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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 17, 2018

Critique this website's design, please; will you?

I'm requesting all our CEans to cricique the design of this website. We already have received feedback from many CEans here and via email in private, and we've noted them all. 

When we launched the new website, we were super focused on simplifying design. In the past ~4 months we've learned a lot of new things and believe that we can have lots of improvements in place. 

For example, on mobile layout - new visitors have no way of knowing about other apps. Then, we've not made provisions for gamification - social points and rewards for user activities. 

It's all coming really soon; but we'll need to tweak the design and layout to accommodate it all. Would really appreciate your feedback once again. 

Please write: -

Two things I'd modify in CrazyEngineers design:

1. (colors?)(layout?)(menu?)(sidebars?) Write whatever!

2. Go on, don't hold it off. We *need* your help and suggestions!

I'm tagging @Ramani sir, @Harshad @Anoop , @Manish , @saandeep . Please write your suggestions and tag others, if you wish. 

This feedback is super critical for us as we start the next phase in CE. 

I don’t have too much problems. A clean and no nonsense layout is in line with an engineering forum.

For one thing, why should the whole page, postings as well as the side panel, scroll together?

Is there a technical reason why the discussion panel alone cannot be scrolled, while the rest remain fixed?

I shall try to keep adding a bit more in a while.

Everything is ok, but one thing I would like to suggest is improve home page so user can get an idea of what this website is all about

Right now it just shows a image with login button

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 17, 2018

Really appreciate your quick responses. 

@Ramani sir - We've made a note of it. It's definitely coming up in the next design iteration. 

@Manish - yes, we are aware. Current homepage is plain and cold - doesn't give user any idea about CE. The new homepage is already under construction and it is going to be lot more interesting. 

Waiting for feedback from everyone. 

@Ramani sir - We've made a note of it. It's definitely coming up in the next design iteration.

Thanks.

The above is a second issue I wanted to raise. I copied a bit from @Kaustubh 's post, selected the quote icon, 'Increase', and pasted my selection, then I posted my response under this. Yet when I clicked the post reply button, my response gets posted as part of the quote.

This was the second item that I wanted to mention as it happens to me every time I try to quote. Possibly I am making a mistake in using the quote facility.

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 18, 2018

@Ramani sir, it's a bug that we're aware of. The 'quote' button does not function like in the old forum. Really sorry for the inconvenience. It's already on the bug to be fixed list; but will need some extra functionality. We're keeping it on hold until the next overhaul. Hopefully we should be able to roll it out really soon. 

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 19, 2018

@Abhishek - I think you've joined the site recently. What's your take? 

In a long discussion thread it takes quite a bit of scrolling navigating.  It may be useful to have options "Go to the last post" and "Go to the top".

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 19, 2018

Yes, go to the top can be easily implemented. Go to last post is available on the index page. Clicking on "Xyz replied 2 minutes ago" will take the user directly to the last reply. 

Thanks a lot. It worked.

The problem with updating profile data on 'settings' seems to continue.

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 21, 2018

@Ramani sir, another problem that's being fixed with a profile overhaul. Significant changes are being made to the site's design and layout. 

Thanks a lot.

Earlier members wanting a more specific information, not necessarily of general interest, could send a private message to another. This doesn’t seem to be available now. 

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 22, 2018

Private messages are being worked upon in the form of real time chat between members. We figured out that we need a few more social features to increase the overall activity on the site.

We have made a list of all the suggestions and currently deciding the priority of each. As we go on adding more apps and make existing apps better; we're going to need some change in the layout. 

I plan to list out a set of proposed features in coming days. We ourselves need more clarity on how CE will grow in coming months and that's what we're working on. 

Yes, a lot of the features that even we miss from the old site will make a re-entry in the new update. 

Jeffrey Arulraj
Jeffrey Arulraj • Sep 22, 2018

When you come home after a while and see all things arranged and branded newly you will be Like WOW! what has happened here ..


This is what I felt on logging in after a long time. Kudos to the team on the New UI

Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Sep 24, 2018

@Jeffrey Samuel That's a great compliment. Thanks. We hope you enjoy the new design and ease of access. Lots of new features and UI updates are in the pipeline. Hopefully, everyone will benefit from it.

Hi Biggie and Team. Ash here, logged in with a new email so I guess it's not linked with my old profile. Firstly congrats to the new design, looks fresh and modern. I'm still getting around to adapt with the navigation. To be honest, I'm more used to previous forum style, easier to track topics and read threads. Some questions:

1. Are all the engineering disciplines lumped under Technical?

2. I don't see the time/date stamps for replies, is this intentional?

3. Are font sizes adjustable? Might reduce the scrolling needed for long threads.


Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 26, 2018

@Ashraf  - Awesome to see you back. We had to launch Discussions app because we had to carry all the old discussions to the new site. However, the focus was on keeping things simple.

There are layout and navigation changes coming soon because while this layout is easy, it makes things bit difficult on the mobile layout. We're going to make things more discoverable and a lot easier to navigate. The plan is already being finalised. 

We'll launch a 'Groups' app where people interesting in specific topics can interact better. WIth Groups launched, the 'Discussions' will become our own little 'Quora' with wide range of topics and general discussions. Mixing everything in one place doesn't make much sense. 

PS: Regular email/password based login is making its re-entry with the new layout. 

Anoop Kumar
Anoop Kumar • Oct 10, 2018

Please give auto-save posts. I composed a long reply and lost because session got last and I copied something else. 

I was so depressed, I didn't write again  ? 

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Oct 10, 2018

Planned feature. Coming soon.

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