The "New Look"

By Bonnie Post | Jan 09, 2017

I absolutely hate the new look of Village Soup on line.  It may work better for smart phone users but it is useless for those looking at the site with a computer.  It is boring and does not give one an overall view of what is going on.

It is particularly useless for organizations, including non profits, wanting to provide information about their activities.  Why anyone would now pay for a biz brief, if they still exist, is beyond me.

Comments (11)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | Feb 11, 2017 10:22

It sure would be nice to click on the Comments header on the opening page and actually have the comments readers see, on a pc, at lest, appear in the Comments section.



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 31, 2017 12:57

N.B. Use is on standard computer.  -- Coming to the website, first yields a somewhat cohesive page, with certain news items appearing.  After signing in, those news items usually vanish, and are almost impossible to locate, if one can locate them at all.  Also, after signing in and attempting to read "Comments," the "Comments" are not "recent," and one must go to "Recent Comments," where, even after some other patron has posted, they often do not appear for some time.  It is as if one section of the software does not communicate with others.  I'll add, too, that if the newspaper wanted to be contact directly about the changes, at no time was a contact person and email address or phone given... so.. here's another comment.



Posted by: Karen Elliott | Jan 29, 2017 12:20

I agree, I am not a big fan of this new format. Before when you signed in you could see all the big news right in front of you and then scroll for the other news but now it is so disorganized you can't find anything quickly. Sometimes I only have a few minutes to check the news online but now I hardly come on here cause it just isn't easy to find. Can you at least put the top news right in the front again to scroll through?  There is this big wasted space right in the middle now.

 



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 29, 2017 12:00

"Discussions" has become the dead letter office with the new format, so I'm merrily posting in that area, no longer concerned with overdoing it.  Before the format change, there could be 1000 or more views, and now - maybe 30.  It wouldn't matter, but it is the place where a reader could post something urgent - such as the neighborhood alert when there was vandalism. 



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 26, 2017 11:47

Why should Knox readers, who read on computers not have an easily-readable site. The Waldo edition is clear and cohesive.  The Knox version is formatted so that it is disjointed, and lacking in full headlines for advertisers, etc.. 



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 23, 2017 12:25

In Belfast, there was a wake for the Statue of Liberty, but you would not know that if you did not view the Waldo version of this newspaper.  Surely this is not considered such local news that it does not merit space on the Knox edition. http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/at-start-of-trump-presidency-protesters-mourn-libertys-demise/1616740#1617167



Posted by: Holly Ann Tracy | Jan 13, 2017 12:59

I too am not a fan of this new format.  It seems disorganized and not very user friendly.  Just my two cents.



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 11, 2017 20:13

In order to view bizoffers orgoffers, Featured ads, and Upcoming Events, I have to go to the Waldo online edition. Somewhere within the Knox version these things must exist, but I've already missed one opportunity due to this scattering, because I did not assume I must view the Waldo version in order to find coherence.



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 09, 2017 18:09

Aren't Knox and Waldo separate subscriptions?  You should contact the paper if you are seeing the Republican and that wasn't your choice. I looked at the Waldo page, and was somehow permitted to do so, and the formatting is far different - more like the most recent version - plainly seen are the Upcoming Events, which, on the Knox page, is hidden under the tab for Community, but not in the same neat and easy to review format.



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 09, 2017 16:36

Point well taken Maggie. I am wondering why I am getting Waldo news on line when I have for years

resided in Knox County. ???



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 09, 2017 14:47

I have no idea what people using various applications can view, but I doubt that Comments and Discussions comes into view.  Even though comments that address areas of concerns mostly fall on deaf ears, anyone commenting at least had a glimmer of hope that they would be read.  Perhaps a greater loss is that community members may add important factual information to an existing article, or attempt to bring public awareness of an issue to everyone.  If the policy of the newspaper has changed to do away with public comment on its pages, then those areas should be removed.



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