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 21.

    Dear Andy, I've logged in and out and refreshed the page several times to no avail (I've been programming databases for banks, supermarkets and telecoms companies for more than twenty years, so I feel fairly confident in my own abilities). Could it be incompatibility with the Chrome browser?

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    Comment number 22.

    Why have some recipes expired? I tried searching on the web and found them there, with a space for notes.... Seems odd that the binder is still somewhere in the ether. Perhaps those who have lost notes might try searching for the recipe by title.

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    Comment number 23.

    Sorry Andy, your reasons for destroying a facility which is well loved, immensely useful, easily searchable and capable of amending recipes to accommodate such things as allergies, favoured ingredients, numbers to serve etc., are pathetic. How can you put forward such a load of disingenuous claptrap without squirming in embarrassment? And if you read them dispassionately from this side of the screen, you would agree with me.
    And like everyone else, I dont believe the binder search facility was used by only 0.07%....where does that figure come from? 0.07% of BBC website viewers? 0.07% of food website viewers? I'll bet you its not 0.07% of food binder users !!
    Ah well ! Off to Channel 4 and the food scrapbook

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    Comment number 24.

    But the Binder was really cool :( We don't need consistence with the rest of the websites! The Binder was way easier to use and had a better name...

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    Comment number 25.

    Managed to save just one recipe so far.Have given up trying to save any more as it won't let me. Same problem others are having I imagine.

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    Comment number 26.

    @Nera Hi. We have spotted an error in the favourites service that means that some recipes are showing as expired when they shouldn't be. We're fixing this and a known issue with Notes in a release planned for next week.

    @Ojiveojive Can you please provide a little more about the problem you're having? Can you see the Add to Favourites button, but nothing happens? Or does it 'change state' but not add the recipe to your Favourites? Thanks.

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    Comment number 27.

    Dear Andy, when I click on the Add to Favourites button I get a small black box overlaying the recipe with the following message: 'Sorry we couldn't add your Favourite
    Please try again later'

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    Comment number 28.

    @Ojiveojive @barrie Thanks for the clarification. We're looking at it now.

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    Comment number 29.

    I have the same problem as Ojiveojive..Bet we're not the only ones. For instance, it won't let me save the recent pesto recipe. On the other hand having blocked the fruit tarts recipe it then allowed it through later.

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    Comment number 30.

    I can't add recipes to my favourites.

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    Comment number 31.

    Finally found the tiny link to my favourites (after two days of looking and then reading the comments) but I seem to have lost 80% of my pictures. With ref to previous comment - "if it ain't broke"......

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    Comment number 32.

    As someone who uses recipes as a starting point, I found being able to make notes of my "variations on a theme" particularly handy. Taking Notes away has resulted in a much less personal and adaptable site. Shame really, it used to be good.

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    Comment number 33.

    Blank notes space??

    Am I right in thinking there is a huge area of blank "notes" space before you can actually see the recipe or is this a design/display quirck that will be fixed? If it is delierate it is very irrittating - can't notes be at the end of the recipe so that you don't have to scroll past a yard of blank space before you get to what you want to read? I know people moan when things change because that's what people do, but this does seem a case of "if it ain't broke, break it"...

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    Comment number 34.

    Not sure your figure 0.07% is correct judging by other comments. The more recipes you have, the greater the need to be able to search through them. Who has time/can be bothered to trawl through reams of recipes? And where have my pictures gone?

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    Comment number 35.

    wow ! as a software developer I am amazed how difficult this site is to use , and your excuse is that nobody much used it before !!! Maybe if you had made it more intuitive in the first place then it might have been used more , fix your selfs first.

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    Comment number 36.

    That's it now. Can't waste any more time on this. You lost a customer. A shame, because although I can search for recipes on the Internet it's less likely I'm going to stumble across something interesting I wasn't expecting as I did on this site. Bye.

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    Comment number 37.

    Love the new favourites look, but please, please, please add the search facility very very very soon, so I can search by food type again ie chicken,fish, lamb etc. not worth saving anything if it can't be found easily again, I have >400 recipes as it is now I can't use them properly.

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    Comment number 38.

    Just tried to save down a new recipe, surprise its not working. Andy Pipes get this fixed.

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    Comment number 39.

    How do i get my notes, what i have prepared and who liked it and when. this feature should not have been removed

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    Comment number 40.

    totally agree with smallbumblebee why mess about with things that work

 

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