April 25, 2007

TheDartmouth.com Sucks

The new, flashier website was a bit nicer looking, but far less functional. Now it's apparently non-functioning. Also, whoever's responsible for this redesign fiasco apparently prefers British spelling.
Anyone at The D want to shed some light on how this all went so horribly wrong?

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:11 PM

    do you really think there's a valid explanation? here's what it boils down to: incompetence. the writers aren't good writers, the coders, apparently, are not good coders...even the photographers suck. it's embarrassing to compare the d to any papers on a loooong list of other college newspapers.

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  2. Yeah, probably. They hired someone to do a job, and it appears to be a horribly fucked up job.
    And, for what it's worth, I think some of the photographers are pretty good. (It's the layout that makes shit of their work sometimes).

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  3. The inadequacy of the search function is particularly vexing.

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  4. look guys, A.S. Erickson left a name, even if it isn't tied to anything! he's ungoogleable, but everyone still knows that he's one person, and we can create a narrative of agency by compiling his comments, making him sort of seem like an actual person instead of a loose federation of trolls! this is why A.S. Erickson is hot!

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  5. Anonymous11:21 PM

    Uh... A.S. Erickson is a real person.

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  6. yeah, apparently fixing the archives and the search function is a completely seperate undertaking, which probably won't happen any time soon

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  7. One thing I really hate is that the "Looking for something?" text doesn't disappear when you try to type something. That's just basic coding laziness.

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  8. Anonymous12:42 PM

    Best post ever.

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  9. Chris1:37 PM

    It's not even better-looking. They've sapped it of all the character it had before, and there's far too much empty space on the pages. It looks like one of those generic sites of a company squatting on domain names. It also looks too much like Dartmouth's official web site, with its bland corporate aesthetic.

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  10. Anonymous2:04 PM

    maybe the dartmouth should just get a blogspot page... because we all know how impressive those are.

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  11. Anonymous9:34 PM

    Do you think that the radical minority cabal intentionally disabled the "D" website so that alumni won't be able to focus on the trustee camapaign? At 12% turout, it looks like few people are voting this time around.

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  12. Anonymous4:24 PM

    So this is a few years later, but any thoughts on the latest redesign launched November 2009?

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