Commentary on "Small Site Changes" Answered
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.