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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RE[2]: Not a fan
by WereCatf on Wed 26th Dec 2012 07:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Not a fan"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

"I'm also a little concerned about the comments section. You didn't show enough to go off there, but I'm guessing there's going to be a lot less distinction between individual comments than there is now, which might make it harder to follow.


Great that you picked up on this - this is a feature, not a bug ;) . I've often noticed that some people tend to focus on who posted a comment, instead of the actual content of a comment. As such, I wanted to make it less clear WHO posted a comment, so that the CONTENT of a comment gains prominence.
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People have differing tastes. I personally would call this a mis-feature as I find the availability of graphical avatars making it much quicker for the eye to latch on and discern where one comment starts and another ends and whose comments I'd like to view first. It's one of the things I hate about e.g. Slashdot: I know several people who tend to make insightful, read-worthy comments, but without such a quick way of finding those aforementioned comments I have to trudge through them all in the hopes of finding those gems. It totally discourages me from participating and results in me skipping 99% of all the comments.

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RE[3]: Not a fan
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 26th Dec 2012 07:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Not a fan"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The comments are heavily based on HackerNews - a site with zero content, entirely focussed on the insightfulness of its comments. You can go try it out to get a feel for it - and they are even more stark.

Still, it's definitely a concern, so it's on the radar.

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RE[4]: Not a fan
by WereCatf on Wed 26th Dec 2012 08:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Not a fan"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

The comments are heavily based on HackerNews - a site with zero content, entirely focussed on the insightfulness of its comments. You can go try it out to get a feel for it - and they are even more stark.

Still, it's definitely a concern, so it's on the radar.


There's plenty of such sites and yes, I have gotten a feel for it multiple times. I still view it as a mis-feature. It makes me feel less productive instead of more productive and it works as a disincentive to commenting. Alas, I guess that's just me.

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