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UPDATE: A Word About Changes At Queerty

You might have noticed some changes at Queerty, some big and some small.

As announced, we’ve moved to a registered commenter system this week: It’s a way to foster a positive sense of community, while allowing Queerty readers to engage more directly in the site. You’ll be able to enter contests, create profiles and see your opinions shared with more than a million Queerty readers.

We’ve also tweaked the site’s look, as part of an ongoing design change. Nothing drastic: you might notice the fonts are easier to read, and the home page looks a little less “orange.” We’ll be making more changes in the months to come, adding new features and design elements.

What do you think of the Queerty evolution? Let us know in the comments or drop us a line at holla@queerty.com.

 

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Aug 21, 2012
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  • 36 Comments
    • Bill
      Bill

      The changes are looking great. I’ve been following the blog for a number of years now, and it’s better than ever.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 11:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jabaroo
      Jabaroo

      Agreed. The site looks a lot better, very slick. I’m also happy about only allowing registered users to comment, I think that’s a good idea.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QJ201
      QJ201

      Does this include requiring that posts be proofread by a second person, like an editor, before publishing?

      I won’t push fact checking, I know there are limits.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Neo
      Neo

      @QJ201: I would imagine reserves are in place for accounts to be placed into moderation. It is the same system employed all over tech sites and such.

      Requiring joining the site puts up a barrier to trolling, however not much of one, might want to look at reactive member vetting and a grace period for all posts to go into moderation before allowing unmoderated posting.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      No need for moderation. I bet this simple step will get rid of 95% of the gay Republican wackos and/or hysterical Church Lady prudes, who will now be too scared even to register.

      “and the home page looks a little less ‘orange.’”

      Yeah, did Home Depot threaten to sue or something?

      Aug 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz
      schlukitz

      @Neo:

      Yes. Because censorship worked so well in Hitler’s Germany.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aquarellle
      Aquarellle

      I’d like to think that as far as adopting a new comments system is concerned, I played a small but significant role :-p

      Aug 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      The site looks fine. I’m just glad the RSS is still working.

      (Though I do wish someone, *anyone* at any site, would answer this question: why do “remember me” checkboxes expire? I’ve been to sites where, despite checking such a box, I’ve had to log in more than once a day; Queerty, unless something has changed, lasts about two weeks… and yet there are a couple I haven’t signed into for years that still recognize me.)

      Aug 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      There still, though, ought to be a way to subscribe to a page without commenting. Surely it’s reasonable not to have anything to say right at the moment, but to want to be in on any conversation that develops…

      Aug 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      I really like the new look and feel.
      Not so sure about the members only comment thing – it’ll probably result in far less visitors to the site and the all out bitch/troll fests debates will probably become slightly tedious and repetitive (between the same few people).
      I liked the openness of old Queerty, even if it did give space for some real weirdos/trolls – and think it was probably a strength.

      It looks wonderful today, though; I like every design update…

      Aug 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody
      EdWoody

      @QJ201: @Neo:

      Neo, I believe QJ201 is referring to copy-editing the actual posts, not the comments. Considering I recognize a couple of the post-writers’ names from here from long before they joined Queerty, they really should be professional and experienced enough to know they need to copy-edit and not let three spelling/punctuation/grammar errors get through in a single paragraph. If I made the kind of constant, basic and obvious mistakes Queerty makes in my own writing job, I’d be fired on the spot, and rightly so.

      Please, Queerty writers, if you have any self-respect at all, at least read through your own articles once before hitting “post.” I know it can be difficult to spot the mistakes you’ve made yourself, and assuming most of you are tele-commuting it would be difficult to get a colleague to read them for you. But for God’s sake, at least try.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody
      EdWoody

      Anyway, I agree that the new look is smooth and sleek, and I like it.

      However, I’m not so confident that the registering system will keep away trolls and haters. Aside from the fact that it sometimes seemed like there was no-one else but trolls and haters on this site, if there’s one thing they will figure out how to do, no matter the obstacles, it’s bitch on the internet.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aquarellle
      Aquarellle

      @EdWoody: Oh Ed, I don’t see this as an obstacle, I see this as a challenge.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      @Lefty: Registration is easy enough; it shouldn’t block anyone who wants to comment from doing so, even if they only ever visit one article.

      It just means that people who want to argue with themselves have to go to the extra trouble of creating multiple email accounts and either log out and in between posts or use two computers, and makes banning people possible. (Not totally effective, but at least possible.)

      It also stops people from posting as another user. Before, there was nothing stopping anyone from calling themselves “Lefty,” or “hyhybt” for that matter, and the fairly recent “different person” notice only cared who used the name first *in that thread.*

      Aug 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RomanHans
      RomanHans

      Great news! Thanks guys. I look forward to seeing discussions instead of arguments.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dumdum
      Dumdum

      I am an older Gay man in my day a Troll was a creepy repulsive person. Does it mean something else now?

      Aug 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aquarellle
      Aquarellle

      @Dumdum: Yes, Dumdum, it’s what people on Queerty call those with unpopular opinions.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Larkin
      Larkin

      Way to look generic and forgettable!

      Aug 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      @Dumdum: People online who say what they do just to stir up trouble. Yes, they’re repulsive.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason Sweeten
      Jason Sweeten

      This isn’t fueling any discussion, but I just wanted to say this: <3

      Aug 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Neo
      Neo

      @Dumdum: No, it means exactly the same thing it always has. Literally, merely people out to garner a reaction with purposely inflammatory statements.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Freddie27
      Freddie27

      It’s looking much better. But we ain’t gonna be satisfied until you begin proof-reading your articles and stop making us click through all the photos.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      I’m not sure I understand why there’s a useless white area on bottom now while scrolling. No doubt that’s in reserve for more ad clutter….?

      Aug 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      I don’t know if it’s possible, but I would love to be able to edit my own comments, as I am really an AWFUL typist and even worse speller.

      Aug 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      if using desktop what is with the white band at the bottom or is that just me, I don’t like that

      Aug 22, 2012 at 12:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hassia
      hassia

      I suggested this a while ago. Great now the nut jobs will find it more difficult.

      Aug 22, 2012 at 5:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mudgeboy711
      mudgeboy711

      I’ve enjoyed reading Queerty for a long time. The improvements will be great. It’s tiresome to have to skip over the lady prudes and the wacko, self-hating gay republican types. So maybe some moderation will help.

      Aug 22, 2012 at 7:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mudgeboy711
      mudgeboy711

      but isn’t it unnecessary, with the new changes, to put “member” next to the name? Since now we will all be members.

      Aug 22, 2012 at 7:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pierre
      pierre

      I am having the same trouble with the bottom third of my screen being whited-out. It seems to only happen on the desktop, not on a laptop. They do not seem to know what it is we are experiencing……

      Aug 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      Doesn’t happen to me (Safari 6.0, OS X 10.8)

      The bottom of the screen shows whatever ought to be there, including, if I scroll down further than there’s ever any reason to do, that big gray block of links.

      Aug 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raziel Kainne
      Raziel Kainne

      @QJ201: not to be nitpicky but i’m with @qj201 on the concern over misspelling. i’ve even written a message to the writing staff which garnered me a friendly, polite reply siting the shortage of staff members and time. still, it is a glaring problem and hopefully with the proposed hiring of more staff, this particular problem will be addressed. still- go, queerty..!

      Aug 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      So far, so good.

      Aug 23, 2012 at 4:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      @hyhybt: “It also stops people from posting as another user. Before, there was nothing stopping anyone from calling themselves “Lefty,” or “hyhybt” for that matter, and the fairly recent “different person” notice only cared who used the name first *in that thread.”

      Good point. That hadn’t occurred to me – I saw that happen so many times in the long debates on here too.
      That’s definitely going to be an improvement.

      Aug 23, 2012 at 5:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      @Freddie27: “…and stop making us click through all the photos.”

      I really hope that’s going to be addressed – I saw so many complaints about that and it is incredibly annoying.

      Aug 23, 2012 at 5:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      @schlukitz: Yes, because censorship by the government to suppress views it disapproves of is totally the same thing as censorship by a private business to keep conversations civil.

      Aug 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KARUADAM
      KARUADAM

      Ho yes!! now we will have a censorship here. Good bye to you guys and shove it up your ass AdamHomo.

      Aug 26, 2012 at 12:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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