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availablelogin
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Usability

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I think the "Logout [username]" link on the right is extremely confusing

I'm pretty sure thousands of people every day click on their username thinking this will take them to the profile management page

Then, they have to re-login, which is a pain in the a**

This link shouldn't change visually, but it should be split into two links:

phpBB/ucp.php?mode=logout
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Re: Usability

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I've never heard of anyone confusing logout link for profile link. When you move mouse over link, it highlights whole link, making it clear that user name is part of logout link.

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Arty wrote:I've never heard of anyone confusing logout link for profile link. When you move mouse over link, it highlights whole link, making it clear that user name is part of logout link.
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It has becme rather common though to have the user's name lead to a menu including logout and other profile options. Instead we still have the separate User Control Panel link. A change in that direction might still improve things.

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Maybe something like IPB does?

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And when clicking the triangle next to the user name you get this:
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This second screenshot is a bit too much for my taste, but some quick links to profile, settings, etc. might be handy.

On a side-note: this seems more an Arsia than an Ascreus thing to me.
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Ger wrote:Maybe something like IPB does?

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And when clicking the triangle next to the user name you get this:
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This second screenshot is a bit too much for my taste, but some quick links to profile, settings, etc. might be handy.

On a side-note: this seems more an Arsia than an Ascreus thing to me.
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Re: Usability

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Moved to 3.2 discussion.

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I have never seen a complaint about this before, but I can see the cause for confusion.

I agree that instead of the "User Control Panel (X new messages)" link it should be the current user's username, and clicking on it should open a menu of some sort with quick links, such as UCP, Profile, and Logout.
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Re: Usability

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The best would be to merge "User Control Panel" + "View your posts" + the username next to Logout into one link called "Profile", that's getting standard as naderman says

KISS (Keep It Simple and Stupid) is the basic principle of Usability

And keep in mind that not all forum users have our average IT level, I'm using PHPBB for a support forum and my users don't even know how to enter an activation code in a software, so don't expect them to wait for the tooltip to show up or to make the difference between "User Control Panel, their username and whatever else

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