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The new stylesheet has way too much white space, and puts even less text on each screen, so more scrolling to read a long topic. What was a minor design flaw is now a problem.

New posts seem to appear in a larger font with wider line spacing. Hard to read.

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  1. I completely agree. Way, way too much wasted space everywhere. But the amount of white space surrounding collapsed posts is totally absurd. 30px on the left and a total height of 80px? You gotta be kidding.

    1. When you go back to a thread you've contributed to, and all of the previous posts are closed, there's WAY, WAY too much space around those closed posts. That really needs to be tightened up a LOT.

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        Half my 19" screen is WHITE. The font is horrible and the contrast is nonexistent. And I have my Zoom level set at 125%. I hate this!

        1. re: Gio

          Interestingly, I have a slightly grayish background with a darker gray border around various posts. The only white I'm seeing is within the posts.

          ETA - ahhh, NOW I see where there's a shiteload of white space. When I go to MyChow. It's ALL WHITE SPACE, ALL THE TIME!!!!!

          Sheesh - why can't they just make everything UNIFORM? Make that a slightly gray background, and it's WAY easier on the eyes.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            While I 'm able to accept change gracefully, mostly, this is really annoying me. This redesign is regresssion, not progress.

            1. re: Gio

              Agree on the regression. It's a "negative improvement", IMO.

        2. re: LindaWhit

          Hi LindaWhit,

          I believe that issue is directly related to the extra padding (amount of white border around text) that is in each CH response cell.

          We will tighten that up over the next couple of days, thanks for bringing this to our attention.

          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            Many, many thanks, CH Team. The previous version's padding didn't seem to bother anyone - so if it could go back to that to prevent an inordinate amount of scrolling on long threads, it would be much appreciated.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              10-4.

              The intention actually wasn't to change it. When migrating such a massive amount of data to a new environment these type of unexpected issues can come up, we will be working diligently over the coming days to correct these issues.

        3. Way too much white everywhere. Less than 10 minutes and I have a queasy headache already. I;ll check in the next few days to see if there's a correction but if not, so long, Hounds, it's been nice knowing you!

          1. When I say "white space," I mean blank. Sometimes it's all white (hard on the eyes), sometimes it's gray.

            This is arguably regression, a similar issue from a few years ago was addressed by offering a choice of three color schemes, which option was apparently removed at some point.

            1. Horrible! I'm with you greygarious

              1. Agreed, too much, and the font size is too big when you're inside of a thread. When just looking at the board list, the font size is fine, so this isn't something that can be fixed by just decreasing the font size on Chowhound across the board.

                1. Too much wasted space between words, lines, posts, username/date/time line.

                  I like the bottom of the page, where it has "Recipes", "Discussion", "Stories", "Videos." Nice color contrast, nice spacing, easy to read. In the posts, you can barely see four posts in a row.

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                  1. re: chowser

                    We will be resolving these issues over the next couple of days.

                    Font size, line spacing and the amount of white padding in each container are currently off and will be addressed.

                    Concerning the amount of white space you are seeing, We did not add in any white space to what was on the page before, what we did was remove the grey coloring that was appearing between the edge of the page and the browser window.

                    We will monitor the comments here and if needed we can potentially reintroduce that shading to the sides of the site.

                    Thanks for your patience while we fix these details, we know how much of a difference these details make to readability and will correct them asap.

                    1. re: CHOW HQ

                      "Concerning the amount of white space you are seeing, We did not add in any white space to what was on the page before, what we did was remove the grey coloring that was appearing between the edge of the page and the browser window.

                      We will monitor the comments here and if needed we can potentially reintroduce that shading to the sides of the site."

                      And yet *I* still have shading. See my post in another thread (BTW, you'll have to click to open the Permalink post - which has been mentioned as yet another bug to fix!)

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7265...

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Yeah, I'm not seeing the shading issue. When I toggle back and forth between a screen I have open with the old design and the current design the only difference I see is the mentioned extra padding around the replies and line spacing.

                        I'm going to mention this because I don't know if it is me or the software or the mods. I responded with a similar post that is gone. It pretty much said the same thing so I see no reason for it to be deleted. I was almost certain I hit post. So I don't know if it just disappeared on its own.

                        1. re: rworange

                          If you haven't cleared your cache, you could conceivably some old CSS still active.

                  2. What was so bad about the old look? I feel lost here.

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                    1. re: Glendale is hungry

                      I agree. This is an improvement? I liked seeing all the old boards before in one area. Now I have to create my own favorites list? Also what happened to the "contributor" bar?

                      1. re: scoopG

                        its probably so that they can collect more valuable marketing information.

                    2. I completely agree.

                      1. Ditto, lousy design.

                        1. Robert L.,

                          Don't complain about the white (or blank) space.

                          Cuz you never know, Chow.com might just be reserving that space for ... advertisements!

                          Between blank space and ads, I'll gladly work with the former.

                          1. fixed. thanks. looks much better.