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Site Layout Changes

Posted by Gaufrid on December 6th, 2009

Gaufrid.

Following comments made today by Anax and eimi in the Indy 7214 post, I have made some changes to the site layout. The ‘Recent Posts’ section in the left-hand sidebar now lists the last 25 posts, which should cover a full week.

The main body of the home page, and category pages, now shows a brief summary of posts (the first paragraph, if one exists, or some text from the preamble) added in the last week. The full text can be accessed by clicking on either the post title at the top of the entry or the “Read the rest of this entry”. If you have visited the page previously and only wish to view the comments just click on ‘Comments’ at the bottom of the entry.

One advantage of the summary is that people who do more than one puzzle each day can access the site and view the analysis of a particular puzzle without running the risk of seeing a spoiler for a puzzle they have yet to complete.

This change is not irreversible. If you have any views for or against the display of summaries I would be pleased to hear them.

16 Responses to “Site Layout Changes”

  1. anax says:

    Gaufrid – many, many thanks for this.

    I’ll be the first to admit that, at first sight, the new layout brought about a “What’s going on here?” reaction, but that’s going to be temporary.

  2. cholecyst says:

    “This change is not irreversable” Sorry Gaufrid: you need a new spell checker!

  3. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Hi Gaufrid,

    I think this is really a major improvement.
    Sincere thanks for that.

    Not so very long I was thinking of sending you a letter about the fact that I was a bit annoyed finding the solutions of a Cinephile (which I still had to complete) heading the main body.
    Also the problem of bloggers putting their entries so very early on the site that one has the risk to see a solution of e.g. a Guardian crossword that is not even published on their website, is hereby solved as well.

    Maybe you should ask the much appreciated bloggers not to mention solutions in at least the first few lines of their daily contribution. For example, in the most recent Paul entry we see ‘Dick Emery’ and ‘Benny Hill’ coming along.

  4. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks cholecyst. Unfortunately WordPress doesn’t have a spell checker and I didn’t proof read accurately enough.

    Sil, I’ll take your final comment on board and will request accordingly.

  5. Mr Beaver says:

    Seems like an improvement to me, with no downside. Good work!

  6. eimi says:

    That’s amazingly quick. A couple of setters discuss a possible improvement to the site, and it’s done before bedtime!!!! On a Sunday!!!!!!!! Thanks, Gaufrid, it’s a great improvement.

  7. nmsindy says:

    Agreed! Well done!

  8. stiofain says:

    I echo everyone else great improvement!

  9. manehi says:

    Sweet.

  10. beermagnet says:

    This is great. A big thank you to Gaufrid for getting these changes in place. I know these things are not as easy to do as it may appear from the “outside”.

  11. cholecyst says:

    Thanks, Gaufrid. The new presentation is much better.

  12. Davy says:

    Thanks Gaufrid, this is a great solution to an annoying problem. There is now no risk of accidentally seeing answers to an unfinished puzzle which has happened to me a couple of times. Well done, sir.

  13. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    Definitely an improvement.

    Yes, I used to blog on Everyman on this site but now I solve it only some seven weeks later when it is reproduced in a local paper.

    Till now, while visiting this site and scrolling down I used to hold a paper at an angle so I don’t see any answers of Everyman accidentally.

    Now the answers will be visible only if I decide to “read more”.

  14. liz says:

    Thanks, Gaufrid. I don’t do more than one puzzle a day, as a rule, but the new layout helps me not to see answers accidentally if I log on to read a previous blog.

  15. mhl says:

    I just wanted to agree with the other contributors that both of these changes are excellent – thanks, Gaufrid.

  16. Colin Blackburn says:

    I think these are excellent changes. With regard to the truncation of the blogs, this now allows bloggers to provide a first paragraph that gives nothing away, a very useful facility.

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