Hey all, I have some really exciting news. After thinking about implementing this for a long time, I've decided to add a Dashboard to NG+.
This pic dump is a really rough draft of what I'm hoping to add, but I would absolutely love any and all suggestions for pods to add to this.
I have no idea how I'm going to organize it right now, but I definitely want a working skeleton for it in the December closed beta.
Also, here is a quick rundown of how I picture the pods I listed in there. First off, let me start by saying that all pods will update content in 10 minute intervals, just because there is the potential for a lot of data to be downloaded and I don't want to put strain on NG if a lot of users pick up NG+ and utilize the Dashboard. Furthermore, no updating will occur when the window is not focused, meaning, different tab/application, no updates until you click back onto NG.
Thread Watch - Monitor a specific thread for new activity. I'm thinking of a system that only keeps subscriptions for 48 hours and resets every time you visit the thread, that way if someone accidentally leaves an old thread in their dashboard and collapses it for a while, its not always loading the old thread.
Hot Topics - Just pull the "Hot Topic" section of the BBS index into the Dashboard. It will give you titles, links, views and replies for the threads.
Newest Threads (needs to be renamed) - Pull up the 5 most recently replied to threads for a particular forum, ignoring the NG News since that's in the box on the left hand side of the Front page.
User Watch - A bit like a more advanced Follow URL. Not sure how I'm going to organize this one, but some things it could include would be like most recent review/BBS post.
Inbox Pod - Display newest messages in your inbox. Configurable to show unread only, and hide the subject line from prying eyes.
News & Events - Basically a more detailed version of the already existing News & Events, this will import a list of a few most recent news items, and a few more lines than the existing calendar on the front page. Not too sure if I want to keep this pod yet, because it seems like too much of a duplicate.
Grafitti - Just brings the "Leave a Message" textblock to the Dashboard with options to follow/message/check out the person who left NG a message.
Like I said guys, I am open to any new suggestions other than these, please, if there's something you really want to see, LET ME KNOW! :)
That's all for now.