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post #1 of 11 Old 11-12-2019, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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is there a reason for the 'recent discussions' sidebar? i can't say i've ever used it and on chrome it takes up over 1/4 of the screen. with it gone our text and pictures would be wider
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-13-2019, 11:27 AM
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I can't say I have EVER used it either.

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I have a 23" monitor, can't say I have even noticed it is there, would not want to be reading text in a wider window.

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Perhaps it is related to leaving room for ads?

When I click on Active Topics, above, I see a list of the most recent posts in order from newest to oldest. The ones with new posts are highlighted in bold.

I would be okay with it if Recent Discussions were gone to make more space.
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delete your shortcut link. Open the site and go to "active topics" and make that your new shortcut. Then you only ever see the active topics page.

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delete your shortcut link. Open the site and go to "active topics" and make that your new shortcut. Then you only ever see the active topics page.
The question is not how to make Active Topics the primary shortcut.

-> It is about whether the Recent Discussions sidebar is necessary, especially considering that Active Topics is similar.

I created a button in my browser. When I click it, the browser opens multiple tabs from my favorite WoodworkingTalk sub-forums. The last tab is Active Topics, which shows me posts in other sub-forums that I may otherwise miss. It works for me.
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99% of the time the Recent Discussions sidebar is all I use. Different strokes for different people.

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I go straight to "New Posts" and usually do not pay attention to anything else. If there is little in "new posts" I will sometimes look at "active posts."


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99% of the time the Recent Discussions sidebar is all I use. Different strokes for different people.
Same here.
In fact, that's how I found this thread.

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Same here.
In fact, that's how I found this thread.
Same here.
On my screen using chrome on windows 7, the width of the side screen for "Recent Discussions" is around 20% of total width. Not an issue to me at all Also not that above and below the "Recent Discussion" side bar are several commercial ads for tools, mostly CPO. My best guess is that if they had more ads, the sidebar of Recent Discussions would be gone. So maybe the Recent Discussions is just a 'filler'.

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post #11 of 11 Old 11-14-2019, 12:22 PM
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Here's what I see....

I use an ad blocker, so I see no ads.



The side bar "Recent Discussions" is an immediate visual check of all the topics currently being "discussed".


I typically use "New Posts" to find the latest posts on topics currently being discussed.


The "Active Topics" button does much the same thing but shows more threads.


All three do much the same thing, just slightly different.
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