Coming soon - an updated look for Fodors.com

Old Mar 15th, 2011, 02:27 PM
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Coming soon - an updated look for Fodors.com

Hi everyone,

I’m excited to let you know that later this week, Fodors.com will be sporting a new look and feel. As you’ve probably heard, we’re celebrating our 75th anniversary this year. Our web team has been hard at work on an updated look for our site in honor of this significant milestone.

The crisp, new design will make it easier for you to find the information you need without affecting the site’s core functionality and should not affect or change the way you currently use the Forums. We’d love to hear your feedback, and certainly want to know if you have any problems or questions. As always, you can reach me at [email protected].
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Old Mar 15th, 2011, 05:47 PM
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Looking forward to seeing the rollout, Amy. Thank you for the news.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 04:57 AM
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Well. The orange bar at top is an eye-opener, I can live with it though.

But...the posts are very, very hard to read now, they all seem to blur together as there is very little space between each post. Also, what is with the odd centered alignment? Plus, just looking at above post, half of Jeff's name is covered by 'Add a reply' and half of my name is covered by an additional 'Add a reply' button.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 04:58 AM
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Okay....weird, in the time it took to post my above post, my complaints were fixed! Now that was quick work Font is much better, as is the alignment and spacing between posts.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 05:58 AM
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Is this centered text a mistake, or is it the new look? I find it a little hard to read.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 06:15 AM
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Spacing, font, and size I like. I'm still getting the overlap and the centering is a mistake imo, at least within each post.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 06:21 AM
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I like it. It's very "clean" and orderly. BUT ... When I first came to the Forums page this morning, it wasn't. The things that Tully pointed out above (centered text, orange ADD A REPLY buttons in odd places, text covering up other text) were all there. But the minute I logged in, everything aligned. I logged back out, just to see what would happen, and everything stayed lined up. That's good, obviously, but if I had never visited this site before and saw that initial hodgepodge, I would never have come back. Is there some kind of glitch?

I like the organization of the rest of the site too. It seems a little easier to find things.

Thanks, Amy.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 07:17 AM
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Hi everyone - thanks so much for the feedback. Just to clarify, the center spacing is not part of the new design and we're working to fix it. We're also working on pumping up the line that separates the comments. If you have any other problems or questions you can reach me at [email protected]
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 07:57 AM
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Ido not like it.
It offers nothing new.

There was a drop down menu at the top where you could go from one Forum to the next...where is it !???

Why does the left hand column have to scroll along with the main posting section.?

I am in the Mexico and Central America Forum...... I want to go to Europe Forum ...How !!??

You know there is a Universal saying, "If it ain't broke , don't fix it "!

I see at the upper right hand side " Change Forum" ,but it is over written with the word FORUM...so all I can read is " nge Forum"

Remember the older version where each side scrolled separately.... how about bring that back.

Then when I click on # 1 in the left column, I can read all the postings without winding up at number 46 on the left column when I am finished reading !
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 10:53 AM
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The font size is too small, even with my reading glasses on this is harder on my eyes. This should be simple to fix I hope.
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For me it's not the size, it is that the font itself is weird and the between line spacing is strange. It is definitely not 'standard' and difficult on the eyes. I also hate how light the text is on the 1-25 list of topics. It's so faded out. And bring back the line between replies. Rumor has it it's there but I can't see it
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 11:06 AM
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@Percy - please try logging out and back in, refreshing your page, or pressing F5. It sounds like you are not seeing the page in the correct format.

We're working on resolving the font issues as well.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 04:07 PM
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The centering issue is fixed for me - thanks for that!
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On my screen, it appears that the formatting is wrong. Very difficult to read.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 05:33 PM
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I refreshed and it looks better now. Whew! I was going a bit cross-eyed.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 06:20 PM
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Amy_D

Yes I pressed F5 and refreshed to a more readable page with the Chgange Form inthe upper middle like it was.

Now if I can only get the left hand column and the postings column to NOT scroll together at the same time :!!!
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Hey - thanks! The F5 fix worked for me, too.
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The screen seems a lot brighter now - a little bit harsh, but everything else looks good to me.
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Has anyone else noticed this:

When I open up Fodors,the orange head bar is so wide that only a small part of fodors actual posting is seen below.

I have my Menu bar and the Status bar on top like I am sure everyone else has, then underneath this is the huge Fodors orange bar.

I used to be able to click on the " Change Forums" and the whole drop down menu would be visible...

now only half is seen and you have to scroll to get to see the bottom half.

Wonder why Fodors Orange bar is so wide!

Will advertisments be running in the upper segment of the orange bar. ! hmm
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