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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

some design tweaking going on…

…as you may have noticed.

It’s still in progress. Many new fun things coming shortly, including tweaks to commenting.

Feel free to chime in on how it’s working for you so far…



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  • Doeko

    Here’s my chime: I miss seeing the “recent comments” on the home page. Unless there is a new post, it’s what I look at first on the site. Having it on the sidebar also requires a lot of scrolling and the wrapping makes it harder to read.

    Also, the New In Theaters, Box Office, etc. is something I only look at about once a week, but with current placement it has to be scrolled past on just about every visit.

  • DaveTM

    I found the listing of the last posts to be very usefull on the front page. Certainly moreso than the current movie releases. Just noticed they are on the side when you are in a post which is cool but I think they should get front page billing as well.

  • I miss the at-a-glance red-light/green-light reviews along the side. it’s helpful not only for movies you haven’t reviewed yet, but also to see what reviews I may have missed if I’ve been gone a while.

  • … I guess it’s on the big block at the top now. *blush* I didn’t see it at first since I was looking for it in its usual spot. Ignore me. B)

  • MaryAnn

    Fixed that commenting sidebar on the subpages so that it’s not so busy but still gives you all the info you need.

    The front page needs a lot of work. I agree that the recent comments listing does need to be there. (Though you can always bookmark this page as your entry page if you need to keep up with comments.)

    Ideally the new front page will be more magazine-y, rather than bloggy, if I can make that work. But I will also offer an alternative blog-style listing of latest posts, for those who prefer that.

    I do think that stuff on the front page needs to be highlighting the meatier content over the quickie posts (without letting the quickie posts get lost). It remains to be seen if this is doable with the current software.

  • gensing

    MAJ – can I suggest links to “previous” and “next” posts we can use to navigate once we’ve clicked through on a post? Now, if I’m reading on my phone, where I can’t have multiple tabs open on my browser, I have to continually go back to the main page, scroll to the next item, and click through. Being able to click a link to the next post would be a major help.

  • I like it, especially the placement of the search tab.

  • MaryAnn

    can I suggest links to “previous” and “next” posts we can use to navigate once we’ve clicked through on a post?

    Ugh. I really hate those. :->

    I’ll see if I can add them unobtrusively. But I agree that it’s no phone browsing on a phone.

  • gensing

    Ugh. I really hate those. :->>

    I don’t like it when it’s like an advertisement for the other posts… but maybe just an unobtrusive would work?

  • gensing

    lol – sorry for the double post, but my little umobtrusive arrows didn’t show up, but they were cute little things…

  • I think it looks great overall. It’s nice that you have a dedicated page for your extended bio. (I’m curious: what did you write for Archaeology magazine?)

    I like that the “recent comments” can now be seen on every page. I did prefer it when I could see the most recent commenter’s name and the first few words of the post–rather than just the number of comments–to keep track of who’s joined the conversation. But I understand that it also made the column hard to read. What do you think of having the comments as a large box at the bottom of the page rather than the side, so you can include the beginning text of the most recent comments but still avoid wraparound?

  • markyd

    I agree with those saying they like the comments on the front page. Besides new reviews, that’s the first thing I check.
    To be perfectly honest, I liked it just the way it was. I just think the commenting needs to be improved. An edit button would be great, as well as other options. Heck, I’d love a full blown FF message board, but that’s probably not doable.

  • MaryAnn

    what did you write for Archaeology magazine?

    A review of the Indiana Jones DVD box set.

    I did prefer it when I could see the most recent commenter’s name and the first few words of the post-

    That’s all still available at the “current conversations” link.

    I agree with those saying they like the comments on the front page. Besides new reviews, that’s the first thing I check.

    I’ll get the comments back there. But one of the things I also want to highlight — and keep highlighted — are the reviews, which are, of course, the primary content here.

    Like I said, the tweaking is ongoing. I’ll figure it out and find a look that pisses off as few readers as possible. :->

  • Dokeo

    A review of the Indiana Jones DVD box set.

    You wrote that? Cool! It’s from before I’d heard of this site, but I loved that Archaeology ran a review of the Indiana Jones trilogy. FYI, the review is still available: http://www.archaeology.org/0311/reviews/indy.html

    BTW, it’s a great magazine for people interested in history.

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