Ask DN: Do you like the “Site design:” posts?

7 years ago from , Founder at Bjango

I’d rather see news and other discussion, rather than have Designer News junked up with links to site redesigns.

How about you?


  • Alex BAlex B, 7 years ago

    Yes, we like "Site design" posts.

    Upvote if you agree.

    67 points
  • Marc Edwards, 7 years ago

    If you don’t like them, upvote this post.

    (Yay for hacked polls!)

    33 points
  • Connor Tomas O'BrienConnor Tomas O'Brien, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    If you think, "It depends - if the site design is genuinely novel, innovative, and worthy of discussion, then sure... but otherwise probably not!", upvote this comment.

    13 points
  • Justin EdmundJustin Edmund, 7 years ago

    I agree I'd rather just have news.

    7 points
  • David HickoxDavid Hickox, 7 years ago

    I'd prefer that DN stick to news and interesting viewpoints.

    6 points
  • Zander BradeZander Brade, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    Upvote this?

    5 points
  • Taylor LeCroyTaylor LeCroy, 7 years ago

    Ask DN: How do you like "Ask DN:" posts?

    4 points
  • Daniel SpronkDaniel Spronk, 7 years ago

    Depends really. Like on Hacker News, I'm ultimately more interested in the comments section. It's all about the discussion and now and then the Site design posts have interesting discussions. Also, I don't frequent design galleries a lot so I don't mind seeing what my peers enjoy. If you do, I can see that the posts themselves are not useful and that you would phrase it as 'junked up'. ;)

    An idea could be to introduce a format for Site designs that would stimulate discussion, that could be DN's value in this case.

    3 points
    • Eric H.Eric H., 7 years ago

      Agree with your last statement @Daniel, but I'd be curious your thoughts on what format that might look like. Currently, most site design posts evoke responses similar to Dribbble, like "Awesome" and "Wow" with the occasional critique thrown in here or there.

      How could the format be presented that doesn't completely rewrite the way DN currently works? Be very interested in how you think this could be approached or framed, especially in a post/comment format as it currently stands.

      Or, are you thinking site designs should be a unique content type, and get thumbs up/thumbs down similar to You Tube? And if there is need for deeper discussion it could flow below?

      It seems to me, at its most basic, if someone posts a site design review the Terms (Rules) of the DN participation should require the poster to explain why they are sharing it here, and state if they are looking for pointers, UX/flow impressions, etc. to help frame the responses. If a post did not include anything at all, it could be "flagged" (which we can't do yet but bear with me).

      1 point
      • Steven SarmientoSteven Sarmiento, 7 years ago

        I also agree with @Daniel, the reason I like designer news is a combination of the stories, news, pics and the discussions here, it's a small community of likeminded people.

        I like the latter option. being able to vote for them would make me look at them more. Requiring the user to then have to give a reason for posting the site is great too. it adds value to the post, I completely skip over stuff on DN for that specific reason.

        If "Site Design" had that extra value I think it could increase engagement for those types of discussions

        1 point
        • Daniel SpronkDaniel Spronk, 7 years ago

          @Erik and @Steven, I didn't have a particular option in mind. The latter option would encourage submitters to reflect on what they like/dislike and why, and trigger responses by people critiquing the same design. I think it would be great if DN could experiment and see if DN can offer more than the Dribble-esque "wow"/upvote feedback on site designs.

          0 points
  • Oskar RoughOskar Rough, 7 years ago

    Just add categories, filtering, sorting or any sort of navigation, really, and this wouldn't be an issue: https://news.layervault.com/stories/5900-dn-feature-request-sort-by-category

    On another note, I do like (some) of the Site design posts.

    2 points
  • Tyreil PTyreil P, 7 years ago

    I'd rather see news and other discussion. There are plenty of other places that cater to site design.

    2 points
  • Drew RiosDrew Rios, 7 years ago

    I definitely like them, the problem i find is that more and more "alright" work is making it through. We're looking for noteworthy posts not just a pretty skin and decent typography.

    1 point
  • Sam MorrisSam Morris, 7 years ago

    I'm not really sure how you could get rid of them. Surely the fact that Microsoft have launched a new site is news anyway.

    Personally I'd get rid of all the labels and badges on the site. They give way more priority to posts that fit under specific categories, which feels slightly against the point.

    1 point
  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, 7 years ago

    Yes but I've seen some pretty junky sites on the first page of DN; not many, but sometime one makes it up and I don't get why. I'm obviously not privy to whatever kind of algorithm the dudes at LV are using for this but I would definitely wouldn't mind seeing less if they were always awesome (subjective, yes).

    0 points
  • Grant McAllisterGrant McAllister, 7 years ago

    I like them, it gives people a chance to get some feedback and share things with other designers.

    The feedback (like the majority of comments on this post) is less than helpful sometimes though!

    0 points
  • Ross NoverRoss Nover, 7 years ago

    I don't feel like they inundate the site.

    0 points
  • Ryan Le RouxRyan Le Roux, 7 years ago

    I love seeing the re-designs. One of the primary reasons I visit. I don't enjoy partaking in conversations online - I do that offline.

    0 points
  • Account deleted 7 years ago

    Let the community decide whats news worthy. The cream will rise to the top.

    0 points
    • Jeff UbelhorJeff Ubelhor, 7 years ago

      That's not actually true in this case, as most posts end up on the front page regardless of whether or not they're upvoted, and no one has the opportunity to downvote to disagree.

      2 points
  • Pasquale D'SilvaPasquale D'Silva, 7 years ago

    I'd rather that stuff either stay back in the era of css galleries, or be a separate thing.

    Reading text about a site design seems like a poor use of the medium, especially without any sort of image preview.

    0 points
  • Dave Levine, 7 years ago

    I would agree but sometimes the community finds something worthy of sharing and the discussion of the design can be valuable. Hopefully the community can decide whats junk and what makes good news and discussions.

    0 points
  • Sam Willis, 7 years ago

    I must say I like them. I am relatively new to the game, and I like having you guys as my 'internet filters', showing me what is being done well on the interweb.

    0 points
  • Denis P.Denis P., 7 years ago

    I like 'Site Design' posts :) most of them are pretty cool

    0 points