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Slashdot's Vastu

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the we-go-vertical dept.

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nanopolitan writes "Wired has a story on harmonious website design according to Vastu, 'the Indian counterpart of feng shui'. The graphic accompanying the story has an analysis of Slashdot's design by Dr. Smita Narang. Her verdict? This site is 'in desperate need of balance'." From the article: "Thirty-year-old Smita Narang is rapidly becoming one of India's hottest Web designers. Her method: applying vastu shastra, the Indian counterpart of feng shui, to the online realm. The process entails mapping page attributes - HTML, colors, graphics - to elements like fire, water, and air. 'Any disturbance of these established elements can cause an imbalance in the site that directly affects its business,' Narang says."

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386 comments

Shouldn't there be a foot icon? (1)

Udo Schmitz (738216) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620304)

I thought it's funny and laughed.

don't laugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620326)

Shut up and help me point /. towards the West to balance our vastu/feng shui

Trust me, it will ward off dupes.

Re:don't laugh (1)

SumoRoti (1000740) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620684)

Please doctor Benway, tell me where I can put my mouse on!
I am a bit lost... Help!

Your own website is so fantastic, doctor. I agree that the perfect feng-shui slashdot site should be: '/. (more zen indeed).

QuoteSlashDot Community,
for the news are prettier

Re:Shouldn't there be a foot icon? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620342)

What if they start applying this people's faces? Will Smita Narang rearrange her face for balance? Looks like some 30 year old desperate housewife wanting some money on the side.

How about getting those Cows off the Streets first (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620724)


How about getting those Cows off the Streets first so the filth doesn't overwhelm the crapulence. And what's with putting 200 people in a 50-capacity train car. And what of the 100 on TOP of that train car!

Standards! (5, Funny)

headkase (533448) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620308)

If he encourages the use of the blink tag I vote we brand him a heretic and burn him at the stake.
I'm not kidding.

Re:Standards! (5, Funny)

cptgrudge (177113) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620462)

I know "this thread is useless without pics" is a Slashdot faux pas, but calling this chick a dude is pretty harsh.

Re:Standards! (1)

Vulcann (752521) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620504)

If he encourages the use of the blink tag I vote we brand him a heretic and burn him at the stake.

Umm ... "Smita" is a she :).

No one has to believe in what she says. Its just a point of view. I'm not saying I support her viewpoint, but I'm not saying she should be punished for having an opinion either. This is a democracy isn't it ? :D

Re:Standards! (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620688)

Nope, it's not.

If you bust in the door of a McDonalds and start saying "Put that table there, and that chair should be glued to the wall.." you're going to be asked to leave.

feng shui is a myth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620310)

and this analogue is bs too

And like feng shui, IT'S BULLSHIT! (4, Insightful)

Chas (5144) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620312)

Seriously, all crap like this is, is a way to justify stupid expenditures based on some self-riteous asshole's personal opinions.

Only people with double-digit IQ or a severe case of money poisoning actually listen to these jackasses.

Re:And like feng shui, IT'S BULLSHIT! (1)

terriblecertainty (243713) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620366)

There's a sucker born every minute, I guess. Example from the "article":

The horizontally enlongated layout gives the site to much Air, causing instability.

Shut it, dirty hippy. I think I'm getting a bit stabby.

Re:And like feng shui, IT'S BULLSHIT! (1)

cptgrudge (177113) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620552)

Me an' me bro...uh...Cletus went thar' an' won that thar' lottury.

Momma, she says, "Boys, you best git on' them thar' web saytes up an' stuff."

So, I'd a' like to...uh...su..sub..subsc...git that thar' newslittur your have.

Feng Shui is correct (4, Insightful)

macadamia_harold (947445) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620756)

And like feng shui, IT'S BULLSHIT!

While the explanations claiming "energies" for Feng Shui may not be correct, the human psychology behind it is. Those same principles may or may not be applicable with regards to web design, but don't discount entirely that which you clearly do not understand.

Re:And like feng shui, IT'S BULLSHIT! (1)

Jerry Smith (806480) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620760)

Same goes for believing in Santa, only this is targeted to an older audience. I'd call it bullshit too, yet I do not wish to offend harmless and innocent bullshit.

What the heck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620316)

I just took a look at her site and it's pretty crappy.... Maybe I just know nothing about what is attractive.

Re:What the heck? (1)

mei_mei_mei (890405) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620578)

Yeah, the blue links clash, the grammar and spelling is poor, the first 'read' link doesn'twork(!), the layout changes as you move through it so navigation is awkward and it's baically just an ad for her book. Rubbish.

Hey, taco, hope you like outsourcing (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620318)

We've found YOUR replacement in india. How you like your 'global economy' now, BITCH?

Page length (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620322)

Wtf .. she called it a negative .. I like a long page length .. seriously who the heck wants to click through multiple pages??

People who advocate short page lengths probably don't use the web for information.

And yes I think google should default to 100 results .. why not?

Re:Page length (1)

pasamio (737659) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620468)

Perhaps not as a default, I don't mind the default, but when I have to trawl through a few pages, I want to be able to expand that out. Perhaps the ability to dynamically set the size of the result set. There are certainly some times when I'd like to scroll through one long list instead of clicking 5 times and waiting for the reload on each of them.

preferences on google search results (3, Informative)

Romancer (19668) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620574)

Uh, under preferences.
The link just to the right of the text box that says preferences.

Re:Page length (3, Interesting)

Danse (1026) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620484)

Wtf .. she called it a negative .. I like a long page length .. seriously who the heck wants to click through multiple pages??

People who advocate short page lengths probably don't use the web for information.


Gotta agree with that. People who want multiple pages are usually trying to pump ad views. This chick just seems to want to make things pretty, or her version of pretty anyway. I guess if you can spout BS well enough to sound knowledgeable, people will throw money at you. Serves no useful purpose to anyone else, but must be nice.

Re:Page length (3, Insightful)

anagama (611277) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620562)

You've got my vote as well. It seems to me that the shorter the page, the more devoid it is of content. Scrolling down works incredibly well with monitors -- it might be a hassle with actual paper but the web doesn't always have to be a metaphor for the physical world.

Re:Page length (1)

boethius78 (1002975) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620604)

Well, even if "the horizontally elongated layout give the site too much air", at least "the graphics and sans serif font induce good water flow". This is good to know. Before I read TFA, I thought they were caused by all the beer I drank last night.

Re:Page length (1)

mikek3332002 (912228) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620730)

And yes I think google should default to 100 results .. why not?
Speed. Not Everybody has fast broadband. Also how often does one view results lower the 10th?

Re:Page length (1)

boarsai (698361) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620758)

Not to mention bandwidth. If you can get the result in the first 10... why waste your bandwidth when you're pumping out billions of pages a day? The resulting cut in bandwidth would probably be quite delicious. The bottom line is money :) Less bandwidth, more adverts.

Re:Page length (2, Informative)

klang (27062) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620734)

In web design there are two schools: "The Card Sharks" and "The Holy Scrollers".

Both schools have advantages and disadvantages. The specifics will always be root for discussion between webdesigners.

Asymmetry is cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620330)

The lack of symmetry parallels the random nature of visitors viewpoints and ideologies.
The colours are earthen and comfortable.

Penn and Teller (4, Informative)

Konster (252488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620332)

Penn and Teller had a decent show on Feng Shui, and I agree with with their conclusion.

It's all bullshit!

Just like the subject of this news post.

Re:Penn and Teller (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620544)

Being something of a sinophile, and the owner of a modest library on feng shui, let me digest what it really says.

Don't live so close to water that it washes your house away. Don't live so far away from water that it's an inordinate pain in the ass to get. Don't live close to the edges of cliffs which might collapse, or which you might fall off of. Do live in a location where your dwelling has as much protection from the elements as possible. But putting it directly in the path of the tree that looks kind of rotted and is about to fall it probably a bad idea too. Don't shit where you eat or are likely to drink. The sun is bright and hot, avoid suffering it unnecessarily. But the sun is also helpful, make sure you've got enough of it.

All it is are a set of building codes set to a spiritual narrative that's supposed to make it easy to remember. A smart person with good aesthetic sensibilities is required to make it work. Well compensated professionals in Asia, they get paid because they have some measure of the later, and more than some skill blending Confusian sensibilities with modern needs and tastes. The people on Bullshit! that's not what they're doing. They're banking on the ignorance of others.

The real tenents, with the mysticism striped away, they make a lot of sense to me. Except for the living underneath a rotting tree thing. Look, you buy the home you can afford.

You're kidding me right? (-1, Offtopic)

sgant (178166) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620334)

Slashdot's design was by some "doctor" that used feng shui in the design? Who's bright idea was that? Taco been hitting the wacky weed again?

You do all realize that feng shui is just a bunch of bullshit don't you? Sure, it's fun to talk about stuff like that and pretend...as long as you know that it's really just bullshit and don't try to rip people off.

Slashdot, you got taken for a ride my friend. But that's ok! I have some snake-oil here that can CURE you so you don't make that mistake again!

Bah...I still love ya.

Re:You're kidding me right? (1)

Zelucifer (740431) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620346)

need I say more then RTFA? Someone at WIRED, got an up and coming web designer to rate /. you pompous twit ;) This design is older then that individual.

Slashdot was just redesigned (1)

snuf23 (182335) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620510)

This design is older then that individual.

Um, the current slashdot site is a redesign from earlier this year. Did you miss all the posts from CmdrTaco evaluating the various design submissions?

Re:Slashdot was just redesigned (2, Insightful)

Anubis350 (772791) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620742)

Sure, but the basic site structure hasnt changed. It got prettier bars, some new cosmetics, a much needed update on various usability features and hopefully a new, working, css based threshold system soon. It looks a bit sleeker and less 90s, but /.s "look" hasnt really changed.

Re:You're kidding me right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620348)

I don't think you read the article properly. Slashdot's design was reviewed by that "doctor", not designed by her.

Re:You're kidding me right? (1)

rdwulfe (890032) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620354)

Ok.. I just have to point out... You might want to actually *read* the summary and article. Yeah, I know it's pointless drivel, but you wouldn't have even made that comment if you had. No. Some idiot in India is making a lot of money applying their version of Fung Shoe (or whatever it's called) to web design. They analyzed Slashdot. It made their spiritual advisors puke. Or whatever. Wulfe Too tired to be gentle.

Re:You're kidding me right? (3, Informative)

nihaopaul (782885) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620482)

as much as i don't believe in feng shui; some of it does serve a purpose with common sense, in design we do have things called balance and these are represented by different shapes with different weights when they have an equal mass, not only shapes but also colours have the same impact, just draw a neutral Grey box inside a Green square and a neutral Grey box inside a Blue square. but simply standing back and analyzing what isn't right can be done by anyone, but understanding why it isn't right takes practice and education. like take restaurants, you dont want to put a mirror facing the door as people's psychological impression is theres someone there, feng shui attributes this to 'loosing wealth out the door', also say you have a long Bar thats narrow (pub type of bar), you dont want to use patterns that attribute to the fact that its long, you'll want to break up the area with different patterns or furniture.

all these things can be applied to a website, along with page layout can be applied, a really good read of this can be found in "the Zen of CSS design" - this was a very good read for both technical and design principles.

 

Re:You're kidding me right? (1)

Broken scope (973885) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620546)

Whoa watch it with that reasonable attitude. That could get you hurt around here.

Feng Shui helps reading comprehension (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620506)

So does actually reading. Taste foot much?

The most important aspect of Vastu Shastra (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620336)

... is undoubtedly that it provides their high priest advocates with income.

Coming from the scientific side, I'll dispense with mystic harmony in favour of logical and self-explanatory layout, thank you.

What I use (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620350)

I use the Age old gay nigger seed to direct my life force energy Right on your face.

I've known for a long time.... (4, Funny)

The Famous Druid (89404) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620352)

... that the average /. poster is 'unbalanced'.

Evidence? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620356)

Ok, no examples, no theory, no reason.

For all I know, after reading the 'article', this person doesn't even exist.

What the hell is the point of posting this submission, if it is nothing more then an unsubstantiated opinion, utterly and completley lacking any substance.

If this person really has a clue, and is such a wonderfull designer, where is the evidence.

Article author and "one of India's hottest Web designers", please take your 'vastu shastra', (aka feng shui), and place it deep into your anal cavity.

Windows (4, Funny)

Konster (252488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620360)

Windows Vastu.

It's clear that Microsoft's GUI designers have been smoking some pretty serious weed and studying arcane bullshit notions and ologies of myth when you use Vista or IE7.

You made a funney. (1)

isolationism (782170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620666)

Thanks a fucking lot, my 2-month-old kid was finally falling asleep now that it's nearly five in the morning, and then you had to go and write what you did.

I suggest submitting the name change recommendation to Microsoft along with a suggestion that the default skin should paint everything with orange gradients.

I sense a great disturbance in the Force (3, Funny)

Ksempac (934247) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620362)

Of course Slashdot's Vistu is bad...The site is full of the Dark Spirits of No-life Geeks and Noob-bashers. ;)

Her website is damn UGLY!! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620364)

http://www.webvastu.com/ [webvastu.com]

"When houses, restauants, shops, shopping centers can be made according to the ancient science of Vastu Shastra then why cann't the Websites also follow the same rules"

-Dr. Smita Jain Narang

Gee .. I dunno maybe cuz .. CAUSE IT'S AS UGLY AS GORILLA ORANGUTAN BALLS!!

(btw, what's a "restauant"?)

Re:Her website is damn UGLY!! (1)

Danse (1026) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620516)

Holy crap. That site is hard on the eyes. People pay her to do stuff like that?!

e:He website is damn UGLY!! (0)

adamofgreyskull (640712) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620592)

It's so t of like a dine .

Re:Her website is damn UGLY!! (1)

Anomolous Cowturd (190524) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620670)

I *really* hate it when these idiots claim what they're doing is science:

"Webvastu, a fusion of two sciences Vastu Shasta and Internet (websites)."

Re:Her website is damn UGLY!! (1)

KimmoA (975372) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620770)

From the code:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//SoftQuad//DTD HoTMetaL PRO 4.0::19971010::extensions to HTML 4.0//EN" "hmpro4.dtd">
What... the... fuck?

Bunch of horse hooey (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620368)

While I agree that Slashdot is ugnly as sin, that has to be the worst "evaulation" I've read in a long time.

The page should have less articles so it's "proportionate"? What do they think it is, a book?

Consider the source ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620372)

"Narang reports that of the 500 sites she's redesigned, three-quarters received an immediate boost in traffic."

Good to know this is a professional magazine, where the facts are checked, not one of those lame blogs.

Re:Consider the source ? (1)

mei_mei_mei (890405) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620694)

That's not even a very impressive claim:

- She doesn't say how much the traffic has gone up.
- a whole quarter stayed the same or went down!
- even is her design was _worse_ than what it replaced there'd pobably be an inital jump in traffic as people checked out what was new.

People in glass houses... (1)

scdeimos (632778) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620376)

Erk, has anyone taken a look at Dr. Narang's website, The fusion of two sciences, Web Vastu [webvastu.com] ?

Re:People in glass houses... (1)

Konster (252488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620398)

LOL, good spot. She needs to apply some vastu to her site, or perhaps just a soothing balm.

LAFF at "The fusion of two sciences" bit on there.

Re:People in glass houses... (1)

interiot (50685) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620478)

GGAAHH, that site is far from perfect.

Press Section [webvastu.com] : multiple videos autoplay, forcing you to either mute you speakers or rapidly click all the pause buttons.

The three boxes ("About the book", "What is...", and "How to order") don't have enough black border around them. But more importantly, they look very similar to Google AdSense ads, and the positioning on certain pages makes this illusion worse. So you eye ends up automatically tuning out the most important content.

The red background is at least minimally functional (kudos for getting yellow text to be readable on a bright red background), but gaaah, I think I'm getting a sunburn from it.

Re:People in glass houses... (3, Funny)

Ash-Fox (726320) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620514)

Erk, has anyone taken a look at Dr. Narang's website, The fusion of two sciences, Web Vastu?
It reminds me of Powerpoint presentations from '97.

*Shivers* So.. cold..

Re:People in glass houses... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620704)

Really? It kind of reminded me of a tire fire at sunset.

Restore balance! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620386)

More PONIES!

Content? What content? (1)

Geof (153857) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620392)

"The page should scroll down for only two or three screens, not six". We need less news! Maybe if the whole world followed vastu shastra we wouldn't have this problem.

i'd like to map some attributes (0, Troll)

flacco (324089) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620394)

The process entails mapping page attributes - HTML, colors, graphics - to elements like fire, water, and air.


i'd like to map my nuts to her face.

Dr. Narang, meet Dr. Dre (1)

proverbialcow (177020) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620558)

She said, "Well, Daddy, if I had some nuts on my chin would those be chin nuts?"

I said "Hell no bitch, you'd have a dick in your mouth! mouth! mouth!"

Her website (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620396)

Some links to sites she's designed according to these principles would be useful. This is apparently the website of the book: http://www.webvastu.com/ [webvastu.com] and it more or less exactly fails to please the eye.

Americans will buy anything "exotic".... (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620406)

....if I told someone that they should arrange their house to suit some passages in the Bible, they'd likely tell me to go piss up a rope.

If I wrapped it in Eastern Mysticism, they'd get a guru, moving company, and reed sandals.

Stupid, Stupid Rat Sheeple. {...with apologies to Jeff Smith}

Re:Americans will buy anything "exotic".... (1)

Guy Harris (3803) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620576)

...if I told someone that they should arrange their house to suit some passages in the Bible, they'd likely tell me to go piss up a rope.

If I wrapped it in Eastern Mysticism, they'd get a guru, moving company, and reed sandals.

That depends on the American you're talking to; there are probably plenty of them who'd lap it up if you gave them some Biblical quote that one could, if one worked really hard at it, interpret in some way that one could, if one really wanted to, think referred to some Web design issue. (Maybe they'll prefer popunders to popups thanks to "get thee behind me, Satan" [biblegateway.com] .)

Design of the Book's site (5, Interesting)

Demiansmark (927787) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620422)

Assuming that the site for the book (http://www.webvastu.com/ [webvastu.com] ) was done according to the principles within it I don't see what this text could offer. My knee-jerk reaction to the aesthetics of the site is that it looks as if it were done using the Frontpage WYSIWYG in 1997. Looking at the HTML the site uses table based design, has presentation markup in the html, and contains a host of other minor errors (i.e. uppercase tags). The CSS http://www.webvastu.com/style.css [webvastu.com] ) is a mess and demonstrates a lack of understanding of modern 'best practices'.

I might be able to accept the idea of some people using such a whishy-washy approach to design if the end product could stand on its own but that's not what I'm seeing by any measure.

Re:Design of the Book's site (1)

pasamio (737659) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620550)

Copyright ©, Web Vastu. All Rights Reserved Site Developed by IndiaMART InterMESH Ltd.

Now their site, http://www.intermesh.net/ [intermesh.net] is horizonally elongated, buggered if I know what the address really does, intermesh, but meh, its got blue in the top (star!), sans serif (this has been web common sense for a rather long time now, I mean really), it has a good page length, you cant scroll (because there isn't actually real information there) but of course it actually takes you four clicks to get to a page that has 8 sentences broken into 4 paragraphs (http://www.intermesh.net/website.html) ignoring the drop downs that don't work in Epiphany (and probably not any other Firefox browser at that). Finally the footer is thin to non existent, to the point it looks like the header (sans the drop downs). No brown, fawn or copper. Though it does have links there, they only have 8 compared to Slashdot's 12 (plus second OSTG link), so you lose on this as well, try adding more links or graphics.

On a seperate note my BS meter is broken again...stuck on the extremities again. *sigh* Time to make a bigger range again.

Snake Oil Tag? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620428)

Come on now. This is just plain ridiculous. What evidence supports that this actually brings business to the site owner and not to the person analyzing the site?

BS (0, Redundant)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620448)

vastu shastra, the Indian counterpart of feng shui


It's interesting to see that each culture will independently discover the same form of bullshit.

-Grey [wellingtongrey.net]

My analysis of the good Dr's site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620458)

On my newest aquisition, a 19" widescreen (stop laughing, this is serious) lcd panel, Slashdot's content takes up the whole screen, as it should, expanding to fill available space.

Dr. Narang's website, however, cowers in one corner of the screen, daring not venture out, for fear of losing it's balance. Instead, it ends up looking forlorn, as though it expects my mouse pointer to begin beating it at any moment, knees tucked under it's chin, tears streaming down it's face. It truly is a pathetic, juvenile attempt to create a website.

Look how harmonious Webvastu is ! (2, Funny)

bushboy (112290) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620476)

http://www.webvastu.com/

Yes, it's a picture of beauty which adapts web standards from, er, well from a few years back really.
The site looks like a large blob of curry stains, but boy, is it ever harmonious, with the use of white text on a curry brown background !

Note how the footer is in black italic text and how the whole construct is cunningly created in tables!

Note the subtle use of a ruddy great drop shadow on the logo!

Hear the stunning web page background music when you visit the news page - that sounds like it's playing out of a toilet after a heavy nights drinking in a curry den.

Yes, folks, it's a far better layout than Slashdot, indeed.

After all, who needs good design when you've got Webvastu !

It's harmonious darnit, because we all love muddy brown websites!

And who needs Webvastu when you have Zombo? (1)

sserendipity (696118) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620538)

For the newbies among us: http://zombo.com/ [zombo.com]

Re:Look how harmonious Webvastu is ! (1)

hoWat (932313) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620602)

luckly enough I have background music _turned off_ when browsing, nothing fills me with so much harmony than having to scramble for mute button. Anyway, I checked out the the link to the 'site developer' on the bottom: here is the doctype:

Page Length (1)

Explodicle (818405) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620480)

The page should scroll down for only two or three screens, not six. "This site is disproportionate," Narang says.
1. So you should only be viewing the site in a full screen window on a 4:3 screen, with a specific resolution and text size, with no sidebars open? Because that's the only way everyone would have the same height/width ratio. I bet this analyst wishes the web was all in PDF.
2. I hate having to click "next page" on sites where the content is mostly text. It's just another set of ads to view and another pause for the page to load.

Mistrust of Today's Technology (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620496)

I can't be the only one who noticed that the lead story of Slashdot on the day they critique the page reads "Mistrust of Today's Technology". I find it ironic that they choose that moment to use ancient pablum to analyse the site. That's right - everything old is new! Fung shui is the new rational thought, vastu is the new fung shui! Why is it that none of the supposedly free-thinking new-age whackjobs out there take you seriously if you're not drawing on the ages-old wisdom of people who thought the world was flat?

Good Water flow (1)

Guy Harris (3803) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620502)

The graphics and sans serif font induce good Water flow.

So will several cups of tea or several glasses of beer.

(As for "...Rob Malda chose an excellent URL, even though it's confusing when read aloud", one wonders why the good doctor thinks the domain name was chosen in the first place.)

What I really want to know is what Web Vastu says about loading up your page with stupid Flash animations so that when you go to a new page, the page slowly drops down or slides in or rolls down, or the letters fly into place one at a time, or something such as that. The people ultimately responsible for the decisions to create pages such as that should be disemboweled and strangled with their own intestines; I'm willing to let the Web designers off if their client demanded it and they really needed the business.)

and whats wrong with the layout? (1)

Se7ensamurai (965389) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620532)

I kinda like the layout. it's not much different than the old version... besides, on-line diffusion methods differ greatly from RL diffusions. so any similarity is purly coincidental. once you are used to a site and its layout, any change from that layout causes confusion and dissemination. sometimes when a site changes too much i stop going there for information. another thing that ticks me off are those late night text-messanging commercials. theres far too many of them. BAH!!!!

You understand not the truth. Let me guide you... (1)

sserendipity (696118) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620560)

As I posted above, all truth and beauty is http://www.zombo.com/ [zombo.com] .

Blessings.

Re:You understand not the truth. Let me guide you. (1)

anagama (611277) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620616)

I don't get it. Colored flashing orbs. Nothing else. Someone say "whoosh" and then explain it to me please.

Re:You understand not the truth. Let me guide you. (1)

Bambi Dee (611786) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620708)

Whoosh. :)

You need to have sound turned on. I think it's poking fun at vacuous marketing promises, dotcom absurdities and the everything-can-be-done-online mentality that gave us the iLoo. Well, "could have given".

arrrrgghhghghg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620542)

I'm a designer, and have worked as a consultant for much of my career, and this is the kind of stuff that makes me cringe. She's applying bullshit to design principles, and undermining any productive discussion around form, content, or technologies. And yes, /.'ers, there are such things as "design principles." What really makes me sick is that people are paying for her services.

I propose a new system of enlightened aesthetics, "Ustav," based on the spiritual nature and teachings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Everything shall be have wings, be curly, and use serif typefaces.

Why? Because when the FSM speaks to me, this is what he tells me. He doesn't speak to you? Well, says more about you than the FSM, doesn't it? NOW PAY ME.

So yeahh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620572)

/. should look more like this!

http://www.webvastu.com/index.html [webvastu.com]

Everything Has A Place (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620586)

I'd like to tell this Vastu person the same thing I tell the Feng Sh...way people.

I appreciate what you're trying to do, but I will not hesitate to beat you into a coma with anything you've moved & I kick in the middle of the night.

Says it all really (3, Informative)

Kangburra (911213) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620600)

http://validator.w3.org/check [w3.org] says Result: Failed validation

If you can't get that right you've got no chance.

She has a point (0, Troll)

donnacha (161610) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620614)

I don't know anything about the principles of Vastu Shastra but the lady has a point. Slashdot's laziness in revamping their site design and usability is what enabled Digg to completely trump Slashdot's massive head-start and leave it curled up in a ditch, coughing blood.

I do occasionally come back here, mainly because I get pulled in by the RSS feed but, sweet Jesus, the slightly flashier new design still doesn't make up for the random, inadequate nature of the ratings system - if I don't have mod points, I could see the most interesting post but have no way to vote it up. What a ridiculous waste of their readership.

You have an addiction (probably crack) (1)

Einstein_101 (966708) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620712)

I don't know anything about the principles of Vastu Shastra but the lady has a point. Slashdot's laziness in revamping their site design and usability is what enabled Digg to completely trump Slashdot's massive head-start and leave it curled up in a ditch, coughing blood.

I don't know what planet you live on, but digg hasn't - and will never - trump slashdot. Even though digg is successful, it has nothing to do with the slashdot's interface. Digg has more of a "leet hacker" feel to it (at least it did for the 6 months I tried it out), and none of those moronic antics would last a minute here on slashdot. You don't have to be a genius here. Hell, you don't even have to be knowledgeable about the topic you're speaking on. But you do have to be well spoken, and digg is too over-ran with teenagers to ever become a major player in the news website game. The only benefit to digg is the speed at which it's updated. Because the stories don't have to pass through the editors, it tends to be more up-to-the-minute than slashdot. However, the drawback is ever more dupes that slashdot, and the occasional mindless drivel that the kids voted to the front page.
 
I'm sorry, but I left digg months ago, and I haven't looked back.

It's the moderation system (1)

Anubis350 (772791) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620776)

Slashdot's moderation system is what makes it unique. It's not perfect, but it works a helluva lot better than anything else. Oh, and yeah, the more mature audience (mostly :-P) helps too

Now watch me get modded flamebait or something :-P

India (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620618)

One more reason I hate my country. India is so religious and stuck in superstitions that it makes you feel sick. I have seen computer scientists ( haha ) arguing
that a star's gravity has effect on your brain and is the reason why astrology is correct.

Unbalanced... (1)

me.at.work (249034) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620642)

Guess that's why we have all the dupes and the trolls hanging out around here.

Imagine what it'd be like with a harmonic feng shui or - if you will - vastu inspired design:
- No dupes
- Well written summaries of articles
- Good grammar
- No Ms bashing (you think? really?)
- No trolls

Hilarious. (1)

isolationism (782170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620646)

What a load of bollocks. What follows next is the sales pitch to glue some special crystals into the web server to help it reverberate with only good juju, like a cosmic drum ... or whatever.

These are pretty tall words coming from someone with such a shitty website, too; http://www.webvastu.com/ [webvastu.com] needs more gradients, larger leading, more fonts, narrower columns, and definitely more orange. Especially the orange. For a special treat, disable style sheets: accessibility++. I would make some statement about karma here but (A) I don't know the Indian-equivalent term, and (B) I'm assuming Dr. Smita is in fact already completely blind.

Is it wrong of me to also be cynical that the good doctor can't even spell their own gimmicky 15-seconds-of-fame loanword, "Vastu", consistently on their own website? No, go back to smoking your hookah, doc. Your website is awesome, dude--it's everyone else that's got it wrong.

Re:Hilarious. (1)

mrjb (547783) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620710)

I would make some statement about karma here but (A) I don't know the Indian-equivalent term
Correct me if I'm wrong but I think the term Karma originated in India. So I'd say the Indian term for Karma is Karma.

Orange (1)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620660)

Check out the official website [webvastu.com] . Wonderful isn't it?

Last time I saw so much orange was when the dutch fans swarmed into a german airport during Germany 2006. Also, one piece of advice from a friend:
Don't overlay solid red divisions on top of gradient orange/yellow backgrounds, and when you want to do gradients don't do it like this. [webvastu.com]

It looks totally uncool.

B*llsh*t ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16620664)

All a matter of taste IMHO.

Instead of fighting sites with aaptive layout such as slashdot, this guy should fight agains most corporate sites that are not able to handle screens of various size but 1024x768 ! Anybody with a 1980x1200 screen will understand what I mean by "stamp-like-website" ;-)

Guys, there are known techniques using CSS (relative font sizing, flexible layout positioning to adapt to screen size !). So to any web UI developer out there, do care or your website will never look optimal on high end computer :(

Re:B*llsh*t ! (1)

dosun88888 (265953) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620702)

1. It's 1920x1200
2. The point of high resolution displays is to fit more on the screen. Do not maximize your browser window. If the site does it for you, then it was written by a moron.
3. Are you suggesting that every single site use vector graphics to display images, when some browsers can't even support them at all, and others do it in non-standard ways?

So in case you were wondering... (1)

tansey (238786) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620686)

According to her analysis, the ideal slashdot web design is this [vt.edu] .

Re:So in case you were wondering... (1)

cskrat (921721) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620778)

Funny how, to me, whenever I see yellow on a website my first thought is "something broke, let's see what it looks like in IE."

Dynamic stabilisation. (1)

MROD (101561) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620728)

Nah.. Slashdot isn't unbalanced it's dynamically stabilised, just like a Segway!

WebVastu (1)

denominateur (194939) | more than 7 years ago | (#16620764)

http://www.webvastu.com/ [webvastu.com] - the page is horrendous, I certainly hope people don't adapt her style too much!
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