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Poll: should photo carousels auto-transition or not?
Time for a quick survey.


A lot of my time and attention at the moment is being spent on Photos in Querki. It turns out, as I go through my Use Cases, that Photos aren't just a nice-to-have -- the ability to add Photos as a first-class data type, easily, in a controlled way, is one of Querki's real power features, and I'm finding that almost every Use Case wants them. So I'm spending a bunch of time this month improving their UX.

I finally realized yesterday that the existing Photo mechanism is still a bit too hard to program. Specifically, if you simply say [[My List of Photos]], it shows you all of the photos, full-sized, running down the page erratically -- what you asked for, but almost never what you actually *want*. I believe the right answer here is to default to showing a "carousel" -- a single window showing one photo, with buttons allowing you to scroll through them. This seems to be the consensus approach on the Web these days. (It will still be possible to display your photos in other ways, but as usual for Querki, I want the default behavior to typically be a good answer.)

The Question

Which brings us to the question. Bootstrap's Carousel mechanism leans towards being animated -- sliding from one picture to the next, automatically, every five seconds, basically as a slide show. Personally, I actually find that a little annoying: I prefer to flip through these things at my own pace. I don't know whether I'm just being weird, though, so let's gather at least a *little* data to decide the default.

Assume that I will eventually put this under the Space owner's control; I just want to decide what happens by default.

Would you typically prefer to see a photo carousel that slides from photo to photo automatically, every five seconds, or click manually from photo to photo?

I would like see it slideshow-style, working automatically
I would prefer that it not be automatic, and change slides myself
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c. I would prefer it to be manual, with a button on the right side that changes it just for *this* occasion to automatic advance.

Hmm. Reasonable suggestion, but not AFAIK built into Bootstrap, so it'll require extra design and work. I probably won't do it first-pass, but I'll log an enhancement request for it. Thanks!

OK, voting for manual, then. Apply appropriate geekly filters.

+1. I wonder if you can you set it to auto-slideshow and also auto-pause.

is there a way to give it a slider, so the users can set their own preferences?
I ask because, while I prefer manual advance, there are situations in which it is desirable to have the timing set for a range, say, of 4-15 seconds.

Plausible -- as mentioned upthread, I'm going to log an enhancement request for this sort of control. I'll add this idea to there. Thanks!

I'm always in favor of manual with arrow keys to rotate forward and backward.

sidestepping the question a bit

I hate photo carousels in general. For example, see the sciencefriday.com site http://sciencefriday.com/
The section with the numbered segments would be much more user-friendly (to me, as the user) if there were just seven (or whatever) separate clickable thumbnails that didn't change. I have no coding experience, so I don't know how much harder this would be. Or maybe it would be easier, but everybody who is not me might not prefer lots of little things to one revolving thing.

Re: sidestepping the question a bit

Actually, the thumbnails are already implemented, and have been for a while. But the carousel thing is kind of a necessity for any site that is trying to be mobile-friendly, which is an *extremely* high priority for Querki. Thumbnails just plain take too much space on a smartphone screen. This enhancement is happening precisely because I've found that thumbnails work badly in a lot of likely scenarios. (The thumbnail option will remain for those who want to build their Spaces that way.)

I'm already thinking about splitting the difference, with a thumbnail view that you can pull down from the carousel. But that's a ways off -- it's a bunch of extra work...

I like both, actually. I tend to click through if I'm looking through an album, but for a front page, display what we do kind of thing, I'd rather than it on automatic. Preferrably with variable timing I can set. I find 5 second is WAY too long for me to be patient and wait for the next slide, but other people probably don't feel that way.

"Prefer" is not a strong-enough word. I never use automatic slideshows; it is impossible to set an interval that will be correct for all pictures in the set (let alone for all users, but let's assume you'll give the user control of that). I would rather see the big ugly page with all of them than see an auto-advancing slideshow. I wouldn't voluntarily use a system that required me to deal with auto-slideshows.

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