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electraa

As of now, one has to go to the specific book they want to add to a challenge. instead, it would be much easier for a challenge we have already joined to be able to add directly a book to the prompt we want. otherwise it is very tiring. also, it would be good to be able to add a book on multiple challenges in an easier way than having to select each challenge individually.

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Nadia
Jul 27, 2023
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Progress update:

  • Any edition in a book family counting when you add a book to a prompt (SHIPPED)
  • A smooth experience when you click to add a book to your reading challenges from the book page, including being able to search and filter prompts (SHIPPED)
    • The user flows are a lot more intuitive, with the new landing page option which lists your challenges and where you're returned to each time
    • For challenges that have more than 8 prompts:
      • A search bar to filter down prompts
      • Checkboxes to filter down prompts to those that are incomplete prompts or have no books added yet
    • The reading challenges mentioned in the Activity pane clickable and take you to the prompt in questions/thereabouts, depending on whether the prompt in question is on the first page of prompts, how quickly the other books you've added to prompts load (because the position of the prompt in question changes as different parts of the page loads), etc.
  • The ability to add any book to a prompt from the prompt page (SHIPPED)
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onthesamepage
Jul 27, 2023

Nadia not sure if this is intended, but after I search for a book, if I then right click and try to open it in a new tab, I get an error page: https://app.thestorygraph.com/add-prompt-attempt?book_id=2e9c6480-1ad3-4bfd-80a1-435ce5ce57df&reading_challenge_prompt_id=48771c8e-4e3e-4b4d-b6de-b1f98e4dd123

Also seeing some weird search results when I search for "burn" for example.

(sorry for all the bugs, I'm just excitedly trying the new features out 😆)

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Nadia
Jul 27, 2023

onthesamepage The links are not meant to be opened in a new tab! It's a "click to add to prompt" thing. I'll have to see what I can do about people tabbing like you are. The search algorithm itself is exactly the same as the main search one and from a quick test myself, it looks like only the 'b' in your search term was registered. Might have been a random network thing!

And nothing to apologise for at all with reporting bugs! We need that. It makes the product better!

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Nadia
Jul 30, 2023

onthesamepage Okay, I've made it so that when you tab over it opens the book page now! :-D

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onthesamepage
Jul 30, 2023

Nadia you are amazing! 😍

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Nadia
Jul 21, 2023

A question for y'all!

Please see attached image.

When selecting a book from here, I imagined anywhere on a given book's row would just automatically add the selected book to the prompt for you (and it'd appear above the search bar alongside any other books you've added).

Now I'm wondering whether you'd expect/need a way to get to the book page from that dropdown? Or if you're using that dropdown, it's likely you won't need to visit the book page before selecting to add the book to the prompt, i.e. you know the book you're looking for, you just want to add it promptly!

Let me know. Thank you!

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breezer
Jul 21, 2023

Nadia For me, I wasn't expecting a way to get to the book page from the drop down. If I'm searching for a book to add I already know it's details :)

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christina_reads_books
Jul 21, 2023

Nadia - I also wasn't expecting to get to the book page from here. Once it's added, I would be able to click on it to view just like we do today?

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steffy
Jul 21, 2023

Nadia same as others have said, I wouldn't need a link

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vanislandcircus
Jul 21, 2023

Nadia, I agree with what everyone else is saying. These changes are going to be a game changer for adding to prompts. As long as I can click through, this works great.

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Nadia
Jul 21, 2023

christina_reads_books Yes, exactly! And then immediately remove it if you change your mind. 😆

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christycorr
Jul 21, 2023

Nadia Agreed with everyone else!

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kpwxx
Jul 21, 2023

Nadia same as everyone else!!

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4erepawko
Jul 21, 2023

Nadia definitely want to +1 to everyone above, plus an option to open the book page from this dropdown adds a complication with potential change of context (if I was adding books to a prompt and suddenly get taken to the book page, e.g. in the app it will have to open a completely new page since there are no tabs?). So I'd say those items in the dropdown should be non-clickable!

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jothelibrarian
Jul 27, 2023

Nadia +1 to what's already been said. Additionally, would the dropdown menu only show the books read that year (rather than the full catalogue of all books)?

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Nadia
Jul 27, 2023

jothelibrarian No, it'll be the full catalogue, which is what the request has been. It's a feature to add any book, whether in advance (the most common use case) or retrospectively, and not all challenges are year-long ones. Several have no dates at all.

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jothelibrarian
Jul 28, 2023

Nadia Wonderful, thanks for clarifying. And thank you so much for implementing this feature!

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Nadia
Jul 15, 2023

Progress update:

  • Any edition in a book family counting when you add a book to a prompt (SHIPPED)
  • A smooth experience when you click to add a book to your reading challenges from the book page, including being able to search and filter prompts (SHIPPED)
    • The user flows are a lot more intuitive, with the new landing page option which lists your challenges and where you're returned to each time
    • For challenges that have more than 8 prompts:
      • A search bar to filter down prompts
      • Checkboxes to filter down prompts to those that are incomplete prompts or have no books added yet
    • The reading challenges mentioned in the Activity pane clickable and take you to the prompt in questions/thereabouts, depending on whether the prompt in question is on the first page of prompts, how quickly the other books you've added to prompts load (because the position of the prompt in question changes as different parts of the page loads), etc.
  • The ability to add any book to a prompt from the prompt page (UP NEXT)
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jaina8851
Jul 15, 2023

Nadia omggggg those new filters and search box are incredible!!!! Had to go run and check it out when I got the email update about this, that's going to save me SO much time!!! 🙌

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Nadia
Jul 15, 2023

jaina8851 Oh yay! I'm SO delighted that you think so! Thank you for the feedback. 😊

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emvdw
Jul 17, 2023

jaina8851 same!!!!!!

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trejondunkley
Jul 22, 2023

jaina8851 love the checkboxes as well! Will similar filtering options be available from the challenge page?

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Nadia
Jul 11, 2023
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Dare I say that this is finally back in progress and I hope to finish it once and for all this time? 😅

Today I've made it clearer from the book page's action menu when you've already added a book to a reading challenge (on top of the Activity Pane added several months ago), added prompt numbers to the prompt list on the 'Add to reading challenge' page, and added a search bar where you can filter prompts down by description or number!

Progress update:

  • Any edition in a book family counting when you add a book to a prompt (SHIPPED)
  • A 'one-page experience' when you click to add a book to your reading challenges from the book page, including being able to search and filter prompts (IN PROGRESS)
    • It's not really a 'one-page experience' anymore — I figured that could become quite unwieldy for some — but I've made the user flows a lot more intuitive, with the new landing page option which lists your challenges and where you're returned to each time
    • Just ways to filter down to incomplete prompts and prompts that have no books added yet to come
  • Making the reading challenges mentioned in the Activity pane clickable
    • Ideally scrolling down to the first prompt the book in question has been added to
  • The ability to add any book to a prompt from the prompt page
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kmrose
Jul 7, 2023

Can I add another bit of feedback to this? Is there a way for books to automatically be linked for everyone on a challenge where there are specific books vs a prompt? Like a Reese’s book club list for example, and when you join it already has all the books you’ve read marked as complete because they’re already linked vs needing to go into each prompt and add the book.

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kmrose
Jul 8, 2023

Nadia Amazing! Thank you!

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Nadia
Jun 17, 2023
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theremightbecupcakes
May 9, 2023

My app has crashed several times while I have been organizing and adding books to the first reading challenge I have created, on both my iPad and my iPhone.

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Nadia
May 10, 2023

theremightbecupcakes Please can you screen record next time you're organising the challenge and then send that in to support@thestorygraph.com next time this happens so we can take a look?

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tuftymctavish
Mar 28, 2023

Would it be possible to include the “Add to reading challenge” button on each book in a tag list?

I tag heavily to categorise my books. I’m currently attempting to add several of my ‘tbr-april’ tagged books to a reading challenge, but rather than just click on the tag to get a filtered list, I additionally have to go look at the book itself.

[edit] ahhh, now I notice “add to reading challenge” is not present on lists of books in a series either. So it’s wider than just tagged lists, and thus may be intentional.

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Nadia
Mar 29, 2023

tuftymctavish Hehe — yes, it's not available in any list view yet because we don't yet have the flow to not take you out of the list!

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amber_brookins
Feb 28, 2023

I love the Activity box on the book page that tells us what challenges we've added the book to. Will the challenges listed there become clickable? I keep trying to! Watching these reading challenge changes happen really gives an appreciation for how complicated the architecture is!

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Nadia
Mar 1, 2023

amber_brookins Hehe! Thank you! I started to make them clickable but stopped because I wasn't sure what behaviour people would expect — there were a few options I saw. Where would you expect to go after clicking the challenge name?

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jaina8851
Mar 1, 2023

Nadia Not the OP but I also have been really excited about those new boxes (esp since it shows challenges that have been archived!!! 🎉). I would expect it to take me to the main challenge page but scrolled down to the prompt where I added it. So like, if I click on the challenge in the (hopefully) first screenshot, I would expect it to take me to something like the (hopefully) second screenshot, where it's not just the top-of-screen for the challenge but instead is scrolled down to the relevant place.

ETA: of course the screenshots are out of order haha, but hopefully you understand what I mean!

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Nadia
Mar 1, 2023

jaina8851 I purposefully made sure everyone who has voted on this post got an email when I replied to the OP so that I could have more feedback on it before a change was made, so thank you very much. :-D

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amber_brookins
Mar 1, 2023

Nadia Agreed w/ jaina8851 , I would just expect to go to the challenge's main page and have to select the prompt from there

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kpwxx
Mar 1, 2023

Nadia I second what Jaina8851 said! The challenge page, but scrolled down to the relevant prompt

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trejondunkley
Feb 11, 2023

Can a filter be added to the TBR “not added to your reading challenges”? I use reading challenges primarily to blow through my TBR, so knowing what hasn’t been added would be super helpful.

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Nadia
Feb 11, 2023

trejondunkley Thank you for this suggestion! Not sure if this will come as part of this work (or at all) but I'll keep it in mind!

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toopunkrockforshul
May 5, 2023

trejondunkley I do the same thing!

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Nadia
Feb 8, 2023
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Nadia
Dec 27, 2022
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Back on hold whilst I work on the redesign and 2022 Wrap-Up. Will be a priority once agin in the New Year!

Sorry everyone!

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drusjella
Dec 18, 2022

I noticed when I was working on my reading challenge lists for next year you guys made it so that any edition of a book counts toward a prompt it's added to and jus wanted to say thanks. That is so unbelievably helpful!

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Nadia
Dec 18, 2022

drusjella Awww yay! Glad you spotted that. That was the very first thing I did as part of this work. :-D

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Nadia
Dec 16, 2022

Sorry everybody! I've had to pause work on this longer than I'd like due to prioritising the general redesign, the stats, the 2022 wrap-up and January Pages 2023. I'll be back on this as soon as I can!

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trejondunkley
Oct 4, 2022

Can you show descriptions of prompts on the challenge page instead of having to click into the specific prompt page?

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Nadia
Oct 6, 2022

trejondunkley They are on the challenge page! (Unless you meant while adding books to prompts, for which I reckon that'll be rather cluttered.)

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drusjella
Dec 18, 2022

Nadia Could you maybe include the numbering then? It's difficult scrolling through some of these challenge lists at times because they're very long and as it is now it just lists the name when you're adding a book to a challenge, not the number of the prompt. I reckon it would be easier to find the right prompt if I can look for the number instead of trying to guess how many prompts I've scrolled past.

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a_robin_reads
Sep 7, 2022

So excited for this! I use reading challenges for everything!

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rlgreen91
Sep 4, 2022

It sounds like y'all are in the process of rolling out changes gradually, but I just want to note that it's a lot harder now to add a book to a challenge from the book page, because the link is buried within other links. If I recall correctly, there used to be a more prominent section for this that drew your eye on the bottom left under the review sidebar.

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Nadia
Sep 5, 2022

rlgreen91 We are! The problem is that the flow was difficult for people as you kept on being redirected back to the book page and having to start again.

We needed a way to direct people to a landing page that they could stay on until they were done with their changes. Initially finding the link, especially the first time, will be harder. But, we hope people will get used to the change(s). There's pretty much always an adjustment period when things are moved around, even when things are objectively better for most people (e.g. the recent shifting of the To-Read Pile above Recommendations on the homepage. People, including myself, still mis-click).

That being said, changes are still in-progress and we are listening to your feedback as we implement them. Also, the design of the book page is in itself something that will be improved upon — there are other things that people struggle to find, but the main focus of this first step was getting to the new landing page, and not redesigning the page, so adding a link to the already-existing link was an easy option — and we recognise that at the moment it's not easy to see if a book has already been added to challenges.

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rebeccap
Sep 4, 2022

I might be in the minority... But I don't like the new way you add books to a challenge. It’s harder to tell from the book page if a book has been added to any of my challenges.

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Nadia
Sep 5, 2022

rebeccap We'll be adding a way to make it clear from the book page if a book has already been added to challenges (by you), and which ones.

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rebeccap
Sep 5, 2022

Nadia Okay awesome! I almost didn’t comment but every time I went to use that feature it would take me a minute to find the challenges button.

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Nadia
Sep 5, 2022

rebeccap Please always comment! I wasn't going to add this change in this body of work but we've heard this feedback from enough people for me to adapt it sooner rather than later. :-D

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Nadia
Feb 8, 2023

rebeccap We've now made it easy once again to see which challenges you've added a book to from the book page!

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Nadia
Aug 4, 2022
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This will be happening in stages and will encompass:

  • Any edition in a book family counting when you add a book to a prompt (SHIPPED)
  • A 'one-page experience' when you click to add a book to your reading challenges from the book page, including being able to search and filter prompts (IN PROGRESS)
  • The ability to add any book to a prompt from the prompt page (There's a reason I made sure the main search results dropdown was done before this! 👀 😌)
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a_robin_reads
Jul 30, 2022

So excited for this one! Would be a great help for me, since I use the Reading challenges for a lot of organisation

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Nadia
May 2, 2022
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There are some other features (mainly search-related ones) that we need to do before this one!

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Nadia
Apr 20, 2022
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Nadia
Feb 14, 2022
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electraa
Mar 4, 2021

I second that too!

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njw13
Mar 4, 2021

To add to this suggestion would also be great to be able to see a list of all prompts from challenges you have joined so you can easily find a prompt to add to (I don’t always remember what challenge it is in so have to check each one to place the book)

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