DN 2.0 Status Report: A More Spacious Stories Layout and More

over 1 year ago from , Community Manager at Designer News

Say hello to the wider, roomier Designer News. Alongside the additional real estate, we’ve been busy with a variety of visual/functional improvements we wanted to share:

  • A much roomier stories layout
  • Reverse up-voting - Upvote by accident? Fret not, you can now take that vote back.
  • Support for Safari 9 pinned tabs
  • Comment collapsing - Simply click the user’s pixel avatar next to the comment you’d like to collapse.
  • :visited color - Easy on the eyes, yes?
  • Plus, dozens of other various cosmetic and functional improvements

Don’t forget about that friendly face in the lower right corner, keep your feedback coming!

Still making some small tweaks here and there to correct some jankiness. Bear with us :-)

58 comments

  • Tim GabrielTim Gabriel, over 1 year ago

    Is there any way to have a link to the comment in the RSS feed (like Hacker News)? I use RSS to read DN and if I find something I want to comment on I need to go to the site and look for the post, it's not great.

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  • Marcus CampbellMarcus Campbell, over 1 year ago

    The tap area of the menu hamburger seems to be limited to its strokes rather than an enclosing box.

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  • Colm TuiteColm Tuite, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

    I think some of the updates are good improvements, but not centering the main content seems like a HUGE step backwards....

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  • Navarr BarnierNavarr Barnier, over 1 year ago

    Now if you could make non-www work or at least redirect, I would be so happy.

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  • Kody DahlKody Dahl, over 1 year ago

    So nice, guys. Thanks for pushin' the platform forward.

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  • Surjith S MSurjith S M, over 1 year ago

    Great update.

    BUGS BUGS BUGS

    1. Upvoting does not work in Stories Page (its reversing automatically)
    2. Comment collapsing : it was an existing feature, but does not works now
    3. Sidebar broken to bottom in Stories page
    4. markdown help is broken

    Mozilla Latest / Windows 8.1 64bit

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  • Max GlenisterMax Glenister, over 1 year ago

    Glad that the left sidebar has been moved. Much better hierarchy now!

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  • Mathias AdamMathias Adam, over 1 year ago

    This is definitely better. Just an Idea, could you just grow the "upvote comment" clickable area ?

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  • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, over 1 year ago

    Great job guys!

    Please integrate a markdown preview. I'm sure many people use chrome plugin but it's a need!

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  • Jesus GallentJesus Gallent, over 1 year ago

    Great!

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  • Rami JamesRami James, over 1 year ago

    Me likey. Good job guys.

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  • Rafael MasoniRafael Masoni, over 1 year ago

    Much better, now! Thanks for the effort!

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  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, over 1 year ago

    Looking cool! Love the new layout and the dropdown search bar and sub nav.

    One thing I did find is the search function isn't working on individual story page. :O

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  • Kevin KwaKevin Kwa, over 1 year ago

    Is it me or does the comment collapsing not work on this page? It seems to work on other stories though...

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  • Kevin XuKevin Xu, over 1 year ago

    Awesome, thanks for the :visited color change!

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  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 1 year ago

    I'm loving the wider layout, much more comfortable to read now!

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  • Hawke BassignaniHawke Bassignani, over 1 year ago

    The comment collapsing is a great addition… just not at all learnable or intuitive. Perhaps consider other treatments to show this?

    Or at the very least, a hover state (but touch-devices will be sad pandas).

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  • Joe BlauJoe Blau, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

    This site is really moving along in a great direction! Keep up the improvements.

    Edit: Emoji's broke my original post, so I vote for emoji support :)

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  • Mattias JohanssonMattias Johansson, over 1 year ago

    Keep up the good work!

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  • Mario MontoyaMario Montoya, over 1 year ago

    How do you reverse a vote?

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    • Dave LucianoDave Luciano, over 1 year ago

      Clicking the upvote button again seems to undo it for me. Not entirely intuitive--but not necessarily the end of the world for an action like that.

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  • Dana (dmxt)Dana (dmxt), over 1 year ago

    Search function doesn't work on Firefox 40.0, nothing happens when I press enter. Perhaps you should add 'Search' button?

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  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, over 1 year ago

    Kudos, y'all. I love what I've seen so far.

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  • Matt WilliamsMatt Williams, over 1 year ago

    Comment collapsing: If a user has a blank pixel avatar then you have to guess as to where to click. Even with an avatar I don't think this action is very intuitive.

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    • Jody HeavenerJody Heavener, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

      We're going to be pushing some updates for the avatars and comments soon that will address this :)

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  • Gina RodriguezGina Rodriguez, over 1 year ago

    Can you guys fix the copy of the reset password page to not be so mean? :)

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  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, over 1 year ago

    I refreshed the page and things changed. o_O;

    I love the roomier layout, make good use of these wide screens we have!

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  • Vincent MillikenVincent Milliken, over 1 year ago

    Niceeeee!

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  • Pedro Ivo HudsonPedro Ivo Hudson, over 1 year ago

    It's better! (: Replies are still a bit messy.

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  • Koy CarrawayKoy Carraway, over 1 year ago

    – Wider layout is much better. – Less dominant upvote/downvote... I like. – :visited color is nice and subtle – Without knowing I can collapse a comment, I would never know that clicking the avatar would perform such action. Not very clear or intuitive.

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  • adrian ioadrian io, over 1 year ago

    New updates are much easier on the eyes. Removing the border around the upvote count somehow helped a lot.

    Good job DN team.

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  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 1 year ago

    That's great - love the wider layout. But how about support for Safari? Have all the bugs been fixed? Also, I have to agree with @Pedro Ivo Hudson that comments are still a bit messy.

    One place to start would be to alternate the background of comments so it's easier to scan through. The reply lines also don't work that well, especially when a lot of people write several long comments and start a conversation, but I don't have any ideas about how to fix this. Mentions are also something I would like to see.

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    • John ChouraJohn Choura, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

      It'd be cool if the nested comments were more obvious.

      Like so, potentially.

      screenshot

      Just add this css to .comments-list .child-comments

      border-left: 5px solid rgba(0,0,0,.025);
      background-color: rgba(0,0,0,.025);
      
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      • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 1 year ago

        This would require some vertical space to be added to keep the padding rules intact but it could work. Nice one.

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      • Crampa ...Crampa ..., over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

        Looks pretty good, but I worry on longer threads, the majority of the page will be this darker grey color. It introduces many new shades which are not users anywhere else on the site. I think zebra striping might work a bit better, but something more subtle like this works too: http://i.imgur.com/VTidaCy.png

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    • Jody HeavenerJody Heavener, over 1 year ago

      Whoa! Thanks for the suggestion. As part of this little series of updates, we're going to be giving the comments section a lot of love, so keep an eye out. Shouldn't be long before you see some more improvements :)

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      • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 1 year ago

        Glad to hear it - I do like how the site is shaping up. What about the Safari problems?

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        • Jody HeavenerJody Heavener, over 1 year ago

          Hey Cristian! Just wanted to follow up: we just launched a series of changes to the site's Javascript, which should address the issues you're experiencing in Safari. Mind giving it a go? If it's still not right, I'll happily look in to it.

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    • Stefan Rauch, over 1 year ago

      +1 for mentions

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  • brennan smith, over 1 year ago

    and don't forget about the downvote hotkey feature.

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  • Emanuel SerbanoiuEmanuel Serbanoiu, over 1 year ago

    I have mixed feelings about this. Are there small updates scheduled in the near future?

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    • Jody HeavenerJody Heavener, over 1 year ago

      Hey! We push updates to the site daily, but most aren't noticeable – the next few weeks should see a handful small-ish updates, and a couple larger ones. It's never too late to send in suggestions, though; just click that little guy in the bottom right!

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