The content on the right side of the home page has been bad forever:
- I never use it.
- I don't think it's very useful to anyone? Do you guys use it?
- Adding the count bubbles to the applications pretty much solved the problem the home page was trying to solve for me, at least (knowing which apps have stuff I need to look at).
- We build and load it on mobile even though you physically can't see it.
- I sort of want to add the content discovery stuff below soonish to promote Pholio.
Here are some ideas for doing something with it:
Content Discovery: We could add content discovery from Pholio, Slowvote and Ponder. Pholio is especially good because it has pictures; I think Slowvote is kind of good because it's lightweight and interactive. Ponder could also be good, I think. All of these applications tend to generate content with some level of broad appeal. We could just dump this stuff in without really changing anything else, but this might be a good time to plan ahead. We could also surface Feed again for content discovery, but I don't think it's particularly useful or interesting (too many events in feed are completely mundane).
Project Stuff: After we build out projects management stuff, we could put more project stuff on the home page. I think this is attractive for some users but probably not useful for others.
Widgetey Things: We could just give up and let you customize it. The weaker flavor of this is to have a few role-based views ("engineer", "project manager") but I'm not sure how far we could get with that. My big hesitation here is that if we let users spend a lot of time tweaking it to make it the way they want, they'll be disappointed if we change it.
Custom Queries: With ApplicationSearch, widgets could run saved queries, and we could express most or all of the existing items on the home page in terms of saved queries.
Mobile: We should probably not generate it on mobile (for performance) and add an item to the menu to get to it?
I think "widgety things" is sort of inevitable as the ultimate destination -- is there another vision of what the home page looks like a year or two years from now that doesn't involve some sort of customizable widget board?
The alternatives I can come up with are driving it to pure content discovery (probably some sort of filter on Feed which tries to show only "interesting" stories, I guess? Probably creation stories for Pholio, Ponder, Slowvote, Phriction, and the other content-focused apps.) or trying to actually make it into more of a todo list / inbox, sort of similar to what Asana has. This would be more similar to what we have today, but maybe more homogenous (e.g., try to put everything you need to do into one list and order it by when you should do it). I'm not sure I like either of these better than "a bunch of widgets", although I'm not really a fan of a bunch of widgets either.