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I've been using this layout for a while now as a pub club member, I love it so much better than the previous version. So much faster to find new news and features.

The_Lost_King:
This layout fucking sucks! I can't find Miracle of Sound! Change it back.

Miracle of Sound should still be listed on our videos page. There hasn't been an episode posted for this week yet, so it makes sense that last week's video would no longer be "latest" news.

Could you elaborate a bit more so I'm able to fully understand your grievance?

Seems a wee bit clusterd

Nasrin:

The_Lost_King:
This layout fucking sucks! I can't find Miracle of Sound! Change it back.

Miracle of Sound should still be listed on our videos page. There hasn't been an episode posted for this week yet, so it makes sense that last week's video would no longer be "latest" news.

Could you elaborate a bit more so I'm able to fully understand your grievance?

well in the old layout I liked how when I moused over videos a drop down menu showed every video series so that if I decided to watch some old Zero punctuation on let's say saturday I could. If I wanted to watch Miracle of Sound a week after a new video I could in one simple click rather than having to click on all then find miracle of sound and then being abel to watcch. How come the forum menu still get's a drop down but no one else does? If you could add the drop down menus back I would be ok with the new look.

As I elaborated in a previous mail, total crap. Now you even took away the possibility to revert to the old (meaning new and crap compared to the design before, but still better than this) design. Why do you keep changing things? Change is bad. Old people like me can`t keep up. Leave things as they are. You youngsters with your funny ideas and strange behaviour. I just want to see a video or two and can`t find them. Could you please make a text only version of the page, linking to the content? Those of us, who actually can read don`t need that fancy pictures. And I am actually dead serious about this. Don`t impose that bullshit gui on people who don`t want to spent ages here only to watch a few vids a week.

Stefan Rogen:
Could you please make a text only version of the page, linking to the content? Those of us, who actually can read don`t need that fancy pictures. And I am actually dead serious about this.

Are you familiar with our RSS feed?

There's a button for it to the right of our logo on the front page, here:
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You can also get to it with this link.

Is that the kind of thing you're looking for?

Adore it!

It looks nice, it does.

Is the front of the home page, the only area where you can see the latest forum posts? Because if not, I could probably use a hand finding the other link to them...

Like it mostly, but the forum captcha making me type "tuna fish" really ought to go :)
I can't think of another forum that makes me type a captcha for non-guest posting.

Otherwise, the news layout showing amount of comments (aka the controversyometer rating of the news article) is great, since I wanted that but didn't post it. Apparently other people wanted it and posted it up.

Finally, if there is a way to save state of news features position, that would be great. I like to click an article, go back, and read another starting from the last one. Issue is, it will always reset to the most recent news article per refresh.

What I'd like is that when going through the left column news features, clicking read more, it saves a position ID. If I am 3 "read mores" into the news features, then I have to scroll back there every page flip.

Of course this can all be remedied by tabbed browsing, but since we all want to optimize the server side of the presentation, I bring this to your attention.

EDIT: And miracle of sound guy- really? You couldn't find it? Ok let me walk you through a new invention from those computer engineer folks: they call it a "scroller-bar-doohicky" what you do with it is click it and move your hand down, don't forget to keep the button clicked! On those new fangled mouses with the wheel, get a good hold of it and flick it toward you as if you were scratching an itch. See that? Now you see Miracle of Sound and all the other video features! With a convenient calender showing when the new ones air! It's brilliant!

I don't like it to be perfectly honest. I think it looks too much like a jumbled mess and that's even on my big TV screen, I'd hate to think what it looks like on a smaller monitor at a lower resolution. I have to wonder, did anyone actually test this layout before implementing it?

I found a problem. a very big problem. I can't find the page that shows me all the Zero Punctuation episodes. Or the one for Loading ready run.

As a person who only ever uses a 15.4" laptop, when I went to the site this morning, my first thought was that I must have pressed ctrl+++++ accidentally.

The top bar takes up just about the whole browser and even if i zoom out the text shrinks and the borders get huge

Getting rid of the "Xbox | PlayStation | PC" whatever nonsense was a good move. Like I said when you implemented it, it made the Escapist look too much like other generic video game hobbyist sites. And the way each menu on the navbar is squeezed into the narrower and narrower space is clever. But all in all I'd have to say I'm not a fan of horizontal hover menus. It's poor interface design. Here's an article that explains it better than I can.

Also good to see the forums being assimilated into the overall style with the fonts and all, but the buttons and thick blue anchor bars with the diagonal stripes still need to be replaced.

Solo-Wing:
I found a problem. a very big problem. I can't find the page that shows me all the Zero Punctuation episodes. Or the one for Loading ready run.

They should each have dedicated pages listed in our video series gallery. You can get to them through the nav bar by going to videos > all videos > zero punctuation/ loading ready run. Additionally the latest of each series is linked to in our series calendar located at the bottom center of the home page.

ThyNameIsMud:

Solo-Wing:
I found a problem. a very big problem. I can't find the page that shows me all the Zero Punctuation episodes. Or the one for Loading ready run.

They should each have dedicated pages listed in our video series gallery. You can get to them through the nav bar by going to videos > all videos > zero punctuation/ loading ready run. Additionally the latest of each series is linked to in our series calendar located at the bottom center of the home page.

Ehhh This layout adds a little too much work for some stuff, and is clustered...

Also I do not like change.

So when do we get an option to revert? That huge bar at the top to show me the latest content is making me miserable.

So, on the main page, I have a giant gray block on the top of the site, before the actual Escapist site starts, and I have to scroll down to really see the page. Anyone else have this problem? I'm in Windows 7 64 bit using Chrome.

EDIT: This is what I mean.

It looks fine. Please don't change anything else so I can get used to the site as it is. At least you guys didn't change the site into a snow-blinding eyesore like you did last time.

After using it for the last couple of days I have to admit that I really like the new Escapist design. I also like the weekly video schedule.

Is it just me, or uh, is everything even *more* white than before? Good golly, guys.

Something's missing from the top of the page: where's the profile logout button?

Darth_Payn:
Something's missing from the top of the page: where's the profile logout button?

Hover over your name at the top right of the screen - logout is on the bottom, (assuming that's what you mean). Otherwise, I have no idea what you could mean. Invisible mode?

Also, I retract my previous comment. Just saw you can sorta change the background colors via the new options thingymahbobber, (or at least new to me), so this update gets my stamp of approval. I really wish you could change the real forum colors to something a little less blinding, but this should reduce eyesore at least a little bit.

Awful. Way too cluttered. Harder to find stuff. Performance is worse, by a lot.

The "navigation bar" is a little too sensitive. I have concentrate to get my mouse from my browser's nav bar down to the content without changing tabs.

Love it. Way better then the last update a few months ago! Not as clunky and looks beautiful. Good job! ^^

It's really... um, condensed. Not sure I like that.

It looks nice... But quit changing things! It took me months to get used to the last update, and I doubt this one will be any different.

Much nicer than the last change, but still a bit busy overall.

I definitely appreciate the drop menus being, um, dropped. Those things were annoying.

kyosai7:
So, on the main page, I have a giant gray block on the top of the site, before the actual Escapist site starts, and I have to scroll down to really see the page. Anyone else have this problem? I'm in Windows 7 64 bit using Chrome.

EDIT: This is what I mean.

That's because you're using adblock. The grey block is where the ads go. Though, strangely, they never fill it up, so you always get this ugly white-on-gray nonsense at the top of the page.

My concern is that the "latest threads" page is no longer linked to on the homepage, and when I do go to it, I get a bunch of code instead of the usual layout.

ultrachicken:

kyosai7:
So, on the main page, I have a giant gray block on the top of the site, before the actual Escapist site starts, and I have to scroll down to really see the page. Anyone else have this problem? I'm in Windows 7 64 bit using Chrome.

EDIT: This is what I mean.

That's because you're using adblock. The grey block is where the ads go. Though, strangely, they never fill it up, so you always get this ugly white-on-gray nonsense at the top of the page.

My concern is that the "latest threads" page is no longer linked to on the homepage, and when I do go to it, I get a bunch of code instead of the usual layout.

Ahh okay, thanks! I wonder how I would go about enabling banner ads to support the site, while keeping ads before videos, and pop ups blocked...

kyosai7:

ultrachicken:

kyosai7:
So, on the main page, I have a giant gray block on the top of the site, before the actual Escapist site starts, and I have to scroll down to really see the page. Anyone else have this problem? I'm in Windows 7 64 bit using Chrome.

EDIT: This is what I mean.

That's because you're using adblock. The grey block is where the ads go. Though, strangely, they never fill it up, so you always get this ugly white-on-gray nonsense at the top of the page.

My concern is that the "latest threads" page is no longer linked to on the homepage, and when I do go to it, I get a bunch of code instead of the usual layout.

Ahh okay, thanks! I wonder how I would go about enabling banner ads to support the site, while keeping ads before videos, and pop ups blocked...

I've never seen a pop-up on this site, and I haven't seen any ads before videos in a while. Though maybe I'm mistaken.

Whatever happened to the feature articles? They used to be the main thrust of this site, 4 or 5 per week, and are now relegated to being hidden knee-deep in menus. Something other such sites never had. A quick glance shows we're lucky to get one per month these days.

I find it a shame. An article can be read on a bus or train or whilst on a coffee break, a video generally cannot.

Wow, Nice to hear people postive about the new layout. It does look nice though, kudos to the designer!

Still too much white, looks incomplete, and I don't like the layout of the drop down menu under my avatar. Maybe put lines underneath each part so it's more clear.

Why do you people keep working backwards. Your 08 design was perfect. Every design since has varied from tolerable, to bad, with the best once since then being the second redesign with all the features in a neat little line on the lower-right.
And you keep changing it as soon as we get used to dealing with it.
I notice that among all the redesigns the site is still slow.
Maybe stop putting your money into site design, and put some into faster servers?
Captcha: change yourself
No, I won't change myself, why meddle with perfection?

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