User Interface Improvements

DL

Well-Known Member
#3
It's great that you care about this and are working on it. I give my $0.02 below; but note I'm not a UI professional.
  1. My biggest UI wish is that DF would eliminate animated ads, or at least those that loop repeatedly. They're a terrible distraction.
  2. Re: icons ("next", "binocular", "play button", etc.) -- I'm not a fan of icons, because their meaning is often hard to decipher. A possible solution is to add mouse-over content with the text meaning of the icon; but then I think mouse-over is a poor choice for mobile (how to mouse-over with mobile, anyway?), and also perhaps for accessibility (e.g. browser tools for the visually-impaired; but I defer to a pro here).
  3. Re: hiding links behind a new "actions" drill-down -- it seems to me that this generally would hurt discoverability.
Having 3 "Dance Forums" on a page, extra <hr>s, other general space concerns and removing redundant/needless information -- these make sense to me.

For page number size ("easier to press on mobile"), consider whether the size emphasis should be different for mobile vs. desktop (not sure how hard that is, and not really expressing a firm opinion here).

Hope that helps. In the end I guess all UI problems boil down to just trying something and then finding out whether people become happier or unhappier, anyway.

Cheers,
DL
 
#4
Thanks for your answer. For the animated ads, what we have been doing is charging a little more for them. Honestly, we do our best to make enough money that everything is paid for with the server and the programming with a little left to do things like this. I do understand and hopefully we can more consistently fill our ad spots, and simply raise the price yet not allow animation.
 

DL

Well-Known Member
#5
Maybe restrict them to the top instead of the side bar? Or at least require significant time (say a few minutes) between their loops? Well, take those ideas for whatever they're worth.
 

stash

Well-Known Member
#8
TBH I don't even notice most of the animated ads. At least the ads aren't pop-ups or pop-unders.
I only notice them on while on mobile because it messes with the aspect ratio. There is a huge white wall in the main body of the screen where the ad continues past up top. The one solution I have for that is having a mobile version of the ad which would fix this issue.
 
#9
I may just do the change where we get rid of the <hr> for now. And maybe in the future we can make sure we get a mobile ad size in addition to the regular ad.
 

Larinda McRaven

Site Moderator
Staff member
#10
I only notice them on while on mobile because it messes with the aspect ratio. There is a huge white wall in the main body of the screen where the ad continues past up top. The one solution I have for that is having a mobile version of the ad which would fix this issue.
most annoying.. because you have to double tap on the beige to size it up. But hitting the beige space is almost impossible without hitting a link of some sort and going to some page you don't want to see...

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raindance

Well-Known Member
#11
Huh, that doesn't happen on my android phone, at least not currently. Is it phone specific? Is it Apple or windows phones (and their associated browsers) having these issues, or is it more complicated than that?
 

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