Posted: 12/05/2016 at 17:51
As promised, we’ve made all the changes we could this week to improve your experience of the new forum design. Here’s an outline of the changes:
Spacing / scrolling
We’ve reduced the vertical ‘stacking’ on the thread listing page, so more thread titles are visible, with less scrolling. In total on listing pages we’ve reduced scrolling by 40 per cent.
We’ve replaced most instances of the Jubilat font, which many users reported as difficult to read
We’ve reduced the vertical space taken up by the pagination links and added those links to the top of the page as well
We’re consulting further on colour (see below) but we have made some inititial changes that we hope improve your experience. The page background is now a soft green and we’ve tweaked the white background so it’s now a subtle off-white, which reduces some of the glare.
And some particularly good news…
We have a new Edit function! We initially thought it wouldn’t be possible to achieve that this week, but Marcin on the tech team has worked extremely hard to rebuild the tool from scratch in super-quick time.
So, that’s everything we committed to doing this week, plus a bit more. The other main issues reported will be looked at as soon as possible:
Pinch and zoom on mobile
Notifications - this is quite a complex one. Nora is gathering as much detail from you as possible on this, as experiences of this erratic service seem to vary widely
First unread post link - this will be looked into. I’m not in a position to make any promises about this yet
The other big issue is…
Colour scheme / legibility / accessibility
Accessibility for all is a key priority. So, we’re having different design options mocked up, which we’ll share directly to those users who have told us that visual impairments mean they’re particularly struggling with the designs - pansyface, Kitty2, Malcolm Brown2 and BLT. After the weekend, we’ll collate your responses, which we’ll consider very carefully during any subsequent design changes that are made.
(At this stage we’re seeking direct feedback from users with visual impairments, as opposed to those who have expressed views on the colour/weight of the typeface, which we’ve already recorded.)
We sincerely hope that this first set of changes helps with your experience of the forum. Do please let us have your constructive feedback. Let us know what you like, what you don’t and, of course, if anything isn’t working as it should.
Graham, Marcin, Akin, Stefanos, Vicki and Sophie on the technical team have all worked extremely hard to make these changes as quickly as they possibly could, so many thanks to them.
Polite request: we’re doing all we can to improve the design. As I posted elsewhere yesterday, robust criticism (“I hate the colour”) is fine - gratuitously abusive language isn’t, so please keep your feedback civil.