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Aug 10, 2010 11:41 AM

I hate the new release

Change it back.... my eyes hurt
To be specific I hate the way it looks

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  1. Thus far, I agree. It's much harder to get into My Chow (several clicks) and I did all the story categories go away? I can't figure out how to find stories in anything other than the Top Stories area, which is annoying when you may be looking for a specific story.

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    1. re: queencru

      If you're logged in, you should be able to get to myCHOW from any page by clicking on your username in the top right corner of the page.

      1. re: Jacquilynne

        Are stories no longer put in specific categories?

        1. re: queencru

          The navigation isn't showing up yet, we're still in the middle of the release, so not everything is there yet. But there will be right-side navigation in the top stories section.

          1. re: davina

            It's been two days now and I still don't see any right side navigation- just the scrolling video selection.

            1. re: queencru

              Hi queencru - we are working on getting this fixed as soon as possible, its looking like it should be up on Tuesday.

      2. re: queencru

        Yes the colour scheme is a serious jacquilynne said your profile is at the top of the page by the contrast is poor and makes it hard to see... the rest of the site just looks like someone made a failed attempt to create a streamlined or modern look

        1. re: kpaxonite

          Everything that you just said, plus the font and individual posts are HUGE compared to the old ones. It looks like an 8th grader made it.

          1. re: jgg13

            hahah I just posted the exact same thing on your post

            1. re: kpaxonite

              Yeah, we used to have color choices b/c we all hated the *last* new release with all this we no longer have those? I can't find them.

            2. re: jgg13

              The font just doesn't make sense. I can see the initial post and possibly the first reply before I have to scroll.

              Additionally, I just tried to log in from the laptop and the little pop-up window was just stuck. I had to refresh in order to see that I had logged in.

              1. re: queencru

                Me, too. I am on my laptop and tried to log in about ten times...the log in screen would not go away. I assumed it was frozen and just gave up, but lo and behold, i was somehow logged in and didn't even know it.

                1. re: iluvtennis

                  I got the same thing. Just one "more" bug!!!

                  1. re: boyzoma

                    Can anybody help with my food ????ss.

                    1. re: El Presidente

                      El Pres, this board is about issues with the site itself. You're better off posting on the appropriate board (General Topics, Home Cooking, or your local board) for your questions.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Probably can't find the boards with the current navigation. There is a direct link to site talk at the bottom of the page

                        This should help

                        Help - How Do I Get to the Various Boards Directly Now?

                        Four days after the release I still can't find my way around and have to stop and think how to get to Chowhound or boards I don't usually visit.

                        1. re: rworange

                          I've just bookmarked My Chow in my browser so I land there at first click. :-)

                  2. re: iluvtennis

                    Ditto. Clicking the OK button or whatever it was didn't do diddly-squat. So I clicked the X to close out of the window (which in and of itself, took about 10 seconds for it to actually happen) and surprise, surprise, surprise! I was logged in.

                  3. re: queencru

                    Had the same thing happen to me, as well.

                  4. re: jgg13

                    I think the new target audience for chowhound is the blind. That font size is ridiculous.

                  5. re: kpaxonite

                    Agree on the contrast - the faintness of your profile name in the upper right on the deep red is barely visible. BOLD it, or make it larger - or even better - do BOTH.

                      1. re: kpaxonite

                        Whatever it is, it needs to STAND OUT.

                        And I agree with those that say you shouldn't have to click your Profile name to be able to get to MyCHOW. It should be right there next to "TAKE ME TO CHOW" or "TAKE ME TO CHOWHOUND" depending on which part of the site you're one. There was a simple one-click way to get to MyCHOW before - why make it THREE clicks?

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          How is it three clicks? Your name is always there in the upper right corner of every page (just as it has always been), and if you click on it, it takes you straight to MYCHOW (just as it always has). One click, from any page to MYCHOW.

                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                            It's getting back that's the problem. Once you're in my chow (or some else's profile page) the boards display disappears. Unless that person has a comment on a thread listed right there of the board you want to return to, you can't. You have to click to "take me to chowhound" and then click to the board you want.

                            1. re: LNG212

                              Sorry Caitlin - that's what I meant. It's no longer easy to get BACK to MyCHOW once you've clicked on a thread or someone else's profile.

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                Oh, okay. Yeah, navigating to boards from MYCHOW (or rather, not being able to) is my big issue right now. Right PITA. Getting to, or back to, MYCHOW, not a problem; getting from MYCHOW, different story.

                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                  Caitlin, I've just been clicking on any of my most recent posts to get back to Chowhound from My Chow. Seems a really juvenile thing to have to do, though.

                                  ETA: And to get to My Chow I click on my name in a recent post on the boards. Can't see my name on top/upper right. Too light.

                              2. re: LNG212

                                This is a workaround, not a solution, but from My Chow, I click on a board name under one of my posts to go directly to that board. It's what I do on iPad, which doesn't do pull-downs, 'cause it is too fancy, or something (and not a very good machine).

                              3. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                It takes much longer to get out though- you have to go to chowhound, then click the board you want, instead of being able to go to the board you want directly from My Chow. If you don't have the board saved, it may even take longer since you can't see all the boards initially.

                    1. It seems preety bad so far

                      1. I'm on board with the "I hate the new look" contingent. The colors, the size, the empty space are all suitable for third grade.

                        I haven't explored all the new features yet. But thus far the "saved boards" is not working as it should (or if this is the way it should then it sucks too). But I'll reserve judgement on the features until I've explored further.

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                        1. re: LNG212

                          Can you provide more detail on what you're seeing vs. what you were expecting with regard to Saved Boards?

                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                            The biggest problem is that they all stay in a single stack so once you've saved more than a few they end up taking up an inordinate amount of vertical space on the screen. It would be much more efficient to distribute them in columns as the "All Boards" (or "Choose a Board" as it's now called) does.

                            1. re: BobB

                              Also - I just noticed that there is now no access to boards directly from My Chow. The top of that page would be an ideal place to display My Boards - spread across the page in columns, of course. ;-)

                              1. re: BobB

                                I agree, that would be an improvement in the design. It sounded like the feature itself wasn't working -- perhaps not adding boards -- for LNG212, though, so I wanted to check if there was a larger problem some people were experiencing.

                                1. re: Jacquilynne

                                  Twice now I've not seen what you wrote. Both times your posts have been collapsed as though I've read them when I haven't. Is there some technical problem with the new system as well?

                                2. re: BobB

                                  Hi BobB - the single stacking of saved boards is a bug. This should be fixed in the next couple days so that the boards compile from left to right first then open a new row.

                                    1. re: lainiecosgrove

                                      Good to hear, thanks. What about putting Saved Boards at the top of My Chow? Other than the spacing/font sizing changes, that seems to be the biggest and most widely-echoed complaint today - there's now no access directly to a Chowhound board from My Chow, as there used to be.

                                      1. re: BobB

                                        Not just saved boards, but the whole board menu, so you can get anywhere on Chowhound from your (or anyone's) profile page, is needed. I don't care that they wanted to uncouple Chow and Chowhound generally, but it makes no sense to uncouple the profile pages from Chowhound.

                                        1. re: BobB

                                          Hi BobB - thanks for the feedback, this is a great idea. We are working on displaying the header/navigation dependant on where the user came from. We hope to have this solved by the middle of next week. Again thanks for the feedback - keep it coming!

                                        2. re: lainiecosgrove

                                          That is good to know. Thanks. Are you one of the chow tech people? If so, I'll reiterate what I said above to Jacquilynne. When I opened this thread your post was collapsed as though I had read it. I had not. This is a real problem.

                                          1. re: LNG212

                                            I've been saying that in other threads as well, LNG. Your post immediately below in reply to ChowHQ was also collapsed - and I know I haven't read it yet.

                                            MAJOR bugaboo!

                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                              I can deal with the bugs because I know *those* will get fixed. Tthe design issues are what I perceive to be the big problem here. Because those? Probably not on the top of the "Things To Sort Out Now That We've Rolled Out THe Redesign" list.

                                      2. re: Jacquilynne

                                        jacquilynne, I've posted what I am seeing on the original thread about the release. Others are getting what I'm getting too.

                                        --the "saved" list puts all the board names in one single *very* long column
                                        --this long column now over-writes the header ("site talk" for example) and the original post paragraph of whatever page I am on
                                        --the "edit" feature allows one to add or delete. that's it. seriously? why can't I put the saved boards in the order I want them. or in columns. or whatever.

                                        1. re: LNG212

                                          Hi LGN212 -

                                          --The saved list putting the board names into one single long column is a bug that we are working on fixing along with the fact that it overwrites the header.
                                          --the edit feature should allow you to remove multiple at a time. However we are working on functionality to allow the user to rank them in any order they want. It didn't make this release but will be coming in the following couple weeks.

                                          Thanks for alerting us about these bugs.

                                          1. re: CHOW HQ

                                            Perhaps you haven't seen the bug I've posted twice now -- I keep missing posts because they are collapsed when I have NOT read them. I almost missed your post here because it was COLLAPSED already. What is going on that this keeps happening?

                                            1. re: CHOW HQ

                                              If I click to get into the EDIT BOARDS feature, how do I get out of it, so it gives me back the list of saved boards on which I can click to get to them?

                                      3. The new layout is dreadful and it seems like every CBS affiliated site has gone to this horrid scheme. Please change it back.

                                        1. And just to add -- I hate that the Manifesto has taken another hit in prominence. I couldn't even find it!! Or the FAQ either. Putting it in teensy tiny lettering at the very bottom is really kinda sad given that the "Manifesto" is supposed to articulate what Chowhound is all about.

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                                          1. re: LNG212

                                            Hmmm .. I still have a screen that I haven't closed from early this morning on my computer prior to the new release. The manifesto seems to be exactly where it was prior to the changes. Took a quick look at the manifesto itself and it seems to have changed again since I read it a few months ago, but don't remember and if it has changed, I doubt it is release specific.

                                            1. re: rworange

                                              If I recall correctly, when you moused over the "phantom" boards menu, the FAQ and Chowhound Manifesto links appeared along with all the other board names. So basically they were there in front of you whenever you were going to click on another board. Now they are not there in the boards menu at all. The only place they appear is the tiny little writing on the very bottom of the page.

                                              I think that's the difference from the old to the new. Though you are probably correct that the FAQ and Manifesto *also* appeared at the bottom of the page in the old version.