A friend here has over 50 excellent, restored super cars, from racing Bugatti's to original MB Gullwings. His rationale for having so many has applicability for Insiders: He loves to have a custom ride and this allows him that flexibility.
We're faced with a one size fits all approach in this version of Insiders as we were with the past versions, but why can't we have a discrete, custom interface when we log on? I have mentioned i Google in the past as one exemplar of this dashboard approach, but there are many others out there on the Internet.
I'd prefer a simpler look with the following:
And that's the truth!
SS - not the easiest, but here is a way to create a Bookmark for California (generic) topics and discussions (similar approach to establishing other custom bookmarks):
Begin by getting to the desired location (in this example, Destinations):
Set the appropriate Geographical area desired:
Copy the URL once the filters have been established:
Select Create a Bookmark:
Customize the bookmark with your title and paste the URL and save the bookmark:
To use the bookmark:
J. Robert Oppenheimer had an easier time in Los Alamos working on the Manhattan Project! The steps you have outlined make perfect sense if anyone had the time and patience to do them. I for one do not/ This is 2011. The context sensitive methods used for Google seem work fine in searches or suggestions. This site has none of that. I am disappointed.