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    Hello,

    As a user of this website both on my computer and on my mobile phone, I've begun to notice that the UI is growing somewhat dated (particularly on mobile). I know that this is a not-for-profit website, and is run by volunteers, so I'm curious as to the effort and/or funds involved in revamping what TC looks like. Are there any plans to update the look of the site in future?

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    P.S. I don't mean to be rude because I respect the admins and moderators for their efforts in maintaining the current site; I'm just curious as to plans for the future.

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    What’s wrong with it?

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    We had looked into revamping the site about 6 years ago, but decided to keep it as it is, mainly because it is still very functional. I, personally, judge a website by its content, not its appearance.
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    The full view site is worth trying on a mobile device. All the features are there and it works in either the portrait or landscape mode. I never use the mobile setting because it's not quite as convenient. I've not yet felt the need for a major upgrade in design.
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    The site is just fine. I don't use the mobile view on my mobile devices. Web sites don't become dated just by looks. I suppose some people think seeing more flashy ads would be an improvement. Not I.

    Just below this box is a donate button.... mmm?
    Last edited by philoctetes; Sep-17-2018 at 15:46.

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    I always prefer and use desk mode in portable devices.

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    I refuse to have a smartphone, so I don't suffer any disadvantages of trying to fiddle about on a tiny screen. I also like to use a proper keyboard. The UI is thus ideal for those who still use an actual desktop or laptop.

    I wonder though how many access the site on a phone (and why they do it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by eugeneonagain View Post
    I wonder though how many access the site on a phone (and why they do it).
    I'm sure admins would have data describing just how much of this site's traffic is on mobile or desktop.

    My own theory would be that people who use this site heavily (for example, contributors) tend to use their desktops. Older members (who, in my opinion, make up a majority of members) would also use the desktop. I, for one, tend to use the desktop version only (even when I'm on mobile). As to why some people use mobile... well, it's a website. A huge chunk of web consumption these days occurs on mobiles. That's just the reality.

    Those who would use mobile are younger people and people who come across this site incidentally as part of their internet browsing. If a concern is drawing people into a website, then what often matters is, yes, the superficial attractiveness of the website (or, rather, the lack of un-attractiveness). The site looks somewhat dated. Not incredibly so, but dated nonetheless.

    I don't think this is a major problem. I, for one, enjoy using this site and regularly visit it. Hence I started the thread as a simple question: what, if any, would be the effort required to update how the site looks? Anything beyond fairly low effort would at this point not be worthwhile. But that calculus will change as time goes on: will a refresh be worthwhile in 5 years? 10? I asked to get a sense of the opinions of the senior members, moderators and admins of this website. I've found the responses very interesting, although it is clear most people do not share my opinion (which is fine - I was just interested in gauging how others felt).

    Quote Originally Posted by philoctetes View Post
    The site is just fine. I don't use the mobile view on my mobile devices. Web sites don't become dated just by looks. I suppose some people think seeing more flashy ads would be an improvement. Not I.

    Just below this box is a donate button.... mmm?
    I agree with you on the ads- I abhor ads just as much as everyone else. Fair point on the donation button, too .

    You say websites don't become dated 'just by looks'. I'll be clear: I don't think a dated website is only determined by how it looks. There are other factors, too. But if a website looks old, then yes, appearance is one factor leading new people to be less likely to join. As I said above, clearly that isn't a problem now according to the general consensus, but it is worth bearing in mind that it could become so in the future.
    Last edited by bravenewworld; Sep-19-2018 at 10:38. Reason: Removed a sentence

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    I am in the under-45 demographic, though I suppose from the perspective of youth that is also already one foot in the grave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eugeneonagain View Post
    I am in the under-45 demographic, though I suppose from the perspective of youth that is also already one foot in the grave.
    Please, young people are not that bad . But if we're talking demographics- I'm in the under-25s, and one of the reasons I made this thread was because I have several friends who are dipping their toe into classical music and have visited this site before; they have commented that it needs a refresh. Obviously I think that's not a good way of looking at a website, but I guess that's important for some people. It would be a shame if UI dissuaded some people from using the website considering all the good stuff there is on it.
    Last edited by bravenewworld; Sep-19-2018 at 11:17.

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