@Craven de Kere,
Craven de Kere wrote:
What's the point of using the username at all?
The point is navigation. I want a one-stop place for checking whether the threads I participate in have been replied to. My solution gives me that, and only that.
By contrast, the solution you suggest creates two problems for me: First, it only only gives me a ten-stop place where I can see whether the threads I participate in have been replied to. Ten places to check for replies is much more tedious than one. Second, apart from the threads I participated in, your solution gives me hundreds of threads I have not participated in, but have been tagged by other users with the same keywords. This further complicates navigation for me.
If we had a thread-by-thread-view of "my posts", I would totally agree with you. Then these quasi-private tags would be superfluous. But we don't have such a view, so I'm seizing one of the new design's great advantages: that it empowers me to work around what I see as flaws in it. Since you're designer, it's unsurprising that your idea of what's a bug and what's a feature is would differ from mine. But given that I consider this a flaw, isn't this kind of working around it exactly the kind of individual empowerment you had in mind?
If you tell me that username tags create serious environmental pollution for others, I'll remove them. But for now, they're serving me well.