State of the Site

Continuing to undesign

In a continuing effort to focus on readability and content, I've made some more design tweaks. Or untweaks, depending on how you want to look at them.

The most noticable changes on all devices are the top navigation, now matching the color theme of the rest of the site, and the font sizes, many of which are slightly larger than before.

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Beta feature: What we’re reading

For a long time blogs have had blogrolls1. Until they didn't. Although some still do. It's a nice gesture, and we're appreciative to see IAOFM on any of them.

We wanted to create something a little more useful for you, our dear readers2.

We created our own river of news. There are currently over 10 sources, and we'll be adding more shortly. The most recent stories are shown, with a byline, the date, and a quick blurb. The page will update frequently throughout the day.

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Introducing the IAOFM Daily Newsletter

We're always looking to make following this site easier. Some people simply visit, others follow on Facebook, Twitter, or G+.

For those that aren't into social sites, and have zero idea what RSS is, we're offering a daily newsletter. It's a simple sign-up; only email is required.

Join the list here!

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IAOFM community recognized

Since it's SB week, Disqus chose to focus on IAOFM and longtime reader/commenter Underdog on their blog today:

Underdog is a big Denver Broncos fan (lucky him, this year!), and spends much of his time sharing his knowledge, and debating others, on It’s All Over Fat Man (the story behind the community’s name is brilliant — you can read more on their site).

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Ad and subtract

Time to change a few things around here. But before that, let me jump into my Scrooge McDuck vault and swim around for a bit, because we've added a new ad.

Everyone loves ads, right? No? Ok then. Listen, we have to figure out some way to pay for Doug's upcoming litter, and a second advertising spot seemed like the way of the internets.

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You have 0 comments, or 53; same thing

A while back, we switched to Disqus for commenting. We've had a very good experience so far, and outside of a few individual issues, it's helped discussions move along easier than our previous commenting system.

I know many look at the home page and other index pages for the comment counts on stories, and they've all been listed as 0 since April 2nd, no matter how many comments have been made.

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A quick guide to our domains:

  • - the mothersite. Welcome.
  • - for those who haven't bookmarked the site on mobile. Quick typing to redirect to the mothersite.
  • - our fancy short domain. We use it on Twitter, and anyone who uses will see it magically appear.

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Commenting changes

A while back, we made the move from our own commenting system to Disqus. We didn't want to force people to sign up for yet another account on the web, and using social logins (or perhaps a Disqus login you already had) seemed the easiest option. I had the ability to bring social logins to our own system, but it was still very basic in nature.

Disqus recently sent out an email that they were pushing us onto their new system. I think they have a really good product, but there are a couple of reasons why I held off using it.

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Where did I put my keys?

We've heard that people like to search on the Internet and want things like the things they're looking at.

Translation: we finally added search to the site. We tested quite a few solutions and found 'The Google' to be the best. All pages are now search-enabled from the navigation bar, and just hitting "return" will take you to your results. It will work the same cross-device (we know how you people like IAOFM on the go).

Also, "Recent Originals" on the right side of every article/post/diatribe/confession has been replaced with "Related", which should give you other items related to the one you're reading (unless, of course, there aren't any). For example, looking at Doug's latest post about roster cuts will show you other roster-related stories.

As always, if you run into any problems, please email me.

A New View

Welcome, to a redone It's All Over, Fat Man! We've tweaked the design, added more hamsters to the wheels that power this thing, have some new features and — gasp — put up advertising.

The first thing you'll notice is a design tweak, or a complete redesign, depending on where you're reading this. For those viewing on desktop/laptop browsers we focused on readability. If you're on a mobile device you'll notice a much bigger change. This site will now conform to any modern mobile device (think iOS, Android, Windows Mobile 7+). Again, readability was the focus and you should be able to comfortably view this site from iPhone to Nexus 7 to PC.

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