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I will begin to upgrade this site today. Recent comments may be lost, so I am disabling comments until I have finished the change over.

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This is not a test, it’s serious.

This is just a test. If this was your real life, you would have been given instructions on what to do.

First, some general remarks about “design”. I’ll start by saying that I don’t know exactly what he means by “designed”.

Dan Hocson:

This is just a test. If this was your real life, you would have been given instructions on what to do.

Test Quote.

Gotta say, the old desing was better, IMNHO.

Hmmm. I’m not a big fan of this format for comments. I find it hard to keep track of who the comment author is. Is this the final set-up or is there more to come?

The front page stuff is okay, though.

To be fair, it looks like the formatting has already improved since my previous comment.

Very, very intelligently designed, or should I have created…

I have to say I miss the ‘recent comments’ menu.

Lookin’ good, though. Kudos

Well It is “nicer” looking and faster loading. I like the pics on the left.

There seems to be some sort of tabbed menubar at the top just under the panda. Mostly all I see of that is a purple line. If I hover my mouse along it I get something popping up but I can only see the top third of the word in the tab.

I am using Firefox-2.0.0.5 on Fedora 7 Linux.

-DU-

Hah!! For some reason it is now “fixed” (never mind).

-DU-

so how long till someone fleshes out the rest of the lines for the parody:

“I am Panda, hear me roar”

seriously though, it’s a definite improvement IMO.

In keeping with the site overhaul, I suppose it’s time I overhauled my handle for this site to be consistent with everywhere else.

only extra coment:

i rather liked that the old PT didn’t have a pure white background for the text; helped rest my eyes from all the other scienceblogs that already do.

did you try it with the pale yellow background?

maybe a very pale sea-green?

It needs that recent comments section; without that the only ways to find which threads have new comments is either open all of them one at a time or remember the reply count for all of them. Either of those methods is a nuisance.

At present the page does not fit in the horizontal width of my screen. Having to scroll horizontally is annoying.

As somebody already pointed out, this format at this point makes it hard to attach poster name and post date with each reply; the replies used to be distinctly separated from each other.

Is the spellchecker coming back? There’s no button for it on screen at the moment.

Henry

First, some general remarks about “design”. I’ll start by saying that I don’t know exactly what he means by “designed”.

First, some general remarks about “design”. I’ll start by saying that I don’t know exactly what he means by “designed”.

Ditto the annoyance at horizontal width. I’m at 1024 x 768, and the right-hand column (“Recent Entries”, etc.) is off-screen right. Horizontal scrolling is a pain.

Digging the column of photos on the left, though. What kind of bird is that third from the top?

Thought I’d bring it up in what perhaps much of your non-academic target audience may be using - IE7 under WinXP. In the top banner, the Search box and CONTACT US is justified beyond the left, so you see:

arch… GO

NTACT US

And I see single returns in the comments don’t create a new line.

I’m still tweaking the style. Once I have something working in Firefox, I check it out in IE7, Opera, and Safari on my Vista laptop. I’m not done yet with the top right corner.

I miss the clear separation between the comments. I would appreciate at least one additional blank line between the end of one comment and the start of the next comment. I also miss the numbering of the comments which was really helpful when one wanted to refer to a comment in long threads with many active commenters.

and this is just a tet how blockquote looks like

I must say that I prefer the old framed blockquote appearance.

I’m not finished working on PT 2.0. Lots of stuff that is missing is going to be added.

The two oldest links in the archive don’t work:

2004.03.23: You Missed a Spot, Dr. Dembski

2004.03.23: Welcome to the Panda’s Thumb!

I guess it would be nice if PT’s very first wellcome message were available. Two get the two links in separate lines in the blockquot field I had to add an extra blank line. Otherwise it looked like this (at least in the preview window)

2004.03.23: You Missed a Spot, Dr. Dembski 2004.03.23: Welcome to the Panda’s Thumb!

At least on firefox for mac, the tabs up top behave very strangely. If you mouse over or click them there’s a noticeable lag before there is any response. And wouldn’t it be a good idea to anti-alias those tab images or something?

The old layout was no jewel but I have to admit I preferred it.

Coin:

And wouldn’t it be a good idea to anti-alias those tab images or something?

What tab images?

Flint:

Why is there an apostrophe in the “Pandas Only” sign? It makes us look illiterate.

You’ll have to ask the Alaska DOT why a sign in the middle of nowhere has the apostrophe.

Just a note to say that I definitely like the new look better. I guess the commenting format change has already been implemented, because I’m having no problem differentiating comments.

Also, the menu up top in the title bar (main archive forum links about) doesn’t show up properly in IE6.

You’ll have to ask the Alaska DOT why a sign in the middle of nowhere has the apostrophe.

A little photoshopping seems called for.

hmm, i was also wondering what happened to the banner panda’s canines?

it might send the wrong message…

maybe photoshop those back in?

A little photoshopping seems called for.

I’m torn on between someone thinking it was just bad spelling skills on the part of PT, vs. it being an interesting presentation of an actual sign.

meh, it takes effort; leave it the way it is, or pull it entirely would be my opinion.

The spell checker is back for those whose browsers don’t yet do that.

What’s this dg.specificlick.net thing that times out a few seconds after a PT thread page loads? The cursor indicates that it thinks something is still loading, even though the page is already on the screen, then that time-out box pops up.

Henry

Henry J:

What’s this dg.specificlick.net thing that times out a few seconds after a PT thread page loads? The cursor indicates that it thinks something is still loading, even though the page is already on the screen, then that time-out box pops up.

Dunno. My guess is that it is something being included by the SiteMeter code.

It seems to have stopped doing that now.

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