We've kinda been inundated to reply to every reader comment. I'm personally a bit surprised to see the number of people who've registered just to say they hate it.
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Don't go nuts, we're all human here. Some people seem to be treating the redesign as tantamount to physical assault."
I agree that some posts have been a bit extreme, and that in my opinion, your followup posts have attracted unnecessary down-votes, but generally, please see this as a good thing.
It shows the 'brand loyalty' and passion this site has built up in people - Far better than if everyone just shrugged and went elsewhere.
"Again, personally speaking and not wishing to pour fuel on the fire, but I'm wondering what the problem is with reading the headlines on the front page? The font may be a little big for your liking, but ... it's still the same 3 column design broken up a little."
OK, here are my thoughts:
The banner logo looks less professional - maybe due to removal of the shadowing? But, meh...
The category links stood out much clearer, and looked more like links with the white on grey font.
I see no point in this bar now being statically placed at the top of the screen, but meh #2
HUGE PICTURE: Also often not even specific to the article, but some general stock photo. Tolerable before with the thumbnail size, but now ridiculously large. If pictures are specific to an article, their use at this size should be on the article page only. Thumbnails on the front page can help break up the text, but don't have too many useless stock images for the sake of it.
Before, I'd load the front page, and a number of articles would grab me at once, and I'd end up reading more than I planned as I sift through the many tabs I've opened. Now, you need to scroll through 3 article links at a time, making it easier to leave the site when originally intended. I'm sure many bosses will thank you for that!
Main links.. Yes, still the 3 column design, which is good, but there's something there that makes them not appear as separate as before. I can't put my finger on it - it's as if each box previously gad a border, but now doesn't -- I know this isn't the case, but something is making the entries seem less individual than before.. Is it maybe the white-space change, or the lesser colour distinction between the headlines and the bylines? *shrug*
Time-format..... Is this being done to make it easier for people in different time-zones?
Add back the article author please!
'number of comments' under each link. This should either link to the comments (rather than the article) or not be a link at all.
Too much white-space around that 'feature box' that appears after the first 2 rows
"Is it mainly the front page you hate? The article pages look so much cleaner IMHO."
Huge detracting photo with no specific relevance.
Same image often repeated (obviously a bug not a design decision, so I'll ignore that)
Otherwise, yeah, that page is ok.
To me, apart from the huuuuge image on thr article page, it is mainly the front page.
You ask for details about what we consider wrong with the new design: I'd turn it around, and by no means trolling, would ask what you think is now *better* when compared ti this: https://web.archive.org/web/20090228193120/http://www.theregister.co.uk/