Out of the Blue

Some very preliminary talks have taken place about doing some tweaking to the design here, something I like to consider every ten years or so, whether it seems needed or not. Things I would like to accomplish include turning the rarely used side menu to drop-down top menu, consolidating all the other side-content and ads into a single side column, and getting the site to work a little better on smartphones. While change can be jarring, I think all that can be accomplished without significantly harming the look and feel of the site, while still making it a bit less clunky. History suggests that further progress on such an undertaking will be slow (if not nonexistent), so there should be adequate time to offer feedback on the plan. Feel free to chime in.

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New site layout wishes
  • Keep JavaScript free browsing. I have 10 BluesNews tabs open atm and 80+ others. noscript not only keeps my browser safer from malware, viri, and tracking, but also stable with low cpu usage.
  • Keep the color contrast between user comments. Makes skimming so much easier. Might want to add something similar to the main page. Some color makes visual parsing of a page much easier.
  • I don't see the Amazon link anymore. My firewall filters it out along with all the ads. Can it be a link on the page and not a frame redirecting traffic to amazon every time I view BluesNews. Us ad-blockers are the ones that need it to support the site through it.
  • Rarely use the sidebar, but if it becomes a drop down menu I'll never click on it and "STORIES OF NOTE" and "POPULAR THREADS" will become even less useful

If you want examples of what to/not to/ do, view Netflix and Videosift's new layouts. I don't like Videosift's layout, but it is nice enough to allow me to keep the old one(always a good idea when experimenting with a new design). While Netflix thinks it's users don't know what's good for them, and every part of their new design is more efficient and useful. It might be on a tablet, but definitely not on my desktop. With all tabs named "Netflix" and no longer containing the title name; Tree-tab browsing is difficult on their site. Why do they think only using the top half of the page to display the movie info is better than the whole page? Having to click on Overview/Episodes/More like this/Details is much less efficient that scrolling. Trying to read user reviews on their site is like using Metro on a desktop. If you can't tell I really hate Netflix's new layout. Every time I've seen someone try to make a single UI for all devices it ends up worse.
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