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(NBC News)   NBC unveils new design for flagship news website, ugliest thing to happen to NBC since Chris Matthews   (nbcnews.com) divider line 79
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2014-02-05 01:29:16 AM
I see they bought into the Metro UI.
 
2014-02-05 01:32:30 AM
Could we please get rid of these silly tiles and move back to some reasonable indented textual format...so that you can at least find something on the web pages?
 
2014-02-05 02:08:55 AM
OMG, and I thought it sucked ass before.
 
2014-02-05 02:16:10 AM
That is pretty awful. Windows 8 awful.
 
2014-02-05 02:52:09 AM
2 megabytes and 2 minutes to load for the win.
 
2014-02-05 03:42:01 AM
it behaves very strangely in chrome when scrolling, not so bad in IE, and it gets even uglier when using anything but 100% zoom.
 
2014-02-05 07:14:50 AM
This further proves that liberals suck at creating websites.
 
2014-02-05 08:37:15 AM

DON.MAC: 2 megabytes and 2 minutes to load for the win.


How much on Linux?
 
2014-02-05 08:43:13 AM
Wow. I hope they didn't pay someone to do that.
 
2014-02-05 08:54:28 AM
It's like they combined people's two favorite things: scrap booking and post cards!
 
2014-02-05 09:00:56 AM
Content is confusing. Here, have a picture of a kitten!
 
2014-02-05 09:03:49 AM
Great! Another UI that assume I can't read. I'm looking at you, Netflix.

This might be the final straw that keeps me from going to them for news. Any suggestions for a news site that treats me like an adult?
 
2014-02-05 09:04:51 AM
You'll get over it.
 
2014-02-05 09:05:36 AM
Needs more brightly colored flashing text and small background tiles behind the content tiles. Random scrolling might also work. It's getting there.
 
2014-02-05 09:07:00 AM
That looks like one of those "one weird trick" sites, now.

What the f♥ck. NBC? What the f♥ckity f♥ck?
 
2014-02-05 09:07:44 AM

Wellon Dowd: Great! Another UI that assume I can't read. I'm looking at you, Netflix.

This might be the final straw that keeps me from going to them for news. Any suggestions for a news site that treats me like an adult?


Perhaps you should look into a site or service that aggregates the stories the for you.

How about Google News?
 
2014-02-05 09:08:37 AM

Wellon Dowd: Great! Another UI that assume I can't read. I'm looking at you, Netflix.

This might be the final straw that keeps me from going to them for news. Any suggestions for a news site that treats me like an adult?


You've been going to NBC for that?
 
2014-02-05 09:10:54 AM

Wellon Dowd: Great! Another UI that assume I can't read. I'm looking at you, Netflix.

This might be the final straw that keeps me from going to them for news. Any suggestions for a news site that treats me like an adult?


You just posted in one.
 
2014-02-05 09:11:05 AM
I thought it was just me, but that  news site is like someone puked a bunch of photos on a splash page and you have to hunt and peck for what you're looking to read.

/blech
 
2014-02-05 09:11:32 AM
You'll get over it.
 
2014-02-05 09:12:35 AM
Some more work from their web design team:
http://www.homerswebpage.com/
 
2014-02-05 09:13:40 AM
they should give you the option to turn off the tablet version
 
2014-02-05 09:15:09 AM

ZeroCorpse: Some more work from their web design team:
http://www.homerswebpage.com/


At least that page loaded.
 
2014-02-05 09:15:20 AM
Pulled it up this AM and said WTF? I had been using MSNBC then NBC as my home page for news almost forever, now I just changed my home page to Fox News.

When you want to see the News, You want Text Headiines in Categories and links to stories. Not a million Damn Picture Tiles in no particular order. Now NBC is Crap!

Tried to Email them a complaint but my mail won't work with their site now!

Looks like some Brillaint Young Guy just talked them into this, now it's Screwed.
 
2014-02-05 09:15:24 AM

GeekDragon: You'll get over it.


A winner is you.
 
2014-02-05 09:16:01 AM

BizarreMan: I see they bought into the Metro UI.


Done in one.
 
2014-02-05 09:17:51 AM
codinghorror.typepad.com
 
2014-02-05 09:18:40 AM
it needs to have flash animation advertising that makes the browser unresponsive... the way fark does things
 
2014-02-05 09:18:54 AM
I can't remember how to do it, but it used to be possible to turn off the CSS on a page. And -- if available -- use an alternate one. The tiles might be great on small devices, but it would be nice to have a CSS that took advantage of the larger space available on a computer screen.
 
2014-02-05 09:19:20 AM
WHO LIKES THESE DESIGNS?????

really.
 
2014-02-05 09:20:37 AM

Wellon Dowd: Great! Another UI that assume I can't read. I'm looking at you, Netflix.

This might be the final straw that keeps me from going to them for news. Any suggestions for a news site that treats me like an adult?



I NEVER thought I would say this, but try this one:

http://america.aljazeera.com/
 
2014-02-05 09:24:12 AM

mod3072: Wellon Dowd: Great! Another UI that assume I can't read. I'm looking at you, Netflix.

This might be the final straw that keeps me from going to them for news. Any suggestions for a news site that treats me like an adult?

You've been going to NBC for that?


Inertia. Sloth. These are the only defense I can offer.
 
2014-02-05 09:25:05 AM

zappadog: WHO LIKES THESE DESIGNS?????

really.


People with ADD.
 
2014-02-05 09:25:50 AM

Diogenes: DON.MAC: 2 megabytes and 2 minutes to load for the win.

How much on Linux?


1/2 the time using Gentoo
 
2014-02-05 09:28:30 AM

stirfrybry: it needs to have flash animation advertising that makes the browser unresponsive... the way fark does things


Reminds me, why can't I change the resolution of YouTube videos without it locking up..

/dnrtfa
/don't plan to
 
2014-02-05 09:41:04 AM
Rumored to be experiencing "thrills", (or perhaps RLS), over the unveiling:
media3.s-nbcnews.com
Pretty nice makeup job.  Or PhotoshoppeTM
 
2014-02-05 09:49:34 AM
What's this?

Is that a penis in your dress, or are you just happy to see me?
media2.s-nbcnews.com
 
2014-02-05 10:05:54 AM
Well.... at least it's not drudge.


\boy it sucks ass
 
2014-02-05 10:15:13 AM

Hobodeluxe: they should give you the option to turn off the tablet version


Just download and install classic NBC news shell, and it will work just fine.
 
2014-02-05 10:20:31 AM
I thought the site was hacked by anonymous...This looks like the work of a 5th grader.  Simply horrible.
 
2014-02-05 10:39:39 AM
No
Bloody
Content
 
2014-02-05 10:50:50 AM
ITT: Responsive, visually appealing design SUCKS!!!!1!!
 
2014-02-05 10:55:20 AM

derpy: ITT: Responsive, visually appealing design SUCKS!!!!1!!


I'm going to expand on that a bit:

Nerds, you don't own the internet anymore.  No one wants to look at walls of text or small print to find what's interesting except for you.

Like it or not, with the proliferation of phones, tablets, and other devices, the Internet will be increasingly made for kids who have grown up with Instagram being normal.  Get over it.

I'm sure your professional journals will still have lots of small print.
 
2014-02-05 11:14:39 AM

violentsalvation: That is pretty awful. Windows 8 awful.


And I took the time to send them a feedback letter stating this.

Subject:  Feedback - NBCNews home page redesign

Do Not Want.
 
I am not impressed with this panel-based presentation; more space for less content.  While this may be appropriate for mobile phones and other touch screen devices, it's cumbersome for the desktop user.  Desktop users prefer text or icons, panels are a poor use of space and are harsh on the eyes (at least in my case).  By the way, the panel presentation is one of the bigger gripes people have with Windows 8.
 
I am likely change the home page in my browsers to that of a news organization with a more traditional front page.
 
Demographics (for your research purposes)
male
age 40-50
location - Georgia, United States
occupation - information technology
usage - 5 or more times/day.
 
 Sincerely,
some farker <- not how I signed the letter
 
PS - I just looked at a few news sites:
Yahoo - not much better but they do have a category selection menu on the left side.
BBC - messy
ABC News - not impressive
CNN - much better
Google News - much better
Fox News - the presentation is much better than NBC but it's still Fox News (no thanks)
 
2014-02-05 11:16:04 AM
LARGE PICTURES
 
2014-02-05 11:27:28 AM
It really is pretty ugly and chaotic. I appreciate the attempt to use the full width of my stunning and in no way overcompensating for anything screen resolution, but it really looks like someone just spread out a full deck of cards in a grid. No recognizable pattern or structure.
 
2014-02-05 11:27:44 AM
Won't even open in Firefox, all I get is a blank page.
 
2014-02-05 11:30:28 AM
I also assumed someone had hacked it this morning.  Count me among those removing it from their news bookmarks and looking elsewhere.
 
2014-02-05 11:38:19 AM
Now I understand what a hot mess means ..
 
2014-02-05 11:45:29 AM
Dear NBC News: White space is good.
 
2014-02-05 11:49:05 AM

Tarkus: OMG, and I thought it sucked ass before.


I gotta second this...
 
2014-02-05 11:49:53 AM

GeekDragon: You'll get over it.


I see you've been here for a while.
 
2014-02-05 11:51:29 AM

Dellirium: GeekDragon: You'll get over it.

I see you've been here for a while.


Unlike Fark, NBCNews.com is highly fungible.
 
2014-02-05 12:33:53 PM

Clemkadidlefark: Now I understand what a hot mess means ..


Maybe you can donkey punch someone over at NBC.  Oh, wait....That's another thread.
 
2014-02-05 12:35:21 PM
Won't even load without javascript enabled.

// it's not even a good tiled interface.

You want a good tiled interface, look at feedly or pinterest.

I'm on a 24" monitor because I want to see lots of content ... how about we drop the size of these tiles.
 
2014-02-05 01:23:54 PM

Snuffybud: Won't even open in Firefox, all I get is a blank page.


Opens okay for me in Firefox. Man, is it ever ugly! You're not missing anything, buddy.
 
2014-02-05 01:32:24 PM
I remember when pages only looked like that when someone broke their web code.  I'd take an old Geocities site over Win8-inspired garbage.  I don't need my internet experience to look like a tablet.
 
2014-02-05 01:38:47 PM
Did they offshore their website design to Elbonia and send Wally over to supervise?
 
2014-02-05 01:42:57 PM

violentsalvation: That is pretty awful. Windows 8 awful.


That was my first thought and last look....
 
2014-02-05 01:49:21 PM
Not as bad as msnbc but still pretty awful.

If this is what they're all moving to why not just bring back LIFE and LOOK?
 
2014-02-05 02:05:39 PM
So, a couple of years of tablets and we are gonna jump whole sale into this design? Gonna look dated in another two years
 
2014-02-05 02:08:55 PM
It truly sucks farking big time. Typical NBC. Total dogshiat.
 
2014-02-05 02:09:43 PM

Wellon Dowd: Dellirium: GeekDragon: You'll get over it.

I see you've been here for a while.

Unlike Fark, NBCNews.com is highly fungible.


And needs a fungicide?
 
2014-02-05 02:37:56 PM

mr_a: Wellon Dowd: Great! Another UI that assume I can't read. I'm looking at you, Netflix.

This might be the final straw that keeps me from going to them for news. Any suggestions for a news site that treats me like an adult?


I NEVER thought I would say this, but try this one:

http://america.aljazeera.com/


Or this one?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/
 
2014-02-05 02:42:30 PM
Paper: Stories from NBC News
 
2014-02-05 03:07:43 PM
Done in one.

I played with it for about a minute trying to like it and failed. It might work well on a tablet, I guess.
 
2014-02-05 03:07:48 PM
The 'Latest' option isn't bad if you're the kind of person who reads everything (even if stories do repeat and hitting the back button from the articles you have to click to dumps you in topic-specific streams), but overall, yeah, complete clusterfark. Can't believe they ignored all the feedback about not knowing where to look and eyes bouncing all over the page. It is, however, great for disguising advertisements as content.

america.aljazeera.com ftw.
 
2014-02-05 03:48:48 PM

derpy: ITT: Responsive, visually appealing design SUCKS!!!!1!!


Defending, literally this design:

shirtsbyeric: [codinghorror.typepad.com image 784x439]


img.fark.net

...yes UI needed to change for touch and small screens but everyone has lost their shiat in trying to develop for mobile, completely forgetting what that looks like on a 25" monitor.  It felt like my eyes were trying to run away from what I was looking at.
 
2014-02-05 04:00:19 PM
I've been checking out msnbc/nbc news for years to get my US oriented news but when I saw this today I deleted the bookmark. Appreciate the tip for Al Jezeera. I figured I'd go pure bbc - but it's nice to have a bit of a mix.
 
2014-02-05 04:11:00 PM
I got so sick of weenie news sites that I wrote my own iOS newsreader app. Does have pics, but no ads and actual text. And it puts actual interesting stuff first. Named it NewsBrain, put it on the app store.
 
2014-02-05 04:15:55 PM
NBC: "We'll pay you $150k to redesign our website."
"AAAAAG! STOP!! WE''LL GIVE YOU $200K TO CHANGE IT BACK!!"
 
2014-02-05 04:18:09 PM
Apparently a monkey programmed visual barf.

Here's how you do a news-oriented site.

http://www.milwaukeepolicenews.com/#menu=home-page
 
2014-02-05 04:30:42 PM
That... is really bad for the eyes.  In precisely the way opposite of a Hotblack Desiato stunt craft.
 
2014-02-05 04:40:36 PM
Wow...just wow.    Seriously, who the fark even thinks something like that is GOOD design?   And worse, who approved this?  Has to be a committee somewhere of people who never have used a computer before.

/Didn't know NBC had a separate news site.
//Definitely not going to the new one now.
 
2014-02-05 08:22:33 PM
Wow! Horrible design! Did anyone look at the source code? Its even worse! You are downloading 3 complete versions of the site. Noscript,
 
2014-02-05 09:53:26 PM
Seriously looks like the Healthcare.gov website designers found a new job at nbcnews.com.  What in the world were they thinking?  Oh, lets design our site to cater to the illiterate who only understand BIG pictures.  The only thing missing is the thick cardboard pages.  Looks an awful lot like the internet just threw up.
 
2014-02-05 10:21:42 PM
That was terrible, there wasn't even any music to listen to.
 
2014-02-06 09:57:50 AM
NBC News, brought to you by Scribbol
 
2014-02-06 11:55:05 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Hobodeluxe: they should give you the option to turn off the tablet version

Just download and install classic NBC news shell, and it will work just fine.


Abe - how do you go about that?  This is truly ugly!
 
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