Our New Design!

Freethought Blogs got a beautiful redesign this morning! We look less squeezed and cluttered to my eyes and you can efficiently and quickly see where to find both the Camels With Hammers and the overall Freethought Blogs Recent Posts, Comments, Archives all in two multi-tab boxes relatively high up on the page on the right side. (By clicking on “Archives” and then choosing any month or year and then scrolling down you will see all those boxes of recommended posts from the Camels With Hammers past, organized according to topics—so check those out! (They used to be on the lefthand side of the page.)

Best part of the new design is that it incorporated some of the features of PZ’s site and most notably our comments sections look like PZ’s. Seeing that for the first time made me feel like my site was Pharyngula for a moment therea most exciting feeling!

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • David Marjanović, OM

    Best part of the new design is that it incorporated some of the features of PZ’s site and most notably our comments sections look like PZ’s.

    Unfortunately, however, you eliminated the entire left sidebar, and you restricted the “recent posts [on the blog in question]” and the “recent comments” boxes to five entries each.

    On Pharyngula, those boxes now cover the last five hours and the last five seconds, respectively. Discussions that are older than that are now much harder to access than before. The “recent comments” box used to have fifteen entries, and the “recent posts” box used to cover almost two days.

    In the left sidebar, there was the direct link to the Endless Thread and PZ’s warning that he reserved the right to publish contact information of people who threatened violence. All gone.

    Please fix that.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    The only advantage I see to the new format is we finally have archives. Restricting the “recent comments” to just five is ludicrous.

  • Midnight Rambler

    It looks awful to me. I thought something was broken with the code. With a left sidebar the comments were in the center of the screen; now they’re way off on the left. It feels unbalanced.

    Honestly, every “improvement” in web layout or software interface that I’ve seen in the last 10 years, other than those that were in direct response to massive complaints, has inevitably made them worse. Google, Microsoft, Adobe, practically every website. I don’t get it. Do developers’ minds work differently than people who actually use these things?

  • Daniel Schealler

    I FEAR AND RESENT CHANGE!

    *cowers under blanket*


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