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Yahoo! Sports Redesign Sparks Controversy, Disdain From Users 172

Posted by timothy
from the so-people-like-plain-and-readable-formats? dept.
coastal984 writes "Yahoo! launched their latest redesign over the past couple of weeks, revamping their utilitarian Yahoo! Sports section with a new-age, modernized look, which features a much darker, graphical background, and light, larger text. Only problem is, the sports buffs that frequented Yahoo! Sports loved the basic, easy to read and comprehend presentation that the old site used (Which was a predominately plain white background, and smaller, dark text. Thousands of users took to Yahoo's uservoice page to express their discontent, begging for the old design back."
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Yahoo! Sports Redesign Sparks Controversy, Disdain From Users

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  • One word (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kodiaktau (2351664) on Tuesday August 27, 2013 @11:32AM (#44686529) Journal
    Terrible.
  • by istartedi (132515) on Tuesday August 27, 2013 @11:51AM (#44686781) Journal

    Everybody wants to be Bing. Why, I have no idea. Of course Bing didn't invent background images, but it seems like Google got scared by Bing (once again, why?) and started laying more eye candy on things. Then of course there's the infinite scrolling fad, which I call "tantalus scrolling" after the figure from mythology who was condemned to drink from a cup where the water level always lowered just below his lips. So. Yet another crappy Yahoo design doesn't surprise me. A lot of us defected from Flickr over this.

    Anyway, long story short is that the web design community has collectively hit the crack pipe, and users have to live in the ghetto they create.

  • such as Flickr (Score:4, Insightful)

    by themushroom (197365) on Tuesday August 27, 2013 @11:52AM (#44686807) Homepage

    No matter how the media says the product has lost favor, the millions using it -- who did NOT ask for a facelift to make it less computer-friendly and look more like a tablet -- beg to differ.

  • Re:One word (Score:4, Insightful)

    by kramer2718 (598033) on Tuesday August 27, 2013 @12:04PM (#44686949) Homepage
    Honestly, it isn't as bad as the Flickr redesign. That one was both uglier and far less functional.
  • by NeutronCowboy (896098) on Tuesday August 27, 2013 @02:51PM (#44689121)

    Agreed. I normally don't care too much about redesigns, and I haven't used the Yahoo frontpage (sports or otherwise) in about 3 years. So I really don't even remember what it used to look like. But.... holy crap this is terrible. For some reason, it took about a minute to load (crappy laptop indexing and backing up a large pst file is partially to blame). Then, when it finally loaded, I have partially transparent content with a background image of a baseball field making me feel like I'm looking at a giant captcha page. With the various lines of grass shadings of the field running off into wildly different directions (thank you gnat-high perspective), text becomes really, really hard to read. There is a giant ad at the top (adblocker is off) that is overpowering the entire site, I can't tell if the main image staring at me is for another ad or a story, as I can't tell what sport it is for, what the story is about, or even who the people in the picture are.

    I don't care about the new logo (it's a logo - whoop-de-do. at least it isn't the new Motorola logo), I don't really care about the menu layouts.... but I can't read the damn site. Why in the hell did they decide to go for a layout that actively prevents me from reading the news? Did no one actually try to use that layout?

    A friend of mine had a brilliant comment on Marissa Meyer: she can't fail. If she merely prevents Yahoo from being obliterated in the next five years, she'll be hailed a genius. If Yahoo crashes in the next five years, well, everyone saw that coming, and now she has a big CEO position on her resume that she can spit shine into something valuable. Either way, she wins, and Yahoo is completely irrelevant. With the changes that have been happening, I can't see Yahoo becoming anything but an AOL clone: technically still alive, but only because people have a hard time giving up their yahoo email addresses and Instant messenger networks.

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