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Close Your Open Tabs - Sometimes, information overload has its limits.

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  1. [4]
    Micycle_the_Bichael
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    Finally!!! Someone on my side. My partner and my coworkers all have multiple windows with like 20 tabs each on them open and claim they need them all. If I have more than like, 5 tabs open that...

    Finally!!! Someone on my side. My partner and my coworkers all have multiple windows with like 20 tabs each on them open and claim they need them all. If I have more than like, 5 tabs open that aren’t in use I feel overwhelmed. Like if I’m doing a task that requires a lot of research or tabs I can deal with that, but as soon as they’re not useful anymore they need to be culled or I will lose my fucking mind. Idk why it gives me so much anxiety.m, but I just will feel immediately overwhelmed and either close out of all but 2 tabs or shut down.

    12 votes
    1. [2]
      Loire
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      This is my tab process as well, especially if I'm working on something programming related. I will have forty tabs of documentation of classes and operators and a couple stack overflow subroutines...

      Like if I'm doing a task that requires a lot of research or tabs

      This is my tab process as well, especially if I'm working on something programming related. I will have forty tabs of documentation of classes and operators and a couple stack overflow subroutines to pull from.

      Otherwise what the hell are you keeping those tabs open for? Use your bookmarks people.

      5 votes
      1. Death
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        My number of tabs grows into the tens or twenties as I dig further and further into my code until, at some point I literally have the same tabs or searches open multiple times. And it actually...

        My number of tabs grows into the tens or twenties as I dig further and further into my code until, at some point I literally have the same tabs or searches open multiple times. And it actually kind of upsets me whenever I notice and start having to close a bunch of them, so I've decided to try out Tab Wrangler, from the article, and am hoping it'll improve my worklfow a little bit.

    2. Parliament
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      Amen to this. I rarely get above 10 and always start over each day on my work computer. For the laptop at home that runs 24/7, I never leave open more than 5 tabs. My mom is the exact opposite....

      Amen to this. I rarely get above 10 and always start over each day on my work computer. For the laptop at home that runs 24/7, I never leave open more than 5 tabs.

      My mom is the exact opposite. She'll have so many tabs up that you can't even view the icon indicating what website it represents - you have to click the tab to see what it is. I'm pretty sure this is why she gets suckered into how she justifies buying a new laptop from Apple every year or so because she complains about the old one getting too slow. I have 3 MBPs from 2009-2012, and they've all continued working fine (albeit with hardware upgrades) while she's gone through a half dozen or more new purchases.

      And now that I'm ranting about her, this is the woman who used to accuse me of crippling our family desktop computer by installing games (namely Age of Empires). My siblings and I know the real truth though - she is and always has been a digital hoarder.

      5 votes
  2. [6]
    reese
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    Nah, I'll continue using three different browser windows with >40 tabs each just to spite the author of this hit piece on tabs. /s In all seriousness, the write-up doesn't resonate with me at all....

    Nah, I'll continue using three different browser windows with >40 tabs each just to spite the author of this hit piece on tabs. /s

    In all seriousness, the write-up doesn't resonate with me at all. My mind works like a stack. Like, LIFO. It's how I go down a rabbit hole and crawl back out of it. I will open a link in a new tab, open another link in a different tab, etc. I pop links off the "stack" after I sufficiently digest the information of concern.

    This is a form of distributed cognition, the literal opposite of information overload. The browser remembers the order of the tabs, meaning I don't have to. The article and the comments in this topic don't take into account that the order is useful, which I suspect propels non-alternatives such as bookmarks. I have a fuckload of bookmarks, and I simply search for them in the address bar when I need them, but they serve an entirely different function than tabs. Here's why:

    Bookmarks are long-term memory, a set of tabs is akin to short-term memory, and the current tab is working memory.

    Based on what I'm seeing here, I'm pretty sure if you don't discipline yourself to use tabs like a stack, then you're probably using them ineffectively. I'm also somewhat disturbed by the implication that people aren't using keybindings to close and navigate through tabs. But you do you.

    9 votes
    1. [4]
      pvik
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      I agree with you mostly. However, the problem is a lot of times when I am reading/processing through a single tab, it would lead me to open up multiple tabs, which I would like to process shortly...

      I agree with you mostly.
      However, the problem is a lot of times when I am reading/processing through a single tab, it would lead me to open up multiple tabs, which I would like to process shortly after processing the current tab.
      I would also like to keep the parent tab open, while processing through the children tab, because I may have to go back to it to refer something.
      And this is where the analogy to a stack falls flat.

      I see the open tabs more as a tree and as /u/PetitPrince mentioned above, I really like TreeStyleTabs to maintain the structure of the tabs, reduces a little more of mental overhead as you're processing through the tabs.

      However, the article is directed more towards people who have a few hundred tabs open at any given time!

      1 vote
      1. [3]
        reese
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        I don't have that problem. I scan the text left to right, top to bottom. As soon as I find a link I want to read, I push it onto the tab stack and read it. Eventually it gets popped off the stack...

        I don't have that problem. I scan the text left to right, top to bottom. As soon as I find a link I want to read, I push it onto the tab stack and read it. Eventually it gets popped off the stack and I continue reading from the point where I was. For me, there is no such thing as opening multiple tabs at the same time from the same page.

        So no, the analogy to the stack does not fall flat.

        Also, the tree setup looks like a usability nightmare. That's information overload. Again, just speaking for myself. I build the tree, the graph of information in my head. And as to the people who leave hundreds of tabs open between sessions, yeah, I don't know what's up with that either.

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          pvik
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          Sorry If my post came off as trying to contradict how your brain works. My reply was more of how my own mental model deviates from yours. A more correct statement would've been:

          Sorry If my post came off as trying to contradict how your brain works.
          My reply was more of how my own mental model deviates from yours.

          A more correct statement would've been:

          And this is where the analogy to a stack falls flat for me.

          1 vote
          1. reese
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            I gotcha. We all have our preferred ways of doing things. I'm just emphasizing my preferred method, which I just felt needed to be justified after seeing the worst representation of how a person...

            I gotcha. We all have our preferred ways of doing things. I'm just emphasizing my preferred method, which I just felt needed to be justified after seeing the worst representation of how a person could use tabs projected as how we all use them.

            2 votes
    2. ThatFanficGuy
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      The amount of times I muttered "goddammit" to myself because I clicked back on the wrong tab due to a similar approach to in-the-moment tab-keeping is in the hundreds. Many of those came seconds...

      The amount of times I muttered "goddammit" to myself because I clicked back on the wrong tab due to a similar approach to in-the-moment tab-keeping is in the hundreds. Many of those came seconds apart.

      As a sidenote, I'm sure people reading these comments would appreciate any sort of illumination of the subject better than being called out for defaults they didn't choose. "Make the old model obsolete" and all that.

  3. [4]
    PetitPrince
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    Have you heard of our Lord and Savior Tree Style Tabs?

    The tabs bleed into one other, their icons shrinking in width and slowly becoming unclickable.

    Have you heard of our Lord and Savior Tree Style Tabs?

    8 votes
    1. [3]
      pvik
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      Tree Style Tabs make managing a bunch of tabs so much easier! It's one of the first things I install if I am setting up firefox. It's also great that it auto-collapses tabs if you have a lot of...

      Tree Style Tabs make managing a bunch of tabs so much easier! It's one of the first things I install if I am setting up firefox.
      It's also great that it auto-collapses tabs if you have a lot of them open.
      (Also, being able to close the parent tba and have all the children tabs close along with it is great)

      For anyone wondering this is what my browser looks like with TST.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        Soptik
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        Would you mind sharing your userchrome? It looks really good :)

        Would you mind sharing your userchrome? It looks really good :)

        1 vote
        1. pvik
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          Sure, I had posted this to /r/unixporn a while back. That post still has all the details here.

          Sure, I had posted this to /r/unixporn a while back.
          That post still has all the details here.

          2 votes
  4. ThatFanficGuy
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    I've been getting into that sorta mental territory for the last few years. My laptop has limited RAM that I can't afford to upgrade any further at the moment. It's not a little, but under the...

    I've been getting into that sorta mental territory for the last few years.

    My laptop has limited RAM that I can't afford to upgrade any further at the moment. It's not a little, but under the stress of a couple of dozens of active tabs (or about a hundred passive, text-mostly ones) there is a noticable strain in performance.

    Ever since I started noticing how many tabs I have open, I started piling them down to a bookmark folder called "sort out". It currently has 200+ pages of wildly-varied content that I haven't gotten to decluttering yet. That, compounded with the previous inbox folder called "Reading" (300+), shows that sometimes, you can be excessive with things that aren't readily tangible.

    And I still have a separate passive window with 7 tabs on stand-by.

    2 votes
  5. MimicSquid
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    I have a small set of pinned tabs in my work browser: email, online file manager, calendar, project/task manager, bookkeeping website. Everything else is only open until I'm done reading the page...

    I have a small set of pinned tabs in my work browser: email, online file manager, calendar, project/task manager, bookkeeping website. Everything else is only open until I'm done reading the page or while I need to refer to the document. What do you need so many tabs for? You can only read one at a time.

    1 vote
  6. mrbig
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    I use Tab Wrangler on Chrome to automatically archive my unused tabs (you can restore than if needed. But I never do). There are many similar extensions/addons. To be honest, this is not such a...

    I use Tab Wrangler on Chrome to automatically archive my unused tabs (you can restore than if needed. But I never do). There are many similar extensions/addons. To be honest, this is not such a hard problem to solve.

  7. [6]
    ThiccPad
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    Say whatever you want but i am not letting go of my 100+ nsfw tabs

    Say whatever you want but i am not letting go of my 100+ nsfw tabs

    1 vote
    1. [4]
      Whom
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      Save your nsfw material locally! The extra options for viewing as well as the assurance that it won't be taken down makes it much better. Plus if you're a nerd, you can organize it and it's fun.

      Save your nsfw material locally!

      The extra options for viewing as well as the assurance that it won't be taken down makes it much better. Plus if you're a nerd, you can organize it and it's fun.

      5 votes
      1. [3]
        HoolaBoola
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        Or better yet, make your own nsfw material!

        Or better yet, make your own nsfw material!

        1. [2]
          ThatFanficGuy
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          ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ...apparently, Lenny Face don't work on them Tildes. On my screen, It looks more like a teenager getting access to an archive of erotica for the first time.

          ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

          ...apparently, Lenny Face don't work on them Tildes. On my screen, It looks more like a teenager getting access to an archive of erotica for the first time.

          1. Kuromantis
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            In my (mobile) screen it looks perfectly fine, maybe with slightly clipped eyebrows.

            In my (mobile) screen it looks perfectly fine, maybe with slightly clipped eyebrows.

            1 vote
    2. ThatFanficGuy
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      You can bookmark them all into a separate folder and either open them all at once or one by one whenever you find yourself in need.

      You can bookmark them all into a separate folder and either open them all at once or one by one whenever you find yourself in need.

      4 votes