Earlier this week we received a rather interesting feature suggestion that peaked our interest enough to see if it could be developed.
The idea behind the feature suggestion was to create a "queue" (of sort) that would allow our members to quickly add blogs to a queue that could than be read at any time. In essence, a way of quickly adding blogs to a queue so that the person could continue on viewing other blogs without stopping to take the time to read in detail a given blog. At least, that is how we understood the feature suggestion.
After a bit of work and some brain-storming we have come up with a method to do this.
We are calling it the "Blog Queue" and it is available right now to all Pledge Partners.
We have attempted to integrate it into a system similar to our existing "account alerts" - located at the top of the website. When you add a blog to your queue it will show that you have one (or many) in your queue. By including it into the top of our website you can quickly access any blog in your queue at any time.
Now, we realize that we already have a "tracking system" called the "Tracker and we could have just as well as used it. But, we realized that the Tracker is a long-term system for tracking blogs, whereas our new "queue" is something that should be used for short-term purposes. Ideally for a single login-period, or a day or two at the most.
Because we have tightly integrated this into our top-navigation system we are going to be placing a limit of ten (10) blogs that you can have in your queue at any time. The reason for this is that for every single page that you visit, we have to process the list of blogs into the html (code) of the website, and that causes additional load-time. As a fairly good percentage of our members do not have high-speed internet, we like to try to keep the website loading as fast as possible.
How It Works:
Here are a few screenshots of how this system looks/works:
When you are viewing a blog you will notice a new area on the right-side navigation (hopefully at the very top of the right-side-navigation area) which looks like this:
If you click on the link that says "Add to Blog Queue" the blog will be added to your queue and then it should look like this:
At that point you should see that within the top-navigation area your "queue" should increase by one.
In this screenshot, we have two blogs added to our Blog Queue:
If you would like to see a full-size screenshot of how this looks click here
This screenshot shows how the list looks in full detail:
You can click the subject of the blog to visit the blog (which will also remove the blog from your queue!)
You can click the little green-arrow to also visit the blog.
You can click the little red-x to have the blog removed from your queue.
On the (logged in) home page of our website where the blog listings are displayed, you will now see a little green plus-sign on the top-right of each blog. You can also click on that to have the blog added to your queue.
That should make it super easy to add new blogs that you would like to read at a later time, but not forget to read!
Now, we just already hear peoples brain churning away about how this feature would be "sooo cool" to have integrated into the CB Groups, or into the Discussions, or into Private Messages, or such.
However, at this time, we have zero intent of plugging this system into other aspects of our website. Yes, that is zero... nadda... zilch... zipp... none!
Pledge Partnership Required:
Like many other features of our website Services, we are going to be requiring that you be a Pledge Partner in order to access this feature.
This is one of those features that is "above and beyond" simply "blogging" and goes more into the "advanced services" - so it rightfully belongs within the Services that are available to our Pledge Partners.
We hope our Pledge Partners enjoy this new feature!
We look forward to any feedback we receive.
We thank @metamorphosis for the suggestion and @kreynolds+ for further input on this idea.
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