[p2pu-dev] filters on the wall

Philipp Schmidt philipp at p2pu.org
Thu Jul 7 19:44:52 UTC 2011

On 7 July 2011 15:53, zuzel.vp <zuzel.vp at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> Following up on one of the things we disscused on the community call:
> ===============================================================
> Activity wall
>    Can we streamline the actvity on the activity wall in a way that
> eliminates some of the noise and allows us make it more useful for
> showing what is happening in courses? At the moment it pulls in a lot
> of general activity.
>    Could be a very powerful tool
>    What does the community see as being important/valuable activity
>    One of the changes being made this week (monday) will be the
> ability for users to filter the wall, and allow users to create
> threaded conversations. -- http://pad.p2pu.org/SowTorontoDev --
> filters have to go in before monday
>    Do we want to display, by default, certain things? Or all do we
> want, for example, only to have status updates or group information?

Suggested Default:

* Messages from course organizer (in separate color?)
* Messages from other participants
* New tasks created
* New participants

Suggested Optional:

* New comment to task created (in task) - I'm a little undecided if this one
should be default
* External feeds (these are creating most of the noise I think)
* New follower

>    Can this decsion be made by the person who creates the group?

I'll stick my head out and suggest that we do NOT give users the option to
control this. I anticipate that this will cause a lot of discussion, but
there is research on UX design that shows more options make users unhappy
(and confused). Is there really a course where participants would not want
to see messages from the organizers, other participants and task creation in
the activity stream?

If we notice that users struggle with the defaults - then we adjust (or give
more options).

>    But what events/activities do we choose to display?
>    Zuzel will send a mail to the dev list to get feedback, but will
> need to implement something by Monday.
> ===============================================================
> There are 4 different kinds of activities in the wall:
> * messages posted to the wall by organizers and participants (soon
> threaded to allow discussions not related to tasks to happen inside a
> group)
> * activity related to tasks (creation of new tasks, non minor editions
> to tasks, threaded comments around tasks)
> * activity that is shared by the organizers from the external links
> the group is subscribed to.
> * activity related to new faces interested on the course (someone is
> following the course)
> We have to decide which of this will be in by default on the wall, and
> with can be seen or filtered for quickly access by clicking on
> predefined filters (e.g. See activity related to [everything],
> [messages], [tasks], [subscriptions], [people]).

Filter options:

[Messages from Organizer]
[All messages]
[New tasks]

> Thoughts?
> --
> Thanks,
>    Zuzel
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