I just wanna throw in my 50 cents :)
First of, good overall job on the redesign, i must admit i was a big fan of the portal, but as stamper mentions, it's still there, and i guess i can get used to the new sorting as well...
I have some "complaints" as well, naturally, seeing as I've been a member for 12 years i might be a bit nostalgic, making it hard to accept changes, but there are also some functions that i purely miss because I found them nice and helpful!
First of - I have to agree on the short descriptions on the front page, they definitely needs to come back!
We might live in an ADD world, which means that no one gives a fuck about gaming instructions, most people skip the cut-scenes in games and no one ever reads the authors comments, but the short description is actually one of the things that people DO read to get a hint about the game.. I kinda adds some personality to the piece.. For example, let's say I'm working on a game, and i might be a horrible artist, but my game-play and design makes up for it by being so well thought-out that everyone who doesn't try it will be missing out on a lifetime experience.. Without the description, no one is ever gonna click the ugly icon on the front page with the game title "beat that lvl!"
Same goes for movies with touching/incredible plots, but bad graphics - They simply don't get a chance..!
Next up - I'm missing the "more from this author" rollout-button. And no, it is NOT that same as just going to the authors page and looking though his profile, as that is a tedious job, like you say - ADD world! With this button you could easily find "Hugo the happy sailor 1" when you where on the view page for "Hugo the happy sailor 2" Also you could see what else this artist had contributed with, and all the movie&game titles where there to see (screw icons on this one!).. I miss that a lot!
I take it that this feature has been removed because of the fact that you don't want to mix everything together (like separating games & movies) so my idea would be to maybe split it up into categories, so the rollout button would look kinda like this:
default: More from this author
My first flash movie
Whatever movie 1
Whatever movie 2
The killer rabbit
My pointNclick adventure
Kick that donkey
Long way to accapella
Well i think those two are the biggest/only problems with the new site.. I might find more as i browse along, but these two are, IMO a major setback :/
But, hey congratulations on an awesome redesign! Don't see this as a diss, but as constructive criticism please :)
And I'm glad to hear that it's making you guy's jobs easier :)
Hope to hear from ya', it's nice to know that you consider advice given from fans
(though I'm sure you must've thought about most of these things already) and I'm sorry, but i have to confess i didn't read though all 26 pages before posting :/ (only some of them)
Cheers - Hexy