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Re: Big Appearance Changes -- Bear with us!

Post by AlwaysWorthIt » 02 Apr 2017, 15:12

I am looking forward to the changes. I was reading a review about this site when I decided to make my way over. However, when I arrived I was almost pushed away due to the template of the page. It seemed outdated and I wasn't sure how active it was. I'm glad I decided to stay. I believe an upgrade will bring in more attention.

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Post by Wasif Ahmed » 02 Apr 2017, 18:14

@Scott , I have one issue with the new template, as a matter of fact. When I try to select a book for review from my Review Team Page, I can only see the book cover and the review payout. When I open this page on my laptop, it is better with the books showing the book name and the page number.
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Post by bookowlie » 02 Apr 2017, 19:16

Wasif Ahmed wrote:@Scott , I have one issue with the new template, as a matter of fact. When I try to select a book for review from my Review Team Page, I can only see the book cover and the review payout. When I open this page on my laptop, it is better with the books showing the book name and the page number.
I also have found the new Review Selection page hard to get used to. If I look at the review book list on my iPhone, I can only see the covers and payout amounts. The titles and page numbers can only be seen on my tablet or desktop. Also, since the covers take up a lot more space vertically on any device, the screen shows fewer books. As a result, it takes longer to scroll through the list.
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Post by Scott » 03 Apr 2017, 13:40

AlwaysWorthIt wrote:I am looking forward to the changes. I was reading a review about this site when I decided to make my way over. However, when I arrived I was almost pushed away due to the template of the page. It seemed outdated and I wasn't sure how active it was. I'm glad I decided to stay. I believe an upgrade will bring in more attention.
@"AlwaysWorthIt" The update was last month and has already occurred :/

If you have some specific suggestions about what to change and how to change it (i.e. what to make it be instead), please let me know. Your feedback is appreciated.


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bookowlie wrote:
Wasif Ahmed wrote:@Scott , I have one issue with the new template, as a matter of fact. When I try to select a book for review from my Review Team Page, I can only see the book cover and the review payout. When I open this page on my laptop, it is better with the books showing the book name and the page number.
I also have found the new Review Selection page hard to get used to. If I look at the review book list on my iPhone, I can only see the covers and payout amounts. The titles and page numbers can only be seen on my tablet or desktop. Also, since the covers take up a lot more space vertically on any device, the screen shows fewer books. As a result, it takes longer to scroll through the list.
@bookowlie @"Wasif Ahmed"

Thank you for your feedback. Needless to say, there is a much less space to use on mobile, so some things will have to be eliminated in comparison to the desktop version. The desktop version will always be able to have much more on each page than mobile.

For the Select tab on the Review Team Page, there are 4 columns in the table. (1) Cover, (2) Title/Author/Genre, (3) Payment, (4) Formats.

At the time of your previous comments, only #2 was hidden on mobile so the table could fit on mobile. The other 3 all should have been showing. I notice neither of you mentioned 'formats', so my guess is that the column may not be seen as being useful information. That makes sense, considering formats can be set in the Preferences, so one should only be since books are are in a preferred format anyway.

I have changed the page so that the formats list is hidden on mobile, and the other data including the title and page count are displayed instead.

I noticed a small stylesheet error that could have caused the book covers to be stretched vertically out of proportion, so that may have been the problem there. I fixed that. In any case, the added title, genre, and word count data is taller than the cover images now so the cover image size won't have the effect of reducing the number of books seen without having to scroll anymore.

Please do let me know if you have any more feedback or suggestions for improvement.

I only have one set of eyes, and only happen to see so many of the millions of pages on the website, and things can display very differently on different devices, computers, browsers, and so on. So please do let me know is hard to use or navigate.
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Post by bookowlie » 03 Apr 2017, 14:00

I appreciate the help. It's still a nicely designed page and, more importantly, there are a lot of books to choose from. :)
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Post by CatInTheHat » 03 Apr 2017, 18:39

Wasif Ahmed wrote:The new featured reviews page is also looking really better. ??
I think that's my favorite part of the update.
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Post by AlwaysWorthIt » 04 Apr 2017, 14:03

I'm sorry I had no idea. Being new, I wasn't sure what it looked like before. I guess being new everything is a little more difficult to navigate. I'll get used to it I'm sure.
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