New Site Design Feedback


In the Speed Vote chess HQ group today, it was advised that a vote chess game was drawn even though only 1 person out of the 6 players voting actually voted to accept the draw. The other 5 did not accept,  but they didn't click on VOTE REJECT DRAW either, and hence the result was the team had accepted the draw.. even though it's not what they wanted. They wanted to play on. Why would a team be forced a draw if the majority didn't hit ACCEPT DRAW? If it's going to default you would expect it to default to the draw being rejected and the game continuing if not enough players clicked on ACCEPT DRAW. This didn't happen in vote chess games on the old site. Is this a bug or a new condition for drawing vs. not drawing? A lot of teams are going to get caught out with this change.

_valentin_ wrote:

The earlier point wasn't that it's impossible to find the information about a particular opponent but that getting there is longer than it ought to be given how important this is for many (most?) chess players.

Right now, I can get to someone's birthday in 1 click (on "About Me") but it takes me multiple clicks + scrolling + (not the least) remembering how to do it (!) in order to find someone's game statistics.  Count for yourself and pay attention while doing it -- as if you didn't know how to do it but had to figure it out.  That's the point.

Usability is not the same as possibility -- it's about ease of use, not eventual discovery of what you really need to use.

I agree _Valentin_, one would expect with progress there would  be increased ease, not take longer to get to get to the links/info you're searching for. The former one would call improvements/progress, the latter would be classed as a step backwards. 


But on a positive Erik is listening and trying to accommodate and make improvements as much as he can to add ease for members, so at the end of the day if the site keeps improving in ease and with less bugs over the coming days/weeks/months then  we should be content/happy and we can then view the upgrade as progress. I don't know how he is managing to keep up  with all the forums and notes though, but somehow he is... very impressive!


Not sure whether this issue has been noted.

I am unable to post comments (like this) from my ipad.


Ian, what iPad browser are you using? Posting comments works fine for me from the most recent Safari version, but not from my preferred iPad browser, Atomic Web Browser, unless I tell AWB to pretend that it's the desktop version of "Firefox 5", then it works. Otherwise, the comment box fails to appear, and only the spinning wheel spins endlessly. Wink


Maybe we need Chess Compass soon.   Wink

1. Please, move the notes back to the RHS margin.  2. Please, restore the Matches in Progress counter on our Teams' Home page  along with the avg. Member rating and the independent Forum Activity window.

the endless quiz shows an error when you try to open the leaderboard


Since the new site started I have been getting several complaints that my bishop does  not show on my board? I can see it but my oponets can not? I wonder if there is a fix for this?


The "new comments" link on my home page sends me to wrong places.

erik wrote:
Lorgen wrote:

A comment was made that 1 day was too soon to cancel as owners listen to feedback. I've been here long enough to know is utter BS

what's BS - that we don't listen? come on!! :) i've read more than 2,000 forum comment threads and sent hundreds of personal messages in the last 2 days alone discussing with members how to improve the site. find me another website owner of a site with 5 million members who does that :)

Most of those messages were probably something to the effect of "shut up, it ain't going to happen."

Just because you comment on here doesn't mean you've read everything.

MittRomney wrote:

Innovation and progress!  Now erik is one fine young American.  God Bless.

This is surely a campaign move. Mitt Romney probably paid erik to change the site, hoping it would attract more people, so they could all gather around to hear his political b.s. and be brainwashed into voting for  him.

I knew that there was a conspiracy with erik telling us to shut up, sit down, and stop complaining because we weren't going back.


the link works now


Whilst I wasn't so keen on the member's homepages/profile layout/design I think the homepage looks really good...  a great improvement.


Reason I like the homepage much more is there is some decent contrast going on there.. lots of light and shade. Looks good.


One thing: I think some people are seeing a different site than the rest of us, because of old browsers. For kicks I checked the site out in IE6, and it was like Hiroshima. Now, granted, I think anyone who uses IE6 should be publicly flogged, but still, cross-browser issues like those may be why some people literally can't use the site at all.


Somehow I can't leave any comments now using Firefox. Have to switch to IE to post.

On a positive note, with the new design I noticed I have 1015 friends at - wow! Smile


I'm using Firefox with no problems, perhaps you just need to clear the ever-so-problematic cache?


I've had to clear my cache more often on the new site than the old site.