- 1. The "Read the xx comments" (and its predecessor, the "Read More..| XX comments") link was removed to a "speech bubble" on the far right, giving the number. Aesthetically, that is fine, but the problem is that I have 15 years of muscle memory that want to click a link at the bottom of the article abstract to view the comments; now I have to click the article title or the bubble. Worse yet, a bunch of red-herring social media buttons are exactly where that used to be. My proposed fix is easy: leave the social media buttons (if you really like them), leave the comment count speech bubble on the far right, but add back in a regular hyperlink saying "Read the XX comments" just to the right of the social media buttons. There certainly isn't a lack of whitespace to place it there. This solution will keep anyone who wants to use the social media buttons happy, and yet restore the link that I am still, a year and a half later, instinctively trying to find every day. As a reference, this is what it looked like before the social media buttons.
- 2. Tighten up the unused vertical whitespace. I used to be able to easily read 4 full articles "above the fold". While the ~2010 redesign definitely cleaned up clutter (removed the left sidebar, etc.) it somehow wasted more space than it saved. Here it is back in the late 2000's form vs. where we are today. I'm fine with the improved article width and the removed left column; good riddance to the unnecessary background splash colours, but can we just pull the articles a bit closer together, so that 4 full articles can nominally fit at a time?
Also, I just wanted to throw in that I was really happy to see your responsiveness in the original announcement article, and this Ask Slashdot so soon is a great sign.