May 20th, 2007 - By Humuhumu

This post was originally made on Tiki Central.

Another big change today… Ooga-Mooga has its own message system!

Previously, Ooga-Mooga was piggy-backing on Tiki Central’s Personal Message system. Starting today, Ooga-Mooga has its own, separate message system. You can find the link to the Messages section on the right-hand “My Collection” side of Ooga-Mooga. Ooga-Mooga can send you an email alert when you have a new message (you can turn that off in Account Settings — the default setting is on).

Why the change? While Tiki Central & Ooga-Mooga’s symbiotic relationship has been all kinds of awesome, it’s super-confusing for new Ooga-Mooga users. More and more, these new Ooga-Mooga users are also totally new to Tiki Central. Figuring out one rather massive new site is hard enough, but asking new Ooga-Mooga-ers to figure out two massive sites at once is just too much. It’s a very happy mire to get caught in, to be sure, but it’s a mire nonetheless. So, I’m working to detangle Ooga-Mooga and Tiki Central a bit.

There’s a couple little perks with the new system: if you’re sending a message about a mug that’s for sale or for trade, then a thumbnail of the mug comes along with that new message, so you can see at a glance in your inbox which messages are about which mugs. Also, along with the email alerts of new messages, Ooga-Mooga can send you email alerts when one of the mugs on your Wish List has matched with a mug that has just come up for sale or for trade on Ooga-Mooga.

It’s fresh off the presses, so please feel free to pinch & poke it and tell me what you think. I’ll probably be adding a few small little tweaks over the next day or so.

2 Responses to “New Feature: Ooga-Mooga’s Own Message System”

  1. I love this feature! But how do we delete messages from our inbox when we no longer need them?

  2. Glad you like it! Right now, I haven’t rolled out the ability to delete messages (you’re not imagining things!). I wanted to get it out the door all pronto-like, and the messages are so very wee that they’re no strain on the server. I know that they can be a strain on your eyes, though, so the ability to delete them is in the structure of the site, it’s just not built into the UI yet.

    While we’re on the subject, another feature that needs to get rolled out is page breaks for your Inbox. How many messages would you like to see on your screen at once? I was thinking something like 15-25, but I’d like to hear from other folks what they think.

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