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Show question title before community name in browser tab

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The title for a specific question page (displayed in the browser tab) shows the community name followed by the question title:

Current browser tabs showing community name first

This means that only the first word or two of the question title are visible. Even less is visible when tabs become narrower when many are open at once.

If instead the page title was the question title followed by the community name (switch the order), then more of the question title would be visible:

Proposed browser tabs showing question title first

This would make it easier to distinguish between different questions when several are open in different browser tabs.

Identifying which community

As this change would mean the community name is no longer visible in the browser tab without hovering to see the full page title, I have also requested a unique favicon per community.

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I think this is going to require more thought, because we need to do something that works for all instances, not just ours.

Our browser titles have several elements:

  • favicon (this is configurable today)
  • network name ("Codidact"; I don't know where that's set)
  • community name (dynamic)
  • more specific content (question title, user name for a profile, category name, etc) -- I'll call this "context" in the following discussion

If you're running QPixel inside your company or school, you probably want the format to match your other tools, whatever they are. Your users might think of your lone internal Q&A site as just "Codidact", the same way my coworkers think of our wiki as "Confluence" (not "MyCompany Wiki") and our bug tracker as "Jira". On the other hand, if you have multiple sites, like our network of communities, then the site identity might be more important than the name of the "service" and your users might expect to see something like "Engineering Codidact" or "Sales Codidact" or, in our case, "Code Golf Codidact". (Or might not; people are complicated. :-) )

It seems to me that, to satisfy all common use cases, we need the name pattern to be configurable -- I'm thinking global settings, not site settings, so a network is self-consistent. I'm imagining a setting like "Browser Title Pattern" where you can enter a string like $site - $context ($network) or $network $site - $context (this latter is what we have, e.g. "Codidact Meta - Q&A"). Then, when we have something like this, we can switch around the elements on codidact.com without changing things out from under other networks.

It is also possible that I am over-thinking this. I would like feedback on this approach.

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trichoplax‭ wrote 11 months ago

I like this approach. I also enjoy overthinking, so I'm not best placed to judge whether it's more than we need, so I'm interested to see what others think.

Since we already have at least 1 other instance, and possibly more we don't know about, committing to not breaking existing behaviour without good reason seems important. I'm glad you spotted that this could break other instances.