July 7, 2006

Style/Layout Request Thread

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 7, 2006 3:12 PM

I'm working on the templates and stylesheet for the new incarnation of the site. So far I've just been duplicating the current look, but post a comment here if there's something I should change to make the blog more readable or just better-looking. One change I have already made is that comments will open in the current window instead of in a pop-up. (If there's a strong preference for the pop-up style I'll change it back.) I am also incorporating some requested changes to the RSS feed: it will contain the full post rather than a 40-word excerpt, and there will be a second feed that also contains comments.

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Of course, my usual preference is to open the comments in a new tab, but failing that, I like it in the same window.

More importantly, I cry tears of anticapatory joy as I look forward to the new RSS feeds.

Posted by: Lemming | July 7, 2006 3:59 PM

Lack of comment on style/template probably explained by comment on RSS, eh?

Posted by: Lemming | July 7, 2006 4:09 PM

Are you going to anonymize yourself? I thought that date-blogging thing sounded amusing... :-)

While you're doing all this, make sure to update your blogroll links. Steinn requested that people point to his new scienceblogs home, for instance.

Current style/layout is fine, and will become largely irrelevant as Lemming said once the RSS changes take effect.

Here's a thought, though it may be impractical. Try to organize your posts using subject tags a la Pandagon, so if one wished to do so one could pick out all your Dinosaur Comic posts, or all your movie reviews, whatever. Probably too much of a pain to do retroactively, but maybe it's feasible to start doing on new posts.

Posted by: Justin | July 7, 2006 4:41 PM

i do not even know what youre talking about.

Posted by: julianne | July 7, 2006 4:45 PM

I prefer comments in a separate tab, as I'm feeling lazy about pressing the 'back' button.

Yeah, you definitely need the public and private versions so we can check out the dateblogging. :)

Posted by: Mason | July 7, 2006 4:58 PM

This is totally off topic, but has the pirates and Kevin Bacon thing been explained to you yet?

Posted by: Mason | July 7, 2006 4:59 PM

Reading RSS is like buying concentrate rather than OJ. Style sheets/templates are like those novelty signs with the heads cut out for photo ops. Pop-ups are like Satan shitting on your monitor.

I'm sure that wasn't the least bit helpful.

Posted by: Lemming | July 7, 2006 4:59 PM

Lemming: I could make them open in a new window, which would become a new tab in an appropriately configured tabbed browser, but those people who do get a new window might find it annoying. I might do it anyway (I like the new tab as well) but I've gotten into the habit of middle-clicking links for this purpose.

Justin: Going anonymous has its appeal, but I won't be doing it this round. I may eventually do date-blogging in a different location which I would make known through some channel.

I keep forgetting to update the Dynamics of Cats link, and I know there a few others that need updating, so I'll be sure to check those.

The version of MT I'm running on inverse doesn't support multiple tags for posts, which is why I haven't been doing it, but the new host is running a version that does support it, so I'm planning to start this. I may even do it retroactively if I get really bored one day; I can probably assign tags fairly quickly (but 1000+ posts to go through is a little daunting).

Mason: Sadly, I am still in the dark about that.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | July 7, 2006 5:46 PM

i dont even know what youre talking about.

Posted by: julianne | July 8, 2006 10:06 AM

I too am in the habit of middle (or cntrl-) clicking. I actually prefer the regular linky style, allowing me to have the option of current or new tab. So, yeah, I prefer it as you've described it. :P

Posted by: Lemming | July 8, 2006 11:02 AM

I like the current look and feel. Very clean and readable which is important to your elder readers.

Posted by: JSpur | July 8, 2006 4:23 PM
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