Little things that niggle

I have been noticing aspects of The Times’ website that niggle. Nothing major really. There are just a couple things I would like to see fixed or changed because there are times (excuse the pun) when I just can’t spend more time on that site.

To start with, the title bar for every news story is the same: “The Times – [Insert category name here]” instead of the title of the story. I have often come across articles I want to bookmark and share in del.icio.us or on my tumblelog and I have to copy and paste the story title everytime. It is almost not worth the effort to bookmark and share those stories.

Another niggle is the commenting feature. You have to log in to comment (I’m ok with this, it makes sense to require this) but it first took about 3 days to receive the confirmation email from The Times after I registered and when I do actually log in to comment I am not brought back to the article I was reading before I logged in. Instead I find myself somewhere else and have to try figure out where the story is I wanted to comment on and if I do find it again, I have lost interest in commenting and go somewhere else.

The Times has a multimedia site that has its videos and other media and there is some good stuff there but when I click on the “Multimedia” link I am not taken there. Instead I go to some other page and I can only get to the multimedia site I am looking for by clicking on the “videos” link.

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That is just silly. While I am on the topic of multimedia, why is that when I am on the “Blogs” page (which you do actually get to by clicking on the “Blogs” link from the front page) and I click on a particular blog’s link a new window opens in my browser, ignoring my preference to have new links open in new tabs.

Just a few thoughts … take it, leave it …


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Paul

Enthusiast, marketing strategist, writer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad. Allergic to stupid

  1. I agree 100% wholeheartedly. I think the site needs to clean those things up. I am interested to know if/when they are doing a redesign and what changes they will make.

  2. I agree 100% wholeheartedly. I think the site needs to clean those things up. I am interested to know if/when they are doing a redesign and what changes they will make.

  3. I agree 100% wholeheartedly. I think the site needs to clean those things up. I am interested to know if/when they are doing a redesign and what changes they will make.

  4. I agree 100% wholeheartedly. I think the site needs to clean those things up. I am interested to know if/when they are doing a redesign and what changes they will make.

  5. Thanks for pointing out those problems Paul. We are aware that there are still quite a few “niggles” on the site which are proving to be more difficult to fix than first thought, mostly due to a terribly outdated CMS and web framework. That notwithstanding, I hope we will be able to make the necessary changes that you pointed out as soon as possible in order to keep you and other readers on the site longer šŸ˜‰

  6. Thanks for pointing out those problems Paul. We are aware that there are still quite a few “niggles” on the site which are proving to be more difficult to fix than first thought, mostly due to a terribly outdated CMS and web framework. That notwithstanding, I hope we will be able to make the necessary changes that you pointed out as soon as possible in order to keep you and other readers on the site longer šŸ˜‰

  7. Thanks for pointing out those problems Paul. We are aware that there are still quite a few “niggles” on the site which are proving to be more difficult to fix than first thought, mostly due to a terribly outdated CMS and web framework. That notwithstanding, I hope we will be able to make the necessary changes that you pointed out as soon as possible in order to keep you and other readers on the site longer šŸ˜‰

  8. Thanks for pointing out those problems Paul. We are aware that there are still quite a few “niggles” on the site which are proving to be more difficult to fix than first thought, mostly due to a terribly outdated CMS and web framework. That notwithstanding, I hope we will be able to make the necessary changes that you pointed out as soon as possible in order to keep you and other readers on the site longer šŸ˜‰

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