1) “LAST FORUM” FEATURE AND SIMPLIFIED SIDE MENU
When you go to the forums tab, you’ll no longer have to search through all of the forum listings to find the one you want. Now you’ll be taken straight to the last forum you were in. If you’re new to the site, we’ll pick forums for you based on what you’ve shared in your profile (i.e., primary conditions, etc). You’ll also see the number of unread posts and a preview of the latest reply.
It’s also easier to navigate between forums. Just use the simplified side menu to the left of the page. Here’s what it will look like:
2) FORUM ACTIONS
In each Forum, you’ll now be able to more take more actions on the first page at the topic level and at the tag level. Here’s a sneak peak:
3) INTRODUCING “MY TOPICS” AND “MY FORUM SETTINGS”
We’ve added a new My Topics page in each forum, so you can see all of the topics you care about in one place. This includes topics you follow (which means new posts will appear in your feed) or have an email alert for. We’ve also merged existing “favorites” into “follow,” and the option to “favorite” a topic will no longer appear.
We’ve also added My Forum Settings to more easily customize your experience. You can use My Forum Settings to join or leave a forum room, see the conditions associated with a forum room, and manage your favorite and hidden topics.
4) SAVED DRAFTS FOR FORUM REPLIES
Lastly, we’ve added the function to save a draft of your forum replies!
There is more to you and your interests than your health conditions. Want to find other people like you? Pick from the new list of 10 "interests" on your bio page and then search for people who share your interests on the patients tab.
2) Collapse long events
As more and more of you are commenting on each other's profiles sometimes the conversations can be very long. Now we'll collapse longer conversations to be more readable and you can always expand it if you want to read more.
3) Share a link
See an interesting article in the paper or in a scientific journal? Now you can use the "share a link" button on your journal to share it with your friends. This will make an event with an optional picture and title on your journal.
4) Free t-shirt
Now it's easier to get your 3 star t-shirt! When you get your 3rd star, you'll see a link at the top of your stars page with a link to get your free PatientsLikeMe t-shirt!
Epilepsy Condition History
Good news for members with epilepsy- we've updated the Epilepsy Condition History to make it shorter and easier to answer. Previously your condition history was 6 pages long, but we've trimmed it down to be only 1 page. We've condensed a few questions and added a few too. Be sure to check out the changes!
One event per treatment history
Previously you would see a new event in your feed every time you updated a treatment. Now we've combined them all into one event that will just appear at the top of your feed each time you update it. This makes it easier for you to see your entire history with that treatment (starts, stops, dosage changes) in one spot.
Condition/community reports highlighting new patient stories
Now that you can add stories to your profile updates, we wanted to highlight these stories and make it easier for you to share and connect with other patients with your condition. So we've made some updates to the condition pages to make it easier to answer common questions, like what is it like to have this condition? What do people take to treat it? Who is new who has this condition? Now you can see all those answers in one place.
Additionally, a few months ago, we started asking new members to answer a quick question as part of signup: "What do you want to learn at PLM?" So many of you have shared lots of interesting stories and experiences and now you can easily see these new member stories on the "Who's new" tab of any condition you like. We hope some of you will check back often and welcome new members, help answer questions and show them around PLM.
You can also see the latest activity from all patients with that condition, so it's easier to entry make connections with other members, new and old.
On each of these pages (and the feed on your profile) you can see stories sorted by "top updates" or by " most recent."
Condition History allows approximate dates
Many of you have commented that we've asked you for specific dates you may not remember. There are a few exceptions (like transplant surgery dates) but for the most part
the condition questions no longer require exact dates anymore. You can just select a year, so it should be easier to answer.
Improved Search results
We have updated our site search. This will take some tweaking to get just right, so we welcome your thoughts and feedback about what is working and what could be better.
We decided to use a Google tool to help with search. Now anytime you use the site search you should get a nifty (and very fast) autocomplete set of results. If you are looking for a user- the matching user results will appear on the right hand side of the page.
Try it out and let us know what you think!
Note that these changes do not affect the forum search functionality yet. We wanted to see how this works first, but we hope to get an updated and integrated forum search up and running soon!