Please rip into The Pisstakers site

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I have been writing reviews of other sites and wondered if anyone would care to tell us what they think of our effort so far. Much appreciated. The Pisstakers

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Like the colours, and layout. Simple but I think it looks great. Don't like the length of the home page though, maybe you could just give a preview of each article, and then people click a link to read more. Nice and semms quite unique (ive not seen anything like it), overall good job!

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ccsthefuture wrote: Like the colours, and layout. Simple but I think it looks great. Don't like the length of the home page though, maybe you could just give a preview of each article, and then people click a link to read more. Nice and semms quite unique (ive not seen anything like it), overall good job!

thanks for the observations. I hear what you are saying about the homepage, I am trying to strike a balance between too much text, something self contained and interesting, and a short extract which may not appeal enough to get people to read on.

We are going to rejig a couple of things, or rather our CSS guy is going to, so watch this space. And how cool is it to be called unique on an internet of hundereds of billions of pages!

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The site is neat and nice. I like the layout and colors, and the pics are funny.

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z4z3 wrote: The site is neat and nice. I like the layout and colors, and the pics are funny.

Lets hope we dont blow it for you then when we introduce a new color scheme.! Thanks for taking the time too look at it though.

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Like the layout, the pages that are too long, put an anchor link to an arrow at the bottom. Very informative and organised. Well done.

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Nice website. I like your site layout and design. You might think about adding more colors to the center column to make the site look more alive.

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ablaye wrote: Nice website. I like your site layout and design. You might think about adding more colors to the center column to make the site look more alive.

Thanks for the remarks. We are looking to put either a darker backround around the whole page or a colour for the background text, something, like you say, to give a bit more oomph to the centre column

Mandyjb - I have started to put the odd anchor in. I am going to see if we cant do something at a deeper level to make access to the full articles a little snappier.

cheers

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Mate, I can't see enough piss-taking in there! This isn't that funny and some items just make no sense! Like the Spaniards ones, is there some point to them I'm missing? Positively the one about Madrid made me laugh, as did:

pisstakers wrote: "What!" she said, "I thought you were built like a **** brick house."

What made me really laugh is that my mind automatically put the words in the right order the first couple of times I read it. Made me laugh even more when I finally worked it out.

On Opera under Linux the header font looks ghastly, does it look that jagged under Windows? You might want to consider image replacement (read the definition then implement it).

You also need to reduce the amount of content on your front page, am feeling overwhelmed by all that text! What are those bowler hats doing under the "Business" section? Looks like some links, but aren't. The "Business" section title also has blue bleeding through it from the background, let me know if you need a screenshot. The navigation could be clearer, it's a bit confusing, possibly why you've needed to lump everything onto the main page. It seems you're trying to do too much at once, concentrate on doing one thing and do it well: if that's taking the piss, then concentrate on that. Make your site focused on that and none of the random stuff around it, e.g. relationship issues is not a main menu item, it's the subject of an article etc.

The design is good in itself, but I am not sure of it's appropriatness for the subject content. Unless it's attempting to be satirical in itself? I feel the same about the character, something more Viz would be appropriate (not that you should steal their artwork of course, just inspiration). What does the fat kid mean? Who is he? He needs to represent or mean something, or he just looks out of place (no really, am not taking the piss Smiling )

Overall this site has great potential, just some things to turn from good into great!

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JeevesBond wrote: Mate, I can't see enough piss-taking in there! This isn't that funny and some items just make no sense!Like the Spaniards ones, is there some point to them I'm missing?

Apparently, yes! We do acknowledge that our humor isnt for everyone, some of our points are probably a bit too subtle, if for instance, as in the case you mention, you havent lived in Spain. But Americans who have been there would probably smile about the Spanish lack of respect for personal space etc. Sometimes mocking isnt rip roarious, just niggly.

Quote: Positively the one about Madrid made me laugh, as did:
What made me really laugh is that my mind automatically put the words in the right order the first couple of times I read it. Made me laugh even more when I finally worked it out.

Yes, nothing quite as funny as real life! As you admit yourself, its not all hysterical, but some of it aint bad. 28% of people visiting the site are bookmarking it so we are appealing to a few likeminded souls. We have come a long way in a few weeks and still obviously have a long way to go. Hence, thanks for the interest and criticisms.

Quote: On Opera under Linux the header font looks ghastly, does it look that jagged under Windows? You might want to consider image replacement (read the definition then implement it).

OK, thanks for that. We will look at the image idea for the text heading when we introduce the new logo font. Hopefully that will satisfy the 0.4% of Linux users visiting the site.

Quote: You also need to reduce the amount of content on your front page, am feeling overwhelmed by all that text!

Point taken, it is a recurring criticism from ourselves included.

Quote: What are those bowler hats doing under the "Business" section? Looks like some links, but aren't. The "Business" section title also has blue bleeding through it from the background, let me know if you need a screenshot.

The hats are temporary, and will be replaced as we go through. I can see the business text fault, another one for the list.

Quote: The navigation could be clearer, it's a bit confusing, possibly why you've needed to lump everything onto the main page.

Do you mean the amount of text of articles? The archiving is the reason for so many articles on the front page. We have just started to build a dedicated page for weekly articles.

Quote: It seems you're trying to do too much at once, concentrate on doing one thing and do it well: if that's taking the piss, then concentrate on that. Make your site focused on that and none of the random stuff around it, e.g. relationship issues is not a main menu item, it's the subject of an article etc.

Yes it is a bit short on material but its the second most visited page! It is going to be developed as a podcast feature and the pisstaking will be pretty major.

Quote: The design is good in itself, but I am not sure of it's appropriatness for the subject content. Unless it's attempting to be satirical in itselfI feel the same about the character, something more Viz would be appropriate (not that you should steal their artwork of course, just inspiration). What does the fat kid mean? Who is he? He needs to represent or mean something, or he just looks out of place (no really, am not taking the piss Smiling )?

We have a full size logo to introduce, we reckon you will hopefully see the fat boy, as you call him, is quite a good pisstaking character. Who are Viz anyway? We arent rough northerners you know.

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Overall this site has great potential, just some things to turn from good into great!

Thanks for the critique, and sorry we arent funny. But we are higher up the google listings than your mate´s site!

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I like your site alot, although it took a while to load.

The layout is very nice and it's user friendly, but you may want to limit the amount of articles you list on one page as I think this is what's causing it to load slowly. Also, who are you hosting with? Your server may not be equipped to handle all the graphics. Are you on a shared hosting plan or a dedicated server?

Outside of the slow load, it's overall a really cool site Smiling

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Also, I just noticed your right side menu isn't working properly and you have script errors on your page.

Hope this helps you.

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I like the design but I think there is too much white space in the background

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pisstaker;207044 wrote: I have been writing reviews of other sites and wondered if anyone would care to tell us what they think of our effort so far. Much appreciated. The Pisstakers

Relationships Stuff menu item is overlapping "writers bios" item.
This alone made me leave your site.

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I think the concept is interesting, but the design looks a polished look, well done on using the XHTML, but you colud go the extra distance and use Strict XHTML dOCTYPE!

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I didn't see it before you included excerpts, but it looks great to me now. Very "web2.0" design wise.

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Just to add that I get problems with the fonts:

In Firefox the tagline: "Daily satire at its best" is all squashed together as is some of the bold text in the articles.
In Opera the text for all the articles is very jagged and difficult to read at the default size.

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I like the idea, and it looks good but stop having your pages so you have to scroll really far down. I find it annoying!

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benf;208393 wrote: I like the idea, and it looks good but stop having your pages so you have to scroll really far down. I find it annoying!

Sorry to have been a piss-offer rather than the pisstaker!

We have been thinking about the usability criticisms that people here have kindly pointed out. The length of the homepage content has been an issue, and stands to get worse because not only are we intending to post more stories of our own on a daily basis, but we are actively seeking submissions from others too. (Win a pisstaker coaster for the best article of the week!)

To handle the "massive volume of material" anticipated in the near and distant future, we have streamlined the flow of posts from the homepage to their final resting place in the archives.

We are going to treat the homepage more like a genuine Daily Pisstaker page, where no posts will be more than 48 hours old. (As volume of material increases we will restrict the homepage to posts within the last 24 hours. And of it goes mad, just rip off the BBC website format and turn the postings over in real time!)

We have created 4 category pages in the side bar (Web/tech Weekly, International news weekly, Overheard weekly and Quirky Weekly) and we will transfer all 24/48 hour old posts from the homepage to the appropriate category. Then once a fortnight or as volume increases, once a week, we will dump all the "last week's" stories into the archives using the same organisation criteria.

For a moment, the left nav bar has grown a little bit, but I want a couple of those items like Contact, Site map and FAQ to be shifted around to the right sidebar either as a text link or to be incorporated into the dead hat icons. So still high visiblity but not cluttering up the joint.

We were up all night again so although we think it is an amazing piece of navigational tweaking, we cant really see too clearly if it will work for other users. Still too much scrolling going on? Totally confusing navigation now? Any further thoughts most welcome.

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Hi

I have been revamping the site applying a few of the comments and observations from here and elsewhere to make a better site. What do you think? Is it a step forward, or are there still issues to address. Thanks

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I like it, it looks good. Quite an original idea I think

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I like the layout, seeing as it's simple but neat. I enjoyed the cartoon section, that is really funny, but some of the other sections like the video aren't as funny.

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Wow;213879 wrote: I like the layout, seeing as it's simple but neat. I enjoyed the cartoon section, that is really funny, but some of the other sections like the video aren't as funny.

1 out of 6 isn't bad!!! Interestingly, I do absolutely nothing to the cartoon section, it is all updated automatically by Revver. The rest of the blogs I do the donkey work. Maybe I should leave the funny stuff to others?

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