I’d rather mark things that I’ve watched. Most of my collection (95% probably) is unwatched. Everything starts that way. I don’t need all those orange corners covering up my icons for stuff I haven’t yet seen.
If I’ve already seen something, I’ll mind less if you cover the artwork. Can we get a toggle preference to permit a more sensical use of watched indicators … by marking only the items we’ve actually watched?
Replying again after noting that it seems we both prefer to see as few of the (un)watched indicators as necessary for them to serve their purpose … which indicates to me we’d all rather see more of our artwork and fewer bright orange corners.
Perhaps the indicators themselves need to be more subtle, no matter how we choose to use them. As they are now, as much as I’d like to utilize them, I have them disabled because they are far too distracting. Visually locating un-marked items in the sea of brightly marked ones (that appear when I turn on the feature) is surprisingly difficult.
Except, for some of us, it would do exactly the opposite.
I understand you wouldn’t want to change the default behavior (though the feature’s name — “Watched Indicators” — is clearly wrong ), and I’m certainly not asking you to. But I would appreciate the addition of the choice to instead “highlight unwatched”. The only other current alternative for me is turning them off entirely, which, it bothers me, I’ve had to do.
I know this is a little old, but I 100% agree there needs to be an option to select either show an icon/check/whatever on “watched” or “unwatched”.
Everything I have ever used has the icon or check-mark on the actual watched/completed item. Having it on the unwatched item is completely backwards and makes no sense to me. At work I use project lists and never put a check-mark on everything and then erase it on the jobs that have been completed.
The only logical reason users would prefer to highlight their unwatched content is if most of their content has already been watched.
Since most of my collection remains unwatched, I’d rather tick off the few I’ve watched, as compared to the thousands I haven’t yet.
Highlighting the vast majority of items in one’s collection massively dilutes (and at least in my case, absolutely negates) the usefulness of the highlighting feature altogether.
@james — Will you perhaps reconsider making switching the default behavior optional? Does this further discussion help you see the utility of both approaches, especially when compared to the relative percentages of a user’s collection that is ticked as watched?