- Mar 11, 2009
laura.weislo said:I understand everyone's pain with this transition - believe me, it's been hard on the Cyclingnews production editors, too.
You may not realize just how much we care about this job - for years we have engaged in a single-minded pursuit to post every UCI race result in the world plus all the big national events and (until recently) as many local results as we could find time to post.
We scoured the internet for every news story, traveled the world to cover races, exhausted our contacts to bring you exclusive stories, features and interviews and brought unique perspectives through diaries of riders - big and small.
I do not believe any one of those sites offers the breadth of content that Cyclingnews does. And right now, the same editors who have slaved over their computers to bring you the thousands and thousands of pages that made up the old site are still slaving away - just in a different platform.
(If you had a problem with the current staff, well, can't help you there!)
Sure, the navigation is different. Many think it is not better, but it is a monumental task to share the wide variety of content we post to you in a simple way.
The old site had everything right up front - but do you know how much you missed that might have been interesting to you because it was buried in a link like "Tour de Backwater - brief results"? Maybe your best friend won the Tour de Backwater, but you might not know it and never click that link.
There are a lot of advantages to the new system, and yes - those of you who pointed out that it was rolled out prematurely are right - it really wasn't quite ready and we're still finding new bugs and issues.
But can we get kudos please for finally joining the 21st century and incorporating RSS feeds? We've gotten at least 2 emails per day for the past year and a half asking for them and now you've got it.
Is it right for people on this forum to complain to the advertisers who help to pay our salaries just because you have issues with the new look? I remember once upon a time there was a rider for a team who made someone mad by acting like a jerk. Someone contacted the sponsor to complain and lo and behold, that team no longer exists.
I think, dear readers, that you forget the people who do the work to post the content on Cyclingnews are as passionate about the sport as you are. Just because we've been forced to modernize our clunky 1990's design to fit with today's internet isn't a reason to try to shut us down.
In my opinion, it's not even a reason to give up visiting the site. No English-language site out there gives you more race results, more news, more photos or more features in one place.
Please try to have patience as we all tackle this transition together. It might take some time to get to where we're all happy. Believe me, when Gerard Knapp redesigned the early 90s site to a late-90's site he got just as many complaints, but you all grew to love it.
When we finally get the system ironed out, we should finally have a database-driven results system which will allow you to click on a rider's name and see his/her palmares. And remember CN's old search tool? That thing was completely useless. The new system will (eventually) allow for a more robust search engine which will make it a lot easier to find archived content.
In short, yes - we all miss the old site. It was familiar and comfortable, like those oversized t-shirts and leggings I used to wear in the 90s. But it was frumpy and unsophisticated. Like it or not, that look was designed when the site had thousands of readers. Now we have millions and in order to reach a broader audience we have to grow up and into the corporate world and start wearing skirts and heels.
If you feel more comfortable sharing your passion with other sites, we wish you well. But the beauty of the internet is that there are all levels of sites and time enough to click on them all. We hope you'll find that Cyclingnews is as irresistible as ever...
Laura, I thank you and all of the other people at Cyclingnews for all of your hard work over the years.
I do miss the old site it was simple and easy to navigate. The new site is not. I understand the reasons for the redesign especially the back end for you guys. But the redesign could of combined the ease of use of the old site and make it look more modern along with the features that made it popular. The new design missed the mark big time. All that was done was porting over a design that Future already had and changed the content some that was it. A design that is very poor in the first place. Where is the originality? This alone shows Future Publishing has no real interest in what made the original so popular or keeping the core audience. They just wanted the domain name pure and simple. With the added content in the form of spoilers it proves this fact even more.
If we didn't contact the sites advertisers what other recourse do we readers have? The editors are sure as hell not listening to us. None of us want to lose a website that we have loved for so long. I haven't visited the new site since Tuesday and wont until the spoilers are removed or some other solution can be implemented, while I understand that the clicks in the forum help your numbers, but you know what pages people are visiting.
Your current leadership should concern you even more than they do your readers, as this website is your lively hoods. The path they are taking you down currently is not going to end well for this site. I sincerely hope that the current leadership are big enough people to admit when they have made a mistake and can correct those mistakes. Because if they can't a lot of people are going to be looking for new jobs in the bad economy, which is not something that I would like to see