New or Old Mgoblog

Submitted by chad on June 13th, 2018 at 11:28 AM

I prefer the old Mgoblog website. Not as much clutter and probably because im getting old just what I'm used to and less change the better. 

 

Curious how others think?

Old or new?

Comments

mGrowOld

June 13th, 2018 at 11:55 AM ^

Co-signed.

One positive though that's happened through the transition is I've gotten a chance to meet a lot of the lurkers on the site.  People who havent posted much, if anything, for years, are now coming out in droves to voice their opinion on all these wonderful "improvements".

Dawggoblue

June 13th, 2018 at 4:43 PM ^

Strange, I have been involved in BETA testing for a great many products over the years and most of them still had bugs when they were released.  I think you are overestimating what any kind of testing can produce.

How many people could possibly have been involved in said BETA testing?  A couple dozen?  It is far more likely that the thousands of people that visit this site on a daily basis will find issues that those few people missed. 

BornInA2

June 14th, 2018 at 1:37 AM ^

"Voting is FUBAR"
"Login is FUBAR"
"Image posting system is something from the 90s"
"Significant rendering issues in some browsers"
"Nav sucks and there is WAY too much white space"

These are not arcane issues that slipped through small cracks in testing. The test group was too small, too diverse, or their reports were not heeded, I suspect.

JonnyHintz

June 13th, 2018 at 11:31 AM ^

I’ve only used the new site on my phone so far, so I’m not sure how it compares on the PC. But I preferred the old MGoBlog on my phone. Easy to see the board/diary posts, the front page, and create content. 

 

Longballs Dong…

June 13th, 2018 at 1:31 PM ^

This is my opinion too (on computer it's better, on phone it's way worse).  Unfortunately, I only read "news" sources on my phone so it doesn't help me that the site looks prettier.  All i can think is about a post Brian wrote where he laughed at how out of touch some websites were by adding videos.  Now Brian removes a phone app at a time when mobile traffic is growing very quickly. Close to 70% of all web hits are from a phone now.  On mobile, sites are visited via app about 55% of the time but if you are a recurring visitor (more then 5 times a month) those numbers jump to over 90% using apps.  Conversion rates are much much higher on app as well.  App should be prioritized over the desktop site.  Also, I laugh again when i see multiple podcasts that could/should be written articles.  How is that different than making fun of sites for videos?  Videos are better than audio only streams.  

 

Anyway, I gave up on UMhoops because they didn't have an app and in just a week or two, i've downloaded multiple other sports apps and reduced my time here.  It's petty, but the mobile experience is too annoying for me to deal with.  I'll probably still come here for a long time, but it's already not my first M site (anyone have recommendations for good M sports apps - I've been reading fansided and land of ten a lot lately but they're only ok).  

 

Anyway, get an app.  Charge me for it if you must.  Request an mgoblogger to build it and split the profits.  Do something.  

JonnyHintz

June 13th, 2018 at 3:51 PM ^

Ive been busy lately and haven’t been able to get to a computer so I’ve really only been able to be on my phone here. It’s been a bit of a pain compared to the old site which was simple and straightforward. 

Obviously it’s not enough to drive me away, but I do spend 95% of my time on this site on my phone. So it’s been a bit frustrating. 

The Baughz

June 13th, 2018 at 11:32 AM ^

I’m still confused as to why the diary section is listed first. That should be on the bottom or just in a separate tab. I’m guessing 90% of users primarily read the board/front page. 

Both sites are fine, but the new one will take a while to get used to. Oh well. Just make a new HD app and call it a day.

Yo_Blue

June 13th, 2018 at 12:39 PM ^

I agree with RC - the diaries are almost always worth the read and should be highlighted.  It's no different than the old site which had the diaries at the top.  It's not a huge effort to scroll past them if you want.  Maybe the 3.1 version could have a user preference that allows you to order the sections.

rc15

June 13th, 2018 at 12:44 PM ^

Like I said, I think the better way would be for them to get posted on the board first, then pinned as a diary. Then I'd be fine with it being elsewhere.

But for example, there was a ton of work put into the 2017 punting diary, and yet its got 5 comments. For the work that guy put in to create that, it should be getting more exposure. A topic about the App being gone that was clearly stated with a reason why in the MGoBlog 3.0 post gets 50+ comments because it's on the board that people check,

BlueReign

June 13th, 2018 at 11:33 AM ^

I like the new site, But it bothers me how far down i have to scroll to get to the board. On the old site i could see it without scrolling at all. Now its 2.5 pages down. 1 full page just to see diaries.

 

Also, the fact that i have to upload picture/gifs to post is annoying.

BlueReign

June 13th, 2018 at 12:36 PM ^

I liked to be able to go to the website with 1 click, see if i was missing anything new at a glance. I might end up adding a favorite button for the board separately. Its just inconvinient.

 

I also don't like that the Joined date/points section is larger than most of the posts. The whole site just take a ton of space 

Night_King

June 13th, 2018 at 11:34 AM ^

There are bugs to be worked out still and it will take time for all of us to get used to. User adaptability always takes some time. If you ask me now I would honestly say old but in the next month or by the season starts, I am sure I will like 3.0 just as much if not more. 

Some users have been on this site for 10 years, it will take a long time to adapt to the new lay out before anyone could give a proper, long term answer. 

RockinLoud

June 13th, 2018 at 11:39 AM ^

The layout of the comments/board is too muddled IMHO. The joined date and points at the bottom of each comment is way too prominent. If it was smaller and/or moved to under the avatar I think it would really help the flow of the conversation. Just feels a bit too broken up with things that, while needed, are disrupting in their current layout.

datxum

June 13th, 2018 at 11:39 AM ^

Maybe I'll get use to it... but way too much spacing for me.  All I see is a lot of white spaces and scrolling needed in order to read.

southern_blue_fan93

June 13th, 2018 at 11:41 AM ^

So far..old

1) miss the Application on my phone, much worse experience on mobile devices with the new

2) the stories are harder to view if you miss a day

3) Pro for the new: being able to hide a troll’s comments so as not to see them anymore

daveheal

June 13th, 2018 at 11:42 AM ^

I’m indifferent I just don’t understand how it took a thousand years and basic things like “is it optimized for my mobile browser” and “is there an easy and intuitive way to add images to a comment” are not sorted out. Frankly don’t think they picked the right vendor but I’m withholding judgment until the summer is over and they’ve had a chance to iterate a few times and fix bugs.