Econlib, EconLog, and EconTalk will be implementing a new website design and update the morning of Thursday, October 2.
You may experience a brief period in the morning when you are unable to post comments. We appreciate your patience.
The website should be readable throughout the implementation. We do not expect any extended interruptions. We'll keep you posted here.
We hope you enjoy the new site design.
Just kidding... Can't wait to see it.
Two changes I'd like to see in a site redesign, both related to comments. One is to change the horrible grey text you use for the comments, that makes them hard to read. The second is that you link directly to the comments section of a post when somebody clicks on the comments link on the main page, not to the separate popup that it currently links to. Other than that, I suppose you could change the 3-column design for the main page to a more standard 2-column one, as I doubt anyone really looks at the right-most column and there's no reason those links can't just be tacked on to the bottom of the left column.
I'm just a simple caveman, and your new site design -- like all change -- confuses and frightens me!
I think I like the old view better. In the new view the text of the blog posts (on the blog home page) is only in a narrow column, with two other columns, one to each side, and then a big white space to the right of the other columns.
Its a bit better when your on a page for a specific post, with only two columns, and the blog post text displayed wider, rather than in a very narrow view, but you still have a lot of wasted white space that could be used to display the blog post text. This would be particularly useful on long posts because it would prevent readers from having to scroll.
If this is the way its supposed to look, well I don't think its a good way to utilize screen space. If it isn't than I guess something is going wrong.
If it matters I'm using Firefox 3.03, on Windows XP, with a screen resolution of 1280x1024
This has been an amazing transformation... Keep up the good work!!
I like it.
This new design is hard on my eyes, and I have good vision. The text is very small compared to almost every other blog, and the dual columns are an inefficient use of space.
I would advise getting rid of "most recent entries" (which is not too useful), and placing the blog roll on the left side. Then expanding the text space into the area where the right column used to be, and increasing the text to a more conventional size.
But it looks so formal now ...
First, a general remark:
Thanks to all of you so far for your comments on the new design. Thanks, too, to the many readers who have emailed us. We're very impressed with the quality and constructiveness of the comments and email.
We've read and will continue to read comments here and all email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org about the new design.
We appreciate your patience. Some very thoughtful ideas commented upon here may not be implemented immediately either because of our temporary time constraints this month or because there is difference of opinion. Please be assured that we are reading everything. Your independent votes and thoughtful input--in comments and email--do register and count with us. Please do carry on!