I hate being wrong. Cannot stand it. Makes me sick in the pit of my stomach. So when the new site changes came out, I found myself sitting squarely on the side of the angels, in my opinion, because the radical approach that Vox took with the sites, their corporatizing of our home, and their design changes which flew in the face of everything most of us held dear were less than pleasing, hard to figure out, and just unappealing. We went from being the internet version of "My Old Kentucky Home" to being the next "Starbucks" of the sports blogging world. It was stark, cold, and glaring, and it seemed as though the soul had been ripped out of what was the best UK Fansite on the net, also in my opinion. Our warm, comfortable colors were ravaged and replaced by that Godawful glowing white that belongs only in operating rooms, and our blue was tinted to meet even more corporate standards.
Some of us, myself included, were not only unhappy about the changes, we were downright incensed. To this day, I cannot stand to click on an article, then wait for it to load, then have to wait for the comments to load after the fact, but that's not what this is about. I look at those borders, which we had to endure for days, and see those red Cardinal heads emblazoned across "our house" and find myself thinking of where the closest post office is located. Corporate America has arrived, and I guess we are stuck with it. But then a few days ago, some interesting things happened, which for whatever reason (I can't believe Glenn didn't want to take another lambasting about the site changing ;-), some things have gotten easier, or better whichever way you want to look at it.
Glenn told me a long time ago that he was sorry that he could not get the fanposts to feed into the top of the page, due to something that was in the system. That has now been rectified and as you can see, the Women's Coverage has been just as well shown as the men lately, not because of anything I did, but because Glenn and guys like him made the powers that be aware that they were unhappy with the situation. My writing isn't anything to call up Pulitzer for, however, it is some serious validation when your 11:30PM-2:00 AM work is seen on the front page the next morning. My ego is only the single biggest thing about me, which if you have seen me is pretty impressive, considering.
Then there is the increased presence of the Fanposts themselves. Much bigger, better located and easy to see. The flow of the page has improved as well, with things now cleanly running down each side. The Login and Profile info links are easier to see and access. the community widget is easier to access as well. All of these things were a big part of what people like myself were complaining about. The idea of those stinking banners on the sides of the page to replace all that stark white could have been better thought out, by bringing local advertisers that we, the fans, would access more, but I figure that was a money decision, and those are always tough for us little guys to swallow.
There are still things that can be tweaked to make it better, that is a given. But getting everyone to agree on just exactly what those should be may not be so easy. But, for now, The Adjustment Bureau needs to be commended for listening as we screamed. Or at least while I screamed. And to Glenn and the other guys who kept whispering in their ears while we were screaming in their won, kudos. And a big mea culpa.