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Fark Redesign Comps -- prepare to get over it
Posted by Drew at 2011-02-24 1:25:13 PM, edited 2011-02-24 2:00:53 PM (999 comments) | Permalink

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tl;dr - You'll get over it

Longer Introduction

In preparation for this blog entry, I've scoured the tubes for introductions to new redesigns to build the ultimate horrifying corporatespeak version of "no seriously you'll really like this redesign it's for your own good post." So here goes:

We know what you really want. It's not what you think you want, but we do know better than you do. We're experts. At least one of us even has a degree from a college.

As it turns out, this involves taking what you've known and loved for years, deleting it entirely, and replacing it with something completely different. Once we've done that, we'll continue to insist for weeks that this completely new website that we've just slapped our name on is the same as the old thing that doesn't exist anymore. Did I mention we deleted the code completely? We couldn't go back if we wanted to. Besides, Kevin Rose wouldn't refund the money we paid for the old Digg source code at this point, he's already spent it on $1000-an-ounce teas.

We merged the open source Reddit code with the old codebase we bought from Digg and we're calling it New Fark 4.1 (don't ask what happened to 4.0, it involved a Russian botnet and a well known poker website). We are basing our layouts on the new Gawker redesign, in that we made it so awesome, you'll pretend to hate it just to look cool. Also, we're all taking a month-long vacation the day after New Fark 4.1 launches, so if anything's broken (ha ha what are the odds) don't worry, we'll be back to fix it in 30 days.

Please be sure to twat/facepost/youspace this blog entry to all your friends and followers.

I have nothing more to add, I didn't do squat for coding on this redesign other than drink beer and hurl abuse at the Fark team for not moving faster. So I'm going to hand the descriptions over to Fark's resident design guy and couch-lifter for my wife when he's at my house, Joe Peacock (PattonX). See how stiff his writing style is? He's scared to death you won't like it. Personally, I think he should just man up and beat you guys over the head with this redesign. He's an expert, after all (but he's not one of the ones who went to a college for that degree).

If anyone needs me I'll be on the twitters screaming at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to give credit to friends of mine for things that I have no stake in.

Okay, so, the redesign, by PattonX

Umm... Thanks, Drew, for that very interesting intro. That degree from a college is serving you well.

So, as Drew said, we wanted to give you guys a heads-up on an upcoming redesign of Fark, and get your feedback. We feel this new look and feel is a much-needed refresh on the overall aesthetic of Fark, without drastically changing how Fark works. It's a fresh coat of paint, if you will, and we think it improves on just about every aspect of the Fark design.

Here's the page as it looks in whole:

The very first thing you'll notice: it's cleaner. More space between elements, but not too much. One column on the right instead of two. Much more readable. Let's look closer at each of the individual sections.

The right side:

This is perhaps the most drastic overhaul. The right side toolbars are drastically cleaner and easier to use. Gone are the seven micro-type menus of various sorts. We've stripped down the right side to focus on the important stuff -- using Fark. We've also dumped the incredibly long tower ad unit in favor of a more manageable 300x250 ad unit. The end result -- it just makes more sense.

The header:

The header in general is the same as it has always been -- all of the menu items and structure you're used to are here. It's just much, much cleaner and easier to use.

Have you ever shown Fark to someone and had them ask "Okay, so what is this?" We've made it much easier to show them. There's now a link for new users to find out all about Fark, without having to figure out the FAQ section (a walkthrough, if you will) -- making it much easier to explain Fark. And that bit about "real news made readable" won't always be there. We're going to stuff that section full of random but related statements about what Fark is. If you have suggestions, email Drew.

The menubar:

Skittle-tabs (rainbow colors) are gone. We've gone to a much cleaner and simpler page system which simply demarks where you are, without tabs and rainbow headers. You'll notice that the "music" tab is now wrapped into the Entertainment tab (previously called Showbiz). We've done this to streamline all the entertainment news, as music news has mostly become Entertainment news. We're moving music videos into the video tab.

Message center:

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You'll also notice that your login now has a little envelope icon with a number -- this is your message center. When you click on the icon, the page will refresh to show you all system notifications, as well as all of the threads in which you have been replied to or mentioned since you last visited your message center.

The links:

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(click for fullsize)

The important part. The same link list view is back, but spaced out more for readability, and with much clearer column headers. But you'll notice a few new options for sorting your links.

Now, you can sort chronologically, as Fark is already sorted, or re-sort the list by popularity (clicks) or by comment count.

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You can also show the last day, two days or 7 days worth of links from the bottom of the headline list.

One note: it's not represented here, but the link to the new comments on each thread you've read will still be here. We're not taking it away.


We've added access to the latest headline in each section right under the links list, so that when you're done reading the main page of Fark, you can jump right into any of the individual sections.

As you can see, nothing really drastic is going on, and yet, it's a rather huge improvement to how Fark looks. The team has worked to make it much easier on the eyes: the links are more readable, and you can now sort things and get to exactly what you want, how you want it. You now have instant access to follow threads where you're active.

But we want to get your feedback. What can we do to tweak this new design to improve it?
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2011-02-24 01:26:18 PM  
I'll get over it.
2011-02-24 01:28:52 PM  
2011-02-24 01:34:11 PM  
I like it. Tightened up, not gussied-up. I've been wondering for years how that rat's-nest of links on the right side of the page evolved.
2011-02-24 01:38:00 PM  
F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5
About time!
2011-02-24 01:48:38 PM  
More slumberparties, less fark shop?
2011-02-24 01:49:18 PM  
Hey, what are folks gonna biatch about? Those all seem to be well thought, sensible adjustments. The message center thing sounds cool too (thanks, Facebook).

Looks to be a good job PattonX, I'm looking forward to seeing go live!
2011-02-24 01:50:38 PM  
I think I can handle this ...

Proceed, sir.
2011-02-24 01:51:07 PM  
Over it. Go Fark!
2011-02-24 01:51:24 PM  
I refuse to act like and adult. Where is the out the subby button?
2011-02-24 01:52:12 PM  
if only you made this the first time instead of the monstrosity we have now.
2011-02-24 01:52:28 PM  
I already hate it.

multicolored link tabs are gone? Hooray!
2011-02-24 01:52:30 PM  

Oops, sorry.
2011-02-24 01:53:11 PM  
God will smite thee with the all of the fury and anger that He wrought on the sinners in Sodom and Gomorrah! Be prepared to meet your maker and answer for your crimes! You will be banished to eternal hellfire!
2011-02-24 01:53:19 PM  

missmarsha: Over it. Go Fark!

Hey, doll.
2011-02-24 01:53:19 PM  
seriously...that looks great.
2011-02-24 01:53:20 PM  
2011-02-24 01:53:26 PM  
2011-02-24 01:53:58 PM  
I don't want to wash my vagina :(
2011-02-24 01:54:39 PM  
Did the right sidebar get bigger, or is it just the scale of that screenshot? Also, tile backgrounds make the baby Jesus cry. Static tile backgrounds make him cry blood.
2011-02-24 01:54:58 PM  
I like it. WIN
2011-02-24 01:56:06 PM  
As a professional User Interface designer, I approve of this redesign.
2011-02-24 01:56:25 PM  
I am outraged by this.....I think?
2011-02-24 01:56:27 PM  
2011-02-24 01:56:40 PM  

MissFeasance: I FEAR CHANGE

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2011-02-24 01:56:41 PM  
So no math?
2011-02-24 01:57:11 PM  

IrateShadow: Did the right sidebar get bigger, or is it just the scale of that screenshot? Also, tile backgrounds make the baby Jesus cry. Static tile backgrounds make him cry blood.

The eventual plan is customizable backgrounds
2011-02-24 01:57:33 PM  
Jeff was right.
2011-02-24 01:57:39 PM  
The new look burns my eyes! There's too much white!! MY EYES!! I'M BLINDED!!! I QUIT!
2011-02-24 01:57:51 PM  
Now I want to sleep with an ambiguously ethnic looking woman.
2011-02-24 01:57:55 PM  

what_now: I don't want to wash my vagina :(

I'm sure you'll have some volunteers soon enough.
2011-02-24 01:57:56 PM  
I am intrigued by the idea of a Fark Slumber Party.

/redesign looks OK, too.
2011-02-24 01:57:57 PM  
I really like Fark's distinctive bluish-purple color, but I'll get over it.

If you're taking requests at all, could you please put a "Greenlit links" tab on TF, instead of just a link on the box on the side?
2011-02-24 01:58:06 PM  
Where's our avatars?
2011-02-24 01:58:16 PM  

what_now: I don't want to wash my vagina :(

Uh ... hmmmmmm.

You know, ****Sorry, session with HawgWild lost. Carrier lost.****
2011-02-24 01:58:26 PM  
I mean more so than ususal.
2011-02-24 01:58:39 PM  

muck4doo: Where's our avatars?

2011-02-24 01:59:03 PM  
The only way I'll get over this is with a slumber party.
2011-02-24 01:59:12 PM  

Barbigazi: muck4doo: Where's our avatars?


Shut your whore mouths.
2011-02-24 01:59:22 PM  

Drew: IrateShadow: Did the right sidebar get bigger, or is it just the scale of that screenshot? Also, tile backgrounds make the baby Jesus cry. Static tile backgrounds make him cry blood.

The eventual plan is customizable backgrounds

Now that will be sweet!

/unless you're being snarky
//then you suck
2011-02-24 01:59:43 PM  
Thanks for the heads-up!

*deletes internet*
*resumes eating pizza snacks*
2011-02-24 01:59:53 PM  
Looks nice.

One thing that I like about the mobile site is that it allows me to go to a new tab (like from commented to greenlit) without having to scroll all the way back to the top. That's handy when I'm at the bottom of some of the longer discussion thread pages.

But more importantly, where's all the side junk going to go then?
2011-02-24 02:00:10 PM  
Have you ever shown Fark to someone and had them ask "Okay, so what is this?"

Um.. No?
2011-02-24 02:00:30 PM  
I like it.
2011-02-24 02:00:33 PM  
Looks good to me, but I also thought New Coke, the XFL, Betamax, and the Macarena all looked good as well
2011-02-24 02:00:51 PM  
What ever happened to being able to vote for comments we like. I recall some kind of comment of the day scheme being kicked around.
2011-02-24 02:01:10 PM  

Drew: The eventual plan is customizable backgrounds

Can we get .midi files too?

/It's not Fark, it's
2011-02-24 02:01:22 PM  
2011-02-24 02:01:43 PM  

Sinto: Looks good to me, but I also thought New Coke, the XFL, Betamax, and the Macarena all looked good as well

*nerd on*

Uh, technically speaking, Betamax was superior to VHS.

*nerd off*
jbc [TotalFark]
2011-02-24 02:02:02 PM  
Thanks for adding the current date to the main page. That alone will draw visitors who don't already have a smart phone or computer.
2011-02-24 02:02:15 PM  
Niiiiice ... way more palatable than the LAST redesign ;)

/ now make the idiotic message that appears when you hit your browser's back button go away
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