OSNews 4 Beta Reactions

Some Positives
Much nicer than the old site, particularly the “recent comments” feature.

I find the site to be very aesthetically pleasing. It reminds me of a newspaper. The previous site certainly was better on limited hardware and small devices, but I do find the new site easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye.

Awesome work!

And from the Complaints Department:
New look is interesting, but I feel like something lost. Can not tell what is it exactly.

I am really sorry, I love the new features, but I *hate* the new look.

It’s somewhat “painful” to read, as in – it actually hurts my eyes. […] If it goes live in this current form with no way for me to continue using v3, I will be leaving this site.

…And my personal favorite:
CSS […] RSS […] Javascript […] So this is the “Internet Explorer Only” version of OSnews?
I’m not even sure what that heck that means, but I hope this guy isn’t a web designer.

The people who are either unhappy with – or in more cases than you’d expect, seemingly angry – about the new look haven’t offered a ton of specific suggestion, so we’ll sift through and see what we can pick up for changes. It sounds like some people just want v3 with Ajax. This surprises me greatly. If I can hack up a theme, they can have it.

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2 Replies to “OSNews 4 Beta Reactions”

  1. Hi and congratulations for your work !

    It’s pretty clear to me that people are never happy, whatever the amount of work you’ve done (I faced the same situation on my site http://www.pentastic.info). It’s not enough to deal with this fu**ing IE browser who dosen’t respect the standards and is full of bugs, people are still using it, sometimes an old version and complain… you’re right man, it’s 2007 and alternatives are here and there are free. You have definitively choosen the right way with CSS coz you can very easily change the look & feel, if needed.
    Keep up you’re great work !

  2. Hi.

    The above quoted guy is right, it hurts the eyes (a lot more if you’re in Windows).
    The news blocks are also too much compressed.
    And putting ads in the middle of the news it’s not cool.

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