No redesigns in how long now?
The fonts on this site are hilariously small. Padding is tiny. All the feel of the 1990s, today!
Still good content, but come on -- do we not have a designer or artistic front-end who can help out?
Plus, bear in mind that HN doesn't separate its logic from layout in templates, unless it deviates wildly from the original Arc forum code, so redesigning the layout around, say, lists as opposed to tables may be more complicated than it would be on another site.
But on the plus side, since i've been here at least, the expired links bug has been fixed, shadowbanning is community-reversible, Show HN is a thing, users can hide and favorite threads, and there's thread folding. Those are all definite improvements to the user experience.
I agree with you that the text could be more readable - a site meant for intellectual and technical discussion should be encouraging long-form comments, not discouraging it (as it does by fading the text for non-link post) but it does seem that the staff have been improving what they can, when they can get around to it.
no autoplay videos
no scroll jack
no social sharing buttons
no tracking scum
no page moving when you are about to click on something because some more bullshit just loaded.
usable in lynx and links across ssh.
so tell me, what is bad about it?
You can have fast loading and everything else and not have out-dated / bad design.
All you're doing is listing bad things, but there's literally no attempt to make the site readable or clickable. Most fonts are size 9 at the moment; you can't defend this given phones and modern screens.