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Before we ship the Collections feature, we want your feedback!

Does the flow of composing a new collection make sense? What could we do to improve it?

Thanks in advance, boosts appreciated!

@monkeyless Nope, that is a great idea. We'll add it, thanks!

@pixelfed would also be nice to see added pictures without having to switch tabs.

@monkeyless This has been the most common feedback we've received. We're updating the UI and will post an update soon. Thanks for the feedback!

@pixelfed Does it only show a certain number of recent posts? (If so, how many?)

Getting to the New Collection from Add Post seems odd to me over having it be its own menu icon. But I also don't know anything about UI design.

@Magess It shows up to 9 posts, however since it uses the same API as the Profile does, there is no reason why we couldn't show all your public posts.

@pixelfed I would probably be more likely to build a collection by scrolling through all my posts and clicking them than by scrolling through my timeline in a second tab and copying URLs.

Can you select several at once? Like if I want to put all the photos I've posted of my dog together, just scroll through past posts and check all the ones I want and do a single add?

@Magess Yeah good point, we're updating the UI and will post an update soon. Thanks for the feedback!

@pixelfed Cheers. :)

I will totally make collections of my dogs. ;)

@pixelfed An additional thought for people who have LOTS of posts might be some way to filter the scroll list by tags or by date ranges.

@pixelfed I say all this with no knowledge of what performance hits the site would take.

@Magess We're using the same API for recent posts as the profiles use. It's not too bad performance wise!

@pixelfed I think it would be more intuitive if everytime you added a post, it displays a thumbnail or a list of the posts you have added so far to let the user know what they are adding.

But also still keeping the preview tab.

@geotechland Thanks for the feedback, will see what we can do!

@pixelfed

What impact on Collections storage could it cause?

@pixelfed
Is it possible to organize and view the Collections by date, names or theme for example?

@Anprim That is a possibility in the future, for now they will be pretty simple.

@Anprim Collections are basically lists of status ids, stored in the database. They do not use much space.

@pixelfed

hope menu within button can be avoided. i feel many users will not find it convenient or will miss it completely

collection: if a person searches for earth and find a bunch they like, they can long press on one and it will then allow for multiple selections. For desktop, they can drag box to make a selection.

Once they are ready, they can button submit to add to collection. If multiple collections exists, then after button submit, it will ask them to choose a collection to add to

@pixelfed I agree with @okpierre about the menu-nesting. Not sure what a better solution is though. Also, I think this UI flow is great creating collections out of existing posts, but it feels a bit tedious for adding a new post to a collection. Setting up a new collection out of all new posts feels like it’d magnify the the fiddliness.

@pixelfed I think having a final preview before the final creation step can help. Similar to a confirmation reminder prior to making any changes

@pixelfed I think this flow makes total sense in the case where we’re making a new collection out of existing posts. If there aren’t existing posts (ex: I just took a hike and have several “mountain” and “flower” photos that aren’t posted yet), my brain goes “collection-first” and wants to make those kinds of buckets ahead of (or amidst) posting those new images.

@pixelfed Or I guess another way I’m thinking about it: if I’ve got a collection of images I haven’t posted yet, how easily can I post that set together as a Collection? Or do I functionally need to decompose my collection, post each image serially, and then wrap them up in a Collection afterwards?

@pixelfed
Maybe another entry when you click on the three dots on a specific post with an option: Add to collection

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