Things I *DO* like about the new site
- Ruth Lafler Jun 24, 2006 11:08 PM
We're chowhounds -- we're picky and we know what we like. Thus, it's easier to complain than to praise.
But WE HAVE A SEARCH ENGINE THAT WORKS, and it works for all the archived posts. And the archived posts can even be responded to! And most of the old links to previous posts work, too.
I suspect hard labor and some amazing programming skills went into this, so I wanted to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for not only the hard work, but the underlying commitment to chowhound that all that work demonstrates. That's way more important than any cosmetic nitpicks we may have.
re: Melanie Wong
And speaking about days ...
I decided I really LIKE the days posted since the reply rather than the date.
I was catching up reading the SF board for Friday and this post appeared
Normally I would not have noticed that the OP was in 2005. But seeing the first replay (as of today) was 266 days ago, given the topic, I just ignored it. and went to the next post.
The date would be nice too, but I just fell in love with the number of days since the last reply.
And it's fast! I don't have a palpable wait time just to load up a new region's board.
And it's pretty. I really like the color palette you went with - very easy on the eyes.
Kathy/Kuisine (previously KathySK)
"I suspect hard labor and some amazing programming skills went into this, so I wanted to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for not only the hard work, but the underlying commitment to chowhound that all that work demonstrates. That's way more important than any cosmetic nitpicks we may have."
Oh, sure, rain on our parade for raining on their parade. Some of us don't get quoted in the Chowhound books. :P Although, I'd say the majority of criticisms have gone far beyond cosmetic nitpicks. They're primarily about functionality, which, granted, are sometimes a result of the user interface, which I guess you could say is also cosmetic.
That said, I'm very happy to see this step in the right direction, especially things like being able to link within posts and have updated threads pop to the top. However, I think many of us who are used to robust, established message board systems were hoping for a bit more. Still, the strength of this site is in its community more than its software. It always has been. Just as long as they're committed to improving.
re: Dave Feldman
I think this is just pointing out that there's no way one design will keep everyone happy. It's not a flaw, just a fact of life. For example, I'm puzzled by all the complaints about the fonts and font sizes- it looks fine to me. But some people liked the old site design, and some LOATHED it. I think the developers are just going to have to be glad some are happy, and realize that if they make big changes, they might make a new group of people happy, but then they'll make the group of people who WERE happy, unhappy.
There's a lot I like (and some I dislike) about this design, but chances are the things I dislike are liked by someone. That's the way it goes.