It’s been bothering me all day, because I can’t figure out a good way to say this without coming across as a total usability geek obsessing over the least little thing. Whatever, here goes.
Slashdot, the archetypal “News for Nerds” site has long posted news items with small icons next to each story. These were great because they were topical, and a quick scan of the page could let you know which stories to read or not, base on your particular interest in the topic.
As far as I can tell, these are no more. The best attempt at categorization right now is a throw–away line following each story title, “from the such and such department”, usually a joke.
What a step backward. No more quick scanning, now you actually have to read a bit into each story to see if it’s one you’ve read before, or even if it’s one you’re interested in.
There. I’ve spoken my piece, and I’m satisfied now.