Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Dec 2012 00:32 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Now that the holidays are upon us (happy holidays!) and the year is about to end, we at OSNews thought it time to finally lift the veil a little bit on the next version of OSNews - OSNews 5. I've hinted at this next version of OSNews here and there in the comments, but we think it's time to make it all a little bit more official by taking in some initial feedback.
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A few remarks
by Neolander on Thu 27th Dec 2012 09:52 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

Since I'm better at rants than praise, let's mention right away a few possible flaws that stood out to me, from top to bottom:


1/This OSnews logo is, as others pointed out, a bit weak. Even if you only work with text, there are ways to put more contrast between the "OS" and the "news" so as to make things more interesting, as is done with the current logo.


2/Do we need an "Archive" button? If it works the way the current one does, we should probably just put a "next page" button at the end of the article column and be done with that.

If, however, you are thinking of introducing some kind of more advanced archive search that requires a webpage in its own right, then do we need that, and what exactly do people need to search?


2/Do we need an "Originals" button? Couldn't it just be a content filter that is accessible on the archive search page, on the main page, or both? Same question holds for the "Topics" button. I ask this because this row of buttons is still a bit cluttered, and a bit of extra fresh air in this region of the page would do no harm.

Content filtering controls on the main page could be put on the right column, under the search bar. Filter status should probably also be transparently saved in user preferences when a user is logged in, but this proposal is arguably more controversial.


3/Congratulations for making the "submit news" button more visible! However, it is still somwhat oddly placed. Unless you want to make the functionality exclusive to users who are logged in, you should probably put user controls and that "submit news" button in two separate paragraphs.


4/Writing stuff in a search box is a bad idea, because it makes it easy to miss. You should probably do it like other websites do instead, by leaving the box blank and just putting a small gray looking glass icon on the far right.

Let's also point out that you could add article filtering controls under the search box, so that they perform two functions at once: act as search filters AND directly eliminate articles from the main view. That would be some efficient use of screen estate.


5/Please tone done that green used for links a bit so as to make it match the green used elsewhere on the page. Right now, it hurts eyeballs.


6/Those colored buttons are impressively ugly. You should probably look into other ways to make them stand out, such as directly integrating them in the box in which comments are typed (possible design: at the bottom of said box, with a thin colored line to visually separate them from the typing area), or putting a larger space below them to strengthen the visual association between them and said box.


That's all I can think of right now. Otherwise, good luck to everyone working on OSnews v5 !

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