Continued Portal Updates... 2002-02-12 11:55:02
I've been reading the responses to the recent Portal changes, and have continued to tweak everything in an attempt to make it better. We still need to solve the caching issue with the Flash animation after you vote, and we will most likely be adding a profile option so users can switch between the animation or text (for modem users). I have some good news for modem users, though - the new animation is 2k smaller!
As far as changes - I made it so that if you are registered it will leave the score information visible after you vote, instead of having it whip off the screen. I also added the "Next Portal Day" countdown if you have logged your votes for the day, and I adjusted the speed so the countdown is more accurate.
Remember - registered users not only have more voting power, but they don't get any of those full-screen pop-under ads! Sign up today! We will be fixing the log-in process so it remembers your login info when you exit the browser.
I also updated the voting bar. I decided to finally stop hesitating and just remove the "X" button. Although we did set it up to flag movies, so many people flag so many movies that it became pretty useless. If a movie is stolen, racially hateful or excessively pornographic, please email us and we'll look into it.
The upside to removing the X button is the Pico icons are now a little bigger and the voting panel looks less cluttered. I also changed some of the new phrases. Everyone thought "cats pajamas" was much too dated, so I replaced it with terms like "snap!" and "ownz". I also removed the Fred Basset reference, since no one seems to know who Fred Basset is.
Poor Fred Basset... His comic strip is so dull that people don't even take notice of it enough to hate it. To quote Thistler, "He's a boring dog with a boring owner who has a boring wife."
I was trying to think of something else more recognizeable to reference. I decided to go with "poop", since everyone here seems to know what that is.
I'm glad everyone likes the Pico animations! They are all by Jose, of course! There will be a lot more in Pico 2!