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23 May 2008 @ 09:27 am
The Dashboard  
In the latest news post, theljstaff have encouraged us to post some feedback here about the dashboard...

... and it seems that we can't post here unless we join the community. So I've done so.

The first thing I noticed (and it's first impressions that drive people away from a new feature and ensure they never come back) is that while the content is only about a thousand pixels wide, something is ensuring that the sideways scroll bar is giving us about another thousand pixels of completely empty page width. It's merely an irritation on a regular desktop browser but it's rather disabling on a handheld (such as a 640-pixel-wide pocket PC, one of my main browsers).

Internet Explorer 7 on Windows Vista exhibits this behaviour.
Opera 8.65 for Windows Mobile exhibits this behavior.

The version of Pocket IE that comes with Windows Mobile 5.0 doesn't.
Firefox 2.0.0.xx on Windows Vista doesn't.
Firefox 2.0.0.xx on Ubuntu 7.10 doesn't.

Any thoughts?
worldserpent on May 23rd, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
The but doesn't seem to show up for Firefox on Windows XP either.

In any event, no offense to the people who worked hard on it, but this just isn't a very useful feature for me personally. I don't use LJ to see updates on the news or American Idol, but to find new content on a narrow range of topics that don't have mass popularity. What would be useful is tools allowing us to siphon through LJ in order to find this kind of content.

For example, on Russian LJ, there is a search feature that allows you to search posts. So if we had that on English LJ, that would be very helpful.
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Electrolitemorrigirl on May 23rd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
I agree. There's the issue of it not being of much use to many LJers, and also the page is too cluttered. There is so much information on the screen that my eyes don't know where to go first,and that makes me simply want to click away.
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Electrolite: Vinniemorrigirl on May 27th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Nope, haven't got a lick of graphic design knowledge in my noggin!
eddielj: labseddie on May 23rd, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
We hear that loud and clear. Adding search to LJ is our next big project. Please hang tight.
worldserpent on May 24th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it!