One vote for the UI being great just as it is. Mobile and desktop.
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I think changing the color scheme to make it a bit easier on the eyes would certainly be an improvement.
It's very weird that the only real customizable part of this site is the background color of the topbar, and that's a perk that requires karma.
My Hacker News style is a user stylesheet "Hacker News Dark" and 1 line of additional CSS I added to reduce the lane width of the text:
Of course you can go to town and add comic sans, etc.
I can get my news and put in my .02, when compelled to do so. Also, the community is authoritative and inviting.
What could you want from a new design that would add value to the community?
- There is no search function anywhere
- Go back far enough in the news listings and it just stops. No explanation. https://news.ycombinator.com/news?p=15
- To find the formatting guide for posting comments you have to go through the FAQs?!
- Update a comment and you get redirected to the same form with no message.
I really don't get why a site who's target audiance is web developers and hackers has such terrible functionality on their site. Is it because we are really meant to be reading our news through a REST interface?
The bottom.of most pages has a search box.
Most people here will be able.to use DDG or Bing or Google to search the site.
It would certainly raise the bar for entry if HN just offered an undocumented API and required users to write their own clients for it.
I just discovered that there is a [-] to (un)fold comments by the way.
I would probably just have swapped the positions and use less confusing icons.
Another thing is the occasional blocks of code that are too wide and not wrapped, this requires horizontal scrolling which I find a bit annoying, especially on phones. And the text-reflow Firefox extension does not handle this, otherwise it would be a non-issue for me.
At the beginning, the appearance of HN seemed raw to me, but I got used to it and like it.
http://hackernewsgrid.com | https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15078605 (2017)
https://vue-hn.now.sh/ & https://hnews.xyz | https://hn.algolia.com/?query=hnews.xy (2017-ish; 3 discussions)
http://tophn.info/ | https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13782574 (2017; 1 comment)
https://hn.algolia.com | https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8874801 (2015)
http://ihackernews.com | https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1694049 -ish (2010)
https://hckrnews.com | https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14962820 & https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1722914 (2010)
App recommendations would also be appreciated (if you created or regularly use the app yourself).
Maybe be likes things ugly, and believes real hackers should be like him. Either way, I think he's incorrect.
Or else the people who have been complaining about the design and layout here for years aren't "real hackers."
As a developer I'm not looking for anything more here than the "News", "Show", "Ask", "Jobs" features and the insight via the comments.
The UX is the content. Anything more would be fluff. That's not to say that's bad, but on this site it's unnecessary.
When you look at the source of this it'd be pretty easy to build an app that grabs it and rewraps it and that could be a fun project.