Working on products again. I missed this. Deeply.
In the experience of deviantART, we find ourselves hitting "X" buttons a lot, don't we? Every day our +watch lists produce a whole bunch of activity from the people we are interested in. Deviations, Journals, Polls, etc. and we either click "X" to make them disappear right away, or we reply... and then we hit "X" to make them disappear once we're done.
Except for the hoarders. They like to keep stuff. Some of the hoarders keep all the messages. Some keep only the messages they want to remember later. Chances are, they don't really go back to look at the stuff they're hoarding. Who's got that kind of time? Besides, there are always new messages to tend to!
I tend to like the legitimacy of it all. When you +watch someone, you definitely have a chance to see their updates and their new art work. It doesn't somehow scroll away or disappear. You'd have to "X" it away for that to happen.
We do this for:
Deviations published by deviants
Critiques written by deviants about deviations
Journals published by deviants
New forum threads by deviants you +watch
Polls by deviants you +watch
And it has been requested that this be offered for:
... by all the people we +watch!
Well I have to say, that's a lot of hitting "X" -- Some of it very valuable. Some of it totally unnecessary.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that only two of these things really need explicit tracking. The rest can be fed to me in the experience of deviantART without requiring me to "X" them or "Mark them as Read" --
I will try to reply to all. But I also want to thank you in advance. This type of feedback is incredibly valuable to us.
Help in the Comments!
1. What do you think of all this "X" work you're doing?
2. Do you want more than just Deviations & Journals (from your +watch) to require "X" interactions? Why?
3. Anything else you want me to know about your Message Center usage?