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,On EPZ, flashing/moving ads are much loved (.....well by the Ad Team anyway! )
But the PM icon is, by contrast, ever so discreet and easily missed especially if members rarely get a PM. Just for example: in my current role, I occasionally send bulk PMs to our junior members and am struck by how long it takes them to get around to reading them. I do realise there may be other factors at work, but I'm sure the over-discreet icon has a part to play.
I would like to see the current little yellow envelope replaced with something less discreet. Similar size, but red and flashing, comes to mind. I feel sure the change would take near-zero developer time: replace one GIF with another, perhaps.
I know I could have put this up as a suggestion direct to the HQ team, but it would probably get kicked into the long grass ("We'll add it to our list......... etc" ) So I just want to see, first of all, if there is any support for this modest but helpful change.
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It's about the same size as the icon on face book - but that is red. On Twitter it's even more subtle, so I think part of the problem is influencing users to look in set places for indicators like that. I'm used to looking top right, if I wasn't I am not sure that a flashing red one would make much difference, but it might be worth a try.
Surely the fact that they have read it indicates that its working? However, we are always working on improving the site in every aspect.
Quote: However, we are always working on improving the site in every aspect.
So how about sorting out the Albums so we can arrange them in the order we want rather than "We'll add it to our list......... etc" as an answer to my queries. I've been asking for over a year but to no avail!
To go back to Carabosse suggestion, a flashing red sign would be useful especially for those who don't go on FaceBook or Twitter.
Quote: Surely the fact that they have read it indicates that its working?
Ask your colleague Richard, how many of the bulk PMs he sent in August (to 1271 members) have still not been read. The answer may shock you!
I not really adding to the debate here, but I will say it's one of the the first things I check when I come onto ePz......To make it flash, no thanks, but to make it a different colour or slightly larger, hmmm, well yes, I'd go along with that.
Quote: To make it flash, no thanks, but to make it a different colour or slightly larger, hmmm, well yes, I'd go along with that.
I've hidden all of the ads. on here because the site looked like a migraine.
I've also got unwanted and never used, Twitface and '+' logos all over the place; if you must change it, please keep it discreet.
Seems okay to me. I know where it is, I know what to look for, and it's not obtrusive.
Quote: I know where it is, I know what to look for
It seems not everyone is in the same boat. The read rate is quite low, I am told.
Maybe the first time a PM arrives for you, there should be a big indicator pointing out what the icon means.
On other sites, if you have a PM the first screen that greets you, on logon, tells you there's a PM waiting,
Probably a step too far for some EPZers.
But something big and red would be good - what's there to lose?
Quote: But something big and red would be good - what's there to lose?
It'll go away as son as you click on it. Just don't make it flash.
Just a thought; how many people rely on that icon as their first indication that they've got a message?
I always know first via email.
I always know first via email.
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