Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Jalopnik's new format design

Well, there is that elephant in the room.  I really can't stand the new format.  Haven't posted a comment there since the change.  You can still read/view it in the classic style by adding "ca." in front of jalopnik.  But it's just too tedious.  Apparently, I'm not alone.  By the way, the uber-commentariat at Gawker have fled en masse and set this up.

Here are Jalopnik's Sitemeter stats:

4 comments:

F1Outsider said...

Holy crap! That's a huge drop. I wonder what it'll take to get all those readers back or if they can get them back at all.

I remember reading all the comments complaining about the new format and the response was usually a standard "get used to it, we're not going back". Way to listen to your audience...

kashgar216 said...

@F1O: Their response to our feedback has been very disappointing. I used to spend A LOT of time there.

Alan said...

"Home of the world's most self-aggrandizing commentors" ha!

Interesting link here suggests that the drop off can be explained by sitereader not being able to register visits properly due to the new layout...

http://crasstalk.com/2011/02/how-much-damage-was-done/

I'm a starred commentor on Jalopnik, and have also rarely commented since the change. I'm honestly not resistant to change, but the site is now un-navigatable and responses to comments virtually impossible to track or view - in short it's a step backwards and a failure on all fronts.

MattC said...

I completely agree on the change in Jalopnik's format. It used to be one of the first destinations that I would peruse daily, but the new format is counter intuitive.I gave up trying to post any comment. I still have the site in my favorites hoping that they wise up and switch back. I also agree with "Alan". I am not resistant to change, but do not understand a change from an easily navigatable site to an unruly mess.