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Commentary on "Small Site Changes"

In the Site Updates forum, the goddess of code Rachel reported on last night's minor roll-out:

I've just released a small set of changes:
  • new footer
  • featured and popular items are now split out by channel
  • home page shows both featured and popular items in the same list
  • searching on an exact channel name gets you to the main page for that channel
  • various small formatting fixes

I wanted to make some comments on two of these changes, both pro and con.

The new footer is different, to be sure, but I don't think it's too bad. All the information is there, and relatively straightforward. Having the search box at the top and the bottom is a great idea! The extremely dark background is not very accessible, though. I think a pale grey (the same grey used in the header) with normal black text would be a better choice for our low-vision users.

I'm not particularly happy with having the Featured and Popular stuff jumbled up together, and indistinguishable. Those two states are really different, and the have different implications for the Instructables involved. If you're going to jumble them up, could you at least put the nice Featured banner onto the thumbnails?  UPDATE 23 Apr 2010:  They've added the banner to the home-page giant thumbnails, and have created a new Popular banner as well.

Also, many thanks to Rachel for fixing my very own bug! Now the masthead (and new footer) are properly rendered even when I use the horizontal scroll bar.


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kelseymh (author) 7 years ago
It looks like they rolled out another minor tweak over night.  There is a brand new banner, Popular, in parallel to the Featured banner.  Now we can tell the two cases apart on the home page.

Interestingly, the Popular banner supersedes Featured in cases where both apply.  Look at the K'nex piano player, for example.
.  Why not one in one corner and the other in another corner? Could accommodate up to four banners that way.
kelseymh (author)  NachoMahma7 years ago
If only I had any confidence that Staff was reading this...
We don't want to clutter the images with too many banners or a lot of symbols that would be difficult for the casual viewer to decipher.

Popular has historically superseded the featured status, it just wasn't as evident as the two statuses were broken out from one another.

I believe these are things that are currently being reconsidered. Although, I can't say for certain how, or if, this will change.
kelseymh (author)  randofo7 years ago
Heh, thanks, Randy!  I agree with keeping it clean -- remember how a few people complained about the Featured banner covering up their picture?

I like having the banner showing the state (featured, popular, finalist, winner), and I also think having just one (whichever is most "important") keeps the presentation tidy.
.  This would be very subtle, not at all obvious, and probably not worth the effort to program, but the color band on the edges of the banner could indicate presence of any lower-priority banners. (just thinking out loud)
.  heehee  Yeah. Four banners would be a bit much. KISS
fungus amungus has visited this a few times, so I'm pretty sure you're being watched. :D
Kryptonite7 years ago
*clap for Rachel!*
kelseymh (author)  Kryptonite7 years ago
antibiotics for Rachel
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