All articles on the main page are shortened

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by myrtlebee, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. myrtlebee macrumors 68020

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    Why are all articles on the front page shortened with only about a paragraph showing and the option to "Show Full Article"? Previously it showed the first three or so articles as full articles. In my opinion the old way was better. I am seeing this on an 11" MacBook Air, if that makes any difference.
     
  2. arn macrumors god

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    We were testing it out. The day before we did keep the first story expanded and shortened the rest. I assume u are not a fan?

    arn
     
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I am not a fan. And I'm generally okay with change. :)
     
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  5. myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68020

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    To me it is very annoying, especially to see half of an image like what is the case for most articles.

    Is it possible for the site to display full length articles for ones you haven’t seen yet and collapse them for those you have? For example, if you go to the MacRumors home page, the for the first time in a while all 12 articles are displayed in full because you haven’t loaded the web page since those articles have posted. If you reload the page or visit later and a new article has been posted, the new one is displayed in full, but the previous 11 are then collapsed since you’ve already been to the site and saw them in full previously.
     
  6. emulajavi macrumors regular

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    I don’t think that articles are generally very long.... so I don’t think any shortening is needed to make visitors ‘go down’ the site.


    Maybe you could add ‘a toggle’ at the top and the site will remember the settings for future visits....
     
  7. arn macrumors god

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  8. Porco macrumors 68030

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    I think this feature is a perhaps a little aggressively implemented.

    On today’s story https://www.macrumors.com/2019/02/11/2019-iphones-lightning-5w-charger-earpods/
    I clicked the ‘show full article’ button and there was literally one sentence and the tags revealed... in exactly the same space the button took up(!).

    It actually literally made me laugh out loud, it seemed that silly. Maybe the minimum length before the button appears could be extended or something, if these buttons are staying?
     
  9. Freqsound macrumors newbie

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    I liked the page showing the entire articles, since many times what would catch my eye or make me continue reading wasn't in just the first few lines or first paragraph. Having to click the article, have a new page load, then click back to continue reading other articles slows the whole thing down for me. Also, many times going back to the main page doesn't remember my position on that page and take me back to the top again so I have to scroll down and find my place. Prior to this change I only clicked on articles if I either want to read or post comments.
     
  10. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    There is no loading of separate pages in order to see the full articles or going back to the main page needed. Everything expands in place on the main page.
     
  11. DrBrush macrumors newbie

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    I am not a fan of the shortened articles on the front page either. Before you could just scroll, which means that your mouse can be anywhere on the page. Now you have to move your mouse and position it to click and see the rest of an article. Much less easy to use and sorry but it annoys me...
     
  12. imaccooper macrumors 6502

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    I will add that I'm not a big fan of the truncated posts either. I see the benefit of a shorter opening page for load times and users on a phone, but I would definitely prefer to have the entire article written out. Very few times have I thought an article was excessively long to scroll past even on an iPad where I do a lot of my reading.

    If you want to stick with this format, a possible compromise would be moving the cutoff line a little further down so more of the article is shown. Perhaps looking over the past few weeks at the average article length and adjusting the line accordingly. Of course a changeable setting on the front page will be great as well if that is possible.
     
  13. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    After living with it for more than a week, I have decided that the truncated articles are the worst.
     
  14. arn macrumors god

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    lol
     
  15. myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Do as I say, not as I do?

    MacRumors Forum Rules:

    “Frivolous and one-word posts. Such posts waste everyone's time and will be deleted. Examples includes posts with only one or two words (e.g., "cool", "LOL")”

    ;)
     
  16. arn macrumors god

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    sorry. didn't mean to be dismissive. :)
     
  17. myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Just teasing. Happy Valentine’s Day. And bring back the longer articles on the home page!
     
  18. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    What an odd response...
     
  19. imaccooper macrumors 6502

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    So it looks like the first 2 stories are now expanded and the rest truncated...

    In case it matters, I read the first two posts about the Red Phone in China and the charging case testing. The others I skipped right over and couldn't tell you a thing about them.
     
  20. yojason macrumors newbie

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    At least it's not as bad as those giant pencil push-down ads that used to expand what you were reading off the bottom of the screen.
     
  21. arn macrumors god

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  22. myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Nice. Thanks! Pretty cool, and I won’t pretend to know how that works, but it does work!
     
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