Consulting the community


TameBay’s nearly 18 months old now, and frankly, it’s time for a new look. Personally I’d like something where people aren’t forced to scroll down and down to see if there’s anything they’ve missed, where what’s new is all visible at the top of the page. And I’d like to be rid of the lumps of white space at the sides; I’m sure there’s something more interesting we can do with those.

As WordPress have a major release due any day, I won’t be changing anything immediately, so now’s your chance. If there’s something you want to see, something you want to see the back of, something you’d like to change, say now.

37 Responses

  1. I RSS it to my blackberry 8880 anyway and read it on the tube, never look at this site, so it dont matter to me one bit.

    Its the info and the commentary we love I am not bothered about the wrapper!

  2. Sue, if your readers are anything like mine, they mostly read the blog in their RSS reader, so choose something you like.

    My guess is the guys won’t care and the ladies will have some suggestions.

  3. Established readers will often use RSS and a reader. Interestingly, I don’t.

    But newbies and those who stumble in will need to be tempted. ;o) I’d think about first-time visitors too.

  4. Thanks for all the comments so far.

    Actually, a relatively small number of our regulars use RSS (assuming that Google and Feedburner between them have it right). And until we can leave comments via RSS, the value of the site per se still persists, I think.

    One of the thoughts behind changing it to a more magazine-format layout is that it’s easier for newbies to see what the site’s about. If all they can see is one post on a sub-topic they’re not very interested in, that’s hardly very tempting.

  5. Sue, the look of the site is great, simple, crisp, easy to read. Personally I hate “busy” magazine style sites as I don’t feel they lend themselves to chronological order as well as a nice “newest at the top” site like yours. I do use RSS for the headlines from Tamebay, but I prefer to visit the site, to read the actual article.

    When I get round to doing my own blog, then the clean crisp, simple lines of Tamebay would have a strong influence on my design.

    Incidentally, I think what you guys do here so very useful and very interesting, I visit this site more than any other, sometimes sitting “F5ing” just waiting for an update, but maybe that makes me a saddo! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ๐Ÿ˜€ KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ๐Ÿ˜€ (Claps)

  6. Sue, you know that your design skills are cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž whatever you think will work will be fine by all of us, we just need you and Mountie and the rest is just frippery ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Thanks Lynne ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    Jade: I don’t do “busy”. Ever. Even when I try, I can’t do it ๐Ÿ˜† (Too many Geocities pages scarred me for life I think.)

    These are some of the themes that are influencing my thinking. I was close to just installing Mimbo, but it felt too inflexible somehow.

  8. Dear Me, did I really write that…. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    I meant every word, but myomy, that was a bit slushy even for me… ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  9. The title is of course nicked from eBay’s claim that they consult the community… which I always associate with care in the community too ๐Ÿ˜†

  10. I like it just the way it is. I like to drop in at least once a day just to see whats new and what’s broke. broke on eBay that is ;o)

    It’s very easy at present to just scroll down to where I left off.

    I like the crisp clean narrow look and with just one column of content I know I haven’t missed anything.

  11. So Sue, just like eBay, consulting us when you already know what you’re going to do ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. I like the site as is. Please don’t change it.

    It will be like looking for the beans in Tesco when they change the store layout. God I hate that ๐Ÿ™„

  13. content and information is what attracts me

    I dont care how its presented as long as its accurate focused and current

  14. northumbrian, Don’t think you can expect completely unbiased when it lives off advertising, you just need to be discerning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. ed

    if all the readers are in house or part of the clique, not much of a living will be made

  16. “if all the readers are in house or part of the clique, not much of a living will be made”

    If we don’t click, can we still be part of the clique?

    The content is important, but being able to access it easily and comfortably is just as important. There are lots of sites out there whose content will never be discovered since you never look further than the first two seconds because they are so unfriendly, busy, messy, and downright horrible…. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  17. Josordoni, I agree with all that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Actualy I tried to edit that last comment of mine but the re-edit failed for some reason.

    In the context of a clique I was really thinking of the regular responders rather than the readers. I’m sure the readers vastly out number the responders and I have no idea as to their makeup.

    Note to tamebay authors:- I think my re-edit failed when I tried to include a smily that appeared in the edit box at the bottom.

  18. There are lots of sites out there whose content will never be discovered since you never look further than the first two seconds because they are so unfriendly, busy, messy, and downright horribleรขโ‚ฌยฆ.

    I wouldnt know ๐Ÿ˜€

    I only ever need to read this blog ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜†

  19. Ha! I didn’t mean about eBay in particular… just “sites” in general – if I find one later on, I’ll send you there…

    p.s. I agree, for eBay stuff I only read here…better class of clique…

  20. Come to think of it, this is the only eBay blog I read too!

    And am sure it’s because it’s easy to read and lets me know when there is anything worth knowing. ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Artistically white space is very important. It is the negative space (ie. the space around things) that gives a picture its impact.

    But we aren’t going to get a horrible busy site, it is going to be spare and elegant and wonderful. Betcha…. ๐Ÿ˜†

  22. when I used to read that auctionbytes thingy
    I only ever read the latest news, and an occasional
    article that caught my eye

    bored rigid with the same ,old same old,

    shock horror storm in a t cup stories .ebay has run their business to make profit and a few anoraks dont like it

  23. Hey well Im a newbie!!

    It took a few days to get used to the site to be honest, when I first came accross it I did’nt really know what it was, so it might be worth a bit more saying what it is, also what some of the stuff down the right means to, I have just been clicking away to look but some peeps might not do that.

    Anyways im a member on an ebay friends forum and have posted this site on there to say how great it is!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

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