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New-look RiotACT rolls out

By Charlotte Harper 10 August 2016 45

New-look RiotACT on the way

With the Census night experience fresh in everyone’s minds, we felt it was critical to let you know that we were in the process of rolling out a new-look RiotACT. As you can see, we’re most of the way there.

Thanks for all the positive and constructive feedback so far. Once we get through today fixing up cut over issues, we will pull together master list of feedback and share with everyone.

Some data, including user details, is still caught up in the migration process, so please bear with us. We’ll be copying data across in the background for much of the day today (Thursday).

If you have something urgent your want to post or comment on and are not able to log on, please reach out to us via the Contact us link. Things will stabilise during the day.

We are aware that some comments on articles published earlier this month are still en route. They should appear by late morning.

A huge thanks to our hard-working team of tech gurus who worked into the early hours of the morning on this transition from the old to the new, and thank you for your patience during the changeover period.

Once the new site is fully up and running, we’ll post an announcement with more details about the revamp and future directions for the RiotACT.

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switch 12:18 pm 26 Aug 16

No_Nose said :

rommeldog56 said :

Also, the “archive” that used to be visible for inactive articles at the bottom of the old site was useful, but seems to be absent or not accessible in the new format.

I agree that it was particularly useful. It took me ages and a lot of swearing to locate this thread when I wanted to comment, because it was no longer listed as one of the few that show on the Riotact homepage.

I notice that each category (news, opinion, features etc) has a ‘view all’ button. Maybe the home page could also have one?

Could we just have the old one back? I see absolutely nothing about this “new-look” that is an improvement on the old one. Getting around is harder. I get logged into a page which is not the one I was looking at as a casual observer. Even typing this, I can only see two lines of my reply, not even the whole comment box, without having to scroll the page back. None of this was a problem with the old version. As I said a week ago, “change for change’s sake…”

No_Nose 10:08 am 26 Aug 16

rommeldog56 said :

Also, the “archive” that used to be visible for inactive articles at the bottom of the old site was useful, but seems to be absent or not accessible in the new format.

I agree that it was particularly useful. It took me ages and a lot of swearing to locate this thread when I wanted to comment, because it was no longer listed as one of the few that show on the Riotact homepage.

I notice that each category (news, opinion, features etc) has a ‘view all’ button. Maybe the home page could also have one?

rommeldog56 8:11 am 26 Aug 16

Not all new comments are shown under “Trending” or on the Homepage articles. Especially if they are against older articles. There used to be an icon at the top that showed how many comments were awaiting moderation (I think it was that anyway). If u clicked on that, you could view each comment published post moderation.

That seems to have gone – its a pain if you only view RiotAct once a day or less – because u can not see all moderated comments that have been published since u last looked. Or am I doing something wrong in this new format ??

Also, the “archive” that used to be visible for inactive articles at the bottom of the old site was useful, but seems to be absent or not accessible in the new format.

No_Nose 7:07 am 26 Aug 16

Is there anyway you can make it that when you click on a “Trending” – ‘Recent’ post it automatically goes to the thread page with the most recent post, not the first page of the thread? It’s minor…but annoying.

TuggLife 6:46 pm 16 Aug 16

Stephanie Lopez said :

I moved to Canberra about 6 weeks ago. Everyone at my work raved about the RiotACT.

I think this is important – I used the archive of posts on RiotACT a lot when we moved here, too. It’s good to keep articles on moving to Canberra around, and the promote discussion – it can be repetitive to read about what sort of suburbs/schools/childcares are good, but it creates an excellent repository of information that helps people move to our glorious city! There’s a lot that’s unique about Canberra (or, at least, different from Sydney or Melbourne), and the information on our geography/social history/nightlife helps improve people’s experience of relocating here.

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