New-look RiotACT rolls out

Charlotte Harper 11 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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gooterz gooterz 11:13 pm 10 Aug 16

Where is all the yellow……….

Charlotte Harper Charlotte Harper 11:59 pm 10 Aug 16

gooterz said :

Where is all the yellow……….

Will you miss it?

TuggLife TuggLife 12:08 am 11 Aug 16

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!

bikhet bikhet 6:55 am 11 Aug 16

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.

John Moulis John Moulis 8:18 am 11 Aug 16

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.

DJA DJA 8:41 am 11 Aug 16

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.

pink little birdie pink little birdie 9:45 am 11 Aug 16

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.

Mordd Mordd 2:03 pm 11 Aug 16

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.

MERC600 MERC600 5:03 pm 11 Aug 16

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.

carnardly carnardly 6:54 pm 11 Aug 16

bloomin’ hard to find anything easily now though.

gooterz gooterz 10:51 pm 11 Aug 16

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

nealg nealg 8:53 am 12 Aug 16

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.

nealg nealg 8:59 am 12 Aug 16

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.

Charlotte Harper Charlotte Harper 9:26 am 12 Aug 16

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?

Masquara Masquara 11:07 am 12 Aug 16

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!

Mysteryman Mysteryman 11:25 am 12 Aug 16

Well done with new design! I like it. It’s vibrant and interesting, but without changing the basic layout so much that it makes navigation difficult. It will take a little while to adjust to the new look, but that’s always the case with change.

I think you did a good job.

pink little birdie pink little birdie 12:22 pm 12 Aug 16

Charlotte Harper said :

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?

There is less humour in the website and it seems that there has been a shift away from progressive articles/ views (I admit that it was a very left view before but it seems that there is less even listening to other views) Canberra is quite progressive anyway and here it seems more against change that Canberra generally is. I never see that political opinions or the particular issues that my Canberra friends on facebook are talking about (25-35 m & f, Mainly with degrees but some not not). I don’t want to have to read long screeds on every political issue as the Original post to discuss it and generally they come off as a long winded whine (I get the irony).
With the local news and issues it’s much slower to run the story and with updates when something big like a major building fire happens. Here used to be go for major local events – I still check when I want why something local is happening – major road accidents, billowing smoke but I have never found it – I usually check then and an hour later and still nothing.
In the federal elections you didn’t run a profile of all candidates or discussions of each local policy positions – please do it for the local ones – more than the tram as well – health, education, employment, community facilities, housing affordability, business regulations.
I dislike the cooking articles (too many and often for elaborate/expensive foods), and the articles like the one complaining about how weddings were too expensive for the guest and it was new outfit and professional hair and makeup done each week. And then the one about the mortgage being too expensive (last few months) – This site comes off that it’s target audience is to the upper socio-economic ends of Canberra. Not the students, not the just middle class who just moved her for jobs and the working lower middle class or those with families.
The vibe has changed to be more antagonistic but that might be in the relation to the lack of humour.

Masquara Masquara 2:31 pm 12 Aug 16

I miss Johnboy’s parking fail Monday posts, among others! Need that irreverent wit and humour back.

Charlotte Harper Charlotte Harper 2:38 pm 12 Aug 16

pink little birdie said :

Charlotte Harper said :

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?

There is less humour in the website and it seems that there has been a shift away from progressive articles/ views (I admit that it was a very left view before but it seems that there is less even listening to other views) Canberra is quite progressive anyway and here it seems more against change that Canberra generally is. I never see that political opinions or the particular issues that my Canberra friends on facebook are talking about (25-35 m & f, Mainly with degrees but some not not). I don’t want to have to read long screeds on every political issue as the Original post to discuss it and generally they come off as a long winded whine (I get the irony).
With the local news and issues it’s much slower to run the story and with updates when something big like a major building fire happens. Here used to be go for major local events – I still check when I want why something local is happening – major road accidents, billowing smoke but I have never found it – I usually check then and an hour later and still nothing.
In the federal elections you didn’t run a profile of all candidates or discussions of each local policy positions – please do it for the local ones – more than the tram as well – health, education, employment, community facilities, housing affordability, business regulations.
I dislike the cooking articles (too many and often for elaborate/expensive foods), and the articles like the one complaining about how weddings were too expensive for the guest and it was new outfit and professional hair and makeup done each week. And then the one about the mortgage being too expensive (last few months) – This site comes off that it’s target audience is to the upper socio-economic ends of Canberra. Not the students, not the just middle class who just moved her for jobs and the working lower middle class or those with families.
The vibe has changed to be more antagonistic but that might be in the relation to the lack of humour.

Lots of specific feedback, thank you. Taking it all on board.

Definitely not the case that we’re trying to target any particular demographic, but if that’s the perception, then it is something we need to consider.

I’m really keen to hear about these issues you’re talking about that we’re missing. Would you consider writing about them for us? Or sending us suggestions? I hope so. I tried to email you but the address is out of date. Perhaps you can update it so I can contact you?

We brought on one conservative columnist, Greg Cornwell, to balance out the fact that we had a few from the progressive side. Greg only writes once a week, but has become one of the most-read contributors.

We’ll keep working on being faster to publish news, being more comprehensive in our coverage, and tracking down new contributors who have the ability to make our readers laugh.

justin heywood justin heywood 3:38 pm 12 Aug 16

I quite like the new format, it was certainly time for an update.

Pros;
‘Friendlier’ looking – more open space on the screen, more colour, the fronts seems less harsh
I like the menu at the bottom of the page
Easier to read on my phone (Safari)

Cons
As someone pointed out, the pun in RiotACT is lost
Quotes don’t have parentheses
Sadly, still no “ignore posts by this user” function!

I quite like the way the site is going editorially too – the regular OP writers are a varied bunch, although a couple could do with some editing for length.
The moderation appears to me to be generally good, if a little uneven occasionally. Compared to earlier times much of the heat in the comments section has been lost, but then so has most of the nastiness. Riotact is one of the few news sites where reading the comments section doesn’t make me despair for mankind.

So, all good, and continue to change and improve the site.

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