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Posted: Nov 24th 2010 1:01AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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Oh fantastic -
I replied on page one with my real nick (SgtBaker) and it got posted. Someone even replied to it. Now it seems I'm "Unverified" again - and while I can login to my account, change password and my picture, none of my posts are showing on the site.

Massively, your comments are just as broken as they were in the old site.

Posted: Nov 24th 2010 5:05AM reflowe said

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This looks like crap and hurts my eyes.

First post.

Posted: Nov 24th 2010 9:21AM Nepentheia said

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Geesh, yeah... this white background is really uncomfortable. *squints and grumbles*

Posted: Nov 24th 2010 10:22AM Zulika said

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Wow Massively has gone from production to beta -hehe!

Uhm...I too say we knock out the bulk of the complaints and put all of our best technical resources on changing this background color. I am sure with all of the new features acquired with the new back end systems it can be done.

I am no web coder, but I thought such a change should be as simple as changing a number in a line of code -regardless of the system being used. -and wow you can feel the whiteness burning your retinas.

If the color change is a political issue just tell us so that we can deal with it or move on.

Also-
I just got 6 emails for password resets as the form to do it gives you no indication it is sending one to you. You hit the password recover button and nothing nothing changes at all. No msg saying it has been sent or any change at all.

Keep up the great content and good luck with the new systems. I am sure they will make your work easier going forward, but the transition period always sucks! -hehe

Posted: Nov 24th 2010 11:26AM Hunt4r said

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You seem to have some issues with your RSS feed - I am getting many duplicates in Google Reader from my subscription to massively over the last day or so...

Posted: Nov 24th 2010 11:35AM rubibayer said

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Thanks to you guys who are leaving constructive and helpful feedback, really! We're not doing anything formal or scheduled, but you are welcome to dust off your IRC program and log into irc.quakenet.org and jump into #massively (or use QuakeNet's webchat. I'm hanging out there on and off all day, so please feel free to jump in and discuss the redesign in real time

Posted: Nov 24th 2010 1:55PM Alchemda said

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YO! So I really like the new site, much easier to read, i like the icons for what the poast is about, just looks much more updated. Though I have one piece of constructive feedback I'd like to leave for you awesome folks.

Please bring back the comments preview at the bottom of the articles that used to be there. It was great to see what one of the most popular or newest coment was. You got a feel for what the comments were about, and it was an incentive to actually join in on the conversation. I've found myself not joining in on conversations and just reading the article front page and moving along. Some articles i will just click through JUST to leave a comment.

Anyway, great job, add the popular comment preview back on the front page of the article and you have a winner!

Posted: Nov 24th 2010 2:17PM enamelizer said

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One feature request I would really like to see is the ability to use 3rd party authentication to post comments. For example Engadget has the ability to use Discus, Facebook, Twitter and OpenID as authentication when posting a comment.

I think this would be an excellent feature to have, no one want's to remember another login (or worse reuse the same one all over the internet).

Posted: Nov 24th 2010 2:24PM Track said

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I'll keep this brief as a lot of other people have written suggestions already.
Here's my feedback for the new design.

1. Please bring back the previous Massively colour scheme or something close to it.

2. Please change the heart icons to something more appropriate for Massively.

3. Is it possible for comments to have alternating colours? Would make the comments easier to read.

4. Is it possible to bring back the game subsections on the righthand navbar as it was in the previous layout? Like a quick selector for the most popular/big MMOs out there.

Thanks.

Posted: Nov 24th 2010 5:39PM Nellie said

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You guys need to fix your mobile site!!! It no longer works. Clicking on a headline in the Massively section simply takes you to the main Joystiq headlines. And, annoyingly, there's no way to get out of the stupid mobile site even though I have a smartphone that can browse the regular one just fine.

I work in online journalism, so I understand from an ad sales perspective why AOL is making this change (with everyone on Joystiq, better unique visitor numbers). But what a shame for branding and usability. But AOL has never been about the customers, so I know there's no going back now. How disappointing, though.

Posted: Nov 24th 2010 6:38PM Zeaan said

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Hmm, i do like the site layout, i dont see what the problem is there, then again, in strange and unusual.
do agree with the background comlaints though, a less...scorching colour, mayhaps? =D

Posted: Nov 25th 2010 4:25PM Machinator said

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Sometimes the "after the jump" button there.

Posted: Nov 25th 2010 4:27PM Machinator said

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@Machinator

I mean, ISN'T there :-P
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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 9:23AM Valdamar said

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I would much prefer white text on a black background than the current black on white, but otherwise I can live with it. It seems like the new page is giving my ad-blocker a bit more of a workout as well :p

As long as the comment system proves to be better (where is our edit button?!) I'll be happy enough - so far it seems a lot slower than before to accept posts though.

Posted: Nov 27th 2010 12:32AM Xarnlen said

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Ok some tips to get around the strange color choices.

This assumes you use Firefox and I am using 3.6.12

I added the plug-in Stylish to override the style of the site colors.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2108/

When installed create a new empty style and give it a name


Here is a the code for the colors and a negative comment fading remover, put this code in your empty style area for the new style you created.

Careful of brackets, they are important.

@namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);

@-moz-document domain("massively.joystiq.com") {

body { background: #FFEBCD!important;
color: #000000 !important;
}

div#content, div#sub-hero, div#container, div#mc-outer, div#GH_strip, div#footer, div#sub-content, div#comments, div#main-content, div#branding {

background: #FFEBCD!important;
color: #000000 !important;
}

div[class="post"], div[class="post mini"], div[class="post-body"], div[class="post-inner"], div[class="post-head"], div[class="post-meta"], div[class="social-tools"], div[class="rmod"], div[class="post permalink"], div[class="GH-hat-ddbox"], div[class="join_instructions"], div[class="badges"] {

background: #FFEBCD!important;
color: #000000 !important;
}

div[class="console-badge"] img {

border:0px solid #FFEBCD!important;
background-color:#FFF !important;
}

h1 a, h2 a {
color: #000000 !important;
}

.level0,.level1,.level2,.level3,.level4,.level5 {

opacity: 1 !important;
-moz-opacity: 1 !important;
color: #000 !important;
}
}

The color FFEBCD controls background color of the page components, adjust it to what you want

The "h1 a, h2 a" control text color of headers adjust it based on background, bad if you make background black and text is still black.

For a color table site. http://www.drpeterjones.com/colorcalc/

Try the samples page and just move your mouse over color names to see what the will look like.

The .level0 stuff kills the fading out of negative comments so they are still readable. One's negative comment is not anothers negative comment, censorship is always bad, everyone is entitled to a opinion.

This is not complete, I am looking into increasing the links on articles just below the title, the green ones they are so tiny.

Also the AOL line at top links need to adjust the color it's wrong for this particular color I am using.

there are other text colors I want to adjust, it's a start.

Posted: Nov 27th 2010 1:28AM Xarnlen said

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As I stated in previous post, try color DCDCDC that one is real nice.

Posted: Nov 27th 2010 3:00AM Xarnlen said

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woot, ok figured out font sizing

add this code before the "h1 a, h2 a" preserver brackets

div[class="GH-hat-mail"] a {

background: #DCDCDC!important;
color: #0000FF!important;
}

div[class="GH-hat-mail"] {

background: #DCDCDC!important;
color: #000000!important;
}

div[class="GH-hat-like"] {

background: #DCDCDC!important;
color: #000000!important;
}

div[class="GH-hat-like"] a {

background: #DCDCDC!important;
color: #0000FF!important;
}

div[class="GH-hat-ddbox group"] {

background: #DCDCDC!important;
color: #0000FF!important;
}

div[class="GH-hat-ddbox group"] a {

background: #DCDCDC!important;
color: #0000FF!important;
}

div[class="GH-hat-login"] {

background: #DCDCDC!important;
color: #000000!important;
}

div[class="GH-hat-login"] a {

background: #DCDCDC!important;
color: #0000FF!important;
}


p[class="post-cats"] a {

font-size:16px!important;
background: #DCDCDC!important;
color: #0000FF!important;

}



p[class="byline"] a {

background: #DCDCDC!important;
color: #0000FF!important;

}

Fixes up aol bar and links in article header to be more readable.

Posted: Nov 27th 2010 5:04PM zhris said

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Please add me to the following lists:

1) Long-time lurker, infrequent poster breaking the silence to complain about the stark, antiseptic layout.

2) Doesn't want to have to use a different browser to change avatars.

3) Couldn't care less about the Massively/ Joystiq affiliation.

Posted: Nov 27th 2010 10:33PM Itoao said

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Wow, Great to see that the comments are being heard. Leave it to the corporate machine to not do anything about it. "The layout will be the same as all of our other sites!" Its like Walmart you will always know its an AOL blog. :(

Posted: Nov 27th 2010 11:25PM Devoid said

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I had hoped that thing would of been done by now :( You see the very light gray color between the articles? Why can't you even use more of that. I know some people stare at Facebook bright white screen all day long but it is hardly an optimal choice if you plan on reading articles. You don't even have to change it that much. Something like the barely darker white on cnn.com is a grand improvement. We are not asking for the world here just tone it down a few shades while you talk it over.

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