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This new website is unreadable and unusable. On the plus side, it will drive all the crazies away.

Original post made by reader, Adobe-Meadows, on Oct 10, 2013

This website, which used to be easily scannable and usable is now a cluttered mess of white space. The top half of the screen is taken up with the weather, ads and a masthead, the scrolling is difficult, navigation is counterintuitive and in general it is hard to read. There are many lovely blogs about being a mom, featured prominently but it is hard to find the actual news. A sad case of fixing something that wasn't broken.

The one thing that is broken, anonymous commenting, is unfortunately not fixed -- however, the general decline of the site to a state of visual chaos will probably drive all but the most determined lunatics away.

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Posted by WTH?
a resident of Duveneck School
on Oct 10, 2013 at 1:56 am

Agree, the Topic List page was much easier to read (plus had time and quantity stamps) and this layout seems more like a move backwards a decade. We are in the heart of Silicon Valley and they can't find someone who has the talent to produce a superior layout?

In your headline, the OP claims the cluttered mess will drive the "crazies away" and in the last line of the post, "visual chaos will probably drive all but the most determined lunatics away." So which is it?

I'm thinking the lunatics will prevail - they need this place for venting.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2013 at 7:17 am

And the two of you are not venting?


There is a perfectly calm and adequate thread about the new website. There is no need for such a thread as this with such angry sounding posts.

This appears to be trolling.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 10, 2013 at 7:59 am

Love the irony of the OP's criticism about still allowing anonymous postings...while posting his/her rant under an anonymous name.

TPAR...typical Palo Alto resident


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Posted by reader
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Oct 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

. . . said the anonymous man.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:06 am

Yes - I don't have a problem with it.


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Posted by reader
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

Anonymity changes behavior. People say and do things that they don't have to take responsibility for. In that context, only an idiot would post under their own name. Most of what happens on these forums is that anonymous jackals attack public officials, other posters, etc. without a semblance of responsibility or integrity. Some people post anonymously for fear of retaliation but that is like .0001% of what is going on here. The rest of it is just blood sport. No one in their right mind would post using their real name in that context. It's unfortunately an all or nothing issue.


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Posted by reader
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

And as to the comment that there is another thread about the deficiencies of this new website "improvement," because of the "improvements" I didn't see it. It's hard to see the TS postings in an order now and it didn't appear, I didn't see it, couldn't figure out that I wasn't even looking at the right view to find it, and started a new thread. I'm not sure that proves your point though.


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