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After far too long, the newest version of Depressed Fan has finally taken flight. I'd say it's about 99% complete, so click around and enjoy.

The new commenting system is on this post, but it won't be used on all the posts. The main reason is that I can't pull out the most-recent comment and display it on the front page when using this system, and I think that's a pretty important feature of the new design. We'll use this system for Pressing Questions and game threads, to make it easier for readers to keep up with the threads.

Here's a quick and dirty look at what's changed, and why:

  • Reading List - This list appears on every page, it should be pretty easy to find, it's always in red. Basically, when I see a story that interests me about the Sixers or hoops in general, I'll post the link there with a bit explanation. If you guys see anything worthwhile, you can e-mail it to me, send it to me via Twitter, or just leave it in the comments and I'll add it to the reading list. In general, the list is a good place to start if you're dying for Sixers content.
  • Facebook - If you're on Facebook, make sure you like the new Depressed Fan page. facebook.com/DepressedFan. Once you like it, you'll get updates through Facebook whenever a post goes up. I also envision this page as a great way for people to share pictures/video from games, we'll use it to set up any field trips, etc.
  • Schedule - Check out the full schedule here, it's pretty self-explanatory. Most important, the schedule will serve as your entrance to the new game capsule pages...
  • Game Capsules - Here's a sample page. The idea here is a one-stop shop for all the coverage of the game, and a quick look at the rotation chart and advanced stats. If you're looking for trends, or just interested in game threads/previews, you can find everything you need here.
There's more, but it's way too late for me to cover everything right now. I'll be in the comments throughout the day to answer any questions, and solve any problems, should they arise. My overall goal with this redesign was to get the most useful information right up front and display everything in a clear fashion. When you come to the home page, your eye should be caught by the red. Any headlines on stories that you haven't clicked on before will be red, the number of comments are red. The most-recent comments header is in red, as is the reading list. Basically, the important stuff should jump out at you.

I hope you like it, let me know either way in the comments (and check the reading list for other discussion topics).
by Brian on Sep 20 2010
Tags: Basketball | Offseason | Redesign | Sixers |