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Can I vent for a minute please

post #1 of 9
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Ok, I have bit my tongue and not commented on the changeover to the new site.  I wanted to wait and try to learn the subtleties.  I figured most of the stuff was there, I just had to find it.  After a few weeks, I must say I am extremely disappointed. 

 

I work in the public arena and realize how little changes can affect a large portion of those I serve.  We only try to change when it is absolutely necessary or we can dramatically improve a product.  It was my understanding that this change was a little bit of both.  There were underlying technical issues that needed to be addressed.  These are things that the average schmoe like me would never encounter or understand.  It is also my understanding that there were also opportunities to make this site better.  That is a good reason for change. 

 

My problem is with the change itself.  If you are modifying/improving a successful product, you should start with the premise that "we only improve, not delete".  Take the foundation of what you had and then build upon it.  It is why some car models evolve very slowly (Mercedes, Subaru) and some reinvent themselves every year or so (Saturn, Hyundai...)  In my opinion, the new version is not any better for the user than the old version, and in many cases, more frustrating. We now have Wiki (whatever the hell that is) but no legitimate search function!   Was there not a beta version of this that was vetted through the admin group in order to spot these problems?  If so, why?  Progress should be forward, not back.

 

Thank you for allowing me to vent. 

 

post #2 of 9

Thanks for venting.

 

We could not do what you recommend. We made multiple attempts to do so over the past 3 years. It sounds good, but it didn't work.

 

I can certainly appreciate what you've written.

post #3 of 9

unfortunately the basic layout of the new site makes reading it difficult.  I am your average 50 yr old guy with decent eyesight and yet, it is uncomfortable for me to read the message Lists without without straining and wishing the print was a bit bigger and brighter.  Note: the actual messages, in the black type font, are fine.

 

also, I think the right column of ads is likely to wide.  I'm on the web all day and I find this new epicski site lacking basic readability.

post #4 of 9

Welcome to our new search engine: Google, using the additional key word "site:www.epicski.com" 

OK it is a little easier with the search bar already on the page and without the need to enter the additional keyword, but the old way was much better; you could search for posts from a specific user, etcetera.

 

Edit:  and while we are on the topic,  when I click to the next page going through new posts I see the same couple of posts at the top of the next page as I just got through at the bottom of the previous page.  Why is that?

post #5 of 9

 

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Welcome to our new search engine: Google, using the additional key word "site:www.epicski.com" 

OK it is a little easier with the search bar already on the page and without the need to enter the additional keyword, but the old way was much better; you could search for posts from a specific user, etcetera.

 

 

Click on the advanced search button.

post #6 of 9

 

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Click on the advanced search button.

 

 

Doesn't work well in my experience.

post #7 of 9

I agree... the text in the boxes on the front page could be a bit bigger. Other than that, I think the improvements are great. In my opinion, a search function is more of a requirement  than a feature, now days.

post #8 of 9

 

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Edit:  and while we are on the topic,  when I click to the next page going through new posts I see the same couple of posts at the top of the next page as I just got through at the bottom of the previous page.  Why is that?

Because they use the NEWEST "number 10" post as you go thru the list, rather than the post that was number 10 when you did your initial query.  Those posts flowed to the next page because as you were reading, someone posted in another thread, moving those posts onto the next page.  I always go backwards myself, moving from the oldest new post to the newest new post and I have to do a refresh as I move through the list.  Very irritating.  

post #9 of 9

Moved thread to site suggestions (and compliments) for easier uptake by the dev team.

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