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Slashdot Launches Re-Design 2254

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the lookit-all-that-shiny dept.
Today we are pleased to announce the launch of the third major re-design in our 13.5 year history, and I don't think it looks half bad. The new theme represents a serious gutting of the underlying HTML and CSS, as well as all-new graphics. There will be many design wiggles, bug squashes, and compatibility glitches that survived testing, so bear with us for a bit. Please direct your bug reports and feedback (good and bad!) to Garrett Woodworth who is currently in charge of such things. Thanks to him, Wes, Vlad, Dean, Phil and Tim, who have each worked hard to get this out the door. Juggling the needs of users, editors, and various business functions is a hard job, and you guys did good.
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

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  • Re:Horrible. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by jshackney (99735) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @11:54PM (#35003304) Homepage

    Actually, I like it. Feels clean.

    It never dawned on me that my ^c, ^v problem was with Slashdot. Just thought it was a Chrome/Windows bug.

  • by John Hasler (414242) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @11:57PM (#35003356) Homepage

    Is shaving off the left edge of every article part of the plan, or just a bonus?

  • First impression (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jasno (124830) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @11:57PM (#35003364) Journal

    - Too much whitespace.
    - Posts and comments need better separation(green line or something)
    - Noticeably slower in Firefox 3.6.13 on my Core 2 Duo 1.667GHz laptop w/ 3GB RAM(minecraft is running in the background though).
    - Comment text box is way too small.

    I think the overall direction is good though - I hated the last layout and had turned a lot of the fancy stuff off.

  • by TerranFury (726743) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @12:04AM (#35003474)
    Interesting. That was my chief complaint about the previous version; it brought my slower laptop (FF 3.6, Win32, w. Adblock) to a crawl. The current redesign is actually much faster for me than that one. Of course, for speed, neither beats the vanilla HTML site of two versions ago.
  • by dysfunct (940221) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @12:10AM (#35003568)
    Why can't I select the classic discussion system (D1) any more? Please don't say this has been discontinued :(
  • Re:Horrible. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by NoisySplatter (847631) <noisysplatter AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @12:15AM (#35003650)

    want to find out?

  • Re:Not bad (Score:5, Interesting)

    by snl2587 (1177409) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @12:29AM (#35003846)
    While I agree with that for the most part, one of the things I've always liked about threaded discussions on Slashdot is that, because of the moderation system, really great discussions could be seen and take place nested 4 or 5 threads under the original post. Since 3rd-level comments and above aren't visible in the redesign without clicking through, it's now much less likely that discussions beyond 1st or 2nd level will even be seen.
  • by morethanapapercert (749527) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @12:31AM (#35003882)
    I second the comment of too much white space, not enough contrast. In addition: Overall the whole place now looks "flat" for lack of a better word. I don't like the fact that the side pane doesn't scroll with the rest of the page. I prefer the single page that moves as a whole model rather than the current layout, which just reminds me WAY too much of bad sites in iFrames. Finally, here's the weird one. Everything appears right until I log in. The the main pane is shifted about four character spaces to the left, sending the text at the beginning of every line "under" the side pane and out of view.
  • Re-purpose left bar (Score:5, Interesting)

    by T Murphy (1054674) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @12:40AM (#35003988) Journal
    I browse slashdot by going to the main page, scrolling down the list of stories, and opening any interesting ones in new tabs. I never browse by category, so I never expect to use those links on the left that sit there wherever I am on the site.

    How about giving me the option of using that space to notify me of stuff? Stuff like new stories being posted, replies to my comments, my comments being moderated and comments being posted with split infinitives (so I can mod them into oblivion) . Being optional, people opting for a low-overhead (and poorly grammared) site don't have to worry about it.

    I'm aware the most popular suggestion for changing that left bar is "remove it", but I'm on a wide screen so that would just give me more white space and nothing useful- I expect I'm not the only one. So, anyone else have ideas for something useful to put over there?
  • Re:This is slashdot? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SputnikPanic (927985) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @12:45AM (#35004062)

    I agree. I was never a big fan of version 2, and my initial take is that this is an improvement. It could do with a bit less whitespace, perhaps, but it's a nice, clean, uncluttered look. I'll have a better idea in a few days, but so far I like it.

  • by Ron Bennett (14590) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @12:47AM (#35004094) Homepage

    I switched from Classic to check this out ... but it won't let me change it back. It doesn't save the changes. Always defaults to the new view (D2).

    BAD! Please fix this!

    Guess I'll stop visiting as often until Classic Discussion view works again.

    As of now, in MSIE 8, the site crawls and discussions don't always load...

    And in Firefox 3.6.13 it runs very poorly ... I get this gem when trying to view discussions:

    " A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.

    Script: http://a.fsdn.com/sd/all-minified.js?T_2_5_0_306:20 [fsdn.com] "

    Ron

    p.s. Where's the "Post" button?

  • by gatodecat (822540) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @12:58AM (#35004250)
    I feel like I am being stalked. Also, too much white. Overall, re-design looks and works great.
  • Re:Not bad (Score:5, Interesting)

    by macshit (157376) <miles@NOSPam.gnu.org> on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @01:44AM (#35004720) Homepage

    Have you seen where the "Show X More Comments" button is? I hope there's some way to just get all the comments without having to scroll all the way down again and again (if there is, I haven't found it yet).

    It's especially silly because there are now two non-scrolling fixed panes (sidebar and topbar), but they're filled with relatively useless and redundant links (and lots of empty space), whereas the two controls that would actually be pretty useful if always available -- the "show more comments" button and the "minimum score" slider -- are relegated to inconvenient positions at the end/beginning of the scrolling page!

    My impression is that the person who did the redesign is not so bad at graphical design (it's fairly clean and polished looking), but isn't very experienced with UI / usability issues...

  • by kestasjk (933987) * on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @04:23AM (#35005770) Homepage
    If you ask me the address bar, tabs, forward/back buttons and browser search box should all scroll up with the page.

    Damn waste of space fixed-position bullshit!
  • History (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jwdb (526327) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @05:07AM (#35006054)

    Oy, what happened to "yesterday's news"? I can't filter by date any more?

  • Past dates (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tvarsa (1187589) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @05:54AM (#35006312)
    Today I was reading the news of 2010-12-10 (yeah, I have a lot to catch up with). When I clicked to get the news from 2010-12-11 I was redirected to today's news and for the life of me I cannot see how I can get back to that date using some on-screen control. I hope I have missed something because if this option is not available then I'm outta here. The "Many more" button link at the bottom of the page shows how you can get articles from a specific date but you have to type this yourself. And from there you can't move to the previous or next date without retyping the url. That's not right surely...
  • Re:This is slashdot? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @07:31AM (#35006784)
    The main page is under 100 kB, 16 kB of which is actual content, so they've managed to get the markup and cruft down to just 82% of the total.
  • Re:This is slashdot? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by IgnoramusMaximus (692000) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @08:41AM (#35007228)

    I can no longer stand Slashdot because of this. I have a very high resolution monitor and the text is simply unreadable because of this. In the past I used the "nosquint" Mozilla plugin to correct this issue but it is no longer possible with this new nonsensical design.

    The new layout is a study in all the worst excesses and stupidity foisted on the Internet users by "professional" designers: non-optional ajax, non re-sizable contents, breakage of most basic principle of "presentation device neutrality" that is behind markup languages such as HTML, etc and so on.

    It is a total disaster.

    If this is not reversed pronto, my days here are numbered.

  • UTF-8 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by menkhaura (103150) <espinafre@gmail.com> on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @12:06PM (#35009496) Homepage
    Still no UTF-8?

    And why the <meta charset="utf-8"> followed by
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"> ?

    My first name is Jos&#233;, that is, Jose with a diacritical above the "e", which Slashdot still refuses to handle. Well, the new design is beautiful at least.
  • Re:Past dates (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @09:20PM (#35015742)

    The redesign is a total clusterfuck.

    Here's a trick I figured out in terms of moving back a number of days. Go to the "Today" button at the bottom of the page and right click "Copy Link Location". The URL you get will be something like this:

    http://slashdot.org/index2.pl?color=green&index=1&view=stories&fhfilter=&duration=-1&startdate=20110126

    So now if you subtract 1 from startdate you get yesterday. To get back to Dec 11 I think you need to subtract about 75 days.

  • Re:The horror! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Firehed (942385) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @11:44PM (#35016518) Homepage

    Holy crap, they actually fixed it. Thanks, guys.

    Now just get the comment linking to work as you'd expect (and as a subset of that, having the score slider thing also work correctly) and I'm a happy camper.

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