As your eyeballs cannot help but noticed we switched over to the new Thanet Star theme this week and, of course, the grumpy commenters got their moan on.
Meanwhile Jay, Illisia, John, Keith, Laura and others have been putting their money where their mouth is and forwarded design ideas, logo designs and CSS commentary. The general gist is that the older design elements have not scaled well with the new Thanet Star design. So we are looking at ways to minimise business and remagine the legacy parts. Some, like Jay, have been taking time out to talk design and technology with us for some time now and deserve a big round of applause.
Feedback suggests that the advert prominence is about right balancing visibility with ongoing engagement. The only complaints in that regard have been in the form of full engagement. I have worked hard to stay clear of pop-ups, pop-unders, interstitials, slide ins, full-screeners and redirect ad-pauses all of which are seriously annoying.
The design contest for a new long term logo for Thanet Star remains open and Jay and I have been talking over email about integrating social media sign-in to commenting. The big choice at this stage is if we continue to allow anon comments after we have done this. Jay's fresh perspective has been refreshing and is most welcome.
There's still time to give your feedback about the new design and to help us do even better. As for the vocal minority that seem to want only to be critical but not offer any constructive with that criticism there will always be a few like that and if you have, in the past, been one of them now might be your only chance to speak or forever hold your peace.
Thank you to all of our readers who have helped with the transition to a new upgraded Thanet Star.