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Slashdot Beta Update

slashdotblog (2739829) writes | about 7 months ago

User Journal 6

A few days ago, we opened the curtains to give everyone an early glimpse of what Slashdot is going to look like. More than a thousand comments and hundreds of emails have poured in, offering some very useful feedback and advice: thanks. As you'd expect, Beta is work in progress — we have a long way to go not only in integrating all the features we want, but in smoothing over inevitable rough edges. This blog post is to give a few updates on the state of the Beta, and tips on using it. As we sifted through your feedback we noticed some common areas of critique:

One group of readers we've heard a lot from are those who don't like seeing the images that the new Beta introduces in its Standard view. Good news: seeing images is a preference that's easy to change. Just select "Classic" from the view-selection widget on the menu that appears near the top of the page. (You can see an illustration here.) You can always change your view, and your choice is persistent until you select a new one.

Likewise, many readers have raised (understandable!) objections to the Beta's fixed-width; expect changes in the near future that will address this. We're aiming for a page that displays cleanly on as many devices, screen sizes, and browsers as possible.

We're only partway into this redesign; a lot of stuff is coming. One big example: the commenting system is only partly in place, which means many of the features currently available on the regular page haven't been implemented yet on the Beta. Likewise, the submissions and login systems are under active development, and you'll see enhancements rolled out in weeks to come as the beta gets closer to production.

We know there are some general problems with readability in the Beta, too; In the coming weeks we'll be experimenting with various fonts, texture and styles to make the page easier on your eyes.

You make Slashdot what it is — so please keep the feedback coming. (Details, including screenshots, make bug reports and suggestions much easier to act on). Watch this space: We'll be giving more updates via this blog on improvements as they're worked on.

A few days ago, we opened the curtains to give everyone an early glimpse of what Slashdot is going to look like. More than a thousand comments and hundreds of emails have poured in, offering some very useful feedback and advice: thanks. As you'd expect, Beta is work in progress — we have a long way to go not only in integrating all the features we want, but in smoothing over inevitable rough edges. This blog post is to give a few updates on the state of the Beta, and tips on using it. As we sifted through your feedback we noticed some common areas of critique:

One group of readers we've heard a lot from are those who don't like seeing the images that the new Beta introduces in its Standard view. Good news: seeing images is a preference that's easy to change. Just select "Classic" from the view-selection widget on the menu that appears near the top of the page. (You can see an illustration here.) You can always change your view, and your choice is persistent until you select a new one.

Likewise, many readers have raised (understandable!) objections to the Beta's fixed-width; expect changes in the near future that will address this. We're aiming for a page that displays cleanly on as many devices, screen sizes, and browsers as possible.

We're only partway into this redesign; a lot of stuff is coming. One big example: the commenting system is only partly in place, which means many of the features currently available on the regular page haven't been implemented yet on the Beta. Likewise, the submissions and login systems are under active development, and you'll see enhancements rolled out in weeks to come as the beta gets closer to production.

We know there are some general problems with readability in the Beta, too; In the coming weeks we'll be experimenting with various fonts, texture and styles to make the page easier on your eyes.

You make Slashdot what it is — so please keep the feedback coming. (Details, including screenshots, make bug reports and suggestions much easier to act on). Watch this space: We'll be giving more updates via this blog on improvements as they're worked on.

6 comments

Format selection (3, Funny)

k31bang (672440) | about 7 months ago | (#45038363)

Good news: seeing images is a preference that's easy to change. Just select "Classic" ...

Any chance of a selection for "OMG!!! Ponies!!!" ? Thats the classic format i prefer most. Thanks.

Re:Format selection (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45117711)

Reattach the pump nozzle to the tire valve [url=http://www.go4sporting.com]carbon wheels[/url]if its pressure isn't at the required level and continue pumping. Check frequently on the tire's pressure to avoid over-inflating the tire, which can cause the tire to blowout while riding. Disconnect the pump when the tire is fully inflated and reattach the tire valve cap.

Here's an idea (1)

wjcofkc (964165) | about 7 months ago | (#45075799)

If you insist on changing things: http://alterslash.org/ [alterslash.org]

By the way, I just ran into an auto playing video ad on slashdot's current main page. It had no way to stop it. When I clicked on a little icon to silence it, it was fake and took me to the ads website. To make matters worse, another ad started after that also had no way to stop or mute. Oh, it did have a full screen option though. Please cut that crap out.

Give us the option ... (1)

Xaemyl (88001) | about 6 months ago | (#45085643)

to let us keep the old (or the old old) design, and you can make it look like 4chan for all I care.

Why does Beta suck so much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45157807)

We do not come here to read articles, we come here to filter comments.

The Beta does not have any filtering equipment at all. There should be at least three filter layers:

Layer 1, The Scores: Show comments with score N in full, show comments with score M short, do not show comments with score O. (The usual.)

Layer 2, The Timed ones: Separate new comments from old comments. (In color, in texture, anything!)

Layer 3, The Favoured: Hilight comments that I personally made or that I personally commented on. (Again, in color, in texture, anything!)

I know that separating three different layers requires some INTELLIGENT DESIGN, but please try to do so. We do not came here to read the articles, We come here to mock others, make idiotic jokes, and CONVERSE. Please do not kill the conversation section because this is the Slashdot. Without the comment section there is no Slashdot, there is just Gawker -- and Gawker sucks ass balls with homoerotic passion, if I may say so, and I do, because i am Anonymous Coward.

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