Yeah, I miss that too. However, the new site has something almost identical. The My Watched Threads and My Tracked Threads links in the sidebar are basically the same thing, except that it shows threads in two separate categories instead of merged into one list. It’d be cool if there was a combined version.
(watched = notify me on all posts, tracked = only notify me on replies and @tags and stuff, but both are “subscribed”)
OMG, yes. It’s nice that those features are there, but the advanced-search interface can be pretty overwhelming. Search interface design is hard… and this particular widget is a good example of how not to make it approachable. It’s more of a query builder than a search widget.
As a general guideline, the widget used for typing a query should not take an entire page. That can be really intimidating and overstimulating.
Fortunately, there’s a simpler version which has the same features, but doesn’t throw them into a giant wall of buttons.
The advanced widget, if I understand correctly, is there to help people learn how to write complex queries… and then they can type those same queries into the smaller widget once they know the syntax.
Working on it.
I’m not sure, but I think “auto full-quote on reply” might be a server setting. But if it is, I doubt sb would want to enable it, because people in general have a tendency to over-quote. Like, long email chains where everyone top-quotes 5000 lines of text in order to write a 1-line reply. It only takes 1 person in the group to remove the extra quoting once in a while, but often there isn’t even 1 who bothers to do it. So on the old site, it was really common to see quotes nested so deep it didn’t fit onscreen. I’m pretty sure the reason it doesn’t do that by default is to prevent this from happening: (screenshot taken in 2014)
So I think it has been intentionally made more difficult.
The quote button still works, but it takes an extra step or two. And that can often be enough to make a difference.
I think the intended workflow is to highlight the part you want to reply to and then hit the “quote” pop-up button, which inserts just that part of the text. Then start writing. It strongly encourages people to be more selective and intentional about what they’re quoting.
However, that said, I specifically styled the blockquote widget to handle deeper nesting on the new site. It still gets unwieldy, but not as bad as before. Here’s how that same post looks now (after applying new themes):