layout of the site

why does instructables have to change the layout for the worse every time i get used to the old one? this most rescent one is horrible! it just might make me quit the site.

***edit***  i didnt realize how whiny this sounded until after i posted it. i dont like that there is a drop-down for the different channels in the catergories. and the tape around the pictures in the instructables are annoying. the main screen doesnt fit onto my internet window any more, i have to use a scrollbar at the bottom to see it all

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DJ Radio3 years ago
Honestly I haven't liked a new layout since 2009. My /you page stopped working alltogether in 2011 (it won't load regardless of what computer/internet connection I have), and it all seems needlessly complex now.
canucksgirl3 years ago
With the new layout, I noticed that all the thumbnail images for Instructables have changed and are no longer a square. Whether a square was preferred over a rectangle or not, I intentionally modified ALL of my main images so that they would not be cut off as a thumbnail. Now that the layout has changed and thumbnails are no longer square, ALL of my images are cut off in height to fit the width of the rectangle.

So, what I would like to know from staff.... Is this change to a rectangular thumbnail a PERMANENT change? Do I have any options available to me? or do I have to now edit ALL of my main images to fit with the new layout?

It may not seem like a huge problem to some people, but I did spend the time on all of my Instructables to conform to the previous layout, and now I'm unimpressed with how some of the thumbnails images look.
This REALLY bugs me too.
There was some discussion about this on this page. (Not sure I got my answer though). :-|

Scroll down to my comment and read from there. :-)
FoundOnWeb3 years ago
I've given the new layout a try, and I have to say, there are issues.  
1. The bigger photos are not useful. Yes, the phot is bigger, lots bigger, but the photos don't always provide enough, or any, information. The topic of some instructables can't be captured in a photo.
2. The actual title is in a font that is too small for the image and so is hard to scan. Not hard to read, once you look directly at it, it's readable. But it is a small strip of print between two big photos.

Take those two together, and it's very hard to quickly scan an entry and figure out what it is.

3. The bigger pictures take up too much screen real estate, so you can't get as many entries in your field of view / scan pattern. I like to explore Instructables once a week, doing a high level scan to see what's there. On my monitor now, I get about six and three halves entries per screen, whereas before I could get probably 12 or 18.

Take all these things together, and it's difficult to pull up Explore and scan a wide range of new entries. I guess one solution, without having to rebuild the scree design, would be to have a button that would let you turn off pictures, and just give you a list of titles.
Lorddrake3 years ago
It seems that the star rating system still exists in the forums but had disappeared from the instructables. Will the stars be coming back?
We don't think so. Eric outlines their reason for the changes here:
I understand why the star system has gone the way of the dodo ... But I i have to agree with ElvenChild .. we need an "I think this is awesome button" in addition to the "favorite" button.

I don't know about other people, but I use the favorite feature to mark IBLES that I;
1) have completed
2) plan on attempting to recreate in whole or in part
3) want to share with people I know

There are alot of IBLES on the site that I do not have interest in trying to duplicate (don't want to add to my favorite list), but they are well put together and informative and I would still like to give the author kudos for a job well done.

just my 2 cents on the subject.
Dr. Who (author)  Jayefuu3 years ago
i like the favorite system more than the star system.
I have hated a ton of the changes in recent times, but shockingly, I sort of like some of the latest adjustments. Although the site definitely has an "unfinished" vibe now to me.

Of course, this is based on approximately 3 minutes of use, so I may change my mind. :P
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