Gathering CONSTRUCTIVE Comments About MGoBlog 3.0

Submitted by xtramelanin on June 9th, 2018 at 1:12 PM


So this might be a good time to start gathering constructive comments about the new site.  I get the feeling that transferring an entire blog from one platform to another is difficult, in the same way referring is difficult - We all want to complain but we'd be a lot less whiny if we were the ones tasked to do it and we had some experience doing so.   Also remember that undoubtedly there has been a significant drop in user traffic this week and I'm sure Brian isn't digging that one bit since its no guarantee that it'll all come back.

I'm about as computer savvy as my cattle and my comments here will reflect that.  You coding and computer whizzes should wade in with suggestions and comments though.  This might be better as a diary, or mod deleted, or me sent to Bolivia, but in the spirit of constructive commentary lets see what we can put together for the computer crew:

1. For OP's, an Edit function would be  helpful.   Also think the old visible up vote/down vote for OPs would be good to come back.  Lastly, how about any avatar picture for the posting OP. 

2.  For regular posts, Edit function and the old style up/down vote where both totals showed, not just a 'net' total. 

3.  Some form of easily visible notation of 'new' posts in any one thread.  Makes for much quicker processing of lots of info, convenient when scrolling, etc. 

4.  Along the same lines, can we get a 'track' function back? 

5.  If you are on a user's posting history and you want to see where a specific comment is in a thread, when you click on that comment it takes you the top of the thread, not the comment itself.

6.  What are the differences with the yellow lines or brackets in replies to OP's, and the dark ones?  There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to them but I'm slow, so maybe there is one and I've missed it.

7.  The banner pictures are:  Robo-Chase + blind Trekkie + Tron with a hockey helmet.   How about swapping those out for one of a million more inspiring possibilities of past or present players, the Big House, celebrations, campus pictures, muppets, or just about anything else?

Blaze away with hot takes.  I've tried to be gentle about it b/c it would not be surprising if behind the scenes there is crying and wailing and gnashing of teeth, and I don't want to make it worse.  

Hope you are all having a great summer weekend. 






June 12th, 2018 at 5:58 PM ^

Agree 100%. There are 3 things I want to get to: 1) new front page content, 2) my account to check any replies to my comments and 3) new posts on the board. With the old format it was easy to get to all three, the first 2 were right there at the top, you just had to scroll down a little past the diaries (which are sometimes of great interest). With the new format 1) you have to work past a bunch of pictures to find new content, 2) I don't even know how to get to my account except by using an old link and 3) you have to open a new tab for the Mgoboard. After a week of familiarization I'm not feeling the love for this experiment.

The Maizer

June 11th, 2018 at 2:33 PM ^

If I read a comment and decide to reply to it, I want to know if someone else has already replied to it. What if they said the same exact thing? Then I'm just spamming the board with redundant nonsense. Or maybe someone else's comment makes more sense to reply to in the subthread rather than the first comment. With the quote style reply, there could be hundreds of replies elsewhere and there's no actual communication.


June 9th, 2018 at 1:19 PM ^

The vast white space is blinding and takes up a lot of real estate. 

Less empty spacing between / within the text, and a slightly muted background would help a lot.


KO Stradivarius

June 9th, 2018 at 2:26 PM ^

I posted this below first, but I think it should be here:

I think the avatar picture location is an issue with me.  It seems like it is inside of the leftmost column by itself, then all text begins in the next column to the right.  This wastes all of the space below the avatar, which is especially an issue on mobile. This narrows the remaining text box size and bunches up the body of text to have more narrower rows and more white space on the sides.  

Not sure if the avatar picture could placed in the first space inside of the same row with the name, then allow the message text to wrap below the picture in the next row.  This would create more space at the top of each post but less space below that top row, more efficient, less scrolling, etc.  


June 12th, 2018 at 11:22 AM ^

STRONGLY agree. I am a firm believer that white space can be used effectively to aid readability. But as it stands now, the site is almost unreadable -- and I don't think this is a "getting used to the new layout" issue. If I have the site open on my desktop computer, and the comments are unnecessarily hard to read because the text is so tiny, and at the same time even with the browser window maximized I can only fit three comments (at only two sentences each!) on the screen, then there is a serious problem with the presentation.

If the site is hard to read, then people are going to stop reading it.

This can't be a hard fix, right? Adjusting spacing and fonts? (Is "skin" still the right word?) Is that asking too much?


June 9th, 2018 at 1:20 PM ^

This is my first time earnestly using the site since the changeover - not fully digging it yet, but that could change.

I access it almost entirely from mobile phone these days and the mobile version of the site does not show the board threads immediately.  I have to go to the mgoboard tab, select board, and scroll through the list to see what is there - which is a pain and doesn't let me easily move to another thread.  It works by choosing "load desktop site?, but I would prefer not having to change my browser settings just to come here.

Go Blue Eyes

June 9th, 2018 at 1:26 PM ^

Maybe I am doing something wrong or I missed it, but I don't see the Diaries or Message Board on my i-Phone.  Is this an easy fix or still coming?

KC Wolve

June 9th, 2018 at 5:11 PM ^

Me as well. The board is most of my MGoBlog experience and it is a pain to get to. I would also like to see the person who started the threads name on the main page. If I’m just skimming, I like to know if certain people post info. Overall, an app would solve most of my issues. I do think they will get far less clicks without an app. I have no idea if that matters to Brian and co. I know I will visit way less without seeing the app logo on my front page. I also think it all looks great on desktop, I just never view the site that way. 


June 9th, 2018 at 1:28 PM ^

When we do major software point releases for customers, we publish Release Notes that say what is changed and how to handle the change.

MGoBlog needs "3.0 Release Notes". 

Perhaps update the FAQ's to address the major changes and how to handle them now. 

For example, I still have not figured out how to post a Google Image without having to download it as a file to my laptop, then upload it to MGoBlog.  it's a big pain in the ass. 

Is that the way it works now, or am I just lacking the proper instructions to have it link directly to the GIS link address like it used to?  I'm in the dark.

That kind of stuff.