Re: Now that I'm somewhat used to the design
"I think I sum sum it up like this: Previously thereg felt like a somewhat professional/technical site that threw in enough silly or trashy content to keep things light. Now it *feels* like a trashy tabloid that might have an occasional good artical, but I can't spot them with a quick glance anymore so I go elsewhere."
That's just how I feel - I couldn't have put it better.
"My visits have reduced hugely and I've realised that 90% of them now consist of me loading the frontpage, then closing the window without reading anything."
Same here. As I said before, I'm not on some campaign to stop reading, but like you, I rarely get much beyond the front page.
It's been a month now, with no significant fixes, so I guess I'll slowly drift away like many others.
Not that it matters - obviously the demographic the Reg wants to reach for it's advertisers like the shiny-shiny fluff. Indeed, I've noticed for a while the adverts are targetted more at management types than techies.
And now they've added a new bit of bling, with the 'expand comment' function.
Ok, this isn't too major to be annoying, but it shows the priorities are in the bling.
Never once have I read comments and thought "this post is so long that I wish it had been truncated". The full comment is still downloaded anyway, so what's the point?
The thing is, the comments page is one in which vertical scrolling is inevitable. Truncating comments doesn't stop that.
But now, instead of being able to simply scroll through the comments - scrolling past those you don't like - you have to interact to expand comments you do want to read, so yeah, another step backwards
Sigh, can El Reg please use someone other than an adhd afflicted PHB to sign off these stupid changes.
But yeah, whilst on the subject of that.... "this post posted in the last few minutes" or "...just now".. What the frigging-facebook-fuck is the use of that?
If you insist on that sort of of code, this is how it should be done:
All date changes made *server side* prior to sending the HTML.
Oh, and for the 'expand comment' thing, again, if this whole thing really was an issue, the 'fix' would be to have periodic (skip to next post) buttons. That adds the 'feature' without making it more hassle for those who don't care for it.
But I guess that this isn't blingy enough considering it could be achieved with boring old standard 'A' anchors.
EDIT: The top banner ad that is now visibly 'outside' the main page looks like the sort of thing you get on spammy sites which are covered with dodgy ads.