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Adam, how about trying to fix Pando's terrible design before pointing the finger at other news sites? Or do you think this site is actually well-designed?
2 months ago on New York Times redesign, partying like it’s 1999
Methinks you should fix Pando's design before seeking to comment on other sites' designs. Pando is still a P.O.S. in terms of usability, readability and speed, despite being an extremely well-funded blog.
As one example - NoScript shows there are at least 22 scripts on this page alone! Why a blog needs that many is beyond me. I suspect that is one of the reasons for why everything is so slow (even when most of them are blocked).
2 months, 1 week ago on No response: When will news sites catch up to the rest of the Web?
Sarah, I am curious to see if you still stand by what you wrote previously about "acqui-hires" (http://pandodaily.com/2012/08/25/the-acqui-hire-scourge-whatever-happened-to-failure-in-silicon-valley/) now that you have done this deal? If not, what changed your mind?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on PandoDaily acquires NSFWCORP to double down on investigative reporting
@hamishmckenzie @g_c Thanks!
8 months, 1 week ago on Confused by China? Download Hamish McKenzie’s new eBook right this second
Out of curiousity how long is the book? The description on Amazon doesn't mention number of pages. Thanks.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Confused by China? Download Hamish McKenzie’s new eBook right this second
Sarah if you interview Max in future please try to find out what happened to his book, "The Blueprint: Reviving Innovation, Rediscovering Risk, and Rescuing the Free Market", that he was coauthoring with Kasparov and Thiel. It was meant to be published a while ago and seems to have disappeared.
9 months, 1 week ago on How a glowing Max Levchin stole the show at D11
The reason why the the iPhone 5's switch from 30-pin to Lightning connection was criticised was because it was so blatantly anti-consumer, as discussed in the Slate article that you link to. I don't think it It had anything to do with it being a "small change" as you seem to be implying.
10 months ago on The flattening of iOS 7 and the dilemma of Jony Ive
Let me be the first Aussie commenter to say welcome to Sydney (even if you are a Kiwi).
P.S. I know you weren't looking for an answer, but I think Waltzing Matilda's popularity here is explained by its longevity and association with our country's rural and criminal past. Plus our actual anthem is shit. :)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Strewth! PandoDaily hits Sydney
@paulcarr @g_c @njyx is correct - I was making a bad pun based on how you wrote the amount of funding (i.e. $640K vs. $640,000). Not particularly funny, I know, but I couldn't resist. I also don't think Gates actually said it FWIW.
That aside, I do have some knowledge of media businesses (having run one before) and I agree with both @elicolner and @paulcarr - $640,000 is not much money for a newsroom...
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Clay Shirky says NSFWCORP has unlimited cash. Great! Now we’re screwed
$640K ought to be enough for anybody...
Love this article. I am still laughing at your "margin of error of plus/minus three Squares"line.
Paul, did it look like this when you held the first copy of NSFWCORP Print to come off the presses: http://www.articlesweb.org/blog/wp-content/gallery/sun-newspaper-archives_1/sun-newspaper-archives-4.jpg
11 months, 2 weeks ago on No advertisers paid the Wall Street Journal to reach Henry Blodget
"Apple will shoot 10 for 10 I predict. Its worst-selling products are still magical — Apple is that good!"
Sure. So none of these ever happened: Apple Maps, Ping, MobileMe, AntennaGate, Pippin, Lisa, Apple III, Newton, Hockey Puck Mouse, G4 Cube, etc.
The reality distortion field still seems to be working just fine, based on this "analysis".
1 year, 1 month ago on The Apple dilemma: Marketshare or margins
Methinks Pando Daily needs to fix its own design problems before commenting on the design issues of others...
1 year, 2 months ago on Why are so many news sites still so unreadable? A few of the best and worst
This just made my Christmas! Great edit. :)
1 year, 2 months ago on The most profane PandoMonthly moments: an R-rated supercut
Sorry Paul, Sarah won that debate pretty easily IMHO. Let me start the reader vote count: SL 1, PC 0.
(Although I am surprised to hear that Sarah doesn't think the redesign alienated readers - do the numbers actually back that up?)
1 year, 3 months ago on Does your accountant need to be a writer? A surprisingly contentious WITN
@sarahcuda @g_c Sarah, good to see you are very active in the comments for this post. Like a few others here, I am a daily
reader of PD. I previously complained about the site design (mostly to
do with the load time) but hung in there because I knew a change was
coming. I have been hoping you would do a redesign for a while now, but this feels like you are swapping one usability problem (speed) for another (accessing content).
I agree with you that you are different to The Verge - that was just my first impression on the layout. I share the confusion you feel with their layout - PD's update feels even more confusing though, hence my comment.
Having read a lot of the comments here, I don't think most of the feedback is about this being new and people being resistant to change and your design team shouldn't just dismiss it as such. I think this is a step back in terms of being able to access the content quickly and easily. Your stated point of difference in the quest to become SV's "site of record" (a tag line which I think you need to get rid of - it is way to early to be claiming something like that, even though I admire the aim) is that you produce proper journalism, longform content, etc. To me, this redesign runs contrary to that.
It sounds like some of the big gripes are being looked at and tweaks are on the way, which is good. Maybe do what Gawker did and offer a way to switch to a blog view? For daily visitors, that is a far quicker way to scan through the new content than having to work out various sliders, boxes, etc.
I am personally not a fan of the ticker and don't use it much. Given I read a lot of sites, an aggregator has less value to me but that probably makes me an outlier and I assume others may think it is more useful. I found the "crossing of the streams" a little confusing at first, but that will change as existing readers get used to it and new readers come on board who never experienced the old version. Given how important it seems to be to the site, why not give it its own page as well (like I think you used to have) and have a link to it in the top nav bar?
And, last but not least, there seems to be an issue with clicking the main story on the front page for me (it doesn't click through to the article even though my mouse pointer changes to the hand, indicating there is a link there). However, that may have more to do with how I have set up Firefox (locked down with noscript, adblock and a few other privacy and cookie restricting addons) than the site itself.
1 year, 3 months ago on Welcome to the new, more reader and device aware PandoDaily!
I was definitely not a fan of the old design, especially how slow it was. That said, I like this version even less. For all its faults, this site does have some pretty good content. In my opinion, the new homepage gets in the way of making it easy to discover that content (which, from what you are saying in this post, is clearly not the intention). It feels like a less-functional/usable knockoff of The Verge's design. (Viewing this on a 14" laptop with Firefox, if that makes a difference)
With all that said, Sarah I appreciate the hard work you are putting into PD and look forward to seeing how the site improves over time.
@Max Woolf Max, I am sure you are already aware of this, but for those who aren't - the Meebo toolbar is pretty easy to block with the NoScript addon for Firefox. I am sure there are equivalent addons for Chrome or Firefox too.
"Risk I/O raises $5.25M to tell the predict around enterprise security breaches"
Does that heading actually mean anything?
1 year, 3 months ago on Risk I/O raises $5.25M to predict the future around enterprise security breaches
Another great interview. Sarah, I think you should seriously consider a pivot (to use a completely overused term) - forget the blog and just focus on these events.
1 year, 4 months ago on PandoMonthly with Kevin Systrom post-event recap