Is it just me or is the site looking, 'tidier'?

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Is it just me or is the site looking, 'tidier'?

Posted 10 March 2011 - 05:11 AM

Here's how I see the home page (FF 4 RC):

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It looks much nicer and the site seems to be neater and clean. :D Good job!
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Re: Is it just me or is the site looking, 'tidier'?

Posted 10 March 2011 - 05:34 AM

I was actually just thinking something similar, except the exact opposite.

The site used to fill out my whole screen -- which is something I very much liked -- but now it seems to be restricted to a specific width. (I'd examine it further, but FireBug doesn't work in Minefield yet xD)

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 05:39 AM

The buttons are floating in a sea of white (not light blue-grey). What is it supposed to be?

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:17 AM

I liked it more when it took up all the screen. With the navbar at the top going from end to end and the main site being smaller it looks untidy and plain weird.

But maybe that's just me.
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Re: Is it just me or is the site looking, 'tidier'?

Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:45 AM

I'm experimenting with some things. Yes, a max-width has been added to the site so that it looks a little cleaner on larger resolutions. We found that over 60% of our visitors use resolutions above 1280x... and those visitors leave the site without ever coming back far more often than those with smaller resolutions.

So in an effort to make things a little more readable.... give the content a little "breathing room" if you will, and prevent pages from being completely stretched out, I cleaned up some of the CSS so hopefully your eye flows through conversations better.

I do understand when dealing with code and such this can be a problem, so I'll be looking closely at our [code] tags today to see about how we're handling the wrapping of lines and such.

I'll probably test it for 24-48 hours and compare the stats to see if the overall user experience is better. If it's not, I'll put it back, it's just a couple lines of code.

BTW... "Tidier" was definitely what I was shooting for without doing a full overhaul of the design.
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Re: Is it just me or is the site looking, 'tidier'?

Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:05 AM

I love it so far, feels more fresh and tidier. :^:

The D.I.C layout can breathe a lil more now :P
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:24 AM

That's what it felt like for me too. I normally run DIC on a 1280 wide monitor and always felt like it looked really ugly and stretched out on anything bigger. It was designed to work at 1024, and look descent at 1280, but anything larger really makes things become almost hard on the eyes.

But like I said, the stats will tell the real story, and it's just code, so we can adjust.
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Re: Is it just me or is the site looking, 'tidier'?

Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:43 AM

I like how the posts look now. Something less cluttered about them.

Still object to the shrinkage though, but I may be the exception :P
If it turns out to increase traffic, that's great! I'll just write a userscript or something.

P.S.
I don't suppose you could add // type single-line comments to the highlighter? Been bugging me for ages :)
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:45 AM

One of my projects is to get the right language highlighter working for the major language specific forums, but it's gonna take some work, depending on the language, it should auto-support that sort of comment if the syntax is correct.

Let me look at trying to get at least 1 or 2 major languages up and testing them soon.
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Re: Is it just me or is the site looking, 'tidier'?

Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:48 AM

>Language specific syntax highlighting

DO WANT! :D

By the way, the site is looking great for me. I like the change.
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 11:13 AM

Also, there is a HUGE gap between the new like, tweet, and share buttons and the actual post.
I really think this needs to get fixed. Although I don't like the new width, I don't mind if you change it or not, but the gap between these buttons is really something that looks weird.

I really doubt this gap was intentional, so if it matters I'm using Google Chrome.

EDIT: Whoops looks like the buttons are no longer there. I talked too fast. :P

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:09 PM

I *kinda* like it... If the code tags can be fixed that would be really nice!
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Re: Is it just me or is the site looking, 'tidier'?

Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:22 PM

I have a 1280 resolution and I don't notice a difference. Not sure if that matters or not but I thought you'd like a little bit of extra info while doing the experimenting.
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 08:17 AM

i have 1920x1200 i love the new look
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Re: Is it just me or is the site looking, 'tidier'?

Posted 11 March 2011 - 08:56 AM

1280 will see a TINY different, I set the max width to like 1250 I think, so it'll pull the content in off the margins JUST a little.

For me personally, I'm really enjoying it. I used to never browse the site on my wide screen, and now it's the screen I'm using most. The site feels a lot easier to read and my eyes are't getting as tired.

Stats haven't fully updated from yesterday, but from what I've seen, it's promising.
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