at all.

When I go on rfd, I use the sidebar, click electronics bst, then i go back to forums and go from there. Maybe I should try these tabs lol.
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I’m a forum-only guy so I barely notice the tabs. It’s kind of difficult to judge based on screenshots but I kind of like this new implementation with the mega-dropdowns.
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It appears to be an improvement as long as the site speed is maintained on the mouseover function.

I for one think that if you could make the user able to create a "MyRFD" homepage that they could customize for their needs and wants so it populates the things they want to see immediately and not have to navigate each time.

Glad to see you being proactive. keep up the good work!
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When I click on my RFD bookmark, it takes me to hot deals. After browsing I then click on Subscribed Threads to check out those.

As long as site loading speed is not effected, you guys can do whatever.
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I browse as much from a BB on the mobile version as I do on the full version. I would suggest you focus on mobile more in fact - I often find myself checking this site while in a store.

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