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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Great Revision
by AaronMiller on Wed 26th Dec 2012 20:25 UTC
AaronMiller
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2011-05-23

I've been coming to OSNews for a few years now. I rarely comment, but I wanted to say that I am pleased with the overall redesign. For what it's worth, here are some of my thoughts...

Pros:
* Simplified text-based interfaces means those of us with sub-par connections can view pages quicker.
* Content is more important to me than bevels and shadows, so the focus on content is very welcomed.
* Because of the focus on content, main site options being capitalized helps find them. Still, it's not used everywhere (which would make it quite annoying, albeit with seemingly more consistency).
* (Based on other comments) I'm glad "dislike" is staying in. I dislike how Facebook doesn't have one of those buttons. It works, and I like it. (Is there a place to like the dislike button?)

Concerns (not necessarily cons):
* The blueish-gray background is bothersome. It made me feel like I was looking through an old CRT monitor with some color mis-calibration. Perhaps using a pure white (#ffffff) background, or a VS11 light-theme (#efeff2) background would be better.
* Why not allow users to make their own color schemes? It's not a considerably complicated thing to do, and would be a catch-all solution to those who have slightly different preferences.
* Is there some indicator for "featured" or "front-page" items as opposed to just links ("page two" items)? I like both, but prefer reading the "front-page" items as I don't have to leave this site then.
* The "Search" box feels a bit misplaced... It looks like the comment box appears before user comments (content), but the search box appears after the meta-data (also "content"). That is, the "dynamic" (input) elements are misplaced relative to the "static" (comments/content/links) elements. (Hopefully that made sense, lol.)
* Will I be able to (opt-in?) enter in plain-text into the text boxes still? That works better for me on many of my devices and, just in general.
* Avatars are helpful. Opt-in?

I'm looking forward to the new system. ;)

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