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I could deal with the new site design if ....

I realized that there's one major hangup for me, and that I could grumpily live with the rest (and perhaps even get used to it). If you're in a similar boat as me, please feel free to post your #1 complaint.

For me, it's the size that previously read messages take up. This causes a *lot* more scrolling than in the past, and also causes it hard to identify unread messages if one is scrolling quickly (because there's so much extra scrolling). Both are extreme annoyances. I should be able to see a maximal amount of user-driven content (ie messages) in a minimal amount of space.

I could probably get over the font issues and other complaints that I have, but the amount of scrolling is ridiculous. It's not unlike the bozos on usenet who quote a 5 page post before putting their little gem of one line wisdom at the end - you're hitting space bar, or spinning the scroll wheel for 5 minutes for not enough of a payoff.

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  1. I agree. It's especially bad when you are using a small laptop/netbook. Only 6-7 previously read posts show up on my MacBook, so it can take a lot of scrolling to get where I need to be.

    1. They're fixing what they called "white space padding" around the posts - both when they're new and when they're collapsed after reading them. Will take a few days.

      And yes, I know I've posted about this in several other threads, but since the CH Engineers answered a post of mine about "white space" around posts, I feel obligated to let others know they're working on it. :-)

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        Thanks, LindaWhit. It is very gracious of you to share the information.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          I'll take an "I'll believe it when I see it" approach, but hopefully. I don't understand how the current padding wasn't intentional, it's not like it's some superhidden bug - it's a CSS field that they've allowed to go through after many eyeballs (presumably) had seen the thing.

          1. re: jgg13

            Hey come on - I'm complaining about things as well, but they ARE fixing them. Here's the thread that Robert Lauriston started re: the white space:

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

            "The Chowhound Team" responded to me, and then lainiecosgrove responded to my response to the Team...about 1/3 of the way down.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              I still don't understand how it happened though. It's not like some javascript problem (which I'm guessing is the deal w/ that login window thing). Either way though, if they do fix it I could probably deal w/ the new site.

        2. Since we hope they will deal with all the issues being discussed, I think we need to start a "WISH LIST" of things we would like after the initial things are fixed or could be added during a current fix. My "wish" would be they add a feature so that if we edit our own post, you could still upload a photograph instead of only when the initial post is being made.

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          1. re: boyzoma

            +1. But perhaps it would be better on a new thread called "Site Design Wish List"?

            1. re: LindaWhit

              I thought of that. But since they closed a number of threads, I wondered if they would close that one too! I'll give it a try. Thanks!

          2. Slow the pictures on Chow down...they are scrolling way too fast.

            When I get to the posts...I can't tell if a post is a reply or an origainl post tor to a comment about the post...there used to be a border on the left side....it defined the two...

            I will give this time...

            1. Either I'm completely crazy, have managed to get one of my font size twiddlings stuck permanently or they've made things a lot better. Sweet.

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              1. re: jgg13

                Well, good for you. Nothing in mine have changed yet! So it is one of the first three options! ;-)

                1. re: boyzoma

                  Yeah, it was me screwing with things apparently :) That's not that good considering this is but one of 4-5 machines I access CH from :)

              2. this design is poor compared to the previous one. sad.