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What's wrong with Linux.com?

By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller on November 05, 2007 (7:00:00 PM)

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Every Web site has flaws, including ours. And after every major change in a large-scale site, such as the one we made several months ago, when we not only did a major redesign but started using the (open source) Xaraya content management system, problems always crop up. Here's your chance to let us know what you think needs changing on the site, and why.

But first, let's get a couple of questions out of the way.

Q: Why do you allow those awful ads from "X" company on your site?

A: Because our editorial and advertising departments are totally walled off from one another. This means advertisers have no say in what articles we write (or don't write) and how we write them. The downside of our editorial freedom is that we -- editors, writers, and readers alike -- often see ads we don't like, just as advertisers often see stories here that they don't like.

Q: Why can't I view all comments at once instead of clicking on one at a time?

A: You can. Take 10 or 20 seconds to create a Linux.com login and you will have a number of comment-viewing options. We don't sell your email address or spam you, so it is risk-free (and free-as-in-beer) to create a user identity here.

Q: That article was totally biased (in favor of/against) (fill in here)! How dare you?! You suck!

A: Many years ago, I came up with this dictum: "The only unbiased journalist is one who agrees with me in every way." Note that we accept (and pay for) articles from people with many different opinions, as long as they are about Linux or FOSS. If you feel your viewpoint isn't adequately represented on Linux.com, write an article or commentary that explains your viewpoint and why you hold it. If it meets our specifications, we'll probably run it.

Now that we've gotten those few questions out of the way, please ask yours -- or make any suggestion you like on how we can improve Linux.com. Either post your comments below or (if you prefer a private conversation) email editors@linux.com. We are always eager to hear your comments and suggestions.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.138.152.254] on November 05, 2007 07:24 PM
Where it says "Here's your change to let us...." I think it should say "Here's your chance to let us..."

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Re: What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.138.152.254] on November 05, 2007 07:52 PM
Great job fixing the spelling typo so quickly! I hadn't even stopped reviewing the site when I saw your fix.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 128.182.168.73] on November 05, 2007 07:35 PM
Here's my "change"? Check yer speeling d00ds.

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Those silly shaded headers need to go...

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.2.5.141] on November 05, 2007 07:43 PM
Every time I go to your website I think my LCD screen is going out. I think, oh crap I've got dead spots, or burn in on my screen. And then I realize that its actually you're hard to see barely there header/title graphics. Please drop them or make them more distinct.

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Dark blue color theme is ugly

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.221.253.123] on November 05, 2007 07:47 PM
I hope you're going to drop that dark blue/grey color scheme in favor of a more pleasing one.

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Re: Dark blue color theme is ugly

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 65.7.238.254] on November 06, 2007 01:47 AM
Dark blue is the best.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: jhewitt on November 05, 2007 07:49 PM
History for NewsVac!! There has been quite a few times that I've wanted to re-read an article in NewsVac but its ran off the bottom. If there is a way I haven't really found it yet.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: jhewitt on November 05, 2007 07:51 PM
oops I was talking about the newsvac in the feeds section I just now seen the NewsVac section at the top of the main page. Sorry... :(

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 209.83.182.194] on November 05, 2007 08:03 PM
linux.com logo holder is too big and ugly

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Why..?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 151.23.99.39] on November 05, 2007 08:09 PM
Why in the "Download linux" webpage it's not mentioned Gentoo Linux?

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: seifertjr on November 05, 2007 08:16 PM
Links under FEEDS are not working properly
[Modified by: seifertjr on November 05, 2007 08:18 PM]

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reload

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 209.195.79.125] on November 05, 2007 08:17 PM
The first time i open the page it doesn't fully load. I have to hit reload. This ALWAYS happens, unless I have already visited the site uring the session. Note that I am using firefox (rebranded to Iceweasel 2.0.0.8), and I have it set to clear all temporary stuff when I close the browser.

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Re: reload

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 131.137.219.14] on November 06, 2007 12:37 PM
I have the same problem with Firefox on Ubuntu 7.10. Often I have to hit reload more then once. The only plugin I have enabled is the excellent Flashblock.

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Re: reload

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 206.248.137.79] on November 07, 2007 12:12 AM
Same here. Firefox 2.0.0.8, no plugins, only non-default options are to ask before storing any cookies.

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Re: reload - Caused by orange MS Forefront ad.

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.72.51.138] on November 07, 2007 02:30 PM
On OpenSuse 10.2 in Konqueror and Firefox the page stops loading if that orange MS Forefront ad get displayed. If I refresh until a new ad is displayed everything loads fine.

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Re(1): reload - Caused by orange MS Forefront ad.

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 128.100.167.67] on November 07, 2007 04:48 PM
I have the same issue with the orange MS Forefront ad, using Opera 9.23 on Windows XP.

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Re: reload

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.86.100.10] on November 11, 2007 08:10 AM
I have the same problem. I use Firefox 2.0.0.9 on Kubuntu 7.04. This weirdness occurs on my desktop (Kubuntu 6.10) and my work PC (Kubuntu 7.10). This has been happening for the past month or so.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: toronto on November 05, 2007 08:18 PM
Its crashing in Safari but maybe thats by design!

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 206.248.157.22] on November 05, 2007 08:18 PM
I have been having real problems with the style, and often see no article, but only those ever-popular M$ ads !
what's goin' on ?

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Re: What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 198.82.75.64] on November 05, 2007 11:17 PM
Agree! Get rid of the MS adds!

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Re(1): What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 207.35.202.139] on November 08, 2007 07:56 PM
If you folks happen to be using Firefox, or IceWeasal, you might want to consider adding a nifty little add-on called AdBlocker Plus. It is totally sweet, just tune it, and no more annoying M$ ads! Just add it from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:1, and you're off and running. It takes a little refining, but it's well worth it.

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MS Ads

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.90.135.58] on November 06, 2007 02:51 AM
MS ads are just a clever way to move money from closed to open source. The more the better ;-)
[Modified by: author on November 05, 2007 07:52 PM]

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Re: MS Ads

Posted by: kripkenstein on November 06, 2007 06:46 AM
I understand the rationale for allowing MS ads, however, it seems that *most* of the ads I see are from MS. I wouldn't mind a few now and then, but as it is, every visit to Linux.com brings with it an annoying and misleading MS ad, which I find offensive. Honestly, it makes me want to stop visting the site.

I am not asking to get rid of MS ads altogether, but more variety would be welcome. Even if Linux.com does make less of an immediate profit by doing so, it will less alienate its target audience.

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Re(1): MS Ads

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 59.167.74.127] on November 06, 2007 07:35 AM
I disagree: having *any* MS ads on linux.com sends a bad message about the community's faith in linux.

Please get rid of them altogether! Linux.com shouldn't need MS as a source of revenue.

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Re(2): MS Ads

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 10.133.14.84] on November 06, 2007 02:24 PM
I think that having MS ads is not a problem, they fear Linux so they are trying to do some FUD,we should not care and i think is not offensive to have MS to pay for the linux.com for putting their Ads. If they want to pay linux sites this is their problem.

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Re: MS Ads

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 204.174.12.18] on November 06, 2007 07:52 PM
While it is OK to have MS ads and it is good to have money out of it. They are so heavy that in some cases the site itself becomes unaccessible and people turn away. An image that stays there - why not but a movie? That repeats constantly? Is it more gain or loss? Perhaps having some guidelines or policy that guides what kind of ad can be placed would be appreciated.

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How about a captcha system that doesn't suck

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.223.42.130] on November 05, 2007 08:20 PM
The current one is error prone. I am a human being and I can read English just fine, but apparently your captcha system can not, or is printing characters other than the correct ones.

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Get Rid of dark colours

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.68.129.82] on November 05, 2007 08:31 PM
Something lighter would make a better website. Also blue is old school... get rid of gradients, etc. Clean and simple would make this site killer.

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Re: Get Rid of dark colours

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.190.26.99] on November 06, 2007 04:07 PM
I second this comment "Clean and simple..."

Also, I vote with the "lose the javascript" comments.

And, I vote with the "too many clicks to get to the original article" comments.

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Re(1): Get Rid of dark colours

Posted by: ahalsey on November 06, 2007 09:35 PM
I agree. Needs to be "Clean and simple...". The site feels heavy and slow. Start with removing the blue smudge that's behind each headline.

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performance, change, and the lack of nl2br()

Posted by: Michael Shigorin on November 05, 2007 08:35 PM
For me, one problem is performance (guess Xaraya was never really designed for that load), and another one was change from old linux.com as it was.

Regarding speed, I'd suggest sticking <a href="http://nginx.net/">nginx</a> frontend web server to spare RAM and free up backend apaches to actually run CMS. Probably it's way too late to suggest not considering *Nuke clones at all and having a look at real CMS like <a href="http://typo3.com/">TYPO3</a> -- but we did drop PHPNuke and PostNuke in favour of that one (runner-up was Drupal, Java-based weren't considered for practical reasons) and I'd heartily recommend that if you [will have to] reconsider some day. Can also try to help with tuning these.

Regarding changes -- people don't usually welcome these by default; running to and fro with single sign on seems to have had decent impact on anonymous posting share.

Ah, and nl2br on comments would be really appreciated as mentioned probably daily.

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Less Javascript. Default colors.

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 83.72.129.159] on November 05, 2007 08:37 PM

I don't see why you need Javascript enabled to view comments. That's just weird.


I was trying out new themes for my desktop and that included changing colors.. when I viewed your site it was insanely hard to view.. if I remember correctly the white background stayed white, but the font changed to my themes font color which was unfortunately light grey. I'm just trying to say if you keep the background a fixed color so should the font.

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Re: Less Javascript. Default colors.

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 202.78.240.7] on November 05, 2007 09:22 PM
Agree... needing javascript to read the comments is very annoying. It's 2007, you'd think people could design a site that degrades gracefully.

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Re: Less Javascript. Default colors.

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 139.133.200.99] on November 06, 2007 04:27 PM
i second that

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: xeoron on November 05, 2007 08:46 PM

I hate that one needs javascript turned on to read comments.
I hate how there are very few articles.

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Some comments cannot be read

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 62.178.9.57] on November 05, 2007 08:51 PM
when you're reading comments anonymously and they don't have a title then you cannot expand it to actually read it. I had to register an account so that I could read it in nested view...

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.58.245.150] on November 05, 2007 09:03 PM
The fonts are so small on my system by default unless I over ride your settings. It something like a 5 point it's ridiculous.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.248.89.66] on November 05, 2007 09:17 PM
The picture viewing script is slow and bogs down my browser and shows me a squashed image. It sucks.. just link to the .jpg without the script.

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Re: What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.248.159.33] on November 05, 2007 10:33 PM
BIG +1

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Re: What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: brendan0powers on November 06, 2007 03:58 PM
I have this problem also, link to the image!

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Re: What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 139.133.200.99] on November 06, 2007 04:28 PM
i second this too ;-)

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 146.155.16.46] on November 05, 2007 09:22 PM
I would like a lighter site, but other than that i love your articles.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.69.130.94] on November 05, 2007 09:34 PM
As a Free Software supporter, I feel the site should be called GNULinux.com

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Re: What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: jhewitt on November 06, 2007 12:07 AM
>>As a Free Software supporter, I feel the site should be called GNULinux.com<< {sigh}

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GNU's News

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.90.135.58] on November 06, 2007 02:45 AM
Linux is the kernel; GNU/Linux the O/S -- but you knew that ;-)

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 80.191.123.188] on November 05, 2007 10:17 PM
There's nothing major wrong with Linux.com love the theme, the articles etc.

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unreadable at low resolutions

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 159.133.5.53] on November 05, 2007 10:21 PM
I typically view the site in a browser that's roughly 800x600. The content disappears behind the left-hand menu at that size. Please make the site more readable at lower resolutions.

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I am Anonymous, This site is begining to stink (I was a long time NewsForge reader, not any more, an

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.69.85.120] on November 05, 2007 11:01 PM
I am Anonymous, This site is begining to stink (I was a long time NewsForge reader, not any more, and less here every week).

I will not create a "identity with Linux.com" because I just don't do that anywhere. So, why not allow anonymous readers to have the "liberal powers" as a default, and then allow those who create identity, to then restrict what they want to see.

I just don't want to have a sign-in for every web site I visit... it is insane to have to set up passwords for this and that, I visit a lot of web sites. And I have been visiting this one less (since the NewsForge one was merged over here... it stinks to have to hassle with too many click on this and that requirements just to read something! Note: iVillage.com in the 90s did a survey of mostly their women visitors and the results were that people are too busy to hassle with sites that don't give them what they want quickly... and that means exactly what this site has been doing lately... (the Flash corporate sites are the worst, I can't stand to go thru someone's creativity just to read a hardware specification).

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NewsVac

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 212.73.164.10] on November 05, 2007 11:04 PM
I would like the small newsvac summaries to have a direct link to their source, so you don't have to first go to a separate page with the same summary, and only then be able to proceed to the source

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Re: NewsVac

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.16.38.123] on November 06, 2007 07:21 PM
I agree, this is my #1 gripe with the new website.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 12.4.26.248] on November 05, 2007 11:45 PM
YOUR COMMENTING SYSTEM. Yes, I know I'm writing in all caps. I'm trying to emphasize the point. The whole clicking to see what someone actually said in the comment is horrible. It also seems broken on IE6 and has been broken from the very beginning.

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Re: What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: brendan0powers on November 06, 2007 04:02 PM
YES! This drove me nuts until I found you can set the comments to nested instead of threaded. People don't go looking for settings, especially if they don't have an account. I would say change the default to nested, it doesn't look like it needs javascript either.

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The image viewer

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.72.205.30] on November 06, 2007 12:10 AM
Though I wasn't particularly excited about the site when it was merged with Newsforge and redesigned, I got used to how it looks and I actually rather like the collapsible comments. However, the image viewer leaves much to be desired. It loads and exits slowly, and I can live with that, but please give the option to click into a full-resolution image instead of the scaled image only.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.117.229.62] on November 06, 2007 12:17 AM
Microsoft advertisements. Seriously. Linux.com with Microsoft advertisements. Do I sense alzheimer's coming into play?

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Penny Earned

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.90.135.58] on November 06, 2007 02:49 AM
I vote: More MS ads per page-load. FTW! The more money that flows this way, the better.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 79.184.17.1] on November 06, 2007 12:20 AM
Hi for me everything is OK I like design and content. Regards <a href="http://www.profesjonalna-reklama.pl" target="_blank">Pozycjonowanie</a> <a href="http://www.topblogposts.info" title="Blog">Tom</a>

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The fancy-schmancy screenshot popups.

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 129.32.8.58] on November 06, 2007 12:22 AM
The screenshot popups suck. Why can't I just open those screenshots in tabs instead of it hijacking the page?

I do hate the javascript comments thing, too, but I guess that's incentive to log in ... just not right now, because I'm in a hurry.

timothy

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Your XHTML does not validate

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.221.245.184] on November 06, 2007 01:15 AM
I clicked the xhtml badge at the bottom of the main page, and the validator found lots of errors.

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Re: Your XHTML does not validate

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.54.56.128] on November 06, 2007 08:26 AM


I 100% agree with validating your pages. Please do. However, on that front, this may prove some good reading on that front, if you haven't found it already:


http://www.webdevout.net/articles/beware-of-xhtml


Kevin

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Login for comment-viewing options? Never!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.109.147.44] on November 06, 2007 01:40 AM
What's wrong with Linux.com? How about your brow-beating readers with coercive ploys such as forcing them to create user accounts and logging-in for the option to view comments in a sane manner that anyone would view as an obvious way to order them. Keep alienating your readers with this sophomoric drivel linux.com. You got us to frequent this site in the first place by doing something right. Keep on getting it wrong! Either this site will work acceptably and effectively without your log-in nonsense or even more of us will likely take our clicks elsewhere. I'm considering avoiding Linux.com hence forth regardless of how you respond, because you've played this coercive login ploy card before. The last time you changed the Newsforge layout. Remember?

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Re: Login for comment-viewing options? Never!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 128.100.167.67] on November 07, 2007 04:54 PM
+1

Why do I need to create an account just to set the comments to nested view? Is there a way to put that option on the page, just above the comments? I believe the old site had that.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 65.5.219.249] on November 06, 2007 01:43 AM
Asking users to take 10-20 seconds to setup a "risk free" account just to see comments in a reasonable way just shows how little you guys care about your sites visitors. Should I take 10-20 seconds to setup such an account on every site I visit? That seems to be the trend for websites, but I visit dozens of sites a day, how many 10-20 seconds is that for me? And then I probably have to verify the account, maintain the password for the account, etc. Is getting my email address stolen "risk free"? Why should I need to do this just to view comments in a reasonable way? I shouldn't, and that's exactly why I find myself visiting about once a week rather than the multiple times a day I used to go to Newsforge.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.90.135.58] on November 06, 2007 03:01 AM
The site is wonderful. The new colors took a little getting used to, but I wouldn't ask you to change a thing. The clever way illustrations load / un-load is pretty sweet. The nested comments (when logged in) is just right. And the way you allow comments to be modified (when logged in only I presume?) is a real plus. Have been watching the updates happen for a while (from semi-buggy to pretty stable) and I think the final results are very well done! And thanks for asking.

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source code links, search

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.196.9.110] on November 06, 2007 03:43 AM
The following article is a good example of problems with linux.com:

http://www.linux.com/feature/114238

The second sentence contains something resembling XML which, prior to the upgrade, provided a link to the shell script described in the article. I had to contact the author directly to get a copy of the script.

And the search feature is pretty terrible. The above article is titled "How to create a command-line password vault". If I type 'password vault' into the search field, the results do not include the article.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.251.115.83] on November 06, 2007 03:52 AM
More technical articles and more detail...you might even want to add some code snippets. It's nice to see fluff overviews of a particular distro, language, application, etc. but occasionally it would be worthwhile to read more details. 60% of distro articles are focused on the installation which once it is installed is over.

desNotes

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.221.135.217] on November 06, 2007 04:34 AM
Pay a designer. Your look is poor compared to other news sites.
You rely too much on news vac when you should cover many key stories yourself for your particular readers
I don't get how you can not even cover the Google OHA story in newsvac or direct. Everyone knew it was gonna happen. It's very important story and you don't have word

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 212.123.14.6] on November 06, 2007 07:56 AM
wel uhm ur RSS feeds kinda suck. They dont open in the firefox RSS ticker preview pane like for instance slashdots RSS articles.
Its a pain in the @@@@ to have to access the side to read the articles.

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Re: What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 212.123.14.6] on November 06, 2007 08:01 AM
just noticed I use InfoRSS and not RSS ticker. InfoRss sucks less than the ticker. but soooooo instable.

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Registration

Posted by: Roshan George on November 06, 2007 08:06 AM
I just registered so that I could see all the comments. It's kind of an annoyance that in the registration page you can't just hit Tab to go to the next field, it selects the text label on the side instead, so two tabs to switch to the next field.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.54.56.128] on November 06, 2007 08:24 AM
Couldn't resist ... In this very article/request you say "Here's your chance to let us know what you think needs changing on the site, and why." This implies that this is the one and only time readers can make suggestions to which you'll listen. You have a Contact Us link at the bottom of every page, so clearly you do listen, but I might suggest that you change the wording of that sentence either in this article or in future RFCs from your readers.

Kevin

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.244.195.163] on November 06, 2007 09:00 AM
[Invalid] Markup Validation
Use a Markup Validation Service like the one on http://validator.w3.org/
Other than that, the site is fine.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 139.139.83.70] on November 06, 2007 09:09 AM
An "email a link to this story" option would be nice. I often view your content at work, and want to implement something from it at home when I have time, so I email the link to myself. I know Newsforge does this; I thought you had the option previously as well.

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Font Sizes

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.242.92.63] on November 06, 2007 11:08 AM
In firefox, I've set the minimum font size to 16 (resolution is set to 1280x1024). The whole aspect of the site is ok, but a few things fall out-of-space.

For example the text of the Print and the Comment button at the right of this article tittle is going out of the white frame. Another example would be that some comments are completely misaligned when expanded, frequently overlapping each other, if you select the text you can read them, but it is really annoying.

It happens on some other websites too, if i disable the firefox minimum font size option, everything works fine, yet i frequently end up with fonts too small for me, thus disabling it is a no-no for me.

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screwy CSS

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 137.222.40.78] on November 06, 2007 11:24 AM

Much of the CSS is screwed under firefox. Perhaps it looks good under IE, but what would be the point of that for a site called linux.com? Specifically, in the collapsed threaded view of the comments the lines of multiline headings overlap and he comment view controls show only half the contents of the dropdown. Even the "Print" and "Comments" links on the top right of the browser don't fit in the correct place, instead half-overlapping the black border. The line spacing in the comments is pretty ordinary too... it has been set to be somewhat less than the readable line spacing for the fonts that are used and the result is the ascenders and descenders overlap.



Normally, that's a sign that the CSS uses pixel sizes not relative sizes, with silly developers who've yet to realise that not everyone uses 72dpi monitors... it's really poor and amateurish and not what I had grown to expect from linux.com.

Oh, and you site claims that each page is XHTML1.0 compliant but it's not... just click the link at the bottom of any page to see why. e.g.


http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.linux.com%2Ffeature%2F120913


shows 167 errors... Sure, some of these will be cascade errors, but at first glance, there are a lot of separate errors there too.



The new linux.com is a usability nightmare. I presume that this article was about getting feedback to find out why traffic has gone down substantially since the redesign... Well, that's why I spend less time on linux.com/newsforge than I used to.



Oh, and why do I need to type in

just to be able to start a new paragraph?

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Weekend articles?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.45.236.21] on November 06, 2007 11:52 AM
something about linux.com that annoys me was be the absence, or that very few articles are put out on the weekends.

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Linux Hardware Reviews

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.236.218.180] on November 06, 2007 07:47 PM
Why don't you do Linux hardware reviews like what Phoronix.com does?

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There's no article text

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 99.236.193.191] on November 07, 2007 01:35 AM
There's no article text when viewing with Safari on Mac OS X Leopard

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 97.84.3.132] on November 07, 2007 02:01 AM
Not having the NewsVac links point directly to the original article. Other than that Great site!

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.184.41.94] on November 07, 2007 07:13 AM
Have you tried viewing this page in konqueror, dear lord it is unreadable, ctrl-+ nope only increases the font size for the adds. Thanks for asking the ? as to what is wrong here though, being linked from elsewhere it is lucky that I even caught the question as I no longer read anything on this site (as it physically hurts my eyes to read). Please fix, as was never an issue before.

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Links at the top of the page

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: unknown] on November 07, 2007 01:10 PM
The links at the top of the page nearly dissapear when you hover over them, very minor, but apart from that I like the design.

Paul
web designer

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Orange MS Forefront AD BREAKS site

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.72.51.138] on November 07, 2007 02:35 PM
When the orange MS Forfront ad loads the text of the article and anything else below the ad fails to load.

Affects OpenSuse 10.2 Konq and Firefox. It is enough to make me go elsewhere.

KennV

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Re: Orange MS Forefront AD BREAKS site

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 128.100.167.67] on November 07, 2007 05:30 PM
Before I realized that this ad was causing this issue and reloading the page (more than once, if necessary) would fix it, I actually read the article by viewing the source. :P

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.47.141.131] on November 07, 2007 03:18 PM
I usually open a couple of articles in different tabs in firefox, to only have to come back and re-click links again to get to an article.

You have to click two links on two different pages to get to one article in the newsvac.. First you click the link above the headline for the article on the main page, which then takes you to another page with the same headline, again, with the link to the article. Maybe this is how you display your advertisements, but it would be less annoying and repetitive if the first link went straight to the article.

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Re: What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.178.235.82] on November 07, 2007 06:44 PM
I could not agree with you more about how annoying and repetitive that is.

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What's wrong with Linux.com? NewsVac

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.47.141.131] on November 07, 2007 03:29 PM
I usually open a couple of articles in different tabs in Firefox, to only have to come back and re-click links again to get to an article.
You have to click two links on two different pages to get to one article in the NewsVac.. First you click the link above the headline for the article on the main page, which then takes you to another page with the same headline, again, with the link to the article. Maybe this is how you display your advertisements, but it would be less annoying and repetitive if the first link went straight to the article.

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What's wrong with Linux.com? MS DEAL!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 201.3.221.219] on November 07, 2007 09:12 PM
Stop GET FACTS In this SITE

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search comment befor post

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.122.165.195] on November 08, 2007 09:16 PM
When a person posts a comment, search a repository for simmilar content. This way the person may find the answer or refrence to an idea. As people continue to become familiar with different applications there will allways be questions. This software is also a bit of a moving target. As questions and answeres become agregated, something like a tutorial should develop. When a person posts a remark, the content would be indexed, then provide the option to post the comment or cancle it if a satisfactory solution is found. Also, have a refrence or index of refrences to all or the most promenent open projects without neccesarily excluding closed source that wishes to participate however, closed software should have its own catagory and be identified as such, or a refrence to a physicaly separate site should be made available allong the lines of the Australia club that just answeres computer questions regardless of brand.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.239.119.48] on November 08, 2007 11:05 PM
Comments don't work with Javascript disabled. Use the NoScript Firefox extension, click on a comment, and you get a 404 error. It would be nice to have a more graceful fallback.

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Links to the story that just take you to the same description that was on the home page

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.218.140.37] on November 09, 2007 01:38 AM
A lot of times when clicking on a story on the home page of the site, the link just takes you to a page with the exact same one or two sentence description that was on the home page, with a link to go somewhere else. A few examples are:



http://www.linux.com/feed/121109

http://www.linux.com/feed/121121



I just don't see the need to have a full page for such a short description. Why not just have the link on the home page take the reader directly to the full story?

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Difficult to access with internet tablet

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.177.97.38] on November 10, 2007 05:35 PM
Linux.com is fantastic, but I can't read it with my Nokia 770 running OS2007 hacker edition! 8^(

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Turn off css

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 127.0.0.1] on November 13, 2007 02:56 AM
with Firefox extension 'Read Easily' enables you to read all the comments without registration or javascript

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.60.217.10] on November 14, 2007 11:50 AM
For me everything works fine.
<a href="http://www.yellobook.eu" title="yellowpages">yellowpages</a>

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Prominently display a Creative Commons license for your content...

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 59.161.21.158] on November 20, 2007 10:31 AM
Could you possibly license this content under a community-friendly license like the CC? Some enthusiastic people I know would like to include some of your articles in posts to their mailing lists (LUG groups etc.) but those who abide by copyright law are foiled by the surly "All rights reserved" at the bottom of each page.

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 87.69.68.26] on December 06, 2007 12:19 PM
I don't know why so many people say that - because for me everything works great (up till now) .

[Modified by: Nathan Willis on December 09, 2007 09:26 PM]

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What's wrong with Linux.com?

Posted by: demented on January 23, 2008 07:33 AM
spam :@

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