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  • #16
    Way to wide for comftable reading, for book you normaly try to go for a 65 x charector width. Also it make an odd jump with the ad shifting the text left margin but not the head line. Probably will also look odd with an article that extends beound the ad. Other then that it looks good.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by mendieta View Post
      1. In the third screenshot, the list of articles has one column at the top, and two at the bottom, not very pleasing to the eye

      Hopefully you visit Phoronix more than once every three days and then won't have to worry about the bi-column. It's for content older than three days old on the home page.

      Originally posted by mendieta View Post

      1. I would strongly recommend automatic linking of articles to Openbenchmarking results, when benchmarks are published. Sometimes you manually link, which adds a lot of value, and sometimes you don't

      It's always done if using the SVG version of the graphs, click the icon or title.

      Originally posted by mendieta View Post

      1. The number and flashiness of animated ads makes it look a bit amateurish. Ads are needed, and it's a great way to support the work you do. But it's important for them to look neat and professional.
      Unfortunately, there's nothing that can be done about that... With AdBlockers it's hard enough making enough money just for making this my full-time focus. But for Linux focus, it's hard enough finding relevant advertisers, period. Most of the ads on the site end up being for Windows or Oracle or other areas because there aren't too many Linux hardware focused companies catering towards enthusiasts.
      Michael Larabel
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      • #18
        The Format Of This Forum Speaks In Favor Of Wide Pages

        The articles in this forum are formatted pretty wide, stretching almost the entire width of the full-screen firefox window and I haven't seen anybody complaining about having a hard time reading them.

        I think this is a solid practical argument in favor of using the full width of the browser window as opposed to leaving silly blank strips on the sides.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by eltomito View Post
          The articles in this forum are formatted pretty wide, stretching almost the entire width of the full-screen firefox window and I haven't seen anybody complaining about having a hard time reading them.

          I think this is a solid practical argument in favor of using the full width of the browser window as opposed to leaving silly blank strips on the sides.
          I actually thourght it was a bit of a problem. On my 1280x1024 it's ok, but on any wide screencomputer I use it's a real pain. Also has any one else had issues with Chrome on Android sizeing the font differenly from post to post, some are readable with out zoom others are miniscule.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by pijanakrava View Post
            - the screenshots are definitely too wide, it's weird to see text lines so long
            Indeed. What were they taken on, a Retina display?

            Originally posted by eltomito View Post
            Hi!

            I would appreciate if the page covered 100% of the browser window width.

            If somebody finds wide text hard to read - well, they can always make the window narrower. I prefer to see all the contents I can see without having to scroll the page - obviously, as long as the layout isn't too cluttered and guides the eye with pleasing graphics design.
            I agree.

            Originally posted by Ericg View Post
            Its less eye movement and just looks more concise.
            Stop being lazy again! Eye movement is good. Wasted screen space is not.

            Originally posted by eltomito View Post
            The articles in this forum are formatted pretty wide, stretching almost the entire width of the full-screen firefox window and I haven't seen anybody complaining about having a hard time reading them.

            I think this is a solid practical argument in favor of using the full width of the browser window as opposed to leaving silly blank strips on the sides.
            I was about to say that, yeah.

            Originally posted by eltomito View Post
            Well then, maybe doing that would be an actual innovation

            What I meant was that the blank space on the sides of the phoronix pages is just wasted screen space. Of course I didn't mean the actual article
            should span 100% of the window width. You have the side column there as well and - yes - the beloved ads. What I meant was that phoronix could let the users decide how wide they want the pages to be.
            Actually, what I do on my website is have a theme chooser. The default theme is centred, another theme is full width, and a third theme is a "midnight" dark one. Something like that would be nice.

            Originally posted by Michael View Post
            Unfortunately, there's nothing that can be done about that... With AdBlockers it's hard enough making enough money just for making this my full-time focus. But for Linux focus, it's hard enough finding relevant advertisers, period. Most of the ads on the site end up being for Windows or Oracle or other areas because there aren't too many Linux hardware focused companies catering towards enthusiasts.
            I actually get Novell ads every now and then. Pretty cool. I wonder why Red Hat don't advertise themselves (at least that I have seen).

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Michael View Post
              Unfortunately, there's nothing that can be done about that... With AdBlockers it's hard enough making enough money just for making this my full-time focus. But for Linux focus, it's hard enough finding relevant advertisers, period. Most of the ads on the site end up being for Windows or Oracle or other areas because there aren't too many Linux hardware focused companies catering towards enthusiasts.
              What about those that have paid for the premium version? 90% of the time I access Phoronix I get ads, the session seems to last five minutes after accessing the Phoronix forums.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by talvik View Post
                What about those that have paid for the premium version? 90% of the time I access Phoronix I get ads, the session seems to last five minutes after accessing the Phoronix forums.
                The only known bug is the cookie login issue. After that, as long as your browser is using cookies and your browser session is active, you shouldn't be served ads.
                Michael Larabel
                http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                • #23
                  Choice

                  Originally posted by AJenbo View Post
                  I actually thourght it was a bit of a problem. On my 1280x1024 it's ok, but on any wide screencomputer I use it's a real pain. Also has any one else had issues with Chrome on Android sizeing the font differenly from post to post, some are readable with out zoom others are miniscule.
                  Just make the browser window narrower! Why do you buy wide screens when you hate wide screens anyway?

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Michael View Post
                    The only known bug is the cookie login issue. After that, as long as your browser is using cookies and your browser session is active, you shouldn't be served ads.
                    I'm using Firefox with defauit configs.
                    phoronix.com/forums always remember my session and I rarely have to re-login. But the home page and articles always show ads, I have to open the forums and then reload the home page or article to get it ad-free.

                    edit: The same issue described here http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...ter-than-forum
                    Last edited by talvik; 07-05-2013, 04:14 PM.

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                    • #25
                      I think the redesign looks just fine.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                        Stop being lazy again! Eye movement is good. Wasted screen space is not.
                        A small CPL will give you atleast the same eye movement as a wide line would, but at some point you start having to do head movement to read them.

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                        • #27
                          I prefer the current layout (honestly I think the new one sucks), but please move the left ad to the right (or at least align the title with the body).
                          Last edited by darkbasic; 07-05-2013, 04:11 PM.
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                          • #28
                            subscriber request

                            Michael,


                            As a subscriber I'm asking you to do one thing:


                            Add login screen on the home page http://www.phoronix.com with a "Remember me" check box. Basically, every tech blog site has one pretty much on every page, including the home page. Right now, I have to go to the forums, login from there and then go to phoronix home page. It's just too much hassle, since I don't care about posting in forums. I just want to read the articles without ads.


                            Thanks.
                            Last edited by Anarchy; 07-05-2013, 04:27 PM.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Anarchy View Post
                              Michael,


                              As a subscriber I'm asking you to do one thing:


                              Add login screen on the home page http://www.phoronix.com with a "Remember me" check box. Basically, every tech blog site has one pretty much on every page, including the home page. Right now, I have to go to the forums, login from there and then go to phoronix home page. It's just too much hassle, since I don't care about posting in forums. I just want to read the articles without ads.


                              Thanks.
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                              • #30
                                The content section is way too wide. Optimal reading length is around 70-80 characters for english text. Don't let the articles expand beyond that horizontally, otherwise its hard for your eyes to jump to the next line.

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