Trying again! RiotACT V4

Jazz 17 December 2010 87

[First filed: Dec 7, 2010 @ 0:17]

Riot Logo

If you’re reading this post and wondering ‘what the hell happened to RiotACT since yesterday’ then welcome to RiotACT’s 4th incarnation, where we change site skins almost as often as Google’s logo.

The version we you’re seeing now has come about due to the massive growth we’ve had over the past two years. Back on March 14 2008 when we introduced the previous version RiotACT was getting an average of 27,000 unique visitors a month. Roll forward to november 2010 and you all contributed to a number 155,754 unique visitors. What this has meant, mostly for johnboy is a huge increase in the number of comments and contributions from you lot, our readers. In the latter case its meant that much of the great content that’s been submitted we haven’t been able to run as the old format didn’t really support it.

In this version we’ve finally gotten around to giving ourselves a catchy logo, changed the look and feel of the homepage to a magazine style, predominately to allow us to run more content and made a few other tweaks to improve (we hope) usability.

With the exception of the homepage much of the site is still the same although it might look slightly different to fit in with the new theme. Rest assured that the underlying fundamentals of RiotACT haven’t changed. We’ll still be running content with local relevance, you’ll still be able to submit your articles and you’ll still be able to engage in discussion on those issues, convincing your fellow Canberran’s and onlookers to your point of view.

Over the next few days I’ll be posting some additional articles on each of the new features and the changes that have been made, but for now I’ll cover off a few features on the homepage

Firstly it looks different. You can now log in using your email address OR RiotACT username. The grey bar at the top of the page also contains a drop down menu containing the FAQ, Registration details, contact an admin, and submit a story links.

We’ve introduced a change to the layout to enable Riot to cover more stories. There are more categories of content, and a current issues section where Johnboy will be covering hot topics. You’ll also notice that we’ve condensed full articles on the homepage to excerpts to let you skim over the content that isn’t relevant to your interests..

For premium members we’ve introduced a heap of goodies. Private mail, friends, blacklists, new comment flags and the ability to edit your own comments unless someone else has replied, favourite categories, and your own avatar. To check these out click on register at the grey bar at the top or get premium membership in the sidebar to the right. I’ll cover those in more detail in the next few days, but at cheaper than coffee and a bit of cake its definitely worth getting for the exclusive members only competition if not the ability to blacklist the commenters you find most annoying.

For now, knock yourselves out. The biggest issue on the last release was the amount of white space between comments, so while we’ve made changes here we’re well aware that we can’t please everyone. Flame away 🙂

Jazz

UPDATE: And we’ll just have another go at this after a bit more work.


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Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:17 am 18 Dec 10

Admins:
This V4 as you keep trying to push on us may have benefits and features you love and think we will love if we made the effort, but its really hard to get past its crippling flaws (layout, accessability, clutter) and the immense bloat of the new version.
On balance, it would be a lie to call V4 an improvement.

MelonHead MelonHead 7:54 am 18 Dec 10

Just Yuck!

What problems are we solving here with the “new” look?

It is cluttered, unintuitive and generally a regression.

Bring back that what we love and know.

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster 6:47 am 18 Dec 10

Oh no!! Like Freddie Krueger it’s back! I had hoped you’d followed the wishes of everybody and dumped V4 altogether. It’s just no bloody good. Could we have our unique Canberra website back, not this generic, hard to navigate monstrosity?

barzma barzma 7:45 pm 17 Dec 10

I hate it. It is crowded and unintuitive. The old version was clean and user friendly. Change for the sake of change is something I really can’t stand – what was wrong with the old RiotAct?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:06 pm 13 Dec 10

Any progress? I’m looking forward to using some of the new functionality 🙂

+1

Lilli Lilli 9:48 pm 12 Dec 10

Any progress? I’m looking forward to using some of the new functionality 🙂

Jazz Jazz 2:21 pm 09 Dec 10

not far off now.. prob have another go at it this weekend

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 9:00 am 09 Dec 10

housebound said :

Can we have the latest posts column (or should that be latest comments with the parent posts column) back in the meantime, please? It was my main way of navigating the site.

Me too – please, please bring them back

Pommy bastard said :

Pommy bastard said :

Latest posts column was very useful on the old site, in fact it was the prime navigator for me.

Me too – please, please bring them back

Yep, definitely miss the latest posts column.

please, please, please for the love all that is holy, bring it back. You are making baby jesus cry.

Tooks Tooks 8:24 pm 08 Dec 10

Me too – please, please bring them back

Pommy bastard said :

Pommy bastard said :

Latest posts column was very useful on the old site, in fact it was the prime navigator for me.

Me too – please, please bring them back

Yep, definitely miss the latest posts column.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:28 pm 08 Dec 10

Still no joy? 🙁 I’m heartbroken…

damien haas damien haas 6:25 pm 08 Dec 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Pommy bastard said :

Latest posts column was very useful on the old site, in fact it was the prime navigator for me.

Me too – please, please bring them back

Pommy bastard said :

Latest posts column was very useful on the old site, in fact it was the prime navigator for me.

Me too – please, please bring them back

It took five clicks to return to this post from the front page. I concur with other requests, bring back the latest posts column.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 2:26 pm 08 Dec 10

Pommy bastard said :

Latest posts column was very useful on the old site, in fact it was the prime navigator for me.

Me too – please, please bring them back

damien haas damien haas 2:12 pm 08 Dec 10

i think the format peaked with the version prior to v3, the last of the v2. The new format which i note has been banished, was far too busy. the fonts were too small, and not enough ‘colour’. i dont like the new logo either. and please – get rid of flash. One major thing i dont like about v3 or v4 is the constant ‘push’ of data and the constant html refreshing, its not necessary and it chews bandwidth.

i know renewal and trying new concepts to remain relevant and fresh is important – but please dont sacrifice access to content for faddish styles. what sort of ra would it be if the ct website was more accessible and user friendly than yours.

Br1anL Br1anL 1:02 pm 08 Dec 10

Confused 🙁 I seem to be back on the V3 version. Is this just me?

housebound housebound 9:52 am 08 Dec 10

Can we have the latest posts column (or should that be latest comments with the parent posts column) back in the meantime, please? It was my main way of navigating the site.

Jazz Jazz 9:03 am 08 Dec 10

its now (or at least will be) directly below the recent articles area.

the auto-quoting is just a conflict with v3 of the theme and the updates to all the plugins we did as part of the v4 release.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 8:17 am 08 Dec 10

Pommy bastard said :

Latest posts column was very useful on the old site, in fact it was the prime navigator for me.

Its still there PB, just in a different location than it was previously.

Ok, can I get a clue as to where it is now?

Ohm and why does the site now automatically quote the last post on each page?

somewhere_between_bundah_and_goulburn somewhere_between_bundah_and_goulburn 11:13 pm 07 Dec 10

I was unable to get into the posts until tonight (when the site returned to normal). Links either went to 404, or bad database error

cleo cleo 10:46 pm 07 Dec 10

Oh we’ve done all sorts of broken in the last 24 hours.

I suppose it’s one way to get people to write on here lol

Aeek Aeek 9:46 pm 07 Dec 10

Was it especially broken this morning around 8?, I only saw the header and drop menu
That was Firefox 3.6. IE at work was merely slow/erratic.

    johnboy johnboy 9:52 pm 07 Dec 10

    Oh we’ve done all sorts of broken in the last 24 hours.

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