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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by Nelson on Wed 26th Dec 2012 13:19 UTC
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The new design is pretty awesome. You're never going to please everyone, as the content over chrome, flat look is polarizing.

I find it attractive, I love how much of the noise you've cut down on. The site is a lot less busy, no bullshit.


I think the current system works well, restriction and all, I don't really have an issue with it. It isn't perfect but these things are notoriously difficult to get right.

I think the categories can go, but in addition to that, I think the "score" should only be visible once you've voted "Up/Down" or once you've posted already.

This will discourage "flock style" voting where people up-vote a sky high comment because it's been upvoted, or bury a low comment because it's already at 0 or something.

Comment Style:

I'm a fan of the inline style, however a fast way to switch between the flat layout for comments would be helpful. Sometimes comments go into these deep nested chains, and using the flat layout helps me quickly see who replied to my comment.

Color choice:

The green could use some toning down, but not too much. I like the green we have on the current site.

Overall UI:

I think you're on the right track with the fierce reduction in UI elements. Especially around the Comment UI. That's likey what I think is the biggest improvement of all. I'm glad you've made this change.

I'd like to see more sample shots though, including one with a long article and a lot of inline images.

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