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how do i watch a page?

I just don't see where to "watch" a page.

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRA/JIRA+Releases

how do I watch this page, to be notified of new releases?

In reverse, how do I unwatch this page? (I currently have a watch here, but no idea how to unwatch, if I wanted to)

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRA/Workflow+Properties

here's an instance where I know how to do it:

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/CONFKB/2012/12/17/Advance+warning+of+plans+to+merge+Documentation+theme+with+the+default+theme

it's under the 'tools' menu that appears on that page. how come no tools on the other pages?

frustrating!

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Hallo Mike

I'm sorry you've had this frustrating experience. We have applied some custom CSS to the documentation spaces on our documentation wiki, to improve the reading experience.

In a standard Confluence site (with no extra CSS or theming) the Tools menu is always visible. In brief, to watch a page:

  1. Go to the page or blog post.
  2. Choose Tools > Watch.

That's the behaviour you saw on the "Advance warning..." page that you've linked above.

On the JIRA pages, the 'Tools' menu will appear when you hover over it. You'll need to move your cursor around the top of the page, between the grey banner and the title, on the right hand side. This screenshot shows the position of the 'Tools' menu and other options:

FYI, this blog post describes how to apply CSS to make the options always visible:

http://ffeathers.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/how-to-override-css-stylesheets-in-firefox/

We're interested in any feedback on the hiding of the 'Tools' and other options. There's some discussion in house about the usability of documentation: should we optimise for an uncluttered reading experience, or do people need the tools too?

I hope this helps!

Cheers, Sarah

ugh.

the target is too (way too) small in comparison to the amount of whitespace at the top right.
the delay from invisible to visible is too slow as well.

I say this, because I actually did think it might be invisible and I was waving the mouse around trying to find it. Even knowing it was there, it took me about 10 second to find it. I had to slow down the mouse movement quite a bit, and of course 1px too high is too high, so I couldn't get it to appear.

And having said all that, I think you should seriously reconsider hiding that stuff in the first place. I thought the 'hover over an area of whitespace to expose functionality' thinking was out of style. Is it back in? pity.

uber frustrating. At *minimum* there should be an always-visible target over which to hover to get more tools.

Thanks Mike, it's good to have your feedback. I'll pass it on to the team.

Cheers, Sarah

Mmmh. All I know is that you can control your watches in your user profile. Why you can't watch these offical pages, I don't know...

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