Is the recent appearance of PhysOrg.com links in mid-thread a bug or a feature?
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It's now working properly in Opera. It was showing just the logo with no links and occasionally stretching the box for the logo all the way down the page.
I think this is a big mistake. It is quite annoying to see a post under an initial thread in the Physics sections about family planning... It is intrusive that it appears as a post in a thread with absolutely no relevant information. I hope it does not stay in its current implementation.
Thank you for your opinion. We will continue to tweak things in order to optimize usefulness.
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The placement of those posts is not suitable in several of the boards. A better placement may be at the top of some of the boards or forum sections.
Can you further explain what you mean by "not suitable"?
I too feel it is a strange place to put it.
Gold members forget there are ads at the top of the forums
It took me less than half a day to get used to it; it's very easy to distinguish the links from a normal post once you get used to them. In any case, I don't know what Greg feels like doing, but it would be trivially easy to change the border or background color or something if people are that easily confused about it.
If it helps Greg pay the bills, I'm for it. I too found it pretty easy to get used to, and it's always in the same place (after 1st post of a thread).
I agree. Also, in a week's time, it'll be as if it's always been there.
I was confused the first couple of times because it looked like people had signatures with advertisements.
They aren't ads News stories from a partner site.
I will look into ways of distinguishing them better. But at the same time I don't want it distracting.
It weirded me out the first couple of times, since I thought that some unnamed used had sneaked in spam. Now I'm used to it, and I think that it's a great idea.
Scientific American, now this. What the hell's next; are we going into partnership with NASA?
I support PF and Greg in all their decisions :!!)
Let's try it before deciding whether it was a good decision.
I have to say that I'm starting to like it. Some of the articles in the links are darned interesting. The one about Smart Power Grid security was an eye-opener!
I should also mention the feeds are updated every hour.
This is how their logo looks in my firefox. Should it be cut like this?
yes, it's from the website
I was thinking something like this, perhaps:
Okay I see. But on their site they have the "PHYSORG.Com" below the cut.
Here's a link to the actual logo, as extracted from their CSS stylesheet:
could you make an option to disable it? perhaps it could be a gold-member feature.
I would prefer it to be located outside of the stream of the thread. The current position is distracting. I propose it be prominent, but plainly distinct from the thread of actual discussion. Here's my suggestion:
Cheers -- sylas
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