TechReport New Design

Today, Tech Report launched with a new design; we hope you like it. We’ll be adding to it over the coming weeks to create a better environment for everyone. Our goal is to help consumers and business leaders receive all the tech news, information, and stories they need in one place. 

Built on WordPress, the site enables Google to crawl the relevant content and drive more organic traffic, which also enables the brands mentioned in the news, reviews, and forums to reach a larger target audience.  We wanted our news, comments, reviews, and articles to be the center of attention so our readers can have the best experience possible while gathering information online.

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This content-rich technology site delivers real-time tech news and other stories relevant to a tech audience. The news offers articles on trends, stories, new products, companies, and regulations, as well as other business issues — just to name a few of the categories available.  

Tech Reviews

The tech news site features the best hardware, software, and tech product reviews, including CPUs, storage, graphics, gaming, mobile, and motherboards. Other product reviews cover everything from gaming headsets and microphones to software and tech gadgets. 

The in-depth tech reviews provide a well-rounded, real world-tested opinion of each product to help readers make informed purchase decisions. 

Tech Forums

There are also forums to drive a community environment on the site. Visitors can register and participate in any number of forums, including those geared toward hardware, software, specific technologies, and general technology discussions.

Tech Content Evolution 

The website will continue to evolve, with plans in place to add other content, including video, webinars, guest posts from tech leaders, job posts, and more. 

We know this is a change for visitors of the site, but for Tech Report to thrive as a leading technology publication, we need to invest in and evolve its content. We appreciate your support!


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218 Comments
  1. So I don’t mind the redesign terribly, though the new comments system is objectively less functional than the old, but whyyyyyyy did you take away the RSS feed on a technology site? If ever there were an audience still likely to be using RSS feeds, surely it is Tech Report’s. If you’re running on WordPress, RSS isn’t a hard thing to implement.

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    • Dashak
    • 2 days ago

    I’m a 13+ year vistor to the site–including the smoky back room. Please delete my account.

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    • Alexko
    • 4 days ago

    I’ll try to be constructive, because I really like TR and don’t want it to die, and because I realize that the deluge of negative comments can be difficult to take and process. Which is not to say that the comments aren’t justified—they are.

    People mentioned that you should have introduced yourself, so I’ll start by introducing myself. I’m Alexko. I’ve been reading tech sites for about 20 years, I’ve been a writer for a few of them, and I’ve been reading TR specifically for many, many years. CS/IT is my job, as it is for many people here. I don’t really participate in the forums, but I often read the comments, and occasionally write some myself.

    So let me start by saying that I believe I understand where you’re coming from. The old website looked a bit, well, old, precisely. It was very functional, but felt a little dated. You thought it needed to be freshened up a bit, and I actually agree with that. I also understand that SEO is important, it drives traffic, therefore revenue, and ultimately your ability to generate more, better content. So if that requires a brand new design, so be it.

    I noticed the new design a few hours after it went up, but refrained from commenting, because I always dislike new designs initially. They’re new, therefore unfamiliar, therefore less convenient to use. So I knew I couldn’t be objective or constructive until I took some time to get used to the new design, which I now have. I’m afraid there’s no sugarcoating this: it has numerous, major issues; and apart from better SEO and a somewhat more modern look, it doesn’t really improve on the previous one in any perceivable way. People have detailed the problems, so I won’t do it, but the gist of it is that it’s far too bright and uncomfortable to read, content density is abysmal, the comments are downright awful, etc.

    So here’s what I think you have to do now, if you want to salvage this, as I think you can:

    1. Roll back to the previous design, at least temporarily. I know you don’t want to, because you’ve spent some time on this new design, and because of SEO, and possibly other reasons, but you simply have to, or people will just stop coming here.

    2. Apologize for the way you did things: not introducing yourself, not getting familiarized with the TR community before starting to work on this (it’s obvious from the done-deaf manner in which you described TR to people who’ve been reading it long before you even knew it existed), not consulting the gerbils, possibly not even knowing what I’m talking about when I mention gerbils, and perhaps most of all, not consulting the writers. In my opinion, this was by far your biggest mistake. Not only is it impolite and disrespectful, it’s also terribly misguided, as they could have told you all you needed to know to avoid all the mistakes you’ve made, or at least the ones that matter.

    3. Introduce yourself to the writers if you haven’t already, and the readers. Then consult the writers and the readers. Tell them why you want a new design, what you want from it, what you plan to achieve with it, and ask them what they want from it. Ask them what they need to retain from the old one, and what new features they might desire.

    4. Work on this new design. Set up a beta site, invite some readers to it (Gold/Silver contributors, perhaps), and co-design the site with them. TR’s community is *very* involved, and *very* knowledgeable, take advantage of this! Many designers would kill for this kind of help from their users/customers, and I know they’ll be happy to provide it. This is an incredibly useful resource, and you’ve just bypassed it entirely. Use it! Keep iterating until the previous, necessary features are integrated into the new design, until it looks nice and polished, and you’ve thrown in at least a couple of new, useful features.

    5. Then release the new design to the public. Ask for feedback. There’ll be some, and some of it will be negative. As long as it’s constructive, take in under consideration, and keep iterating on the design until you get as many things right as you can.

    6. Thank everyone for helping you out of this dreadful mess, apologize again, and start fresh.

    7. ???

    8. Profit!

    Do this, and I think TR will be fine, probably even better than it used to be, and likely more profitable, if you’re right about the new design allowing for better SEO.

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      • Sargent_duck
      • 2 days ago

      And the most grievous error of all…There isn’t a single mention of cheese.

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    • Kyle
    • 6 days ago

    Been coming to this site for a long time, first time I’ve ever felt compelled to post about a change on here. This is awful. Nothing about it is better than what was in place before, what’s going on?

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  2. I’ll need to join the lengthy discussion and state the obvious: A spruced up defaultish WordPress site isn’t going to get it done. This looks second rate.
    The folks who have frequented this site for decades are interested in information density first before aesthetics.
    If this is some attempt the garner a look that attracts a younger demographic you have miscalculated badly.

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    • Omgwtfbbq
    • 6 days ago

    As many others, I’ve been a long time reader of TR and really enjoyed the content of the articles and the people who made these and commented on them. And I am also aware that site was going downhill for some time and I understood that it needed a change in ownership, with owner who would be able to provide more money to hire more staff and improve the site and would be genuinely interested in doing so. However, what has now happened is not something I ever wanted or expected – a surprise redesign with much worse usability, by the owners who are afraid or (most likely) do not care enough to properly introduce themselves, probably because it’s just another “trophy site” to add to their portfolio and they do not really care how successful this site will be as long as it will still exist in some form… This is the WORST kind of owner you can get as a member of community. And I am not just making random assumptions about new owners – I’ve seen plenty of such things with other sites.

    I also wonder what would Scott say about the status of TR. Seeing that he has not mentioned TR in his tweets for a long time and instead retweeted comments from sites like Anandtech about Zen 2 architecture (this was 3 days ago) was already pretty telling, and now seeing this awful redesign might probably make him feel really disappointed. Too bad that he probably cannot honestly comment due to potential legal issues with new site owners. Maybe I’ll ask him when I’ll get a chance to meet him.

    Anyway, like I said it’s pretty disappointing to see TR end up this way, with the owners who clearly are not interested in keeping the old community happy or attracting newer community (people who believe otherwise have the right to delude themselves but I will not change my opinion) but there’s nothing we can do now. Hopefully I’ll still see some of the old members and editors on other sites.

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    • Sam
    • 6 days ago

    I’ve been an almost-daily reader of TR since around 2006 and have been through redesigns before. I usually have a short adjustment period (minutes, maybe an hour), then I’m happily browsing articles and discussions without a second thought.

    This is not one going to be one of those times. I’m on day 3 of this generic WP template and just as disappointed as day 1 when I loaded the site and thought something must have broken in the background.

    I think everything has been voiced by others, but just to reiterate: acres of whitespace, the excessive scrolling, huge tiles, no testing or community collaboration, the nauseating corporate BS reasoning along with no introduction.

    If the site manages to put forth quality content that I care to read, then I can deal with an awful design while it gets some tweaking (or torn down and overhauled). But given the decline of content lately I’ve found myself more and more on Tom’s Hardware than here, anyway.

    I hope TR can get itself turned around, but if not, it certainly had a good run.

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    • dashbarron
    • 6 days ago

    I’m devastated. This design is radically different, but it’s not why we’re upset. We’re upset because the design is terrible, came at no warning, and as a close-knit community that backed this website 100%…we have no idea who you are.

    We’re tech nerds. We welcome new and fresh change. But you very clearly demonstrated you have no idea what your audience is. And you bought this site…?! I don’t know how you can not see the problems with this.

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      • dashbarron
      • 6 days ago

      Further note: when they did redesigns in the past, it was all-hands-on-deck with the staff to come up with a design that was well thought-out and improved readability. There was a demo, and back and forth with the community, and a well-polished site came out at the end that everyone then knew, was familiar with, and had some at least minuscule say on it.

      You did 100% none of that.

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    • Pez
    • 6 days ago

    This is horrific, what have you done

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    • Joe
    • 7 days ago

    I’ve been frequenting this site for years and admit the previous design seemed a little clunky and crowded at times, but the new design is unusable. The purpose of these sites is to obtain information, no gaze in wonder at the “design.”

    So, I’m removing this site from my favorites.

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    • Meadows
    • 1 week ago

    As of now, on my work laptop (768p screen, no taskbar) it takes 103(!) presses of the Page Down button to reach the point where you’re able to comment, and 104 to reach the bottom of the page. As a result, this particular blog page is virtually unusable whether you swipe on your phone or scroll with a mouse. This is what I meant when I alluded to the fact that this design is neither responsive nor finished, when it should clearly be at least one of those two.

    The state of the “hide” trigger under the social media buttons is still not remembered, nor is the “save my name” checkbox when leaving a comment, which by the way has been misaligned and included a needless line break for 4 days now. These are but a mere few of the sort of basic issues that could’ve been fixed weeks ago, had you had a test run for the design and bothered to reach out to anyone.

    Even if this website was a basic storefront, and even if your audience wasn’t as tech-savvy as it is, such quirks would still annoy people, only those people wouldn’t be able to articulate it as much. So, in a way, you’re actually fortunate that people complain this well at TR. Might as well appreciate your luck by posting a response soon.

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      • Renee Johnson
      • 1 week ago

      Great feedback. We’ve sent to our tech team to bring commenting at the top as well as at the bottom.

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        • Yan
        • 1 week ago

        Whoosh!

        Renee, the problem isn’t that the reply button is at the bottom. The problem is that there are 15-20 lines of useful text per screen. (And apparently three letters per line, according to f0d, although I haven’t seen this problem.)

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          • Meadows
          • 1 week ago

          Purportedly it’s on mobile when the comment replies get indented two or more levels deep.

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            • curtisb
            • 1 week ago

            It’s exactly that. It eventually just starts cutting off the comment text. This one will probably be cutoff. It’s minimally better if you turn your phone landscape.

            However, there are so many other issues with this design, that’s minor at this point. :rolleyes:

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            • 6 days ago
        • Meadows
        • 1 week ago

        Obviously it’s great feedback, but what about the underlying cause? It can’t seriously be this hard to figure out how not to make a webpage 80,000 pixels tall. We have the technology.

        How about putting the thumbs up/down and reply buttons in line with the commenter’s name, thereby saving 40 pixels, give or take, per comment? Better yet, how about compressing comments down to their first 3 lines as a preview, and hiding their replies by default, requiring a click (or tap) to expand said comment and its replies on demand? Once that’s done, how about reducing the padding between comments down to half, and between the “name, email, website, SUBMIT” fields down to a quarter?

        The possibilities are endless. And that’s just off the top of my head by looking at it for 35 seconds.

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        • Sargent Duck
        • 1 week ago

        You mean it took a team of people to come up with this rubbish design?

        I remember creating better homepages using basic html on notepad back in high school with GeoCities. The fact that this took a “team” scares me beyond belief.

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        • SecretSquirrel
        • 7 days ago

        On the offhand chance this works, here is an idea of what the comments look like from a mobile device.

        http://kovarindustries.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10001/normal_Screenshot_20190711-121431.png

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          • SecretSquirrel
          • 7 days ago

          Lets see if this works.

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          • Yan
          • 7 days ago

          Ouch. I always thought that this kind of Web design was to help users with phones. (I don’t have a mobile device myself; yes, I’m a dinosaur.)

          If that’s not the point of the change, then what is it? Or was the designer really that incompetent?

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  3. PSA: I’ve decided, me personally, to block the first comment I’ve blocked in this thread. I feel it was the type of comment that would have been heavily downvoted and unceremoniously deleted by mods if they had the ability. That’s all the detail I’m going to share but I want to be transparent about.

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    • bigbloke
    • 1 week ago

    Wow. Such arrogance. Destroy, and I mean utterly devastate, a close knit community without even a polite introduction or discussion of future intent. So you have enough money to buy a website and not care at all about it dying off completely? Whoop for you! Do you also burn 100 dollar bills for fun?
    This new design could have been done better by a firstgrader just starting in WordPress. Did you buy the site and hand it over to your spoilt child to ruin? Sure seems that way.
    This comments system is so unusable I’m sure you can’t/won’t/don’t even navigate it and I sure can’t be bothered again after I send this message.
    I also notice that “Renee” has actually bothered to stop posting inane glib comments implying that the content was poor before these supergods have come to save us. And so far the “new” content consists of this single “newspeak” article, does this show us what is to come?
    God speed Techreport, you deserved so much better than to die at the hands of morons.

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    • Nictron
    • 1 week ago

    Dear TR,

    As a Gold subscriber I have to add my comments to this.

    The only reason I was a Gold subscriber to TR was because of the effort that went into the creation and quality of the site. It was unique and filled with effort. That is why I subscribed.

    More and more people use anti-google advertising systems and browsers to engage the web and content creation is being rewarded via direct contribution when in line with the community needs.

    This new direction of TR is completely out of line with its community and now in line with the rest of the low quality crowd on the internet.

    I am very unhappy and can’t see myself contributing to this site in future!

    Nico

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      • Renee Johnson
      • 1 week ago

      Hopefully we can change your viewpoint in the future!

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        • sreams
        • 6 days ago

        Are you human?

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    • f0d
    • 1 week ago

    I just tried reading these comments on a phone and ARGH it’s unreadable past a few replies only 3 letters at a time gets displayed and it looks like this
    (Derfunks reply at the end of comments as an example)
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    • curtisb
    • 1 week ago

    I’ve always tried to be at least respectful in my posts, and I’ve already shared some thoughts in the forum thread started over the new design. I’ll do my best to maintain decorum after this slap in the face to the entirety of the existing TR community, but I’m not making any promises. I stated in my forum post that I understand the need to modernize the design. I misspoke. There was nothing wrong with the previous design. What I should have said was I understand the need to modernize the code.

    WordPress? Really? It’s a sh!t CMS. That is both a personal and professional opinion. It’s known for having a constant stream of security vulnerabilities. While they are more complex, for a reason, Drupal or Joomla would have been a better choice if the intent/requirement was to move away from the custom CMS.

    There was no imagination or thought put into this new design. It’s a generic bootstrap template. Period. If the intention was to leave a mark with the new design, you succeeded. Only it failed to leave a good mark.

    The dumbification of the web continues, and I hope it’s evident to the new owners that this highly intelligent community won’t stand for it here.

    I’m watching intently, but I’m not impressed* with what I’ve seen thus far and not hopeful that it will get any better. This article was certainly no indication that it will.

    * Sorry Krogoth…had to borrow that.

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      • Sargent Duck
      • 1 week ago

      The amount of creativity that went into this new design was simply staggering, breathtaking even. It must have taken Renee a whole 0s to think of having pictures on a white background.

      It’s like, here’s $10, redesign this website with WordPress.

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    • Fonbu
    • 1 week ago

    I was shocked at first of the massive interface change. I have seen a previous website go this route as it was failing. ie. hardware secrets.

    But change is hard for most of us.

    I think most of the regulars are upset with this desecration of a most beloved and former highly respected website. I for one have read this website for years, as many of us readers.

    If great content is still made according to the classical Tech Report standards, it can still have a future. But content is only as great as it is presented. This site was originally not designed entirely for mobile devices, but now it is completely designed for this. Its both a future reality and part of the PC community failing.

    I for one will stick around this dumpster fire and visit everyday. I like to keep warm and cozy and converse with the PC survivors of the future!

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      • Cyber
      • 1 week ago

      “This site was originally not designed entirely for mobile devices, but now it is completely designed for this.”

      That would be true if only it worked better on mobile devices now but this new design is practically unusable on my mobile device while the old one was fine.

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      • Renee Johnson
      • 1 week ago

      Thanks for the positive feedback. Hopefully we can prove you right!

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    • Kenton
    • 1 week ago

    Hi, I have been reading since TR’s inception, when it was thetechreport hah. I have never registered or commented on anything, I have never e-mailed anyone, I have just read the site for the past near two decades. However, this is garbage. I want a refund.

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    • not@home
    • 1 week ago

    I see all these comments asking Renee, and I thought, “Hey, I have been lurking here for a very long time and I have never introduced myself” So here goes:
    My name is not@home. I am rarely at home because I enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, canoeing, camping, hiking, photography, shooting, and just about anything that gets me out of the house. The only things I enjoy in the house are Tech Report, and Civilization V. Speaking of the Tech Report, I was startled when I was reading the Ryzen Review and half way through, the website went from beautiful TR blue to “oh god my eyeballs have exploded!” A little forewarning would have helped. Long live TR.

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      • not@home
      • 1 week ago

      No edit button. Well the first sentence should have been “I see all these comments asking Renee to introduce herself, and I thought:”

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        • superjawes
        • 1 week ago

        An Edit button is among the top requested features in the mentioned thread, as is forum account to comment section linking (for a whole bunch of reasons).

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    • Vaughn
    • 1 week ago

    I have to agree with everyone else.
    When I first saw this I was like WTF is this trash.

    I was like normally you setup a beta and you ask your regulars about a new site design you go about it slowly. This site is only usable for me in its current state because I have a 2nd monitor in portrait mode just for viewing web content.

    Fix this ASAP not in a couple months. I’ve been reading this site since 2003 and this will be my last year if some respect isn’t shown to long time members.

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    • Adampk17
    • 1 week ago

    THIS. IS. TERRIBLE.

    I want my money back.

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  4. This is my first and last post on this site, which i have been reading for over a decade:
    RIP TECH REPORT. New design is total garbage. Why the hell are there headsets in the GPU section? Or storage and GPU stuff in the motherboard section?
    Please bring back the old site and quit screwing around.

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    • Simbaant
    • 1 week ago

    I’m one of the many following techreport, since Scott left ARS. Thanks for treating us like this.

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    • Pls
    • 1 week ago

    Its not about the changes, as horrific as they are. The real problem is that someone thought it was okay to proceed in this manner. The mindset behind that is why so many of us see the writing on the wall.

    As far as this article is concerned, text algorithms have come a long way. I’m pretty sure I could spin up a completely automated article that comes across as more ‘human’ than this one.

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  5. **WHAT IS THIS?**

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    • PSA, and this is my personal call, this is the last post from “chuckula” or other imposters that I’m going to approve. We’ve had our fun with fake names but there’s no sense in making this mess worse than it already it. Thanks! Nothing personal to the real chuckula, I still love you.

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      • simbaant
      • 1 week ago

      That’s not real Chukula, no shilling. me thinks its some SSK

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        • Sweatshopking
        • 1 week ago

        Actually it wasn’t me

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          • superjawes
          • 1 week ago

          But how we know you’re you?

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            • Ifalna
            • 1 week ago

            Moderators might know via E-Mail address.
            We have no way to know.

    • BabelHuber
    • 1 week ago

    I don’t get this, really.

    Does the site have new owners again? What is going on? Where are the little quirks, like “most commented topics” or the comments with the most upvotes? Why is there so much whitespace instead of information? Why can’t I preview a post? Why is the “post comment” button on the top missing?

    I get that nothing lasts forever and that a redesign may have been due, but:
    – The old site had something, it was different. This is just a design everybody else has
    – The tradition for design changes has been to:
    – Run a beta
    – Listen to feedback
    – Improve the new design
    – Provide fallbacks for die-hards (techreport.com/news.x)
    – Then go live with the new design

    Also, when the ownership changed in the past, we got information from the past owner and the new owner.
    This way, people felt like being part of a geeky family. We e.g. wished Scott well when he left, because we knew each staff member.
    When new employees just start posting here without even introducing themselves to the community, this family feeling is simply gone. For a long-term reader this is a rude and inappropriate behaviour.

    It always felt as Techreport cares about its readers, that yes, revenue is important, but also important is to take the readers seriously.

    I keep my hopes up, perhaps this is just a temporary issue. But honestly I’m shocked about all of this, for me it seems like amateurs are destroying a business.

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    • I’ve tried to explain things in this thread. You may want to start with this post if you just want a summary.

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        • curtisb
        • 1 week ago

        As admirable as it is that you’ve been trying to respond, that’s not on you at this point. Those who made the decision should be responding. The sheer fact that they’ve put limits on what you’re “allowed” to say speaks volumes, IMNSHO.

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        • BabelHuber
        • 1 week ago

        Thanks for the link 👍

        No offense intended, I get that it wasn’t your decision. Also I hope that things are getting better now, looking forward to the new content in the future.

        Hopefully Renee (and the other new people?) have recognized that this is a vocal community with a long tradition who cares for TR, but on the other hand also has its expectations.

        As IT consultant, I have seen first hand what can happen when new people join an existing organization without understanding its culture and make decisions nobody likes:

        Either they admit their mistake, change direction and start working in a cooperative manner, or they feel that they are treated wrongly and stubbornly keep their course.

        In the former case, the organization can gain and thrive, in the latter case everything goes down the toilet. I really hope that doesn’t happen to TR!

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      • hgjgjthfukunfkunfku6fn
      • 1 week ago

      You failed to notice that we live in a world where everything is a beta version. Windows 10 is always in beta stage, techreport is in beta state, and don’t answer this comment because is a beta comment (but actually the definitive version).

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    • Zimpdagreene
    • 1 week ago

    As coming to this site for over 15 years I was definitely shocked to see the redesign like this. The scrolling is like insane. I think it’s way off in design and definitely needs go back to the old then make some changes… But not as drastic as this… Well maybe it’s just me seems like the way it is right now doesn’t pop with information like the old one did… Anyways.

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    • keziwithchimi
    • 1 week ago

    No, I don’t like it. I hate it.

    All the links I used to have on my screen are gone. No more can see on my screen the majority of the information.

    It takes a lot of painfully work to scroll just to see each article link.

    The screen is mostly empty. It looks extremely cheap, like an amateur webpage.

    I no more will be putting the effort it takes to painfully scroll the entire page for the little reward of seeing a single article for each scroll.

    If I come back, I will just see the main article on the page load, and leave.

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    • Spunjji
    • 1 week ago

    Hi Renee. Thanks for introducing yourself. I can see that a lot of the comments have been predominantly negative, and I know from experience that it sucks to feel like you have to sit there and take a beating whilst trying to do your job. I’ll try to be constructive.

    Style concerns aside, the overwhelming sentiment seems to be dismay that the change was unexpected and unannounced. That’s definitely how I felt! A small introduction and a little advance notice would have gone a long way; unfortunately that horse has now bolted and the complaints and umbrage are now inevitable.

    While I imagine that “turn it back the way it was” isn’t an option, it does look like you’ve been given some fairly high-quality advice for improvements here, in among the (understandable) grousing. I hope you’re able to pull the best bits out and work with it.

    In summary, it’d be good to find out more about you, what’s going on with site management, and what the plans are moving forwards. In an absence of information, people will fill it with all sorts of presumption and nonsense – it’d be nice if that didn’t happen here.

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      • barich
      • 1 week ago

      Where did she introduce herself?

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      • In locked room with label “beware of leopards”…

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        • Spunjji
        • 2 days ago

        In the article above. Prior to this we knew nothing at all – now we at least have a name and a statement of intent.

        I didn’t say she introduced herself *well*.

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    • Zkal
    • 1 week ago

    Not a big fan of the redesign so far, far too much scrolling on both mobile and desktop to find what you are looking for.

    Oh well, at least it seems like we are getting new reviews now which is at least one positive thing.

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    • Meadows
    • 1 week ago

    Any guesses as to how many times people will have to ask Renee for an introduction before she finally displays elementary decency?

    Further feedback: design looks unfinished even for WordPress, there are no separators between screen divisions, no background colour (forget gradients, there isn’t even a flat TR-blue), there’s this insultingly massive padding around literally everything, and the comment system works on neither mobile nor desktop.

    When viewing comments on this 768p work laptop, I can see an average of 2 to 2.5 posts at a time and on mobile it’s even worse. You could easily double that just by reining in the inept padding and the unbelievably vast line heights all over the screen.

    This site design is literally just 40% done. I had completed a paid minor course in web design, it really wasn’t very serious business, but this rubbish would not have cut the mustard even there.

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      • Waco
      • 1 week ago

      This crap wouldn’t fly if there was a human at the helm that spent 3 seconds thinking about what they were about to do. I don’t think the new owners care in the slightest.

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      • Cyber
      • 1 week ago

      This actually my second comment ever on TR. My first being earlier this morning. However I have been an avid reader for probably as long as the site has been in existence, I’m sure I’ve been reading for over a decade. Why am I not hearing anything from any of the regular TR Staff/writers? The way this site was run was not just as a website/tech site/tech forum, It is a community. People actually have meet-ups and have barbecue!! Do you really understand what you have done here? This is a total disrespect and shrug off to all of the regular readers here. No warning? Nothing. I totally agree that this was not the best time and manner in which these backward changes have been implemented. I’m typing this comment and some of my letters are being obscured by the share charms bar on the tight of the screen. C’mon man. After Anand left Anandtech and they followed Tom’s and sold out to Purch, The Tech Report was the last bastion of honest, unbiased, professional, in depth reporting, reviewing and analysis. When Scott left for AMD it was a very bitter-sweet moment for us here in the community. The content suffered a bit but we stayed and we supported. I know things need to make money in order to function but why change what works? Implement the change in a way that improves upon everything the user experiences at the same time. At the end of the day The Tech Report is NOTHING without us the readers – the same ones who you’re aiming to target with your ads and other junk. So you ad really better listen to us because we are representative. This is the one area where we’re not just a niche. Fix it. We will help with our free consultations. You could have asked in advance. What this really is is basically the death of The Tech Report. RIP – The Tech Report. If you wanted to do a rebrand maybe it might have been better to tell us that it’s over and closed down and then just start over with a new name and everything but not like this. Do not destroy this community and this great legacy please. Do you even understand what it means to be able to walk through the comments using A or Z – even on a Blackberry Passport! C’mon, tell us who you are , what you represent, how long you’ve been an employee at Tech Report e.t.c. Have a bit more courtesy and professionalism. I promise to not even bother with The Tech Report in the future if most of this isn’t fixed. As I said in my previous comment, I can no longer read tables and some comment appear 2 or 3 characters wide. This is on my mobile phone but I’ve experienced similar issues on my desktop with 4K screen, which is what I’m typing this on right now. I hope you fixed the letters “TDP” not being wrapped in the CPU specs graph. Thank you all and Goodbye.

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        • Fox
        • 1 week ago

        [quote]I know things need to make money in order to function but why change what works?

        same ones who you’re aiming to target with your ads and other junk. So you ad really better listen to us because we are representative[/quote]
        If things work then there is less of a reason to change. So it must have been [i]not[/i] working.

        Seems like it is all about SEO and [i]new users[/i]. That means “us the same people” are not really the target and/or we don’t pay enough to matter? :thinking:

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        • Zimpdagreene
        • 1 week ago

        I couldn’t have said it any better but I agree. I am still bitter over Scott leaving but as they say.” It is what it is! “

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        • Sweatshopking
        • 1 week ago

        Most of us contributors have been volunteers for a while. Drfish has explained some stuff and made a forum thread, but the next steps people are asking for, such as introductions, are up to the owners. We can’t really do that kind of stuff and the website design is out of our hands.

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          • Meadows
          • 1 week ago

          It’s not their call whether or not they should introduce themselves. It’s commonly accepted social protocol. And I’ve seen these kinds of opaque non-statements from high profile companies before (notably, Activision), and it’s definitely not a trustworthy look.

          I know I haven’t commented on anything in literally years, but let me put it this way: the new owners can either start behaving like human beings, or I’ll cease even just lurking about and the site may die in a fire for all I care.

          Their call.

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            • Sweatshopking
            • 1 week ago

            I’ve missed you.

      • Yan
      • 1 week ago

      I’d actually like to defend Renee in a way, since my work is in a similar field.

      Writers, especially freelance writers, write what they’re paid to write. If whoever is paying Renee reads her article and thinks that it’s exactly what he wanted, then she did her job properly, in that sense.

      Of course, whoever decided that Renee’s article was a good idea (whether it’s Renee herself or her boss) completely misunderstood the audience and what it expects. If they want the readers to stay around, they should learn who we are and what we want, and quickly. Otherwise, they’ll have to find new readers.

      Renee apparently was asked to stick around and reply to comments. If I were in Renee’s position, I’d be shocked at the reaction, even though I’m paid, and wondering what went wrong. The answer is simple: she didn’t know her public and didn’t write the kind of article people want to read on TR. Again, she can change what she says and how she says it, or she and her boss can find another audience.

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        • Meadows
        • 1 week ago

        I don’t very much care whose decision it was, whether it’s a boss or a subordinate.

        You don’t just wade in someplace, not introduce yourself (or yourselves), and then expect unanimous contentment to rain from the sky.

        Whether it’s Renee or the hitherto unseen big boss, they should’ve stepped up not yesterday but at least a week ago.

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    • JDZZL
    • 1 week ago

    I’ve been reading TR for years, paying member & all of that. Wish I’d known they needed more revenue or something because I was happy to pay for their product and to be a quiet part of such a great community. I’ll hang around for a while, in hopes that whomever is now in charge will update and change the way they’ve done things these last couple days. Purportedly, this is a great opportunity to show genuine interest and a desire to satisfy customers.

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    • Mr Bill
    • 1 week ago

    I get it, they went for a 10nm shrink and got 14++++ instead.

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    • see_spot_run
    • 1 week ago

    I’ve been a long time reader of this site since 2003. I’ve been through a few website changes (such as removing the “-” in Tech-Report or bringing in the tan background color).

    But through it all, it still always remained TechReport at its essence. Even with changes, you could tell that the core of what made TR was there in the changes.

    This new redesign though? I don’t feel like I’m reading TR at all. I understand changes need to be made, but TR feels gutted, a shell of itself. The frontpage is UTTER balls. I used to visit TR daily but now I don’t want too because of that horrible front page.

    Fix it. Fix it now. Not in months. That’s a rubbish time frame. I’ll give it a few weeks. End of July. Then I’m pulling my membership.

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    • Simbaant
    • 1 week ago

    Scott!!! See what have you done?

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    • dragondaddybear
    • 1 week ago

    This roll out reminds me of a meme:I don’t always test, but when I do I do it in production.

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    • StuG
    • 1 week ago

    When I opened up TR after the redesign, I immediately said “oh a wordpress site”.

    Do you know the way to identify a bad wordpress site? You can tell it is wordpress. This seems like you just grabbed a theme and slapped it over your content.

    IMO, role back. Sack whoever made the decision, and start with a beta site.

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    • atari030
    • 1 week ago

    I understand the need and desire to move to WordPress for some of the functionality it offers. But the site would have been best served by simply trying to mimic the old look and layout as closely as possible using the new platform. I don’t think that would have been too difficult!

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    • Aranarth
    • 1 week ago

    Renee,

    My recommendations are:

    1 – take note of EVERY COMMENT here.
    2 – restore the site the way it was ASAP.
    3 – introduce yourself
    4 – set this up as beta and start integrating the suggestions you got in step 1
    5 – understand that not everyone will be open to change but you need to be open to suggestions.
    6 – you look to be about as old as the number of years of experience some of us have in the field. Be sure to be respectful and ask for advice.

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    • tanker27
    • 1 week ago

    Not going to lie, its awful. The front page a is a mess.

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    • Klaus
    • 1 week ago

    You have completely, and utterly…. F@&$ed up the website I’ve called home for nearly 2 decades.

    I don’t even know how it is possible for anyone to so efficiently destroy the essence of what was once a thriving community of self respecting nerds. Starved for information overload in any form, sometimes simplified by a price/performance plot chart. Instead, you’ve reduced articles to the likes of Windows 8 style charms for a taste of familarity to social media platforms in hopes of attracting a generation incapable of maintaining interest in a topic, person, place, or thing for more than what is measurable in seconds. I suppose the next thing coming for polls will be two pictures with a swipe left or right element. God forbid we make them spend some time thinking beyond their initial impulse.

    This irreverent decision to change TR to whatever it is you call it now, simply pisses in the face of the original TR staff, the TR regulars, and all who have frequented this site for so many years.

    Today marks a most sad day for me to see the website/forums/community that single handedly was responsible for my interest in computers, and my guide to my profession of I.T….. dead.

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    • Evan Danaher
    • 1 week ago

    Don’t want to read through the list of negative comments to see if this already came up, but one thing I loved about the techreport was that I could go to techreport/news.x, and get the full text of every news post all in one place, instead of having to click on every single link.

    The vast majority of news posts are too short for me to want to click on a link to read the whole story; being able to scroll was what made it worth the time for me. Maybe it’s better for ad revenue to make me click a link for every story I want to read, but it’s not worth my time.

    Maybe I’ll keep checking in for feature reports, but as-is, it’s just not worth my time to check in daily to read the news stories.

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    • SWL
    • 1 week ago

    Been reading for a little over a decade now, though I’ve never posted before. But I always felt a part of the TR community. I got to know all the regulars over the years – auxy’s zany emotes, krogoth’s lack of press, sweatshopking’s ALL CAPS, chuckula’s…whatever the hell that was. None of you know me, or will likely will ever know me, but I’d like to thank you. I’ve learnt, laughed and had a great time since I stumbled on the site while searching for reviews of the HD 4870.

    To everyone harping on about needing to save TR – everything dies eventually. Better to end with dignity at the end of a good, long run than sell yourself out to the sort of people who come up with manure like this. Just look at this vacuous Renee character. Do you really think the geniuses who hired her are going to make things better?

    TR is dead. There is naught but a shell left now – a name, and piles of old reviews. Don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve no desire to participate in defiling a corpse.

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      • sconesy
      • 1 week ago

      Everything dies, that’s a fact
      But maybe everything that dies someday comes back

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      • steelcity_ballin
      • 1 week ago

      Pretty reactionary and negative post. I’ve been around longer than most and seen a few changes during that time. While this is probably the starkest to date, I don’t think it’s the death-knell you’re claiming it is.

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        • sreams
        • 1 week ago

        Okay. Let’s give it the “few months” that they need to “improve” this, and then let’s see if (a) anything has been improved, and (b) anybody is left to talk about it.

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    • Superscroller
    • 1 week ago

    I’m just commenting so that there’s some more whitespace around this massive font that you’ll have to grind down the bearings on your scroll wheel to get past to read the read of the scathing comments that a certain staffer seems to be unable to read.

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    • Rechicero
    • 1 week ago

    I don’t know where to start without being rude.
    You failed.
    You failed miserably.
    You failed changing the site without running a Beta site first.
    You, wait, I need to scroll this to get rid of this stupid links to social media links that occupy part of the reading space (didn’t you have enough white space for them? Really????? If the web is now mainly a huge waste of white nothing!!!)… Scrolling… Now I can continue.
    You failed writing a post without even saying who you are.
    You failed signing as editorial staff when TechReport staff is known for being able to actually WRITE. Like meaningful things.
    You failed not understanding that TechReport users are literate. We can read. Even more than 5 lines in a row without needing to go to Youtube to relax our neuron (without the “s”). That’s who we are. We like having words in our screens. Weird geeks, I know. What can I say?
    You failed not understanding you had a respectable community to build on.
    You failed disrespecting them.
    You failed not even reading the site before stomping into here like an elephant in a china shop. Helloooo? Purportedly? Cheese? We are really not so complicated, just a couple words and you would have sent an actual message instead of this huge waste of words you wrote.
    You failed.
    Period.
    So, come back with a new try and fix the layout. It’s easy. Look at what we had before. Copy. That’s all.
    And do it fast, before everybody left the ship and all the visits you have are crawlers.
    Because if you optimize a site for crawlers and not humans, don’t be surprised if humans leave. By the way, “organic traffic” actually means “we have organic readers”. Like humans. Crawlers are not organic. Organic probably doesn’t mean what you think it means. I know you think it sounds cool, but words have a meaning. TechReport staff usually know them and use them accordingly.

    In a nutshell: when you enter a new place for the first time, be polite. Say hello. Present your self. Understand where you are going. Treat people with respect. Don’t break the china.

    You are purportedly a person that earned money writing this… corporate hollow waste of words. Respect your audience. Respect your job. Respect yourself. And remember I like goat cheese.

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    • snowboardingTobi
    • 1 week ago

    So wait… is TR under new management? I’m so confused right now

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    • quock
    • 1 week ago

    I would have preferred to have seen an announcement about a new design first with maybe a screenshot and list of things to come before actually switching to a new design.
    I really hope there are improvements still to come, because the website is not really nice to browse right now for reasons many have already mentioned.

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      • Hello
      • 1 week ago

      Define “Management”

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    • Jorma
    • 1 week ago

    Looks horrible. Is there an url flag to get the old design back?

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      • FormerGerbil
      • 1 week ago

      Internet Archive has some great historical copies of the site once known as tech-report.com.

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    • Anonymous Gerbil
    • 1 week ago

    Yikes. Putting aside the content, look at a site like Drudge Report, which has largely kept the same format for 20 years, and is one of the most trafficked sites on the internet. I guess TR got taken over by social media types. “Optimization”, “Organic”, etc etc. Sad day.

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    • Freon
    • 1 week ago

    Please fix the padding on the grids. ex. here:

    https://techreport.com/review/34672/amd-ryzen-7-3700x-and-ryzen-9-3900x-cpus-reviewed/

    I saw before the padding was set to 20px and could easily be fixed by updating the css by reducing it to 5px for the appropriate grid classes (it was set for several classes and reducing it fixed up a bunch of over-padded spots all over the site as well).

    But now the grid is a PNG with the awful padding baked in. I can’t even. It’s served from here, as a 233kB PNG, which is ridiculous for plaintext.

    https://cdn.techreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/amd-ryzen-768×565.png

    There are a few lower res alts, but I’m at a loss as to why this is a PNG at all. There are many better ways to serve reactive content.

    No web crawler is going to pick up the words that way, either. Very odd. Completely at a loss why this is served up this way.

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    • f0d
    • 1 week ago

    NOPE
    too much white space it burns my eyes and so much area wasted
    so much harder to read now

    i know tech report needs to evolve and i totally agree but the website design is a complete regression not progression

    also the wording of this post is massive management speak
    “Our goal is to help consumers and business leaders receive all the tech news, information, and stories they need in one place. ”
    “Built on WordPress, the site enables Google to crawl the relevant content and drive more organic traffic”
    nope nope nope

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      • Ifalna
      • 1 week ago

      Pretty much sums up what I think.
      Design is absolutely horrible. I posted details in the Forum thread.

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      • Bug
      • 1 week ago

      Timestamp of comments is the awful 1 hour ago instead of actual time.

      Don’t know if that’s bug, by explicit request of the new team here or nobody cared enough to think about it.

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      • Bug
      • 1 week ago

      Amazon links in tables (Nvidia Super post) don’t work (because pictures…) – as purportedly important source of income I hope that’s solved soon.

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    • EzioAs
    • 1 week ago

    There are some things I like about the new design and some things I don’t like. I will give my feedback at the appropriate thread though.

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    • blitzy
    • 1 week ago

    Let’s give the team a chance to get things going, sure it’s not the greatest re-design yet but it can be refined with time. There are a bunch of hard working folk behind the scenes trying to keep TR from falling over, let’s try to give them a fair go. I think we can all agree that some kind of change was needed in order to sustain the site, lets give them a fair crack at sorting it out. If they can continue to produce the detailed and well investigated content TR is known for things will shape up OK. Better to have a few more bumps in the road and still have TR around than for it to fade away IMO.

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      • sreams
      • 1 week ago

      Refinements should have happened in beta before being deployed. If this takes a few months to become usable, TR risks losing their audience entirely.

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        • blitzy
        • 1 week ago

        Absolutely agree, and there should have been a grace period of introductions and time for users to become aware of impending changes before any changes went live… a handing over the torch etc. A bit of transparency goes a long way.

        That said, there have been a few core TR peeps desperately trying to keep things ticking over for the last while, out of respect to them I think they deserve a fair chance to keep the TR legacy running, it will take some time to see how the new changes go. It takes a lot of effort to run a site like this and I take my hat off to those who’ve made TR what it is over the years. It would be nice to see it continue into the future.

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    • Tom
    • 1 week ago

    Renee,

    By the time you wrote this, you should already have notice that everybody is up in arms about this change. And that people were waiting for an answer that showed that they were being listened too and that their complaints will be addresses.

    What they received with this post is completely tone deaf corporate marketing drivel. It’s empty BS without a trace of empathy. It strengthens the belief that this site is done for.

    You didn’t even use the work ‘purportedly`…

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      • Grunt
      • 1 week ago

      SAD. This is written not for ‘us’, but for advertisers/investors. It belongs on a page about selling ads (missing of course). It’s insulting there is no proper explanation (goodbye/welcome) post written for ‘us’. I assume most of this post is copy-paste from Adam’s promotional materials. Effective or efficient?

      Who are you ‘Renee’ freelance writer? Who do you work for? Why should ‘we’ continue to visit YOUR place? Who’s place is that now?

      Still, due to history here, I wish whoever from the team remains luck, but keep in mind most probable outcome is Renee’s employer brought an URL (old content and especially the barely readable comments will be lost in the next design refresh). You can redirect it to generic-tech.com for similar effect to what the ‘SEO vision’ seems to achieve. I understand that maybe there’s no other way anyway due to the economics.

      Tables as pictures? Sure, fax & scan them first.

      PS. I’m a paying member, but I won’t hassle with the disjointed comments/forum login.

      Now, I see Renee actually interacts in the comments. Positive surprise. Would’ve toned down the snark above if I saw that initially (in the old design I would’ve…). Still I’m not optimistic from what’s shown so far.

      Now I think I read all comments (not sure of course due to the wonderous layout) and Renee’s responses are as boilerplatish as the post itself. I assume that’s what she’s allowed to share.

      And for sure I won’t pay again for what I see here now. It needs to go ‘backward’ a lot… otherwise ‘they’ have to rely more on advertisers & other people’s money, which is fine… but I actually ENJOYED paying for the original Techreport.

      Should’ve paid more while I still was able to, right? Hindsight is 20/20…

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    • d
    • 1 week ago

    My thumb is now tired from scrolling.

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    • Disgruntled Since 07092019
    • 1 week ago

    What is this nonsense? How is making the site design far far worse, less intuitive, and far harder to easily scan over for information going to help the site succeed? I don’t need the tedious hassle of browsing sites designed for mobile access. A distinct focus on tech specific informative articles, good tech related reviews, informative user posts, system building suggestions, all information based, all better served by the previous site design. This is just basic logical reasoning that should have informed site decisions. This is basic reasoning that could have been discussed with the community BEFORE relaunching the entire site. If this design remains the same, I will just move elsewhere. I have been lurking here since 2004.

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    • srsly_bro
    • 1 week ago

    To post a comment, I have to scroll through the total comments made to get to the bottom. The comments are incredibly hard to read and take up too much space. Use Disqus like many other sites. This iteration of an abomination and who ever had this vision shouldn’t be given the freedom to make similar choices in the future. Go check it the wccf’s comments with Disqus and then look at this disaster. It’s totally unacceptable.

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      • EzioAs
      • 1 week ago

      Yeah, Disqus, ArsTechnica or the old TR comment style works better than the new one. I can’t disagree on that.

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    • Krogoth
    • 1 week ago

    Not sure if impressed or not impressed

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      • Ben Funk
      • 1 week ago

      Well I’m flabbergasted

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        • srsly_bro
        • 1 week ago

        Bro, I can’t even deal with this. I feel like I’m losing so my bros because the comments are so hard to read and most are cut off and way off my screen. This is awful. Please add Disqus it the old comment system. What we have now couldn’t be any worse.

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          • steelcity_ballin
          • 1 week ago

          *bro hugs* We’re gonna make it bro.

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      • I’m terrified beyond the capacity of rational thought.

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    • How about being impressed with total idiocy? Everything wrong with “modern” web “design” in one neat little package.

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      • Simbaant
      • 1 week ago

      I’m KROGOTHed

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    • Josiah Bradley
    • 1 week ago

    So long and thanks for all the fish! First we lost HardOCP, now The TechReport. What a year it has been for good tech sites, there’s very little left.

    Good Bye everyone, it was nice having a community centered around my only hobby, but I guess it was too good to last.

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    • Victor
    • 1 week ago

    The new design makes me feel like an idiot for trying to browse the site on my desktop in landscape mode, and on my phone there’s far too much scrolling. By appending article titles with tags like “bargain basement”, “shortbread” or “in the lab”, I have enough information about the content of the article to decide if I want to click on it or not. Giant stock photos on the main page, or snippets of an introductory paragraph that are void of content are both bad. They do nothing to convince me to click on the link and read further, and work against my enjoyment of reading the site.

    I hope this is Revision 1 of a work in progress rather than a finished product. Otherwise I’ll find my daily tech news elsewhere, and only stop by for launch-day product reviews.

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  6. What sort of hot forkin’ garbage is this?

    I’ve been a registered user for 15yrs and been visiting the site for years longer than that. It WAS the only tech site that I trusted implicitly. Now, for all I can tell, it might as well be Tom’s. Though I doubt whomever this “Renee” can even begin to comprehend the depths of my disdain and despair in having to type that.

    “Our goal is to help consumers and business leaders…”
    What an absolutely abhorrent thing to read. Why not just hang a sign saying ‘reviews for $$$. cash talks!”?

    I also find it extremely interesting that you can up vote comments quit easily, but down voting certain ones doesn’t seem to always work, especially with certain ‘users’. Could be a log-in issue, but being as you can’t easily log in to the front page anymore, I can’t see that being the case.

    Farewell to the last non-sellout tech site, she died too soon. :'(

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      • Yan
      • 1 week ago

      I think Renee may be as shocked as we are.

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    • The Artist Formerly Known As Forge
    • 1 week ago

    So long and thanks for all the fish
    So sad that it should come to this
    We tried to warn you all but oh dear?

    You may not share our intellect
    Which might explain your disrespect
    For all the natural wonders that
    Grow around you

    So long, so long and thanks
    For all the fish

    The world’s about to be destroyed
    There’s no point getting all annoyed
    Lie back and let the planet dissolve

    Despite those nets of tuna fleets
    We thought that most of you were sweet
    Especially tiny tots and your
    Pregnant women

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    • godel
    • 1 week ago

    BTW, I think you’re RSS service is down.

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    • Geforcepat
    • 1 week ago

    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. #goodgrief

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  7. Last one out close the door and shut off the lights. Do not bother to lock the door, the vultures came in through the windows.

    I have been reading for over a decade and have watched the ups and downs. If this is the salvation of the site – a badly launched redesign touted by what appears to be a ‘Social Media Manager’ type who has not been introduced and without any context – it is well cloaked in a robe of disaster. It really is too bad.

    All respect to Fish – you have done an amazing job trying to keep the community from collapsing but I think those handcuffs and restrictions you were working under managed to kill the patient before it could be saved.

    Enough cliches – see everyone elsewhere.

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    • This message is not from Damage, but I approved it as an example I could point to about why the new comments need to be fixed because it’s the best reason I’ve seen.

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        • DRFISH
        • 1 week ago

        I LIED ALSO I’M PROBABLY A REAL FISH

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        • YOU JUST GAVE AWAY WHO YOU REALLY ARE.

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    • DrFish: Glad I could help on the way out. I thought the ‘didyouseewhatIdidthere@techreport.com’ address would give it away.

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        • steelcity_ballin
        • 1 week ago

        Email addy is not published when you comment, but I had the same idea as you too.

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    • Mark R Wyman
    • 1 week ago

    Ugh. I cannot YouTube articles at work, but I can read articles from TR between the cracks. This site has always been perfect for that, but I have to say this new layout is about the worst web design I have seen for a news site. Decent for a Blog perhaps, but that is about it.

    DPReview has it right… Not this new layout. Sorry. Of course my vote doesn’t count for beans.

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    • Gastec
    • 1 week ago

    I like the bigger fonts and more…rounded design, it’s better on the eyes, in general. But I don’t like and never had liked the “mobile-friendly” design of so many sites, that is never actually mobile-friendly but rather ads-friendly. I just hope you won’t do the annoying auto-play videos like Anandtech.

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      • Renee Johnson
      • 1 week ago

      That’s the goal, if you’ve seen it on mobile the ads are at the very bottom and we only have two of them on the page. Thanks for the comment!

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        • JustAnEngineer
        • 1 week ago

        I am saddened because you didn’t think to test a new layout before putting it on-line. If what we were seeing was on a test server, the moderators and users would be providing constructive feedback and bug reports in a lot more friendly manner than the backlash that you are now experiencing for rolling out an incomplete and untested design.

        The scrolling column for actual content (articles & comments) is still very narrow, using maybe 1/3 of the available screen space in my desktop’s 2560×1440 browser window.

        On my mobile (iPhone 8+ with Safari) the comment indentations for replies very rapidly push everything completely out of the narrow column, making any replies four levels deep or more completely invisible. 🙁

        The Ryzen R7 3700X and R9 3900X review posted on Sunday 7/7 is the best piece of content that has appeared on the site in months, but the new format has obscured it. This is exactly the sort of quality review that draws viewers to the site. These items need to be front and center, not buried by news posts, blogs, etc.

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    • brucek2
    • 1 week ago

    Your new home page has literally not a single pixel of user-generated content on it. Since you clearly don’t understand what you’re throwing away, let me try to help in bean counter terms.

    User content costs you no money, making it “infinite” on the content bang for buck scale.

    User content is what transforms a boring story — i.e., the bulk of what you have to offer on the many slow days in a news cycle — from an uninteresting headline that can be scanned and passed over in one second to something that gets at least a couple minutes of attention to read the subject lines of the top posts, with the opportunity for something there to catch the reader’s interest and draw them in.

    Your user community is the most “sticky” part of your site. It is what is most difficult for your readers to replace if they choose to hang out somewhere else. It is the most unique asset you have to interest new readers in this being a place to stick around vs. read one article and go somewhere else.

    Your user community is also what drives more in-depth attention and interaction, making your coverage more impactful and the reader’s attention on the “brands” you report on more meaningful to those brands.

    If you insist on losing all that, what you’ll have left is a generic website that looks amateurish compared to its dozen of competitors. You may also briefly have some inherited talented writers, but my money would be on them getting recruited away by one of those smarter competitors who will have more readership = more money to pay them with, and also importantly re-offer them a chance to have a community to be writing for.

    You did not to give up any of this to get your content crawled.

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      • Renee Johnson
      • 1 week ago

      Great comment and I agree and disagree with you! Most of the content on our site is from our users. With that being said, our goal over the coming weeks is to open up the site to many more contributors to help bring more content, better content and a better overall experience.

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        • Yan
        • 1 week ago

        As barich asked, “who are you?”

        Having someone unknown suddenly talking about “our site” and “our users” and explaining what’s on Tech Report to people who’ve been reading it for a decade isn’t the best approach.

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        • Liron
        • 1 week ago

        I know that Yan’s question may sound rude. However, the conversation would really benefit if you made a quick introduction. We’d just like to know if you’re the 3rd party web designer hired just to redesign the site, or if you’re the new owner and CEO of the site, or a consultant who is creating a new strategy for the company, or a PR spokesperson hired just to defend the site change, or if you’re someone who has always been working at Tech Report, still doing what you’ve always done, and you just hadn’t happened to post before?

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        • Moose17145
        • 1 week ago

        What Yan and Liron said. Who are you and what is your function with regards to tech report? Has the site been bought out? If so, by whom?

        Also… why do I need to provide my Name and email despite having already logged in?

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        • steelcity_ballin
        • 1 week ago

        With respect, this really reads as corporate double-speak, Renee. I’m sure whomever is paying the bills is driving these changes but they have been mislead as to the nature of this community and what it expects and tolerates. I want TR to succeed but not at the cost of its soul.

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      • You should have at least done like TR has done in the past with site redesigns. Keep the current site/design up and running while also having a link to the new design layout.

        I get it, this is a new design and people do not like change but IMO this design is just meh.

        Am I missing something or is our forum login no longer tied to the main site and where is the login for the main site?

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    • PixelArmy
    • 1 week ago

    Haven’t been here in a while… just wanted to see if Navi/Ryzen/Super had any reviews (/s 1 out of 3 ain’t bad), and stumble into this?! Literally only 1 post (maybe 1 1/2, but that 1/2 is the same as the gigantic one) is visible @ 1080p, maybe 2 @ 1440p. If I scroll, I have the same exact list of “Recent” and “Recent Posts” duplicated. It’s not even a good responsive design for mobile.

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    • dpaus
    • 1 week ago

    I used to be able to go to the Tech Report home page and quickly scan new articles for anything I wanted/needed to read. There’s been less and less point in doing that lately, as there’s very little new content. For the most part, for the last several months, anytime a new product was released, I’d go straight to TR, only to find nothing posted. So, I’d go read the other sites. Sometimes, a few days later, there would be something posted on TR, but often not. But at least I could still pop in to scan the homepage for anything interesting. No more. Now, on my monitor and at my zoom factor, I see one article. One (1). Scroll down and now I can see two. I used to be able to see 15 – 20 in one glance. I’m sorry, but I’m just not going to waste my time digging and trying to find content. If it’s not right up front for me to pick from, I won’t bother coming back. Thank you, TR, for all the years of quality content, and I sincerely wish you all the best with your new direction.

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      • anyrandomname
      • 1 week ago

      What other good sites did you found. I need to replace this one.

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    • barich
    • 1 week ago

    What is this generic corporate blather? Not even a single purportedly or gerbil. And who are you?

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      • Gastec
      • 1 week ago

      And who are you? Who am I? Who are we and why are here? What is The Meaning of Life?

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    • cynan
    • 1 week ago

    I understand the relentless need for change. I also understand that a main motivation for going to Word Press was that the old system was too burdensome to keep up to date and secure. Not sure that Word Press makes it that much more crawlable by search engines, but I’ll take your word for it and appreciate at least attempting to offer some sort of explanation for essentially destroying a web design and layout that long-time TR supporters have appreciated for years – likely all the more because of its subtle, thoughtful originality.

    The decision to have a never-before-heard-of contributor post some throw away summary of circumstances underpinning this change, complete with a curt and vacuously vapid description of TR’s content is pretty unfathomable, on the other hand, and does not bode well for editorial decision making or commitment going forward. Maybe this really is the beginning of the end. And if Word Press is the only way forward for websites (because who reads websites when you can go to Youtube!) then this might just be a canary in a coal mine for text-based websites. Or the internet (as anything else then a collection of corporate controlled distribution networks).

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      • Wonders
      • 1 week ago

      Let’s not get carried away. We can’t conclude that the whole internet is going down in flames simply because TR’s new design is an objectively atrocious hackjob, or just because one slapdash post screams that a clean break has finally been made with the past of Scott Wasson’s founding voice and vision, which for 16 years molded a community and left an editorial legacy.

      Nah. There’s a simple explanation. It’s that you and I and all of us who frequent this site represent a niche within a niche within a niche, that’s all:
      Gaming > PC > News & Reviews > Non-video content

      Less traffic means less money means less time spent, less polish, less care or attention.

      When you still consume, but can no longer produce (traffic, revenue)… then Welcome to the Nursing Home, where your meal is merely one item on an overworked, underpaid employee’s to-do list.

      Enjoy the green beans, fellow gerbils!

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      • Renee Johnson
      • 1 week ago

      I totally agree with you. Hopefully over the coming months we can make this a lot better for the community!

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        • Tom
        • 1 week ago

        Over the coming months, this community won’t exist anymore.

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        • see_spot_run
        • 1 week ago

        Coming months?

        I’m SORRY? No. Coming days, POSSIBLY, if I’m in a good mood, coming weeks. But I will not stand for this atrocious website design for “months”.

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        • why_I_have_to_create_a_new_name_and_mail_for_each_comment
        • 1 week ago

        Go back to the former design, meanwhile you rethink the new one (and do not employ an amateur doing his first web design),

        This looks like my 8 year old cousin doing his first blog with a pair of clicks.

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    • excession
    • 1 week ago

    Well, isn’t this exciting.

    I feel a little bit like TR is part of my life. I’ve been a reader for 17 years and had a forum account for at least 15. I took time to meet up with Scott and some other gerbils when I was in Kansas City visiting family over there. I’m from the UK. That’s the sort of place this is and what makes it great – the community and the users and our relationships with each other and the site.

    It’s entirely clear from this post that you haven’t paid much, if any, attention to the existing community. I sincerely hope that the changes which have happened/are happening aren’t as bad as I fear they will be. If TR changes to be like… well… “other” sites, a pretty unique corner of the internet will meet its demise.

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    • Rand
    • 1 week ago

    So…. no introduction as to who you are, who the new owners of the site are? What the plans are for the site going forward?

    And with all due respect, unless you’re completely ignoring the entire site you’re now posting to I have to think you’re well aware of the decidedly negative reaction to the new UI design and the discussion around it happening on the forums.

    This is a very discouraging news post.

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      • Ifalna
      • 1 week ago

      It’s marketing blah for “we do whatever the F we want”.
      You can disregard such posts completely.

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  8. I have a bit of background context here, so let me see if I can help.

    For those of you saying this seems tone deaf, her message wasn’t directed at you, and you’re forgetting the objective here is to make new people aware of TR’s awesome content. Could the change over have been handled better? Of that there is no doubt, but if we don’t TR to go away, then some things will have to change, and well, no one likes change.

    There is awareness of how valuable as a community we are to this site, and I have it on good authority that our needs will be addressed (perhaps not all of them, and perhaps not as quickly as we’d like), but I think people need to remember this is a business. The old site wasn’t capable of supporting the business needs, and while I was as upset as everyone else (maybe moreso as a former web designer), I’m also an entrepreneur, and I understand the need to focus on ROI.

    We have a forum thread here where we can post suggestions, or just bitch and moan, I don’t think doing it on the front page serves anyone.

    https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=122158&start=240

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      • froz
      • 1 week ago

      “her message wasn’t directed at you”

      Who was it directed at? Google bots? Because surely no human reader would get interested about a website after reading it is “content-rich” and have “forums to drive a community environment”.

      And honestly, I thought those kind of tricks worked for google 10 years ago, not so much in 2019.

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      • It was directed at new users?

        Can we suspend judgement for a second, and offer something constructive? I think they get they sh!t the bed, the reason I said “hey, let’s complain in the forum thread,” is cause these people invested money in keeping TR alive and maybe week 1 isn’t the right week to roast their asses over the fire before they have a shot at fixing their mistake. If their objective is to save the site (and the way to that is to get new traffic and revenue streams), and new people coming read all this negativity how do you think that will go down? For me, the need to scratch the emotional outrage itch is superseded by acting in the best interests of something I live having in my life.

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        • How about provide beta version on subdomain and let us to see what is coming and provide feedback before deployment. Soliciting feedback after throwing this mess on us after the fact is idiocy.

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      • Ifalna
      • 1 week ago

      Care to elaborate on how the old site was not able to handle the demand?

      You punch in text and add a few images. Seemed to work just fine.
      At least it had a proper dark theme. Not all this annoying white.

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        • willmore
        • 1 week ago

        It means they didn’t know how to use the old CMS and they wanted one that needed (trying to find a non-insulting way to say this) less knowledge to run.

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        • You mean, braindead CMS for braindead people.

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    • Joe ordski
    • 1 week ago

    Is this the end of TR? Less content, hard to use, omits many links we’ve used for years.

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    • superjawes
    • 1 week ago

    Hey gerbils! We are actively discussing the changes over in the forums here:
    https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=122158

    drfish is also keeping the first post updated to track bugs and requests, so that is probably the best place to see if your concerns are being tracked.

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    • Thanks for this. Further comments from me will be in this thread, feel free to head on over, it’s a quality discussion happening on familiar ground.

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      • Renee Johnson
      • 1 week ago

      Thanks for posting this. Please put all updates here. Will help make this a better place!

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        • Superscroller (still scrolling)
        • 1 week ago

        What’s the point of putting all updates here? I’ve got enough scrolling to do without adding more whitespace around more comments in a font designed to be read by a seventy-two year old who refuses to put on their reading glasses.

        Currently, this design on a 1920×1080 screen would show the same amount of useful information if you got rid of the whitespace and used a 1280×1024 monitor from the previous decade.

        Get your head out of the sand, grow up, accept some responsibility for making some really awful decisions, and apologise like an adult.

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        • Cyber
        • 1 week ago

        Basically everything is broken. The aesthetic, graphs are now unreadable and comments are a total regression from the usable system they had before. Some comments replies end up being very narrow – just like the graphs and unreadable as a result.

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    • euricog
    • 1 week ago

    That’s so funny! Now please stop toying around and put the real site back online!

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      • Khelben1979
      • 1 week ago

      I totally agree with you! If this will be the new Tech Report, I don’t think I’ll be here for much longer, and I’ve been to this site at least since Scott was the writer of this website. “The new changes” is more in line with so many other websites, and the old layout of the Tech Report has been and should always be the same, with minor changes over time, not like this. Not happy.

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    • defaultluser
    • 1 week ago

    I can’t even tell if I’m logged in on this new worthless front page, and the comments no-longer use my forum login. Great change! *not*

    You folks decided to copy Ars Technica, like it will make a difference with your lack of readership. The reason you don’t have their level of customers is not because of your site layout – it’s because you only post 1-2 updates a day, and take most weekends off.

    Just stick with the old design. I will still visit daily, like I always have, if you give me the old /news shortcut.

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    • The hard truth is that we needed help to move forward. This is part of the bargain. With any luck we’ll have more content soon and we’ll see the redesign continue to be refined.

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        • sreams
        • 1 week ago

        Just hope that this is not the beginning of a major move backwards.

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      • I suggest you move up schedule by a lot or roll back to old site so you have anybody left to read that content.

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        • Pls
        • 1 week ago

        Sorry bit it looks like you asked the wrong people for help.

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    • bthylafh
    • 1 week ago

    This is straight-up PR bafflegab. Don’t insult our intelligence.

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    • Here’s what I think, they don’t know how smart gerbils are yet.

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      • Ok, who is “they”? Besides some unknown nonentity called “Renee Johnson”…

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      • froz
      • 1 week ago

      froz

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        • froz
        • 1 week ago

        Did I just wrote my name in the comment box? Ah hell, maybe I’m not as smart as I thought.

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          • Spunjji
          • 1 week ago

          Ed Balls

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        • SWEATSHOPKING
        • 1 week ago

        YOU DESERVE ALL MY UPVOTES.

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    • Kyle Heaser
    • 1 week ago

    Too much white space. Maybe the old site was too crowded but this one is too “open”. It’s like eating soup with a teaspoon.

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      • Ifalna
      • 1 week ago

      While staring into the interrogators light. >.<

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      • How many lights do you see?

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          • Ifalna
          • 1 week ago

          THERE ARE … FOUR LIGHTS!

          /sob

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    • metal48
    • 1 week ago

    “Content-rich”? “Organic traffic”? “Webinars”?

    I don’t recognise this site any more.

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    • Shinare
    • 1 week ago

    Is this April 1st and I don’t know it yet? WTH???

    :<

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    • April 1st still belongs to me. This is just the information we’ve wanted to share, though not exactly as I would have shared it. It’s the start of a new path, the making of introductions, and the beginning of understanding. Don’t judge it too harshly, yet.

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        • Shobai
        • 1 week ago

        I could use a lottle more detail w.r.t the “making of introductions” aspect if that’s not too much of a request.

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      • We are going to judge it as it deserves.

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        • Shinare
        • 1 week ago

        I’m sorry guys, I’ve been a long term reader for 15 years (ish) and been with you through thick and thin, even contributed mighty folding numbers back in the day. I have to say that this is no longer a “comfortable” place to get my tech news. It would have been nice to have the option to go back to the old news.x site. I think its time I take my readership and support dollars elsewhere.

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    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 1 week ago

    I don’t like the new design. The old one was very nice. Also the lack of a dark blue background option might be a deal breaker for me for visiting the site going forward.

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    • ludi
    • 1 week ago

    Appreciate the update. I understand the business reasons for needing the redesign. The lack of proper warning and beta testing was a bit of a stunner, however. It would also be nice if the “about us” section was quickly restored with the appropriate updates so people know who-is-who (whom?) in the new business structure.

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    • Yan
    • 1 week ago

    > Today, Tech Report launched with a new design; we hope you like it.

    No, of course we don’t like it. Haven’t you read the comments?

    I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, but the new masters are acting in the most clueless manner possible.

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    • Sir Lackalot
    • 1 week ago

    I for one do *not* like the new design.
    Bought a 2560×1400 moni to be able to see the new and exiting stuff right away (i.e. the top-ranked comments). Now they don’t even seem to feature anymore. And I just *know* that if and when this hitlist will be added, it ‘ll probably end up some 3 to 5 scrolls down.

    This redesign will thus – eventually – require the purchase of a portrait-capable 8K moni…

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      • meerkt
      • 1 week ago

      See, a few days in, and already TR is helping manufacturers to facilitate consumer adoption of nascent cutting edge technologies.

      QED.

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    • TheOldGuy
    • 1 week ago

    I’m not thrilled about the new design.
    With my aging eyes, the fonts are too faded. I would prefer more contrast.
    The information density is much lower and requires much more scrolling, especially on my tablet.

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    • BooTs
    • 1 week ago

    Where is the dark theme?

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      • BooTs
      • 1 week ago

      Also, how come these social media buttons won’t stay hidden?

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    • Luminair
    • 1 week ago

    The new design is very inefficient

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      • xrror
      • 1 week ago

      Sadly it’s the trend to keep things mobile device friendly, and that’s where the remaining ad revenue dollars are.

      While I’m no fan of it, it’s Tech Report trying to keep the lights on.

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        • Cuhulin
        • 1 week ago

        Other sites manage to have a mobile front page and a desktop one.

        The articles don’t need to be different, but there is not much reason for burying good information where it can’t be seen at a glance.

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        • sreams
        • 1 week ago

        If you drive away your readership, you won’t be keeping any lights on.

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          • xrror
          • 1 week ago

          Sadly if all it took was quality content and good readership, TR would have been fine. But advertising money for strictly long form written content is drying up as the advertisers go after the mobile video generation who’s eyeballs outnumber us these days. If you want your advert/product to reach max eyeballs, written isn’t it these days.

          To be VERY clear, I absolutely HATE this.

          I wish I could think of some solution to this other than whine and moan wishing for the old days. Bigger sites have been able to stay up with subscriptions, but for the smaller ones like TR I’m not sure there’s enough people to spread the costs. We’d all need to send TR like $150 a month to actually make a dent.

          Sorry, I don’t mean to be all doom and gloom – or to sound like some shill in support for TR “selling out.” It sucks, and I hate the new layout too. But if it gives TR a chance to live a bit longer then I’ll accept that over seeing another long time site shutter and close down.

          Just don’t go full “Tom’s Hardware” on us, okay Renee 😉 Like, please don’t emulate what happened to Anandtech – good articles buried under so many video adverts and pop-overs it’s horrible.

          (to mark my age: I miss the days of sites like xBit Labs, Overclocker Cafe, Spode’s Abode, Sharky Extreme, Blue’s News, Telefragged, etc. and it pains me that era of information is gone forever)

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        • kdashjl
        • 6 days ago

        bealive me this thing isnt mobile friendly

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      • sconesy
      • 1 week ago

      Unlike your comment!

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    • Waco
    • 1 week ago

    It’s nice to see a notice, but I can’t help but feel like this is a bit tone-deaf given the haphazard way the new design (missing many key features that were obvious) was rolled out on one of the biggest launch days of the year.

    I still love TR, but there are some real things that need fixed going forward.

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      • willmore
      • 1 week ago

      It’s horrible. The failure to get any feedback before launch is unacceptable.

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        • dragondaddybear
        • 1 week ago

        Check the forum post linked above. This is clearly now how they planned on this going.

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          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 week ago

          The exact opposite. Not at all what any contributor wanted. We didn’t even know it was coming until it happened.

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            • Ifalna
            • 1 week ago

            That basically shows that management was well aware of how unpopular this change would be but decided to push it through anyway.

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