Changes are a-commin’

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Sometime early this week, we will be upgrading the server software, transitioning to PostgreSQL, and deploying a new site design. Service may get spotty, but enjoy a sample of our new look:

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We are Panda!

Hear us roar!

Roar? It looks more like a good hearty laugh to me.

Bob

Allow me to be the first to say how much I hate the new design. But I come here for the writing, not the blog template, so no matter.

hmm… might you need to change your name to “the panda’s smile”?

That’s rubbish! It doesn’t even fill up a quarter of the screen, how am I supposed to read the articles? And you cut off the ‘humb’ in your ridiculously oversized header, too. 4/10

The new design is simply horrible. Stick to the old one, please…

That’s rubbish! It doesn’t even fill up a quarter of the screen, how am I supposed to read the articles? And you cut off the ‘humb’ in your ridiculously oversized header, too. 4/10

Please tell me that was humour.

ooooh… angry bears.… Stephen Colbert warned me about this.…

Overall, mixed feelings. But the paw print has to go.

A lot of people might think that Panda is growling. It’s not. It’s laughing as it reads Judge Jones’s decision.

I just want to say I find the usual pale yellow background to be restfully parchment-like

My arm is in it! It has my vote.

I just want to say I find the usual pale yellow background to be restfully parchment-like.

I agree. I think there is a tendency for web sites to use what is visually appealing as a pattern without considering their readability over a longer period. Something strongly coloured is fine if you do not expect people to stay long on your site, but for a site like PT an unintrusive background is needed. Some time ago I experimented to see what I found best and it turned out to be a slight random pattern the colour of pale parchment. It’s a bit difficult to imagine what the new PT will look like so I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve seen a whole page and used it for a while.

I will suspend judgment until the release on whether it will be thumbs up or down. I don’t see any important questions answered, for example if emoticons will be interpreted as icons. :-)

But I can put a paw down on the stylish footprint, it should be stamped on every comment.

As g points out, it’s the substance that makes PT, not the style. Still, I have to agree with Shalini that the proposed style is disagreeable.

What would be cool is if you could write an algorithm that could “evolve” the current style into a new “species”. That would show the ID proponents that it is possible! (I know, they’d claim the information was “front-loaded”…)

meh, it’s not like it would be a hard thing to change the general appearance AFTER the server software is changed; especially now that they are going with a postgres back end driven model.

if most don’t like it, it shouldn’t be hard to change quick enough.

I’m curious to see what it will look like, myself.

What would be cool is if you could write an algorithm that could “evolve” the current style into a new “species”.

that’s actually not hard to do at all. We used to do that for clients all the time; write a system that generates a standard web page served from content in a database, and the user themselves can choose from a variety of templates to modify the style and content that gets displayed.

heck, that’s pretty common for a number of major websites now, IIRC (even google does it).

they just use cookie data to display the site layout as you choose, with the information you choose.

of course, that would mean someone would have to design a flexible front end, with multiple styles, and a data retrieval system using cookies stored on the users machine.

meh, maybe it is easier in theory than practice, especially since Reed probably has to do everything.

Please tell me that was humour.

What if you were told it wasn’t? Would you believe that as readily as if you were told it was?

What would be cool is if you could write an algorithm that could “evolve” the current style into a new “species”.

Greasemonkey

Um. I am not sure I care for the new header. It looks like the bear is about to chew his way through the computer screen. And yes, the paw print has to go too. It does seem that your thinking is heading in the right direction, this website does need an updated look. But, I would use a different photograph of a panda for your header.

I find the new design a big improvement over the old.

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