Out of the Blue

I got an email yesterday from a reader named Rob who offered a suggestion that seemed quite worthy of exploration, especially considering how simple and straightforward it is. He pointed out that it might be better to present the links that follow the Out of the Blue section in a bulleted format, like many of the other link sections we provide. He noted that this might provide better readability, and I can't say I disagree. So I figured I would just try it this morning and gauge everyone's reaction. So below are today's links in bulleted format. Feel free to offer opinions on whether this is an improvement over the usual table, or if you'd rather see them as before.

Obituary: Eric Weissberg, 'Dueling Banjos' Bluegrass Musician, Dead at 80. Thanks RedEye9.

Morning Linkfest.
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Link of the Morning:

Stories:

Science:

Media:

Follow-ups:

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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 11:26
Cram
 
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Mar 26, 2020, 11:26
 Cram
 
Was in the middle of typing a comment about how cluster'f'y the bullets looked all close together, refreshed the page and saw it had been fixed (it was messy). Looks good now, though never had an issue with how it was.

Well played Rob.
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Mar 26, 2020, 11:32
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 11:32
Mar 26, 2020, 11:32
 
I liked it better the way it was done before because it just seems faster for me to scan through them.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 11:33
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 11:33
Mar 26, 2020, 11:33
 
*meh* I never had problems with the other way, but whatever.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 11:41
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 11:41
Mar 26, 2020, 11:41
 
Did you just change it a minute ago?
My bullets were empty except for the headers.

Rob, you're a genius. THANKs.

Now I can easily tell when a new link starts.

EDIT (ninja'ed)
Read Crams post.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 12:13
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 12:13
Mar 26, 2020, 12:13
 
It is a definite improvement. At least on mobile, where long headlines would often take up 2 or 3 lines and start to run together.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 12:16
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 12:16
Mar 26, 2020, 12:16
 
Way to think outside the box, Rob. I like it. The spacing for the header can probably be tweaked a bit....but it's great.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 12:20
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 12:20
Mar 26, 2020, 12:20
 
While I didn't have any problems with the old format, the new bulleted format is fine too. But like someone else said, it doesn't seem like I can scan them as fast.

Maybe remove the space between each header and it's first bullet?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 12:29
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Mar 26, 2020, 12:29
 
Choachy wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 12:20:
Maybe remove the space between each header and it's first bullet?
I agree this would be better.
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Mar 26, 2020, 12:42
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Mar 26, 2020, 12:42
 
Bill Borre wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 11:32:
I liked it better the way it was done before because it just seems faster for me to scan through them.
Same here, I prefer old way, more compact. But on mobile it's indeed easier to read this way but 90% of the time I visit from a desktop.

Maybe if you can detect desktop/browser and use appropriate CSS for each?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 12:46
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 12:46
Mar 26, 2020, 12:46
 
I kind of prefer the older, more condensed format.

But then I don't visit the site on mobile. If this helps with mobile browsers you should keep it.
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Mar 26, 2020, 12:55
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 12:55
Mar 26, 2020, 12:55
 
Bill Borre wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 11:32:
I liked it better the way it was done before because it just seems faster for me to scan through them.

Agree with this. Scanning is more difficult.
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Mar 26, 2020, 13:41
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Mar 26, 2020, 13:41
 Verno
 
I don't like it on the desktop, it was nice being able to see most of the OOTB caption and links while composing a reply.
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Mar 26, 2020, 14:22
 
I can live with it either way but I do like the bullets. Looks good on my tablet and the desktop.

Sure it eats up a little bit more space but in the past I have sometimes missed a news link because I thought it was part of a previous link. This at least makes the separation more obvious.

Plus I'm OCD and I love bullets!
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Mar 26, 2020, 14:31
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 14:31
Mar 26, 2020, 14:31
 
I'm ok with either way , but this new way seems a bit too spaced out now.
A little tweaking perhaps.?


*side note* - " old gas blob from Uranus " , If I had a $ every time I heard that line....
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Mar 26, 2020, 15:06
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 15:06
Mar 26, 2020, 15:06
 

On the news today in Canada:

US wants to militarize US/Canada border.

And I ask myself, why?

In the current context, Canadians have ZERO interest in going to the US, why would they go get bankrupt on health costs in the US during Covid?

If it's not to prevent Canadians from entering the US, it means it's to prevent US citizens from LEAVING the US.

A wall south, soldiers north.

Feeling boxed in yet?
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Mar 26, 2020, 15:29
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Mar 26, 2020, 15:29
 
Simon Says wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 15:06:
On the news today in Canada:
US wants to militarize US/Canada border.
Wait, What? dRumpf Wants Troops at the Canadian Border
If Canada was smart they'd put up a wall. Lord knows it would have prevented all the troubles that Mexico has.

Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States!
Porfirio Díaz
President of Mexico
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Mar 26, 2020, 15:43
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 15:43
Mar 26, 2020, 15:43
 
In other news:

The bailout socialist corporate welfare package of 2 trillions for the rich? It's actually 6 trillions. 2 direct, 4 indirect.

Here it is from Larry Kudlow's mouth On CBS News

And the billionaires ( through the Republicans ) are trying to get the US gov to let people die to "save the economy" and they want them back at work even if it kills them

Combine that with the militarization of the northern border with Canada to prevent US citizens from escaping.

Are you starting to see the pattern/picture?

They're preparing you for the slaughter and they don't give a shit about a few dozen millions dying, mortality rate could go as high as 10% ( Italy are fighting it and are at 8% and no it's no just the age, the average age difference isn't really that great, just a few years ) if they let it get completely out of hand so that it passes as fast a possible to save the economy, 10% of 330 millions? 33 millions...

If I were a US citizen, I'd be afraid, VERY AFRAID.

Worst part? If we let too many people get infected, the epidemiologists predict the mutation rate will accelerate, if the virus mutates enough, not only will the vaccines won't work on the new mutation, but having recovered won't necessarily mean you'll be immunised VS the new mutation and it could happen ALL OVER AGAIN.

The rich are panicking and have gone batshit ( pun intended ) crazy.

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Mar 26, 2020, 15:46
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Mar 26, 2020, 15:46
 
Old format is better. That just takes up way too much real estate.
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:20
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:20
 
The bullets don't work as well here as they do for the regular sections (Safety Dance, Tech Bits, etc.) because each one of those is a single section. Here in OotB, there are multiple sections. The result is too much vertical spacing that means I have to scroll up and down while commenting on Blue's comments or a particular story that appears at the top. I preferred the old way. Everything fit on the screen without scrolling.
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:21
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:21
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 15:29:
Simon Says wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 15:06:
On the news today in Canada:
US wants to militarize US/Canada border.
Wait, What? dRumpf Wants Troops at the Canadian Border
If Canada was smart they'd put up a wall. Lord knows it would have prevented all the troubles that Mexico has.

Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States!
Porfirio Díaz
President of Mexico

So if Canada builds the wall, does the US pay for it?
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