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  1. Press releases appearing in Zed

    I'm starting to see press releases show up directly in Zed again. There's probably a debate to be had about whether they belong, but my vote as a user is that they detract from the experience (plus, we're essentially giving companies free advertising): http://z9.yahoo.com/Canada/xeomin-cosmetic-clostridium-botulinum-neurotoxin-125800851.html

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      0 comments  ·  4. CONTENT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      Project TeamProject Team responded

      Generally speaking, we shouldn’t have press releases showing up as content. If we can identify particular sources that only provide press releases, we can remove them from the crawl.

    • Can the font size be adjustable?

      Could the font size be adjustable so we can enlarge it (temporarily) or make it smaller...for easier readability...like we can adjust it on the e-readers?

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        0 comments  ·  1. USABILITY  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        Project TeamProject Team responded

        Thanks Beth. On desktop, this can be done by just zooming in the browser. On tablet/smartphone, it’s a longer-term feature that we can consider incorporating.

      • Clicking outside of the top panel area should close the top drawer

        I shouldn't have to click the upper-left icon to close the drawer; clicking the content area below the drawer should do it.

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          0 comments  ·  1. USABILITY  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          Project TeamProject Team responded

          Thanks Dave, we have a task in our backlog to update this behavior so that clicking the content area and scrolling the page while the “tray” is open will close the tray.

        • Social Buttons Idea

          I like this article and I would love if we can add social media buttons to the articles so I can share it with my friends!!

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            0 comments  ·  3. NEW FEATURES  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            Project TeamProject Team responded

            Thanks for the input. Sharing functionality is on the roadmap as social features begin to be integrated.

          • 'share' functionality

            Need a button to share via email/FB/twitter, Or at the very least a FB "like" button

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              0 comments  ·  3. NEW FEATURES  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              Project TeamProject Team responded

              Thanks for the input. Sharing functionality is on the roadmap as social features begin to be integrated.

            • Sources

              I'm not sure how many sources this app uses, but I believe the more, the better. On my tech page, I've got three stories all related to Sony's profits this quarter and while from different sources, they're all pretty much the same thing. Maybe adding more sources will help diversify content and prevent this sort of thing?

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                0 comments  ·  4. CONTENT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                Project TeamProject Team responded

                Thanks for the feedback Scott. We have plans to better address de-duping content in a coming release, which should help with this issue. Separately, we are looking at ingesting content from more sources, to create an even better experience, although that won’t necessarily address the dupe issues.

              • We should show tweets by hashtag indexing

                Twitter is a a rich source of timely information on a diverse set of well-tagged info:

                https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23physics

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                  0 comments  ·  4. CONTENT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  Project TeamProject Team responded

                  Twitter as a source of interests and content will certainly be explored in the coming months. Its priority is being elevated with the upcoming project.

                • Layout

                  Hi,
                  Here are a few observations:
                  - Are you planning to add a "X" in the right edge of each article you dont find relevant? Hopefully that would then mean I would start to get less of those types of articles.

                  - To me there is way too much text, its overwhelming. There should be alot more images so that you dont have to read 10 article titles on a page to find out which one you want to click on. The only tiles my eyes are drawn to are the ones with images. Also, for certain categories like "food…

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                    0 comments  ·  2. DESIGN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    Project TeamProject Team responded

                    Thanks for the comprehensive feedback, Chase. On each of your comments:
                    1. We will be exploring “negative feedback” interactions in the coming weeks. Currently we have thumbs down on the articles, but we are exploring interactions on the tiles and behaviors on the articles that would remove items that are thumbed down or that the user wants to remove.
                    2. I agree on the text concerns. Unfortunately, we’re limited by the content pool we have. Without investing a fair amount on the science side, it may remain more text-heavy than we would like, but it’s definitely a top of mind concern.
                    3. Currently, we have a fixed grid to enable it to work across devices and browser sizes, so the tile size and format is not related to the importance of the story being displayed. But it’s helpful feedback to know that your perception is that the size should in…

                  • can we minimize the categories by just clicking the mouse on any part of the screen?

                    instead of having to click again on the four-boxed symbols on the upper left hand corner of the article.

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                      0 comments  ·  2. DESIGN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      Project TeamProject Team responded

                      Do you mean to close the menu (“tray”) that opens from the top? We do have a task in our backlog to address that interaction, so that interacting on the page will close the menu.

                    • Might be nice to add a "Read next similar article" button

                      A button that leads to the next article in the same category that I just read.

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                        0 comments  ·  3. NEW FEATURES  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        Project TeamProject Team responded

                        Do you mean when you’re done reading an article, have a button to go to the next article? Currently, if you navigated to the right, you will get to the next article. Or are you asking for a way to get to additional content related to the current story you are on (i.e. content that wasn’t on the category/collection page to begin with)?

                      • Add dictionary?

                        Is it possible to add a dictionary feature? Or a "search the Internet" box in the article page?

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                          0 comments  ·  3. NEW FEATURES  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          Project TeamProject Team responded

                          Thanks for the feedback. We will be looking at the evolution of the search functionality in future releases. For the dictionary feature, what would it be used for? To look up the definitions of words in articles?

                        • Thumped down articles should disappear.

                          When I thump down something I don't want to see it anymore. There could be a safeguard in a way, like a trash can. Would also be nice to just click, pull, and drop (or swipe, depending on device) what you don't like to see.

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                            0 comments  ·  3. NEW FEATURES  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            Project TeamProject Team responded

                            Thanks for the feedback! We’ve heard this suggestion a few times, so we will definitely consider it as we explore other interactions with the thumbs down functionality.

                          • I want to be able to highlight a set of words and add them to my interests

                            while on an article, I want to be able to click and drag to highlight some text and then an option will pop up to add that text string as an interest, or find other articles that match that text string.

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                              0 comments  ·  3. NEW FEATURES  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              Project TeamProject Team responded

                              Interesting idea! Independently, one of the team’s designers had been exploring a similar idea. Probably not an immediate focus, but a good idea for exploration around other ways to drive interest discovery and declaration.

                            • Can the articles be saved in a personal folder

                              Could the articles be saved in a personal folder, or sub-folders, grouped by "collections"/interests so we can build our own knowledge base over time? Like...building a foto album?

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                                0 comments  ·  3. NEW FEATURES  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                Project TeamProject Team responded

                                Thanks for the feedback, Beth. Ability to save or bookmark articles is a feature we are considering in a future release.

                              • Temporary follow?

                                I want to follow the Olympics, but only until the next month or so

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                                  Project TeamProject Team responded

                                  Thanks for the feedback. This is a use case that will be considered as we continue to evolve interest management in the product.

                                • We need mechanism to prevent display of articles over and over

                                  I've been presented with this article over and over starting last week:
                                  http://z9.yahoo.com/home/power-walking-falls-between-ramble-race-152329964--spt.html

                                  I have thumbed-down the sarticle multiple times, but it keeps showing up in my top stories feed. We need to prevent stories that have already been seen from displaying to users. High churn is crucial for today's fast-paced audience.

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                                    0 comments  ·  3. NEW FEATURES  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    Project TeamProject Team responded

                                    Agreed. We will need to start using the view history and the thumbs actions to cycle out content. On the experience side, we’ll be exploring how to make the experience current and more dynamic. On the CPQ side, we need to start incorporating item-level signal into the content recommendations.

                                  • Same article from Lifestyle appears twice

                                    Headlines/articles should be de-duped if two news services pick up the same story (parents slap their children in public more often than previously thought)

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                                      0 comments  ·  1. USABILITY  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      Project TeamProject Team responded

                                      We agree and are looking at ways to improve our de-duping constantly. Appreciate your taking the time to comment

                                    • "hectares" is a meaningless recommended interest

                                      I'll remove that from the new wiki list.

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                                        0 comments  ·  4. CONTENT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        Project TeamProject Team responded

                                        Looks like John both added this item, and took the action item to follow up on it. :)

                                      • Functionality: A 'refresh' button?

                                        Currently, with the design as it is, it's really hard to tell if I have the most current articles and information available for my interests. Something like a 'refresh' button or 'last updated' indicator or some such would help clarify that part of the experience for me. The general sense of time in the reader is that data is scattered and articles that are several days old are nudged right up with articles that are an hour old. More clarity is needed.

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                                          0 comments  ·  3. NEW FEATURES  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          Project TeamProject Team responded

                                          Thanks for the feedback. We’ll be exploring time sequenced layout as well as ways to refresh or retrieve more more content in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

                                        • Option to add RSS feeds on our own as future functionality?

                                          I'd like to be able to add specialized RSS feeds that I know of (that may not be offered by the existing system), thus letting me centralize any feeds I want to follow in one place. This would allow me super specialization and customization of the reader and make me more inclined to return regularly.

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                                            0 comments  ·  1. USABILITY  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                            Project TeamProject Team responded

                                            Thanks for the feedback. This is a common feature and definitely under discussion. Please stay tuned.

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