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posted by martyb on Saturday March 21 2020, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the if-at-first-you-don't-succeed,-avoid-skydiving-or-making-immediate-changes-directly-to-live-systems dept.

[2020-03-21 15:06:00 UTC: Update 1:
(1) Reminder: this has so far been implemented only on our *development* server (; it has NOT yet been rolled out to this (the production) servers.
(2) The control (now a simple text link, no longer a button) no longer defaults to taking up a whole physical line immediately above the first comment.
(3) Please note that in certain corner-cases, it is possible that screen size limitations may cause an overflow onto the next line.
(4) And the control should now appear aligned-right in the story header. =)

[2020-03-21 15:42:00 UTC: Update 2: Fixed typo in the first of the above two links to our dev server. --martyb]

This is a follow-up to: Changing the Site UI to Making Long Stories Easier to Navigate -- Input Requested.

Wow! Thanks for all the positive feedback to the previous story! I knew the implementation was a bit rough around the edges, so I very much appreciate the positive, constructive feedback that was provided!

Based on your input -- primarily displeasure in having a single button take up a whole physical line -- I have modified the in-memory template on our development server to now provide a textual link in the story header right after the printer icon. It should only appear when viewing the story by itself; there should be no indication of this on the main page.

To repeat, this is only on our development server so far; it is not yest implemented on our production server (i.e. what you see here).

In short, should this get rolled out to production?

  1. Yes.
  2. Yes, with these suggested changes.
  3. No.

Please refer to the previous story (linked above) for test scenarios and reply with any issues you may find!


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by maxwell demon on Saturday March 21 2020, @05:09PM (2 children)

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Saturday March 21 2020, @05:09PM (#973872) Journal

    Since it is the same in every story, you'll soon no longer consciously notice it. However for anyone who encounters it for the first time, the meaning of the arrow would not be clear.

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  • (Score: 1) by AlwaysNever on Saturday March 21 2020, @05:37PM (1 child)

    by AlwaysNever (5817) on Saturday March 21 2020, @05:37PM (#973876)

    The mistery of the meaning of the arrow could easily be solved if the arrow icon has a whatever-it-is-called on-hovering yellow tip explaining what it does, and also by plain old bravery of just clicking on it and see what happens.

    • (Score: 2) by martyb on Sunday March 22 2020, @04:07PM

      by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 22 2020, @04:07PM (#974158) Journal

      I would offer some reading material:

      The last of them makes for an excellent starting point. Back when the dot com boom was getting started, I was fortunate to work at a company that brought Jakob Nielsen [] in to give a seminar on good web design. That page is one of many there which provide recommendations on good designed based on actual test results in the real world.

      Maybe, just maybe, if it needs explaining, it is not intuitive.

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