* Posts by Drewc

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Re: Curious - why no Linked In share icon?

Linkedin button generated next to no traffic for us. As such it did not earn its place here.

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Re: Update 3

I have nothing to say about update 3... OK, OK I was confused.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Re: El Reg's Rose-Tinted [Google] Glasses

OK - now I understand. You need to have five comments accepted before you are moved to automod status for reader forums- this is your sixth comment.

We do this to help stop spam - it is simple and effective.

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Re: El Reg's Rose-Tinted [Google] Glasses

A quick answer - we are thinking right now about visited state. On the forum order - check the "sort comments by" box at the top of this forum thred - it has newest, oldest, popular and thread options. It sounds like your view is set at "thread"?

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http://m.theregister.co.uk/Week - questions

-" http://m.theregister.co.uk/Week is a 404. Any plans to fix it, or are we going to be stuck with the arbitrary order?"

- I am not sure that we ever had this view. I will find out tomorrow. But m.theregister.co.uk except for the top five stories - the ones with the pics - are all in reverse chronology. Does that still make it hard for you to find stories you haven't read?

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navigation at bottom of the page

Thanks for the spot. We'll think how best to do it.

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Re: Some thoughts

Well - we are looking to do something about pics.

As for 3. - I am not complaining! Seriously, I am just trying to summarise the feedback.

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/Week/

Above is link to all stories in reverse chronological order.

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Re: White

We completely accept that many of you find the site too white. In itself that is not a biggie. The fact that many of you find the sight too bright and therefore harder to read is an issue that we have to consider.

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Re: The only thing I'd really like to see is.....

There is actually that page of all stories in reverse chronological order -

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Week/.

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Click on whole masthead - This is on our to do list.

lack of this ability is overhang from long ago when we sold ads on the masthead.

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Redesign for ad changes

Thanks Moeity for your feedback - we'll read it carefully. Just one point from me for now - we did not make changes for ads purposes. By placing ad above the masthead - we have actually de-emphasised the top ad slot.

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Re: I only signed up to complain!

Noted. There is actually no more spacing than before between headlines - although the white background clearly makes it more obvious.

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Hyperlinking entire masthead

At one point, we ran sponsor links within masthead in home page "takeovers". We don't do that any more so we will update for entire masthead.

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Re: Another bug?

Thanks - we'll check it out.

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Re: Looks OK to me.

There is a lot of headlines in the front page main grid - but more pics than previously - so not quite as much a wall of text than before

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Re: Just spotted another "gotcha"

Thanks for the catch - teething production issue here. Think this will fade away.

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Comments layout broken?

We have not touched the comments layout - so am not sure what is going on here. If you have time, please send us screenshot, browser version, OS to webmaster@theregister.co.uk

Thanks.

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Re: Return of the 'I have read this article' Indication

We do have "Read state" - it used to be pale grey. It is now a slightly darker grey. We can experiment with shades - but just in case it is a browser thing - what browser / OS are you using?

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Re: Bring back the Print button!

An unexpected use case of print icon. We'll have a think about this.

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Re: Links still not being marked as read

Links had had read state since launch.

Two possibilities spring to mind:

The difference in shade between read not read is not distinct enough - for you? for others?

A browser-specific issue.

Please check. If not former, tell us what browser you are using?

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Re: All-caps are a bane to all existence

I have forwarded your comment to our chief sub-editor.

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Re: Recent changes....

No need to sneak anything past me, Naughtyhorse.

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Possible bug? Can't replicate immediately

We'll have a look on Monday but in the meantime, if you can spare the time, please send us screenshot to webmaster@theregister.co.uk

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Re: Not your finest moment

The more stories unit has been there for a long time. We have simply removed other related stories unit.

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Still works on RiscPC

Must admit that this did not loom large in our thinking. But I am happy it still works!

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Re: Re: Your redesign stinks, sorry, but it does

Well you shall have an upvote from me!

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Re: Re: auto-detect mobile

Did you every follow link to El Reg from twitter? I think there was a/b test on mobile auto redirect.

There is a change to the desktop link at bottom but that appears to have stopped working for some reason. Bug report.

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Re: Awful.

It is not question of can't do - it's a question of won't do until we work our way through the business implications. We have 50 mouths to feed here.

P.S. Anything we do on this score in first instance would be adaptive not responsive.

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Re: Print article

I am not a fan of page spanning either - p.s. we still support print article .

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Re: If it Ain't Broke...!

I wasn't involved in last redesign - but I can say that there was little if any backtracking going on.

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Re: Fucking shit

You appear to have changed your prose style since the Art of Fly Fishing, Mr. Hartley.

Office 13? Really?

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What browser are you using?

Sounds like our first bug report , Dave. We have reproduced this in IE8 and IE9 - and will fix.

We do not support IE7 and lower.

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Re: Mobile

So we could go adaptive tomorrow. However ... advertisers pay a fraction for mobile eyeballs if they are looking at mobile site - and pay decent rates for ads on mobile eyeballs on desktop site. There is nothing underhand about this - but it is crazy. We need to figure out a sane way to do this without self-harming.

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I swear I switched that webcam off.

How did you know what we are wearing?

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Duly noted, However the issue raised is the top article only as the login bar, reg banner, masthead and nav bar combo is slightly thinner than before.

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Don't shoot the messenger

Confess? It wasn't me...

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Re: Mobile

Responsive in 5 mins? You are hired!

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comments here

December 19 Update no.4 - changes

Changed screen outside site background colour from white to grey.

Top Art in stories - now editorially selectable - in response to feedback about relevance (see above).

Reduced headline font size on Hero “story” at top of front page, articles and forum pages.

Masthead - entirely clickable to get back to front page(with exception of area containing social media buttons).

Footer - “The Register” text now clickable to help return readers to front page.

Visited and hover states swapped for better readability.

A Christmas masthead!

One week on. Update No.2 - our story is here

Update No.1

just letting you know that we are listening to your feedback. A quick update for now - we’ll report back to you next week.

Half-second delay added before the mouseover triggers drop down nav. We hopes this eliminates those annoying accidental pop-ups.

Two bugs reported - we have fixed one, restoring the ability to switch between desktop and mobile versions. The second. namely the loss of right click to open new tabs affects IE8 + IE9 users - just under six per cent of our readers, We know how to fix it - and it’s on our to do list. We’ll get this out before the end of next week.

Bye, bye print article icon - rarely used, not coming back. We still support this feature - so you are welcome to get hacking. *

Here is a checklist of the changes we have made.

Grey (mostly)  axed from colour palette  -  site is probably too monochrome now - but where better place to start than black and white?

Top ad moved  -  to get more space-for and attention for editorial content.

Expanding section nav  - to make content more accessible

Fixed navbar  - an aide memoire to encourage people to explore site

Footer  - more logical home for many links

Tidied up the right column  - We think it is easier to navigate.

Pics at the top of nearly all stories  -  visual is good, right?

Removed left column in the story page  - declutter

Reduced number of “teaser” units at bottom of story page  - declutter

Social media buttons and tags moved   - more logical places on the page

Front page headline carousel  - rotating teasers, are they effective? Let's A/B test.

Removed tabs and content buttons  - tried to make content accessible.-

Feature removed - most commented   - will be unpopular with some - but ignored / unused by vast majority. We aim to rethink this feature - but at a later date.

Feature removed print article - not used - This is not coming back

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Back dat app up: Microsoft opens Azure Backup to Windows PCs

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Re: Out of the topic

Thanks for the feedback on this - there is element of self-policing required here - in this case we got it wrong IMO.

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Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?

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Re: Re: Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?

Let's clarify this. Anti-Andrew viewpoint- whatever. Ad homs, often vicious - they're not getting through.

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Reg hands portable Sinclair ZX Spectrum to lucky compo winner

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Not us... are you thinking of another site, maybe?

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Re: Two times fourteen

+1 for spot. Episode 15, it is.

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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Re: Re: Doesn't bode well...

We have had one self-inflicted data leak when we cced email addresses on a mailing list to people on that mailing list. We reported ourselves to ICO - and fessed up on the site.

I am unaware of any data breach.

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Simplez: OLD SCHOOL TECH can SAVE the MEERKAT

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You think the video is marketing fluff - fair enough. You think we may be shilling - unfair and wrong.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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Re: Oh.

So we are dealing with UK defamation laws here - and a defamation case. So moderators will always err on the side of caution - which appears to be the case with you, Vladimir.

But guys - no links to any abusive messages, OK?

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Citadel Trojan snooped on password managers to snatch victims' logins

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Re: Does this run as a dedicated process or is it hooked directly into a windows sub-system?

Fair dos - my colleague has added some links which address your point, I think.

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The Big Data wrangling CIO you've probably never heard of: But his kit probably knows YOU

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pearl of a PERL

Umm... our site back end is built on perl and mod_perl. Are we forgiven?

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Sarong it's right: Coining it in Thailand without a visa

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Re: Not sure it is all the truth...

He is doing remote work for an overseas client.

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

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Re: Serves them right for serving autoplaying music video ads

That Google adsense customer being naughty - if you see it again please point us to domain and we will block.

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