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  • Started 1 year ago by MrXindeed
  • Latest reply from vistamike
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SarahJames
Posts: 6581

@ LF - Haha! I can be charitable, since I know I won't have to change OS for a long time to come ;)
I would be less than pleased if for some reason I'd be forced to get me a computer with win8 preinstalled <ugh!!!>

Posted 1 year ago
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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

I really LIKE the New HTG Layout.

The header is clean, uncluttered and the drop down menus are efficient.

As for Windows 8 running on the OEM machines shipping now, Discussion Responders had better get up to speed with UEFI Bios and GPT Disk Structure because the questions will be coming soon. :)

Rick P.

Posted 1 year ago
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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

@ Sarah. LOL! I'm in the same boat; I'm sticking with Win 7 until it's last dying gasp.

@ Rick. And I'll be one of the first with questions.

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hatryst
Posts: 3482

I like it. 'nuff said :)

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Kelen
Posts: 283

I like the front page layout. Then I noticed that I didn't know how to get to the forums... I felt like I just reorganized my room for the first time in years and am having trouble remembering where I put things.

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whs
Posts: 17584

I did not even notice that there was a new design, LOL. I am still waiting for HTG to migrate to a modern engine with creature comforts. That would make work here a lot easier and more pleasant.

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ian2
Posts: 632

I will compare the site to Christmas advertising everyone complains about them ,
but then they go right out and buy gifts and stuff.. :)

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DanFlak
Posts: 2

Change is sometimes good. However a lot of products improve their product using the "Lucky Charms" approach: now with new chatruse dodecahedrons. Yeah, it looks different, but doesn't add any value. Most Mircosoft improvements are of the colored mashmallow variety.

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

"I will compare the site to Christmas advertising everyone complains about them, but then they go right out and buy gifts and stuff.. :) "

Not everyone.

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presence1960
Posts: 280

Being a new member I am not accustomed to the old layout. Being "unbiased" or neutral I can say the new layout is very nice. I guess HTG forum is no different than when OSs have new releases. A lot complain because it is not like the old. We all will survive with the new layout. For those vehemently opposed remember change is a fact of life. It will and must happen in spite of us.

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Drizzle
Posts: 2045

I always blame me and the computer first, and then realise ah!!!!! the formats changed....

@ presence1960..agree "It will and must happen in spite of us. " like getting older!!!! so just go with it 'whatever'!!!!

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Shandy
Posts: 1

Like many people who visit the site I don't feel the need to come on the forum however after the changes to the main site I feel like making a post.

In the recent past 2 other major tech sites made significant changes to their home pages and both had to climb down as the new changes were not well received, initially both put on the front that all was rosy in the garden, it was just people not accepting change until finally after a few weeks they eventually did realise those changes they thought were great weren't actually as great as they thought and decided to listen to their readers.

Lifehacker - The changes were that bad that users actually migrated to Lifehacker UK which kept the old format, they eventually saw the light and created the blog format rather than load of scrolling columns.

Engadget - Took the same path, see here for the very large comments section:-
http://www.engadget.com/2012/1.....-engadget/
Also they mentioned load times were better etc etc but no-one seemed to care except the site managers themselves.

So what are my complaints? not much really
Well the Favicon is terrible, not such a big problem but it looks really tacky and designed by someone in paint.

The home page is ridiculously cluttered, the middle column should not be there, it should be merged into the RH column and be something like an information/resource centre.I would guess the majority of users come to read new articles and these are now condensed into the LH column or roughly one third of the page which frankly isn't enough. Simply put the 'sections' under the Main menu (windows, features, mobile etc) are laid out how the front page should look, more space for each article with the info bar on the RH side and no middle column.

If you are going to persist with the new layout, may I suggest that one of the options under the Main Menu box shows all articles in chronological order in the same format as the other sections? At least this gives the option of some sort of blog view.

Thanks

Posted 1 year ago
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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

@ Shandy, (I used to have a cat called that)

The current format is still subject to change somewhat here and there, think of this as a 'Transitional' period, it really is nothing on the grand scheme of things.

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Xhi
Posts: 6298

shandy /ˈʃændi/ noun
plural shandies
[count, noncount] Brit : a drink made of beer mixed with lemonade

Posted 1 year ago
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vistamike
Posts: 10945

Xhi, cool dude....Shandy, yuk, a useless and unpalatable addition to the British bevy menu (but not practised everywhere here, there are delimits).

Beer and lemonade, not the thirst thing I would thought to pack!

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doctordeere
Posts: 164

I prefer the old HTG homepage layout.

BUT... it's a website designed by, maintained by and funded by someone other than myself. IOW, I have no equity in HTG, therefore I don't see myself having a 'right' to complain. Personally, I tend to focus on the positive, being thankful for what I have rather than looking for something to whine about.

Thank you, Lowell, for providing us with HTG.

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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

AMEN :):)

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jaydee007
Posts: 1

I liked the OLD Layout because it was easy to go to VISTA or XP when helping people with a specific problem.....IT had LOGIC built into it. I am not opposed to change.... But I hate long learning curves. I am not trying to be critical but helpful in my post

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

One of the biggest complaints that we got for 2 years of the old design was that people wanted to just read the good stuff without all the fluff. We provided that with this design.

The whole point of using 3 columns is that we have a lot of very different types of posts. Before everything just got jumbled together, whereas in the new design, the feature articles are on the left, the geek trivia, news, and links are in the middle, and the fun facts / geek glossary / (upcoming new stuff) are on the right.

Trying to arrange everything into a blog view just didn't work, and it wasn't working. When we ran a wallpaper post there's no need for words, so we ended up with a thumbnail and a bunch of dead white space that looked tacky. I was just unable to even include other things because of the format.

Comparing our layout change to Gawker / Lifehacker is rather silly, I mean, everything on HTG is still on a single page ordered by date. There's just more stuff. It's nothing like their original weird scrolling design. Instead of giant category pages with a list of 2000 links, you can quickly jump to the latest articles for Mobile, Windows, etc. And for those that don't have adblock installed, the site loads much better than it used to, with more content available above the fold, and it loads much faster.

Every time we change anything, we get hate mail, and a lot of it. And then eventually everybody calms down.

That said, I meant to include a blog view for those people that are scared of change, but I didn't get the code worked out in time, and I've been busy since.

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

Lowell, I personally have no problems with the new layout and appreciate your efforts. In some ways, it is more convenient; otherwise, it's just different and just needed getting used to (something that was easy for me). I do miss the cartoons that Asian Angel used to post, however, but I suspect their disappearance is coincidental.

The one thing I do not like is something I suspect is just broken and you haven't had the time to fix it yet (bugs happen, kinda like death and taxes). The text in the forum...er...discussion menu doesn't change from blue to black after a post has been read. I would really like to see that come back since it made reading the discussion menu much easier for my old ADHD "blessed" mind.

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