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Do you like change?

davidburleson

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Do you like change?

25 Jun 2010 9:31AM   Views : 463 Unique : 285

This is a blog post that I would like alot of feedback on from you guys.

Everything changes; technology, surroundings, television shows, work, tax, government, ideas. Websites change as well. I totally agree that change for change sake is not a good idea. But change to move with the times, to be innovative, to improve and to make things better surely is a good idea.

But, you, the website user, do you like change? If so, why? If not, why? Are you the type of person who loves trying out new things or are you the type of person who prefers to keep things they way they are?

The comment box is below, share your thoughts.

Tags: Web development Change Discussion.

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conrad 11 10.9k 116
25 Jun 2010 12:58PM

Quote:you, the website user, do you like change? If so, why? If not, why?


For me, there is no unequivocal answer to this. Because it all depends, you see.

Change for change's sake is not something I would advocate. I'm a supporter of the idea "If it works, don't fix it." But if something could do with improvement, why not change it - as long as the change is indeed an improvement.

As a web user I'm not always happy with change. Changes to a web site can mean that I can't find my way anymore, or that a new design is less pleasing to the eye - which is how I feel about the new EPZ design, I felt that the previous version was easier on the eye, and that I had a better overview of everything that was on a particular page. It all looks a bit full and busy now - hard to explain exactly how it feels, but it's not a positive change for me.

Having said that, some new features look promising and I will definitely have to give them a try.

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25 Jun 2010 1:23PM

Quote:It all looks a bit full and busy now - hard to explain exactly how it feels, but it's not a positive change for me.


Thanks for contributing conrad! It is very difficult and like photography, web design can be quite opinionated. Once we can pin-point exactly what it is that makes people feel that the new site is full and busy we will work on resolving the issue. We have applied all the resonable suggestions so far with the new design.

I recall the same issue when V3 -> V4. Everyone was lost and didn't know where things were. So, the difficult bit is how can we locate these sort of problems.

So to sum up your point, change is not what is important, improvement is.
KarenFB Plus
10 4.6k 167 England
25 Jun 2010 4:55PM
Do I like change?...............well, yes and no!!

I like the familiar, but if the change really improves the site then that's fine. It does take a little getting used to, but after a week or two I can hardly remember what the 'old' was like................short memory span Wink!

I don't see the point of change for change sake, just to make it 'newer', 'fresher' etc.

(I don't like the inevitable flak all you guys get for 'daring to change things')
JJGEE 11 6.7k 18 England
25 Jun 2010 5:45PM
Change / Improvement where is the dividing line ?
For example I think it was last year sometime that the BBC News website altered their "Weather" page.
It certainly changed but was a massive improvement with some new features.

As for epz, there have been loads of changes / improvements / new features over the years, some I like, the recent new tabs on the Homepage / Full screen width for the Forums page and some that I do not, like the Nikon Nation logo / link against camera details in the Gallery.

However, not knowing all the details or reasons why, I just wish you would complete the current upgrade across all sections of the site so that the format is consistent ( Conrad's ... "Less Pleasing On The Eye" feeling )

Oh,
Please do not change the format / layout of the forums here on epz.
Some sites I visit have them laid out like a "folder" structure indenting at each level of comment etc.
I just cannot follow the threads at all Sad
JJGEE 11 6.7k 18 England
26 Jun 2010 10:12AM
Just a thought Dave,
Why not mention this blog in the forums then you may well get more feedback.
I just get the sense that not too many people stop by here, so your request will not be noticed by the majority.
Chant57 Plus
10 395 3 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2010 12:03AM
Depends what the change achieves. Change for change sake......I'll pass on that one thank you..for I dont see what it really achieves. I believe if something/someone is to change it has to be for the better, if it is for the better, then it stands to reason it has to be an improvement, therefore I am in favour of change if that change is an improvement.

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