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I do think that it would be wise to allow members, especially paying ones, to chose which one they like best. I know they do that on forums and such and so I wouldn't imagine it'd be too difficult to do that on here.
Personally, I love the new layout and if given a choice, I'd stick with this one. But it'd be nice to allow other paying members to choose.
One very small thing that still bothers me: in online chess and vote chess games, contrary to the old design, the time left is now given as "3 Days", "13 Hours" or "27 Minutes" with the first letters of the time units being capitalized. It's not a start of a sentence nor are time units proper nouns, so it would be at least grammatically correct to use lowercase letters. As said, it's not a big issue, but it looks sort of dumb to me.
Erik. Don't you think the poster should tell you which BROWSER they are using?
It would help your webmaster.
Not only would knowing the browser be useful, but also what version. They won't support every version of every browser.
The Daily Puzzle link in the Learn menu points to the forums page.
There is a problem with the chess boards. The pieces and the last move highlight are out of alignment with the squares on the board. When you move the pieces on the board the edges of the squares behind them become broken. I think the chequerboard pattern is slightly the wrong size.
EDIT: I figured this one out. My browser page was zoomed in a little bit. When I zeroed it, it looks fine again.
(on the stats page and tactics trainer) The graph that plots rating changes over time is blank until you click one of time period links underneath it. I think it is supposed to display the last 90 days by default.
I'm using google chrome 17.0.963.83 m. The graph problem does not occur on firefox.
Thanks for all the hard work.
Here's still a few bugs that I have noticed, both linked with vote chess:
1) You can't flip the board/see the move list etc. in the analysis board of vote chess
2) Chess Wizard diagram application doesn't work at all for me. I get to the first step where I choose "Game or sequence of moves", but after I click "Continue" then the window fails and just goes blank, except for the Cancel-button and a link that reads "Chess Wizard" that takes me back to the first step.
Where is the daily puzzle? I clicked on it and it took me someplace else.
can we get an option to change those orange links and the green headers and maybe let us use a different logo at the bottom of the page. otherwise, I'm fine with everything else. great job but that orange and green just don't go together too well.
And my name on my profile is Green (which was yellow, after I set up the theme, it's very funny when all letters are White and Yellow, and suddenly something is Green (??????))
This is amazing... this is the best feedback here
I agree with others. It seems that the new design is heading to the Facebook look. I wonder how long before we have to update our chess "apps"
Why all the cursing? This is sounding like Yahoo chess. I thought this was a classy site. I am glad my kids are not reading this
cant get dailey puzzel to come up
I prefer the older layout - everything was well structured and the front page was more accessible to e.g. front page listed a couple of the newest articles instead of the new layout having a 'view more' hyperlink. I guess it's a matter of preference, in the sense that others might have viewed the old layout as cluttered.
Hate how the daily puzzle i have to click through three times- once on the actual puzzle and in the forums to the daily puzzle and then on the actual puzzle link. Might be that my navigation skills are poor or i'm just doing it wrong but the old click and do the puzzle was much more accessible.
Question? Unless music of some sort to your ears, does the members/non members reply get taken out immediately.
Looking at the comments, I can only see that this must be the case.
Why the interest in asking for our imput, tricking people will not gain members. Never has and it never will. Honesty is a good start. Just an up front approach can change an entire business...for the best ofc. : )
Took some getting used to, left brain rigid and all that, but now that I know how to see my games by clicking the games tab, I find it more convenient. I now like the improvement. Keep up the good work.
What do you mean?
I'd like to know how the new format was visually better than the older one?
What is the thought process that says it looks better?
The original had the timer on top. The problem solved box was better looking. The info was in an organized logical list, not a 4x4 area.
The new look is just bland and improves nothing. If you want to change the buttons to cute little cartoony Apple-like things. Fine, but why move everything around to bad spots and delete some things?
Turning off the sound doesn't work when you click show solution sometimes. Show solution doesn't always work.
Your timer is gone. The Analysis board is gone when you review an old tactic and have to "play" it again to access it. It also lacks that checkbox that allows illegal moves to be made.
The only real plus is that you finally combined the Analysis board with the source, thus making the analysis & source redundant. The Analysis board should be wider to accommodate the source that has been put in there. As it stands now, you get a short piece and it goes to the next line. While in analysis & source the link to the original game works, but doesn't if you clicked on the analysis board.
Instead of worrying about looks, how about functionality? Like being able to click thru the various alternatives that are in the source. Instead it's still like using a chess board with a book. And in 2012....
The Analyze for a regular game is nearly identical to the way it was before. But TT is changed around to the point of breaking it beyond reason. looks, functionality and usefulness.
Sorry, but did you just release a hamster to run across the keyboard as a new method of programming. This is just one part of a large site and is buggy as hell.
What the h^$% was the thinking behind releasing this site as is? it looks as though you have at least another 3 months of work left to do if it took you a year to get it to this point.
I can tell you right now, almost all the suggestions are going to be, get the site back to what I know and understand.
I don't care if you make the buttons goofy looking, just don't move them all over the place without a solid reason for doing so.
Lol sorry... I am a visual person... might sound weird here.
Nearly all comments are all of a sudden lovely. Quite remarkable. Not long ago you would be lucky to find one nice "gesture". My comments have been deleted, as these will also, i am sure.
Site changes make no difference to me whatsoever. Chess, chat etc. All the same. I can't actually notice a single change to be honest. : )
I don't mind the new design personally, as it's still pretty easy to navigate to where I want to go. However, I'm just concerned that the home page looks kind of intimidating and might scare off prospective new members. It looks like a giant ad rather than a chill, fun site that someone would want to join.
I'd like my winning percentage to show, not just my total number of wins and losses.
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