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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.

What’s Your opinion?


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45 Responses to
New-look RiotACT rolls out
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gooterz 11:13 pm
10 Aug 16
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Where is all the yellow……….

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Charlotte Harper 11:59 pm
10 Aug 16
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gooterz said :

Where is all the yellow……….

Will you miss it?

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TuggLife 12:08 am
11 Aug 16
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Charlotte Harper said :

gooterz said :

Where is all the yellow……….

Will you miss it?

The new blue logo is a bit generic, and the pun in the title is lost. I like the mobile-friendly design, though, and it’s working perfectly for me so far – great job!

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bikhet 6:55 am
11 Aug 16
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Don’t like it. Too much flashy stuff, not enough information. The old format allowed me to find tings that might be of interest much more quickly.

The option of a compact format might improve things.

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John Moulis 8:18 am
11 Aug 16
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New site is looking good, very much like Mumbrella. A bit worried this morning at the gym when I checked on my iPhone and there were no picture avatars next to correspondents’ names. I took out a sub so I could have my picture in front of everybody in Canberra, so if the avatars disappear I will be very angry! I couldn’t log in on Firefox, Microsoft Edge is able to log in but you have to use the login button on top right of the home page, the login button to reply button on this story did not work. I’m sure you are still tweaking it at this stage so I’ll hold my final judgement until everything is finally in place.

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DJA 8:41 am
11 Aug 16
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I would prefer a compact format – I find this spread out format hard to read and too much scrolling is required. If you jump to the comments for an article (from the main comments page, not the post itself), then the link at the top of the page *still* takes you to the posts list, not the post itself.

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pink little birdie 9:45 am
11 Aug 16
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I dislike this format. It’s too large and flashy.
But I guess you guys have been slowly turning into a poor imitation of Cleo for a while now so this just progresses it even further.
Even less reason to visit.

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Mordd 2:03 pm
11 Aug 16
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Will be emailing you a list of minor bugs I have found so far, have about 10 currently but they’re all mostly minor stuff.

Not sure how I feel yet about the subs going, I think you should allow all users to have an Avatar show now if you aren’t allowing this via subs anymore.

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MERC600 5:03 pm
11 Aug 16
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John Moulis said :

New site is looking good, very much like Mumbrella. A bit worried this morning at the gym when I checked on my iPhone and there were no picture avatars next to correspondents’ names. I took out a sub so I could have my picture in front of everybody in Canberra, so if the avatars disappear I will be very angry! I couldn’t log in on Firefox, Microsoft Edge is able to log in but you have to use the login button on top right of the home page, the login button to reply button on this story did not work. I’m sure you are still tweaking it at this stage so I’ll hold my final judgement until everything is finally in place.

John perhaps a new photo of you in a shirt . I mean it is winter mate.
I did wonder if your style of photo would take off with other correspondents, perhaps crossing from the X chromo thingy writers, to the Y ones, but nuthin.

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carnardly 6:54 pm
11 Aug 16
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bloomin’ hard to find anything easily now though.

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gooterz 10:51 pm
11 Aug 16
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Not sure my eyes can get thought it all without getting distracted. It feels like reading a women’s day or similar.

I dare say its test will come when John H writes a new post it’ll seem like a novel.

Writing this in medium grey is fairly odd. Feels more like I’m entering in some bio in a game or something.

I think if it was halfway between this and the old site would be good. Add some Ajax to make the site more reactive. Let us like posts or thumbs down.

Its better than a Tram at least

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nealg 8:53 am
12 Aug 16
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It is now too spread out and requires too much scrolling to find articles. How about reducing the size of the photos in each article and introducing a list view option for articles.

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nealg 8:59 am
12 Aug 16
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It appears the website has not been tweaked for OSX Safari users. If a smaller font size is chosen the page format goes a bit haywire.

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Charlotte Harper 9:26 am
12 Aug 16
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pink little birdie said :

I dislike this format. It’s too large and flashy.
But I guess you guys have been slowly turning into a poor imitation of Cleo for a while now so this just progresses it even further.
Even less reason to visit.

Firstly, I’m sorry you’ve felt there to be less reason to visit lately. We’ve been trying to focus our content on serious news issues that matter to Canberrans like crime, events, local politics etc. See for example four local politics yarns yesterday. I’m not sure how that’s making us like a poor imitation of Cleo … what would you like to see more of? Less of?

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Masquara 11:07 am
12 Aug 16
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Sorry to be negative, but I think you’ve squandered your branding. That yellow you used is the “Canberra colour” – the ACT Government took the colour from the Riotact for its centenary year, and they had developed it as branding, basically paying for it for you!
I don’t understand why you’ve added an exclamation mark to the name – Riotact isn’t really “of the minute” or a punchy opinion site. It’s both redundant and annoying. If journalism 1.01 teaches “don’t use exclamation marks”, graphic design 1.01 teaches “If it’s too hyper for your text, don’t inflict it on your visuals”. Riotact is quite quite slow and considered (partly due to not having the resources to post news straight away) so your graphic doesn’t match your method or culture. I would associate that exclamation mark with a more twitterverse dynamic. Speaking of which – that thought bubble graphic is very twitter, including the colour. I find the hot pink text for just people’s names who have posted disconcerting. Hot pink is a “get attention” thing – why does just a commenter’s name warrant flagging in a bright reddish colour? The reader knows exactly what that name denotes, without that extra fuss. It’s a distraction and it doesn’t leave you any text-colour options for when you really want to draw attention via text colour. I agree with the commenters saying that you’ve dropped back to a rather generic, “could be anything, anywhere” aesthetic. I’ll get used to it, but it’s very sad about losing the Canberra yellow!

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