Poll 2014-05-26 Favorite story image style:
Favorite story image style:
4 votes (19%)
7 votes (33%)
4 votes (19%)
Small (High Resolution)
6 votes (29%)
0 votes (0%)
Medium (High Resolution)
0 votes (0%)
Reply 8 comments

It depends (Score: 2, Insightful)

by computermachine@pipedot.org on 2014-05-26 16:57 (#1WZ)

Images are fine if they contribute to the story, but to use an image which is only vaguely related to the story seems unnessecary. Maybe images should be used when it makes sense to, and just have nothing otherwise.

I voted none, but i am not against having images or icons. The great thing about having icons is that you are able to quickly notice the category of the story, which is great when you're scrolling through the page.

Re: It depends (Score: 1, Insightful)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-26 18:05 (#1X1)

I don't think having them only on certain stories would look good, too little consistency. Maybe an image if there is a good looking relevant one, or generic logos otherwise.

Re: It depends (Score: 2, Insightful)

by zocalo@pipedot.org on 2014-05-27 06:40 (#1XB)

That would be my view too, but there would probably still be a problem with consistency. The icons, which looked great BTW, all had a consistent appearance and size which is obviously not going to be the case with images, and trying to find appropriate images that can be cropped and scaled down to the same size as the icons is likely to be even harder than finding an appropriate icon. If going with images then we're just going to have to accept some variation in appearance. Then again, maybe that's not the real problem, but rather that the topics that stories are grouped into isn't a good enough or broad enough match for the range of stories being posted - or there just needs to be a generic icon for when all else fails.

Re: It depends (Score: 2, Insightful)

by harmless@pipedot.org on 2014-05-28 00:25 (#1XP)

Images are fine if they contribute to the story

And I just looked over the images currently on the main page, decided that most did not contribute at all and so removed them from the page. Much better.
(Using the Quickstyle extension for Safari, if you want to know.)

Re: It depends (Score: 1)

by quadrox@pipedot.org on 2014-05-28 13:42 (#1Y0)

I agree. I sort of understand the desire to have images, but really, it rarely adds anything of value to the story. I don't need any images, thank you!

Re: It depends (Score: 3, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org on 2014-05-29 02:33 (#1YF)

Err, no need to resort to a browser extension to remove the images. The site allows you to pick "None" for story image type on the settings page.

Re: It depends (Score: 1)

by harmless@pipedot.org on 2014-06-02 01:34 (#203)

Oh, that's nice, thank you.

Could we also get a setting for the font size of articles and comments? While I can read the current size - and I think is plenty big enough for the interface (menus etc.) - a slightly larger font for the actual content feels a bit more comfortable.

In addition I did shrink the width of the right column a bit, since I felt it takes up too much space in comparison to the articles/comments section. So I guess I'll keep using the extension for now. ;)

None (Score: 1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-27 11:45 (#1XF)

Says this anonymous coward without voting privileges.