"change is bad" is rather a gross generalization. my objection to salon's change is that it makes the site harder to scan and to read; the fonts on the main page are too small and unresizable, and it's difficult to spot the headlines.
also, your comparison with arts and letters daily isn't quite valid -- aald has much much less daily content then salon, and everything new goes on the top of the page, which makes finding content simple, which certainly isn't the case for salon. but then again, since i'm not a expert on the user experience, maybe my user experience doesn't matter. :Pposted by lia at 11:36 PM on May 22, 2000
Oh. And anyone complaining about how market forces and capitalism are "ruining" the Web, yet pays their rent (or mortgage) through working on the Web is, needless to say, hypocritical.
Better a live hypocrite working to change the system from within than a starving ideologue who refuses to compromise and thus renders themself ineffective.
b (1) : being of an average or inferior quality <commercial oxalic acid> <show-quality versus commercial cattle< (2) : producing artistic work of low standards for quick market success ... 4 : supported by advertisers <commercial TV>
I wonder if the poor quality of some articles might have been due to the pressure to create "filler" to get the section on the front page.
Interesting. Salon's quality was always kind of unpredictable. I suppose that is one of the things I liked about it: it felt like a collection of essays written by real people, some of whom were professional writers and some of whom probably weren't. There was no single bland corporate voice coming through everywhere. This is not usually a compliment, I suppose, but I liked it.
Incidentally, I find the new look so close to opaque that I will probably cease hitting the site daily. When I looked at the old site I saw articles and sections, new stuff and old stuff; when I look at the new layout I see an array of boxes and lines and colours so complicated that I have to stare at it for a few minutes just to figure out what I'm looking at.
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