- 1) The information density is way too low as compared to the classic site. I'd need to scroll about considerably more just to go down through the comments. Specifically:
- 1/ way too much space dedicated to the margins. I can set margins myself thankyou. Don't waste my screen real estate.
- 2/ right margins are incredibly excessive, especially with nested posts. Yes, the classic side did indented right margins as well, but it didn't waste that much space.
- 3/ The right column is completely wasted space. The classic theme allows for the space below the column to be used. The beta site wastes it all until the end of the page. Not good. I have to narrow my screen enough to make it go away.
- 4/ there is too much spacing in the vertical flow. tighten it up.
- 2) The titles of each post are not very distinctive. It's hard to see where one stops and where one starts. This makes it harder to scan through the comments looking for the stuff that interests you.
- 3) where are the story tags?
On the positive side:
- a) the responsive theme is nice. I like the menus and how you adjust based on my screen width - just keep in mind the wasted space I mentioned above.
- b) the responsive menus are nice. they hide some things that deserve to be hidden, but are still available if you want them.
These comments are purely on the visual aspects. I've not yet tried the other functionality, nor do I want to when the current beta visual outlook makes my eyes bleed.
Final comments - Consider your audience - by and large, they are mostly techies. They are used to dealing with information dense screens of information and want things quickly. They don't have time to waste scrolling up and down. Obsurdly narrow comment columns are just about the worst thing you can force someone to look at. Don't do it. With the classic site, I can set the widths to what I want and read at my comfort using half of my screen. The beta site makes me waste a whole screen. It doesn't matter how many screens we may have, but one of them is not going to be dedicated just to one website. No way.
Of course, no one likes change - look at how much flack facebook gets everytime they update their visuals - but if you can correct most of the visual oversights and errors you have added to the beta site - if you make the information as accessible as the classic site, perhaps the backlash will be reduced to a dull rumble?
Just a thought.
And no, aside from testing, I won't be using the beta site, nor will I attempt to read through the discussions with that visual layout.