Feedback on BETA. (Update 11/26)
Site feels much slower. No, like actually much, much slower, in every browser.
--- The beta site crashed the browser app (Safari) on my phone more than once.
--- Especially in product page comments and as forum threads.
--- lol on homepage
Broken images everywhere.
--- Product images and designs on profiles.
Comments on designs and blogs are a 50/50 crap shoot. It's always stuck on the little loading wheel of death. Slow, clunky, unreliable.
I can tell Threadless comments are now dynamically loaded from some other database (beta seems to be using some sort of new message board bundle based on the BBCode that's now required instead of simple HTML.)
--- This seems to be… a totally unnecessary change that doesn't change anything at all besides force users to learn a new system, but sure. It's fine, I can get on board with it if it was actually faster than the HTML. Which it currently isn't.
Being able to see comments at all on designs (Again, a crapshoot.)
--- I suspect a certain of combo of letters or symbols in a comment is causing all comments to disappear on some pages, just some sort of bug. Could be wrong of course.
Sort by score/popularity doesn't work on finished designs
Search Bar barely works, returns results only for some terms based on some testing. For example, I searched my username, got nothing.
HTML/code/whatever doesn't work in design descriptions
No ability to preview your design submission. "Submit Your Design" takes you to a preview page but actually ends up submitting your design (based on tests I did yesterday.)
Watched/participated/popular filters still don't work in the forums
NEW Comments partially disappearing on submissions if there are over 100 comments
NEW No way to strike text in posts (
Love that you can now look at products either by the design or the product photo. ("Display" in the top right.) Really helps if you wanna see shirts based on how they look on a person rather than the design itself.
Bestee Awards page looks good, clean and organized.
Threadspotting page looks good, clean and organized. Most of the static pages look good and very well thought out actually.
MADE Shops also look great.
QUOTE button in comments! Woo!
No Threadless Live
No ability to see score during voting
No ability to see comment count, during and after voting
No way to share your design with thumbnails or code widgets anymore
"YOU PICK WHAT WE MAKE" on the homepage seems to get stuck on two random designs. It should show either a grid of submissions or favor no submission at all.
No way to see recently commented-on submissions in the blogs
FIXED No "#" or ability to jump to last page in the forums
FIXED No ability to even jump to last page on blogs with a lot of pages - doesn't show a "last page" or anything
New widescreen submission format is terrible, but I'm resigned to it because it doesn't seem like we're going back. I guess it makes it easier for voters or... something.
AESTHETICS AND USER INTERFACE (BAD)
So. Many. Rollover. Effects. Fucking everywhere - in the main navigation, on "Shop" homepage, on the Challenges page, is it at all possible for me to hover over an image ANYWHERE on Threadless without it flashing bright CMYK bullshit, unnecessary descriptions, and additional links at me…?
New logo… banner… thing at the top…? I remember when Atrium first came out like two years ago I thought that gigantic hideous hot pink/neon yellow/neon blue double-overlay combo was some sort of joke. Or a bug.
--- I understand the CMYK reference, really I do. It's still garish.
FIXED Why is ATRIUM still a separate website?
It's a lot harder to tell the difference in comments between staff / alumni / ambassadors / artist (on submission pages) because there's no color difference anymore, just a tiny bar on the avatar... Not sure if this was intentional or not.
NEW NAVIGATION (BAD)
What is this flashy, unnecessary image-filled rollover thing again that is horizontally oriented for some bizarre reason... the only area where it works alright is "SHOP" because of the large number of categories.
--- Simple text-based mouseover drop-down menus are universally used for a reason. Because they are intuitive.
--- See www.modcloth.com for an example of GOOD rollover menus. Or, like, any other shopping site.
Four. Options/Buttons. Under. "Make." WHY? I imagine for a newbie visitor/designer it's like playing pin the tail on the donkey. Why are the names so not intuitive? What the hell does "Make More" mean? Why is it "Make it Better" instead of "FAQ for New Designers"?
--- Should be ONLY BE TWO ITEMS - "New Designer? Click here!" (collect all resources, info, sub kits, faqs here) and then one other button "Submit to Current Challenges" TWO OPTIONS. That's. All. You. Need.
Speaking of… why do users have to click so goddamn much? To submit to regular Threadless someone has to go Make > Submit > Threadless > and then YET ANOTHER BUTTON ON THE SIDEBAR TO SUBMIT. To get to the blogs (which used to be ONE CLICK) it's now Play > Forum > Everything, so many unnecessary jumps and splash pages and FUCKING ROLLOVERS, I just don't understand.
The goddamn footer is SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE MAIN NAVIGATION
What is "Geeky Stuff" instead of, I don't know, "iPhone app"? Why all these new cutesy dumbed down names? "Make it Better" what the, are the words "Participate" and "Community" just too complicated? Are we back in kindergarten with the monosyllabic words and the neon colors and CAPS LOCK?
tl;dr WHY IS EVERYTHING SO NEEDLESSLY COMPLICATED YET SIMULTANEOUSLY DUMBED DOWN?
It's an incredibly disorienting combination.
NEW PROFILE BUGS
Wrong number of submissions
Wrong number of votes
"You helped get this printed" no designs show up
Wrong number of printed designs
Not all printed designs show
Not all submissions show
NEW PROFILE (GOOD)
Any design you have currently up for voting is the first item on your profile
--- This is great and intuitive for visitors
Any design you have currently up for voting also shows in a link when you comment on blogs or designs
--- Also great, should encourage users to comment more and prevent them from tacking on "okay now check out mine" links
Sidebar is much better designed and neater-looking
--- Good section for your web presence on other sites
"Snapshot of awesomeness" is also good…
--- You know, if it was even close to accurate.
NEW PROFILE (BAD)
Recent comments is the top item on on your profile still not over how horrendously awful this is
--- Lack of privacy or option to opt-out, out-of-contextness, overall totally unprofessional
--- Doesn't even work right - the comment link takes you to the beginning of the thread, not your comment, so it's even more out-of-context.
Printed designs/slogans/whatever should always be first
--- Should revert back to the old profile's option of showing either your subs or blogs or both
I hope some actual feedback instead of mindless bitching could actually help out. Please feel free to help me add positive and negative comments to this list. I'll also cross out anything under "Bugs" if/when they get fixed eventually.
By the way, "it's still in beta" is no longer a valid excuse. The site is being forced on the userbase now. And how long has it been in development, what like two years...? Grashshgghfh.