It may well be the first time that a marketing department did this by covering a third of the usable space with an empty white column. I wonder if the method has been patented.
Well one problem is that about 1/4 is covered by an empty white column.
Since this is a beta, presumably the 'glass limits a policeman's field of view to some arbitrarily narrow fixed width and further obscures that with an empty white column that covers 1/3 of the restricted viewable space and continues empty to infinity. When the policeman attempts to obtain identification of a suspect, all pertinant details are obscured for no reason, especially the license numbers. And all NYPD police reports will now be doublespaced.
Bad "ux" if you ask me. But the NYPD is corrupt and does parallel investigation for the NSA. So
First off, thanks for daring to participate in the discussion directly.
Your UI developer should be in here too to explain what (s?)he is is trying to achieve. I really want to understand how the endless vertical column of nothingness makes for a good "UX". Maybe we'll both "learn".
You are currently redirecting 1/4 of your non-logged-in traffic to a site that is, at best, broken. Many of us, even a majority, arrive logged out for a variety of reasons. So nearly 1/4 of your users arrive pissed off. The rest are presented with these announcements that either piss us off or remind us of how pissed off we should be. Make it stop.
I won't even get into the whole contributers != users bit, but you should think about it hard.
The beta feels like an early alpha right now. It's either actually borken, or not feature complete. Your "beta testers" are telling you to kill it with fire.
You can't please everyone, but you can help the rational ones to understand. Many of us have built websites and understand interface design - telling use that a traveler from the future told you that the site would look like a crumudgeon magnet in 2018 really doesn't sell it. WTF are you trying to accomplish? Why now and not 2018?
Do better. We deserve it. Honestly, you deserve better too.
There are three things you can do that will make me believe you are serious about listening to feedback.
1 - On the (alpha), in the banner, add the word "classic" (in plain view) so we don't have to guess about how to get to the working site. The footer is too far away and you know it.
1a - Yeah sure, add a similar link from the working site to the (alpha). Maybe put that in the footer if you believe in footers so much.
2 - Stop sending traffic to the broken site. Your testers have told you that the site is broken until the comment UI is feature complete. Fix it first. When you think it's done, have a poll. (is it done?, yes, no, cowboyneal does my UI) Address the issues highlighted. Then, and only then, try this redirect shit. With volunteers.
It's their fault. The PHB overlords! Fuckbeta!
Complain to investor relations. If this is how Dice manages holdings, the company will be worthless soon. Investor relations should warn everyone to get out now.
Yes Jennifer, you have a responsibility to warn the investors.
VP, Investor Relations
Do you have any record of this?
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