I don’t know why it was a priority for it to be eliminated, and I’ve disliked most of the recent barrage of UI changes. This one, I didn’t mind: I did not find most of the trending topics interesting to me, and while it’s good to see what people think of current affairs on Quora, it didn’t add much value to me to have it in the sidebar.
I am much more worried about this:
Changes to Trending Topics by Abhinav Sharma on Quora Product Updates
Going forward, we will continue to mark topics as trending, and this information will be used to surface them appropriately in the main feed.
Right. Because I really want the latest stupid-arse thing Trump says showing up in my feed. That’s why I’m on Quora instead of CNN. The good thing about trending being in the sidebar was, it was segregated from my feed.
This change allows us to have more flexibility in the ways we present trending topics throughout the product.
When Quora says “Flexibility” for its UX, reach for Bug? or Feature?