Re: Freshmeat New Design
> The new visual is really cool but I
> think the left
> column should have a fixed width
> instead of a
> proportional one. On 1152x864 it
> becomes very
> large. Tested on Mozilla 0.7 and
> Netscape 4.76. In
> despite of this minor issue it is a
> great job.
> Keep doing.
I totally agree (it does take too much of the right side of the page even on 1024x768).
The new design is really really cool. I like it very much. I'll start diggin' deeper to see how the new filtering mechanism has been implemented, but from what scoop wrote in its article, it should also make a difference now.
PS: One comment: what do you mean by "Raw text, HTML is escaped"? It doesn't recognize newline characters.
Smart and detailed filtering and search:
A few more thoughts about the current freshmeat.net repository:
Side comment: first of all, I would suggest that the default mode on the "add comment"
page be changed to "plain text" - that is how people write by default -
instead of "interpreted HTML" :). I had to fight the system for a while to
accept my comment as "plain text" - and finally it sent the comment with
HTML tags. Now I made this interpreted HTML to make sure it gets through as
Main issue: the solution to the editors' dilemmas whether to reject software
or not I still find a freshbone repository the best. The answer to the
question "how to do that?" might be the key to everyone's full satisfaction.
The final solution consists of more ingredients:
dedicate a whole tree to freshbones in the appindex
and allow a more detailed filter for the newsletters
and allow filters on the homepage (and for other sites mirroring
the news or updates on their pages)
(see below for example code.)
and allow full customization of the content that leaves
freshmeat.net and gets to us, readers and visitors - not necessarily only
I, for example, want ot be able to filter out specific software category
(e.g. commercial software) from the newsletter, but currently I cannot do
that (or can I?).
Also, the opening home page (freshmeat.net) should offer the full
customizability and also, to be able to specify what the visitor wants to
see (e.g. Select (("GNU GPL2" or "BSD") and ("X11/TV and Video")) or
(description of software conatins "freetext")) category software) - the
point here would be the multiple selection ability, not radio buttons. And
only if the selection criteria results in an empty list, wouldfreshmeat.net site optionally send or show the visitor items from not
If freshmeat.net made freshbone such a selectable category, I think everyone
would be satisfied 100%.
example HTML code:
Select this or