Neowin: The Next Generation

Neowin Editor-In-Chief Steve Parker (Neobond) has put a call out to features users would like to see on Neowin.net coming up.

Neowin is in the process of going through its next major development iteration and is looking for your input as to what features the site needs. New featuers include integration with Impulse, improved layout, consolidation of the front page content into a cleaner look, more user features, and much more.

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I'd be happy if the news post login wouldn't take me to the forums but to the news post or comment I tried to reply to.

Yeah, better still... logging in from anywhere on the site should return you to the page you were on when you clicked login, NOT to the root of the forums. Thats just bad UI design.

(TCLN Ryster said @ #12.2)
Yeah, better still... logging in from anywhere on the site should return you to the page you were on when you clicked login, NOT to the root of the forums. Thats just bad UI design.

IPB can be a pain to get to redirect properly, but we'll do what we can

I agree with some of the other suggestions...specifically the better experience on a mobile browser for commenting and reading the forums.

Members should be able to submit news to either Front Page or Breaking News without the risk of duplicating an existing news item.

What I suggest as a solution is that members can in future only post news items to Breaking News, and then the News Staff/admins can select the best articles from there that make it to the Front Page.

I've raised the problem of duplicate news items before but it seemed to go unnoticed (despite it sounding so easy to implement).

(Lt-DavidW said @ #14)
Members should be able to submit news to either Front Page or Breaking News without the risk of duplicating an existing news item.

What I suggest as a solution is that members can in future only post news items to Breaking News, and then the News Staff/admins can select the best articles from there that make it to the Front Page.

I've raised the problem of duplicate news items before but it seemed to go unnoticed (despite it sounding so easy to implement).


It wasn't ignored, we have a feature now that allows us to show any forum post as front page news, where the comments page redirects to the thread on the forums.

(DaveLegg said @ #14.1)

It wasn't ignored, we have a feature now that allows us to show any forum post as front page news, where the comments page redirects to the thread on the forums.

Thanks Dave, this change was appreciated and did not go unnoticed, but unfortunately the problem still exists. Please see my original feedback in this thread.

Following on from previous comments about the subscription... maybe if neowin could provide some sort of hosting solution, so subscribers have a sub domain automatically made linking to there profiles with the options of using the domain with say 25mb of storage (keep costs down)... i reckon this would be good but i dunno, maybe its not the direction neowin want to take...

Oh and maybe let forum memebers have a chance of designing or even helping design neowin... i've personally seen a lot of talent on this site and i'm sure people would even be will to work for free on it.

Another quick idea, better placed adverts... take facebook for example, perfectly placed adverts... i'm sure neowin could adopt the same idea in some way instead of just placing ads randomly like in the header.

just a few ideas... cba to spell check cause im a little bit drunk

How about some random pr0n instead of ads? You would of course want to tie-in the the pr0n with the theme of the article...kinda like the icons used on the main page.

I frown upon this, especially when I remember about reading the article on the man who has sex with cars. Oh, and that article about the guy having sex with a bike.

-Less advertisements on the site, especially for us subscribers!
-Java applet for IRC chat without the need for additional software on your computer.

I also feel the need to freshen up the overall design of Neowin, especially the front page. At the moment it's fairly heavy on your eyes and nothing really enticing.

The ads I can live with, as long as they remove the intellitxt things, those are among the worst things ever unleashed onto the net.
The java irc app is easily done via using pjirc, as long as the server supports the java files. It's not hard to do, I've done it on another irc network.

I'd like a format where articles are more than just copy/pasted from their original source, and if they are just c/p make it a little more obvious somewhere.

Neowin: The Next Generation
The Internet, the final Frontier
These are the articles of the website Neowin. Its continuing mission to explore strange new sites, to seek out new tech and geeks, to boldy go where no geek has gone before!

(ncc50446 said @ #21)
Neowin: The Next Generation
The Internet, the final Frontier
These are the articles of the website Neowin. Its continuing mission to explore strange new sites, to seek out new tech and geeks, to boldy go where no geek has gone before!

I was waiting for someone to do that...

How about adding a Wiki. With the wealth of knowledge gathered here at Neowin and dispensed in the forums, a lot of this could be added to a wiki on a huge number of topics. I realize this would be more like a seperate project involving the community instead of a feature, but with the involvement we have here, it's feasible.

Well, Subscribers have seen my Neowin Core concept, maybe take some cues from that.

Plus, as I have written in a previous submission, I would like the ability to mark a reply/comments as an answer to the question posed in the original post.

Two suggestions:

1. The ability to filter news, maybe by company (Apple/Microsoft/Intel/AMD/Symantec/etc) or keyword (update/anti-virus/lawsuit) tags. This way you could set up a personalized Neowin news feed that displays only news tailored to your interests.

2. Have the 'Ignore User list' feature work for comments in the news feed.

You know one thing that's always bugged me? A while back it used to be that I would visit Neowin and go straight to the front page to look up the current news and I would always check the recent forum posts. But about half a year ago (sometime, I don't remember when) the developers decided to use a new tabbed system and recently even added live refreshing in the tabbed system in the top left corner.

It's just so annoying to scan over Forums, then if I want to go to Software or Gamers, it just might switch over to Blogs and when I right click the topic to open in a new tab everythnig resets to the front page news which means I would have to go over it all again. Just saying a while back I would be able to select all the topics I was interested in in about 5 seconds, now I have to carefully search through at least half a minute and make sure I don't make any mistakes.

Hopefully that makes sense, it's kind of hard to explain.

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