DesignerNews is almost dead

over 3 years ago from Riho Kroll, Lead UI/UX Designer

  • Jordan LittleJordan Little, over 3 years ago

    The self-promotion and spam keeps me away most days.

    If you work at, say, Invision and you post here about your Invision blog. I'm not going to read it. It's just sideways advertising and rarely adds value to the site.

    Downvotes would be nice, though I understand the rationale in not having them.

    More guidance/input by staff (the AMAs are great) and site owners.

    Better algorithm for top posts. It seems like I'm always seeing bs mixed in with good posts on the homepage.

    Search could be improved.

    Surfacing old content. It seems like there are a half-dozen "best backpack" posts, but having a way to surface these classic/active posts would be a good idea. Best Of DN?

    I still visit at least 4 times a week, but my sessions keep getting shorter and shorter. Scan the Top posts…maybe click a link…see a ton of spam posts and leave.

    I hope the site owners can figure it out and get this place hoppin' again.

    1 point
    • Nick ZakharNick Zakhar, over 3 years ago

      The search feature, in my opinion, is one of the biggest issues here.

      I often come here with a topic in mind, type it into the search bar, and I don't think I've ever actually found something useful based on my searches... yet I KNOW there are articles that were posted in the past here related to the topic I entered.

      I typed in "Designer News Is Almost Dead" and this was the first link... I typed in "Designer News Is Dead" and got a page full of posts NOT including this post which is current and trending... Instead, I see several posts from 3-4 years ago.

      0 points