We’ve been working on an “OSNews version 5” upgrade for several months, and with several months to go, we decided to make some incremental changes to OSNews on the existing codebase. The major change, as you probably already noticed, is that we’ve removed the “Page1/Page2” tabs and instead have OSNews stories with original content and commentary in one column, and news, items on OS-related topics gleaned from other sources in the other. Read on for more details on the changes we’ve implemented.
First of all, we’d love to hear your feedback on our new front page direction, so feel free to chime in down in the comments of this story. We felt that while the page1/page2 divide was increasing exposure of OSNews original stories, but it had the unintended consequence of diverting people’s attention away from all the other interesting news we post. We’re happy to keep refining this improvement, so if you have suggestions, we’d love to hear them.
Secondly, in addition to the page1/page2 change, we’ve eliminated several site features in an attempt to streamline the site’s back-end overhead in advance of the code overhaul that’s underway. During a flurry of feature additions a few years ago, we added a bunch of functionality, with the thought that we’d throw some stuff against the wall and see what sticks. After having them available for all this time, it’s clear that some of this stuff just didn’t stick. In fact, we’re curious to see if you’ll notice they’re gone.
We’d like to hold a little contest. If you notice a missing feature, post it in the comments. The first person to point out each missing feature will win ten units of net-fame.