Masterpiece of Ugliness
OK, I was cool with the new drop downs, sleek, modern, but not well loved by the .01%. The "new" Map to show you where you are inside of CH, is meaningless, as you can only be one level down, no matter where you go.
But it IS ugly. The colors clash like nails on a chalkboard, the font is too small to match the level of importance it is supposed to have, and it is clunky. I move it out of sight to read the post.
But today you dove straight into the ugly pool. What you did with the "related discussions" which looked VERY good before, is now so neon ugly, it needs eye bleach. Why move the "New Thread" to that location?
What is with the ghosting of the text? It should be solid. And All of CH is in a san serif style, and suddenly you now throw in, not just italics, but a font with serifs??
This is FAIL.
I don't understand why so many different fonts and sizes are being used. The site looks less professional, more amateur, with the many fonts, sizes, colors. The blue is an especially bad choice for a font color anywhere anytime, but on a grey background?
The density of the colors use, make them appear as almost a ghost, not the solid black of all other text.
Chow has been using the red/grey/black color scale for years now, with only the usernames in blue. Even the standard avatar is red. Hypelinks are the same blue across all sites.
To suddenly come up with this clashing weird blue, is bizarre. The bookmark star looks like it was lifted from Yahoo and Facebook emoticons, not professional at all. And the heading sizes are all wrong.
The old (as in last week's version) fit the style and taste of the site. If Chow is suddenly swinging into My Little Pony colors, it's time to start using other sites that at least still have some decorum.
I really don't get what all the fuss is about but the one thing that I loved to see a one single fairly large button at the top that takes you to the most recent posts on CH. After the last modification it took me a few minutes to figure it out. I'd also like to see a "My Chow" button beside it. Those two represent the most often used by myself and I feel they should be more prominent.
Another issue with the new Related Discussions design is that it seems to be limited to just three posts, presumably the numbers were added to indicate some kind of ranking relevance. However, it also seems that every thread now will have three related discussions listed, even when the three threads listed are not related in any way. For example I just looked at at thread re: KFC pot pies on the Chains board, and the three "Related Discussions" were all Trader Joe's topics. How are those related to KFC?
One more comment on the numbers, if the numbers are to indicate a ranking or degree of relevance, just displaying the topics in the order in which they are listed would indicate rank, rendering the numbers unnecessary. But if every thread will always have three "related" threads displayed whether related or not, the entire section is rendered useless.