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  1. Use escape button to close article and fall back to article tile and not to top of page

    1. For people who are right handed its easier to have escape button as an option to close a article page and go back to article tiles. So can we have both escape / back button to go back to previous page that contains the tiles

    2. When we close the article using "Back / escape (assuming)" It loads the tiles page and it starts from the top again. User need to scroll down again to the tiles to continue skimming from where he left off. I think back button or escape should be done should that it take the…

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  3. More images on Travel interest (and others)

    Would be more interesting and engaging if there were more images

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  4. Thumbs up/down

    I think it might be useful to add the thumbs up/down icons on articles in each section. That way, it's possible to see what you've liked or disliked as you skim. It's especially useful because you could see what you've read as well.

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    Project Team responded

    Absolutely! Great suggestion and something we are planning. We want to give the user the ability to “triage” — quickly mark what what they want and what they don’t — at the summary/landing page level. Thanks for the feedback!

  5. General layout

    I like the general layout of the contents page, but it feels a little too neutral. It might look better on an iPad than it does my computer, though. It gets worse when you actually click on an article to read it. I feel like I'm reading what someone wrote in Microsoft Word. I think it could use some borders or a little color...just something to make the page pop.

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks. You’re right: it’s neutral, and that was the intention for the first phase of design. But we hear you and will be making changes to give the content more expressive range.

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    Project Team responded

    We have an engineer working on this as we speak. Should be fixed soon.

  7. Eliminate article summaries?

    Since many of the article summaries are chopping off mid-sentence due to design issues, perhaps it would be better just to focus on headlines and images, and delete article summaries entirely?

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks for the feedback. We’ve heard also that some users find the summaries helpful because it provides just enough information on the article to know whether they want to click through. But we are looking at possible headline-only treatments to achieve higher density on landing pages. Appreciate your input; we are always listening.

  8. Upper Left Corner

    The upper left corner design is not appealing. It contains a truncated word "ug." Plus, the thumb up and thumb down are not for like or dislike as expected, they prompted me to different articles within the celeb category.

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    2 comments  ·  2. DESIGN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Project Team responded

    Thanks for the feedback. Can you please attach a screenshot of the “ug” you’re referring to? For the thumb issue, do you mean that clicking the thumbs is navigating you to somewhere else in the product? What browser are you using?

  9. tiles are a bit small

    There are too many tiles, of various sizes, which makes the page flow hard to follow. I would bigger tiles, or a better arrangement.

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. The tiles are designed to follow our base grid which allows them to stay consistent wherever they are viewed — whatever your browser window size on desktop, or whatever orientation on a handheld device. We’ll take this into consideration though as we look at different presentations and information densities on the landing page level.

  10. Reading an article on Deskop is not a good experience

    When clicking on an article on desktop, you end up on a page with a big picture in the middle, wasted space on the side, and the text at the bottom. Desktop have better, bigger screen so a better UX should be possible

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks for the comment, Laurent. We are looking at individual article views (as well as photo and video), and how to make them richer and more engaging, with clear places to go next. As part of this we will look at the page sizing and use of screen real estate. We currently have optimized to work across tablet and smartphone screen sizes as well, and for desktop we have a grid optimized for 2 browser widths. Your point is a great one though, and we will look at this extreme — the extra-large desktop window — and what we can reasonably improve there.

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks for the comment! You are not alone in this preference :) We are looking at ways to improve the landing pages and make them more intuitive, so your feedback will definitely be considered.

  12. Tile design

    I like my colorful account tile and would like to give the other tiles colors or backgrounds too - maybe an image that relates to the topic if it's simple enough.

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks! We totally agree and already have a design locked for exactly what you describe. It is much more visually rich, so please stay tuned for improved navigation.

  13. Different approach to dual axis scrolling + different tiles view on Top Stories

    Hi,

    how about a different approach to dual axis scrolling? Following idea for Mobile:

    1. vertical scrolling:
    -> Zed home is infinite stream of articles (mix of all your interests, e.g. the top stories or latest).
    -> only a small tile with article category (interest), article title to allow quick scanning.

    2. Tap on the article tile will not open the article, but instead make the tile bigger unveiling an article summary, image if available and also actions like "read later", "share" etc..

    3. When an article tile is in focus (e.g. in the middle of the screen) during vertical…

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks, Antonius. The vertical scroll you describe in 4. is not a common pattern — separate articles shown in full, stacked vertically — but it has come up in discussions with product and engineering. Your comment on what “the point is” is well taken and certainly identifies two key usecases: quick scan, and easy deep dive (with an equally easy way out : ). Some of your early comments (1) strike very close to the heart of our uture direction. : ) Really appreciate the feedback!

  14. arrows on this page can be confusing

    I thought there were sub-interests because of the arrows. I don't see how useful they are and should just be eliminated on pages like this.

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    Project Team responded

    Appreciate the feedback, and see how that could be misleading. We are already looking at alternatives for the way “Related interests” can be treated. Your input is important, and we will be using user response to evaluate and determine the best design, so thanks for taking the time to comment.

  15. Upper Left Corner

    On the upper left corner, there is a truncated word which takes away from the overall layout.

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks for the feedback. I think you are referring to the trailing edge of the preceding page. Leading and trailing edges are common in mobile apps to indicate the previous and next content available. But appreciate the comment; we’ll take it into consideration.

  16. sunscreen - night display adjustment

    could there be a color scheme adjustment so that, e.g. we can read in the sun with a more muted color scheme (like a gray sunscreen or filter/overlay), and at night, with black/white reversed, like ... the way your car navigator colors change at night...?

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    Project Team responded

    Interesting idea! We certainly want to make the best reading experience possible, so a context-aware / user-sensitive experience ideas like this are always welcome. Thanks for the comment.

  17. Option to click "on" or "off" for pics

    could there be an "on" or "off" function for pics? Some add nothing to the content and some are just of sensationalistic value (like a particular one yesterday that I saw multiple times)

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks, Beth. We are looking at ways to optimize information density — and allow appropriate variance — throughout the experience. We also definitely want to prevent an ‘echo chamber’ to the degree possible. Appreciate the suggestion.

  18. Thumbs up/thumps down should stay highlighted

    When I click a thump up/thump down on an article page, I would like keep that thumps up/thumps down highlighted as to what I chose in case I come across it again.

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    Project Team responded

    We agree, and that is the intended behavior. The state of your choice should persist. Thanks for the catch and watch for this change.

  19. Many concerns

    -very confusing and jarring layout with no clear flow in terms of user navigation. -major concern that taking this direction will likely kill traffic, content consumption and monetization opportunities across the board for Yahoo!'s major properties.
    -terrible ad experience in current state, seems as though there is little room for custom brand integration.
    -needs bigger and bolder editorial images incorporated
    -How would I arrive at my Fantasy Football team or a MMT page in Y! Autos?

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks for the feedback Andrew. Which aspects of navigation do you find confusing?

    Some important context related to your other points:
    - This is an alpha product, which isn’t trying to solve for becoming the entire Yahoo experience. The role of properties is a well known area that needs to be considered in any Media experience, but for now, we’re trying to focus on the the basics of a personalized content experience, before properties are tackled. We’re also not trying to solve for things like Fantasy Sports, Stock charts, etc. at this stage in this specific experience
    - The ad experience hasn’t been a big focus yet. That said, the feedback on the overall direction of the ad experience from Advertisers has been very positive. Much improved targeting capabilities and opportunities for larger canvases than on Yahoo! today. There are also other concepts that would provide unique custom brand experiences

  20. Layout

    Hi,
    Here are a few observations:
    - Are you planning to add a "X" in the right edge of each article you dont find relevant? Hopefully that would then mean I would start to get less of those types of articles.

    - To me there is way too much text, its overwhelming. There should be alot more images so that you dont have to read 10 article titles on a page to find out which one you want to click on. The only tiles my eyes are drawn to are the ones with images. Also, for certain categories like "food…

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    Project Team responded

    Thanks for the comprehensive feedback, Chase. On each of your comments:
    1. We will be exploring “negative feedback” interactions in the coming weeks. Currently we have thumbs down on the articles, but we are exploring interactions on the tiles and behaviors on the articles that would remove items that are thumbed down or that the user wants to remove.
    2. I agree on the text concerns. Unfortunately, we’re limited by the content pool we have. Without investing a fair amount on the science side, it may remain more text-heavy than we would like, but it’s definitely a top of mind concern.
    3. Currently, we have a fixed grid to enable it to work across devices and browser sizes, so the tile size and format is not related to the importance of the story being displayed. But it’s helpful feedback to know that your perception is that the size should in…

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