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(Fark)   Fark's redesign will go live at 5PM EST. Heads-up for those of you who missed the other warning threads and need a place to completely lose your mind   ( divider line
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2011-06-01 04:53:37 PM  
As long as my ad block continues to work I am all good.
2011-06-01 04:53:38 PM  
I've been preparing for this moment for a week, so by now, I have gotten over it.
2011-06-01 04:54:01 PM  
The column for comments still too narrow with too big a font for my taste, but I'll deal.

/why does decreasing the font size with command-minus also decrease the column width? O.o
2011-06-01 04:54:04 PM  
New Fark made me burn when I peed, but I got over it.
2011-06-01 04:54:10 PM  

Cpl.D: This thread needs more Poptart Kitty on a Van in APB: Reloaded.

nyanyanyanyanyanyanyan (new window)
2011-06-01 04:54:14 PM  
2011-06-01 04:54:17 PM

2011-06-01 04:54:22 PM  
For those of you keeping score using the home-game version of Fark, I am officially over it.
2011-06-01 04:54:43 PM  
Remember after the last redesign when Tatsuma said he was leaving Fark forever? Well, this is it for me too! Just like Tatsuma, you will have to go on without me.

I hope your heart will go on.

/slashie slash slash
2011-06-01 04:54:55 PM  


Just when I get two greenlit threads in a row, now this.

2011-06-01 04:55:18 PM
2011-06-01 04:55:21 PM  
Damn you, Jeff. Damn you. Why do you make our lives so miserable time and time again?

Not really. I've been on the new design for a week now. It's fine. But I wish they would get rid of the "Geek" tab and call it something else.
2011-06-01 04:55:41 PM  
I plan on being the Weeners under the new design and win the one million dollar prize.
2011-06-01 04:55:42 PM  

artofpeace: You guys, I am totally cool with this and not even scared.

Ditto this.
2011-06-01 04:55:44 PM are quitting the old design eh.

2011-06-01 04:55:45 PM  

I am Ahab: Is there a way for us to spit on the grave of the music tab?

I think the RS clusterphark has taken care of that for us.
2011-06-01 04:55:46 PM
2011-06-01 04:55:52 PM  
hey guys i hate to tell you this
i accidentally the whole redesign.
2011-06-01 04:56:04 PM  
I think it's about time that Drew got a redesign.
2011-06-01 04:56:05 PM  
Fine, I'll just go to the fallout shelter and be the only person on Fark that matters.
2011-06-01 04:56:05 PM  
Local TV is starting their first HD newscast at the exact same time, which one will go down in flames first?
2011-06-01 04:56:09 PM  

2011-06-01 04:56:16 PM  
I came.
2011-06-01 04:56:21 PM

For old times' sake
2011-06-01 04:56:32 PM  

make me some tea: Dear Fark:

Can you guys make the built-in green arrow not suck so much? Then I'll get over it.



There's a built in green arrow?
2011-06-01 04:56:33 PM  
T-4 minutes (new window)
2011-06-01 04:56:35 PM  
Oh! 5 more minutes? Everybody panic! hahar :)
2011-06-01 04:56:44 PM  
Got mah helmet on. T minus three minutes and counting.
2011-06-01 04:56:48 PM



2011-06-01 04:56:51 PM  

4 minutes till the Fark Rapture!!!

2011-06-01 04:56:58 PM  

spottymax: Local TV is starting their first HD newscast at the exact same time, which one will go down in flames first?

you in knoxville?
2011-06-01 04:57:17 PM  

basemetal: honeygrl: basemetal: I am here to mock the outrage!

You're late!

I'm working.

This is more important than work. What's wrong with you? geez
2011-06-01 04:57:17 PM

I see some big potatoes in this thread's future.

2011-06-01 04:57:18 PM  
OK this is dumb. I'm going back to TFD.
2011-06-01 04:57:23 PM  
i am going to go take a piss now so I don't wet myself when this happens
2011-06-01 04:57:24 PM  
Is there any way we can get some pop up flash adds integrated? I have trouble seeing them in the side bar.
2011-06-01 04:57:25 PM  
I submitted this with a better headline.
2011-06-01 04:57:26 PM  
You know who else had a redesign?
2011-06-01 04:57:27 PM  
The new design features nothing but Florida tags?
2011-06-01 04:57:46 PM  
I can't believe I'm about to spend an hour writing this. I've been here at Fark for five years...please just take five minutes to read it.

I'd like to start off by saying that I support Drew and his ability to make money from his brainchild. This is his baby, and ultimately this is his sandbox we've all been playing in. If he wants to get some ads on the front page so he can, I don't know, start actually paying his legion of volunteer workers, I'm for it. I've paid a couple hundred bucks over the last few years, and was willing to continue to support Fark and bring more people into the Totalfark fold.

I really don't care all that much about the technical upgrades/changes/downgrades made to Totalfark. I have 100% confidence that the mods and admins will take specific criticism about specific issues and bugs and fix them one-by-one. (Hell, that damn headline hover-highlight crap is already gone for me. Nice!) I'm guessing that in two weeks' time, the place will be running pretty smoothly. And hell, the Farky/Farkit peoples are working hard at making patches to get FarkClassic back.

I'm ticked off about the way this was all done, with little or no input from the site's most frequent users. I'm embarassed to type this, but Slashdot did this far better than Fark did. They gave warning, asked for input, and made their long-time members feel like they were part of the new future of Slashdot.

Fark could've done this. Fark should have done this. shiat, this is one of most tight-knit communities on the web. It could've been one of the coolest things in the site's history. The kind of thing that makes Farkers want to tell their friends about Fark and Totalfark. I've introduced or sponsored at least twenty people to Fark/Totalfark over the last five years, and it's not because of all the great news links--it's because of the community. Most of us TotalFarkers spend at least half-an-hour per workday here; some of the heavier users (not a fatty joke) spend a couple hours or more. Take that over a few years and there's a lot of time invested in this place for a lot of Farkers. I completely understand the passionate responses that we've seen over the last 24 hours.

So when we hit F5 at 5pm on a random Wednesday and see a new, sorta-hard-on-the-eyes, slow-running site, we all yell "WTF" at the top of our internet lungs. Not necessarily about the technical aspects, but that something this massive could happen without most of us knowing anything about its arrival.

And then came the four words from Jeff that shocked the hell out of a lot of us old-timers.

Really? That's the attitude? I don't blame the people who cancelled their accounts in disgust. Think about how we found out about all of this:

1st: hitting refresh, saying "wha?"

2nd: a barebones post saying "send this stuff to Mike, this stuff to Jeff, this to Drew. Bye, we're drinking."

3rd: "You'll get over it."

4th: "You all whined the last three times we did this."

5th: "We're suspending Jeff's April pay. Oh yeah, he doesn't get paid. Snark snark snark."

No warning. No explanation. No heads-up. Just a "this is how it's gonna be, and you're gonna like it."

I can't believe that this would be the attitude taken by the Fark powers-that-be, especially considering that there are many other options and Fark-like sites around nowadays. If this redesign was indeed done to ultimately make more money, then Fark showed horrible business savvy in their decision process. I've read the first chapter of Drew's book, and I was planning on buying it. I can't believe he could be so intelligent in his media criticism yet himself do something so short-sighted. (And I even like Fark TV, so I'm not just Drew-bashing.)

I'd have to say the worst thing I've seen from all this is the specific people that I've seen posting negative comments about the redesign and the modmin (well, mostly Jeff) attitude. Go through some of those initial firestorm threads and check the account numbers of the negative commenters. The people who have been here for years are mostly irked about this. Four- and five-digit accounts are against this by a landslide. (And since this is Fark, the instant counter-action to that is a rash of 250,000-and-up accounts typing "Good. We don't need you anymore. Get out.")

Well, it should matter to the newer Farkers that a bunch of long-time Farkers just cancelled their TF accounts. It should matter to you that a lot of people who have been here since before Totalfark existed are ticked off. These are the people who have supported Fark and Totalfark through a lot of shiat. If this happened in any other business or community, you'd have to think something was screwy.

If you don't get the same community feel from TF as we do, then maybe you'll never understand. I was like that for my couple of months here, too.

But then I got to know a lot of people who shared the same sense of humor as me. I got exposed to people who I'd never meet in my day-to-day life, exchanging ideas and advice--intelligently or not--in ways I'd never been a part of before. I was here for the 9/11 anniversary thread. I was here for "I saw a turtle". I was here for the Columbia disaster. I was here when the Iraq war started. I was here when the Paris Hilton sex tape leaked. I was here for the 2004 presidential election. I was here when the "24" threads started. I was here when my ex dumped me and I wanted to kill myself. And I found people who made me laugh, made me think, made me pissed-off and made me feel good.

And part of the entire draw of Fark, part of the reason why we came here instead of SomethingAwful or Digg or anywhere else, was that we thought the guys in charge were "just like us". shiat, do you remember all of the Dr. Pepper stuff? Drew didn't have to ask for our blessing. He did because he friggin' cared. And that felt awesome. That made me want to tell other people about Fark. That made me want to spend 50 bucks a year on TF. That made me feel good about sponsoring a whole bunch of liters to TF.

All of this happening, and the way that it has happened, even how Fark/Totalfark looks so much like sooo many other webtwodotzero really has lessened that feeling of community. Not necessarily with my fellow Farkers (especially Chicago. Woo.), but more with the people at the top.

Again, I think the technical aspects of the redesign will work out just fine. I just want to know if we still matter to the people at the top here, even just a little bit. I want to know why this was done, because Drew's silence is deafening on all of this. I still want to love this place. My recurring ends in June 2011, so I'll be here for a while. Please, guys and girls in charge, do something to make this right. Make us feel like we're part of the future of Fark, not like we're random IP addresses generating page views and click-throughs for Drew, Inc.
2011-06-01 04:57:49 PM  
I am getting all tingly with anticipation.
2011-06-01 04:57:51 PM  
I'm pretty sure... wait... yep... I did.. I just pooped.
2011-06-01 04:57:58 PM  
Last Old Fark Post.
2011-06-01 04:57:59 PM
2011-06-01 04:58:06 PM  
Is there any added functionality as a result of the new fark ?
2011-06-01 04:58:07 PM  

WTF Indeed: 4 minutes till the Fark Rapture!!!

2011-06-01 04:58:10 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: THE THREAD'S COLLAPSING!!!

This is no cave? (don't have a handy pic to post in response)
2011-06-01 04:58:11 PM  
Thank you for moving the geek tab over whenever that happened. I pretty much only go to main, geek, showbiz and TFD, and geek and showbiz were right next to each other, but since the redesign, i kept opening the business tab.

2011-06-01 04:58:14 PM  
Larry King's going to be pissed you stole his background.
2011-06-01 04:58:14 PM  
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