BBC Food: Your Favourites

Tuesday 11 June 2013, 15:01

Andrew Pipes Andrew Pipes Executive Product Manager

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Hi I’m Andy Pipes, executive product manager for Knowledge & Learning (K&L) which looks after the BBC Food website.

Today we are announcing some changes to how you can bookmark recipes on BBC Food. This blog post outlines the changes and the reasons behind them.

new_102.jpg Your Favourites on BBC Food


Goodbye Binder, Hello Favourites

In the past the BBC’s websites have had different ways for the audience to share, collect and annotate BBC content. To ensure audiences have a consistent experience we’ve begun to standardise the way that we describe these actions.

You might have noticed, for instance, that the button to allow users to share pages on Facebook, Twitter and Google is now consistent on News, Sport, BBC iPlayer, Food and most other BBC websites. You can read about this in my colleague Mark Channon’s blog post.

Radio iPlayer already allow users to save their favourite programmes using the Add to Favourites button when a list of episodes or series is displayed. As of today, BBC Food will share this function.

The current Recipe Binder will become Your Favourites. Saving a recipe to Your Favourites is as simple as clicking the green Add to Favourites button that appears next to the recipe title.

Removing an item from your favourites is just as easy. Follow the link to Your Favourites to see a list of your saved recipes. Click on the grey vertical bar to remove a favourite from your list when on the Your Favourites area.

For anyone with recipes saved on their current Binder, we will move your saved recipes over to your Favourites list. Those recipes will be stored against your BBC iD, which means that you can still take your Favourites with you on any device or screen you happen to be logged in to.

favourite_button_1024.jpg The Add to Favourites button


What happened to filters, notes and search?

The old Binder service included a filter and search function which allowed users with many saved recipes to easily pull out the one they wanted to access. Unfortunately this feature is not yet part of the new Favourites area.

This was a difficult decision based on the fact that just 0.07% of visitors to the Food website used this search facility in the Binder. The seldom-used feature, Notes, is also being closed as we move on to the new platform. The small number of people who used this service have been advised to copy their Notes before the upgrade to BBC Favourites to avoid disappointment.

If you have questions or comments about the updates, please ask them in the section below and we will do our best to answer any queries.

Andrew Pipes is the executive product manager for BBC Knowledge & Learning.

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    Comment number 141.

    I am disappointed that you are not continuing the notes function as I add comments from the programme and the wine choices against each recipe which is really useful. Obviously I would like to see this reinstated PLEASE.

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    Comment number 142.

    Not possible to add recipes to my binder. Does any one knows why?

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    Comment number 143.

    I"be just found my saved recipes from the binder in favourites and notice that some are now registered as "expired". This makes this tool a waste of space if its not going to keep them saved...poor show BBC

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    Comment number 144.

    Hello. I am yet another person in favor of adding (or re-adding) a search feature for the recipe binders. I have so many recipes for vastly different things, and it was great to be able to browse through my biscuit recipes when I wanted to bake something sweet without having to sift through my dinner recipes as well. I am also having trouble adding favourites now; judging from the comments, I don't believe this is a problem with my computer. Hopefully this is just a glitch that comes with changing the format of the site, and won't be a long-term problem...?

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    Comment number 145.

    Not working for me, cant see a link to add the current recipe to the "favorites" and when I click on favorites it's empty.

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    Comment number 146.

    Just tried to go into it - all recipes have disappeared. (Yesterday they were there). Very annoying when the whole point is to access favourites quickly. Please don't change things until problems have been sorted out.

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    Comment number 147.

    I've lost all my recipies as well. Things are getting worse not better. When are you going to put things back to how they were? This is getting ridiculous.....

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    Comment number 148.

    What on earth is happening now? Having signed in, all psyched up to scroll all the way through my existing favourites (because there is no search filter), to find a nice cake recipe for the weekend - I have NO recipes at all! They were there a couple of days ago; now my favourites area is totally blank. Please just give us back the old binder, so we cooks can get back to baking and Mr Pipes won't have to suffer this stream of complaints day after day.

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    Comment number 149.

    All the recipes I have saved appear to have disappeared ! There are three there that I have never seen before. This happened the last time you"upgraded" the website. It's just not good enough - I have decided that it's a waste of time using this facility; there are plenty of other recipe sites that I can use instead so 'bye bye'!

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    Comment number 150.

    so now I still cannot add recipes to my favourites and now i cannot see what I have previously saved!!

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    Comment number 151.

    i don't have the green "Add to Favourites" button. Help!

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    Comment number 152.

    As with other comments, WHY have some recipes "expired" ?? It would of been polite to have informed us first of the changes so we could of printed out them before they were removed. As usual, the minority (BBC staff) think they know whats best for the majority. Bring back the original website or at least re-instate the "expired items", otherwise why bother having "favourites" ? You store them for future use, then find they have been deleted, whats the point ??

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    Comment number 153.

    I agree with smallbumblebee...if it ain't broke, why fiddle about? I've just tried to add two recipes and it just doesn't work. Not the first time this has happened so I just print off and deplete the Amazon forest even more. Pah!

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    Comment number 154.

    So my Recipe Binder is now My Favourites - BUT don't worry all your recipes are safe and moved to your favourites.
    No - No No
    No recipes No Binder No confoirdence in those who make promises they can't keep. As has been said - if it ainbt broke don't fix it

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    Comment number 155.

    Agree with @smallbumblebee, if it ain't broke don't fix it, i can no longer see any of my previously saved recipes and even had to register again as my account wasn't recognised as a bbc id even though i had signed in to the new style website. Not overly impressed at all.

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    Comment number 156.

    I have just logged in and I must say I REALLY DON'T like the new changes that have been made. As someone else commented if it ain't broke don't fix it.

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    Comment number 157.

    Dear Andy, Stardate day ten...... Groundhog day day ten.......... I'm losing the will to live...................

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    Comment number 158.

    Can't add any recipes to favourites. No pictures displayed. Please restore the search button. Sorry, I meant to say restore the recipe binder. What a shambles.

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    Comment number 159.

    All the items in my binder have disappeared, now My Favourites is empty. This is really annoying. Why was it felt necessary to change functionality that was working fine. Are you short of work?

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    Comment number 160.

    Service appears to be restored. Recipes have miraculously reappeared (some considerable time after I needed them). Any sign of an explanation or apology? Not so far. Please tell us - do we need manual back-up for the system, because if so I'll find another service.

 

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