Early next week you can expect us to unveil new content formatting, based on the discsussion in this thread. The plan is that thumbnails will have a visible title and author on the front page while author and score will be visible on all other pages. Rollover info will include description, genre and content rating.
This is an improvement. The more information, the better. It seems a lot of information has been removed or made more difficult to get to in the redesign.
For example: user profile stats. We used to be able to find a lot of info by viewing the author panel in a submission, and all the rest of a user's info by clicking on their profile, and all the info was right there. Now, it's spread over several areas/pages and is less logically placed, compared to what it had been. It also seems like the info about an author is more hidden now. It used to always be in the upper, left side of a page. Now, it's hidden down below the voting panel, an ad or two, clear down toward the bottom of a page. I like to see who's submitting an item right away. It also helps to identify a stolen item faster.
Also, I miss the "Other submission by this author" drop down box. The new "Related Stuff" list may have some similar items, but it can also have very different items, and without the "Other submissions" box, I have to go to their profile, look up their submissions, and locate the item I'm looking for. It was one easy click before, but now it's a search.
Putting the info back into easy access is a step in the right direction, Tom.
As for the rollovers, if you run out of space, you can bump the description. It's not that important to have in the rollover; or maybe include a certain number of characters with a ... afterward. If I'm intrigued, I can click on the item and read the full description anyway, right?
The NG buglist is LONG and the gang has been working their way through it. We are also cranking out mockups for improvements and other tweaks around the site.
Can you post the buglist anywhere so we can see it and NOT report things that are already listed? You can put a "- Fixed" or "- Pending" after each so we all know what's what.
1) Do you find yourself ignoring the big content showcase box here on the front page?
Never click on it, as I know it'll be in the Portal and I can find it there after I get thru the Under Judgement stuff. It seems more of an advertisement sometimes, than a "please click and play me" item.
2) Have you explored the content genre browsing?
Yes and No. I'm never looking for a specific type of game. If I am, I just click E, T, and M off and click A on to shorten the list... er, I mean, um, yeah. If you want to spotlight new submissions, it's rough because there's only so much space, and the older submissions that are still highly scored are highly scored for a reason. If you want to mix it up, have the scores be averaged over the last 50,000 (or so) votes instead of the average of all votes over all of time. A score that is averaged over 1.5 milloin votes is going to move much less than an average 50K votes. I've voted on things and it'll say I've moved the score by +0.0000015. So I moved it by a millionth of a point?! Lowering the average to the most recent votes keeps the list fresh and the competition going.
That also goes with what you said about the Games Front Page: "...Popular games tend to just mirror the front page. Best games of all time feels pretty static..."
You mentioned scores of 3.3. On an unrelated note, I suggest that all items that get past Judgement, past 200 votes (or 50 or 100 votes for non-movies), but go to a score of lower than 1.00 and stay there for more than a week get blammed altogether. The lowest Blam score in the FAQ's is 1.5. If something goes to 1.00 or lower, they're already lower than blam score regardless of whether they passed judgement. Why should something remain here when it's lower than the minimum standards of the Blam system? A score that low means that they produce crap- intentionally or not.
3) Have you been making use of the feed button (the star next to logout) in the header?
No. It's like all the stuff you find in your email everyday. You always skip half of the emails to get to what you really wanted anyway. I gotta disagree with you on the old system. I like adding only one flash from an author, or adding the author to fav's if they have good stuff. Just cuz one was good doesn't mean you want to know about all their shenanigans, and it can get to be a big hassle the more favorites you add.
4) Have you found yourself doing anything more or less as a result of the new layout?
Being happy - Less.
Being frustrated - More.
Getting those last medals now that you can see them - More.
Bitching out the system because you click on a medal and instead of taking you to the game, it takes you to that person's medal page - More. (Can you add the game's name back in the rollover too? If the name's not listed and clicking the medal takes you to someone's medal page instead of the game, and that's annoying and time consuming when someone has 100K medal points loading up, then it makes it less fun to find and play games.)
Moments of computer freezing up for seconds to moments - More. (2.9Ghz P4, 2.75 GB Ram, Cable modem. It shouldn't happen but is more frequent since the redesign. It used to only pause occasionally at voting, but now freezes several times per day.)
Using the new Front Page - Less.
Using the Classic Portal - Exclusively.
Total page views per day - Less.
Total ad revenue from me for NG - Less, cuz I view less pages.
Total ad revenue for the authors - Less, cuz I view less pages, and it's more complicated to locate other items from the same author now.
Viewing things away from the Portal page - Less. (It used to be intuitive to browse around, and to find new things, and I was constantly touring around NG. The text line titles with a popup of a pic, rating, size, score, etc allowed more variety and interest when exploring, as more items could fit in the available space. Now, I find myself leaving the Portal Page up and refreshing every so often, but not exploring nearly as much anymore.)
Finding stolen content - More and Less. More has been coming thru since we can't Whistle them, but it's harder to spot quickly since the author's info isn't readily shown. If a M'n'F game comes thru from VadimGod, I know it's ok. If one comes thru from NewgroundsNoob14, I know I can suspect something. I know you've been working on the flagging system, though.
That's enough for now. I have more suggestions, but I don't know what's been reported as bugs, or suggested as changes or improvements already.