Changes to Favorites

February 2, 2010
by Jacob Russell

We’ve updated the way favorites work on devot:ee to make it easier for you to keep track of add-ons.  Meet Bookmarks, the newest feature on devot:ee, and it just works!

If an add-on is one of my favorites, why wouldn't I want to share?

That's the question we asked ourselves when looking at public and private favorites recently, and the conclusion we came to is that you wouldn't. If an add-on is one of your favorites, then there's no reason to not give some credit to the add-on developer. However, there are situations where you might want to keep track of an add-on without making it a favorite. For example, it might be a new add-on that you find intriguing and don't want to lose track of, but haven't had a chance to try out yet. Before now you would have made that a private favorite, which doesn't really make sense logically. We've resolved the confusion and ambiguity around the whole system in a way that should make a lot of sense to everyone using it.
A new way to fav
What we've done in a nutshell is remove private favorites and replace them with a new 'bookmarks' feature. Bookmarks will work the same as private favorites in a lot of ways: you can use them to keep a private list of add-ons, they don't add to the favorite count of an add-on, etc. The difference isn't entirely in name however. We've added a new tab to member profile pages specifically for bookmarks where you can access and manage all of your bookmarks completely separate from your favorites. To keep things clean an add-on can only be one of the two, so if you get around to checking out a bookmarked add-on and decide you like it, you can quickly remove it from your bookmarks and favorite it. So what about all the private favorites you already had saved? Those have been automatically migrated over and are now bookmarks, you don't have to change a thing. As with favorites, bookmarks are for devot:ed members only, so if you'd like to try it out you'll need to sign up!

Coming Soon...

We've also had requests lately to add a feature allowing you to favorite articles as well so you can keep track of particularly useful entries. Moving to this new system and cleaning up how our favorites work will make that possible. You can expect to see that feature rolling out as well sometime in the near future.

1 Comment:

Erwin Heiser 02.12.10

Awesome guys, very useful!

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