Forum updates & features - Rework of several menus

Hi!

The forum software is evolving - a bit - again.

The Hamburger menu image has been reworked.

From:

To:

It has new shortcuts, you can customize which categories you want to have shortcuts to, and there’s also a direct link to your personal messages at the bottom.

:information_source: There is a setting that I can enable that will make this menu a togglable sidebar. The sidebar will be shown until you click the hamburger again, so everyone can choose if they want or not have the sidebar on screen.

It would look like this:

Since this setting affects everyone, I’ll make a poll in the future so you can choose if you prefer to have this togglable sidebar (it implies the hamburger icon before the forum’s logo) or not.
Or maybe I’ll activate it as a sidebar for some time (like 2 weeks, a month?) and see what you prefer after trying both options.

In either case, the sidebar is automatically disabled on mobile.

As the sidebar contains links to categories, I think it’s a good choice if you have, as the forum’s homepage, the latest topics instead of the categories + latest topics (default homepage).

You can change your own homepage in your preferences:


Another revamped menu is your “personal menu” (does it even has a name? :thinking:), when you click on your avatar image, in whch you can now filter your notifications by type:

Your “profile menu” (that’s a lot of menus…) is the last icon:
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They aren’t drastic changes, mostly layout tweaks and a bit more customizable options and filters. It should not change how you use the forum, except for power users.

And for mega-power users, you can use most of the forum’s features using keyboard shortcuts, try typing ? or click the keyboard icon image at the bottom of the hamburger menu. :keyboard: :ninja:

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Once you go sidebar you never go back! But as you say, if you want to disable it you just hit the hamburger and it disappears. And you can toggle it whenever you like, for instance if you want to focus on reading something without being distracted by the sidebar.

If/when you enable chat, it integrates nicely into the sidebar too. I would almost go so far as to say that the sidebar is a must if you enable chat.

The new menu is the sidebar (in terms of contents), just in a popover rather than a side panel. But mobile uses a sliding sidebar instead of a popover, so it’s kinda both :face_with_raised_eyebrow: .

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I set the hamburger menu as a togglable sidebar. It brings more usefulness this way and it’s also, in my opinion, the way it’s meant to be from the perspective of Discourse’s developers.

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I’m beginning to like it.
On a smartphone, it’s the same as before, correct?

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For me, it’s still the same as it was before on a mobile :slight_smile:

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Yes, nothing changed on smartphones.

@Gockie, from what I remember, you only use the forum on smartphone, is that right?

I use it on smartphone and iPad. I was seeing a menu but it looks like it’s gone back to how it was on iPad unless I’m mistaken.

Do you see a hamburger menu at the top left? If so that will toggle the sidebar :slight_smile: .

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