West wrote:I understand that it is a site-wide revamp with Yahoo, and these fantasy guys are stuck trying to improve things within the existing framework. I just think that whoever is in charge of this operation needs to get their head out of their butt and come down to the forums and read just how dissatisfied everyone is over this.
I'm all for Marissa posting here.
I'm sure Yahoo is inundated with feedback on their forums and Guy Smiley is our inside track to direct our feedback on a silver platter. That's good enough, I think.
While he's here, I wouldn't mind sharing a laundry list of my own feedback specifically for player and team pages, as well as the scoreboard. I'm sure some have stated it already.Team Pages
It's redundant to have the team name and logo of the team page on the scores and schedules section. It's better to show a section of the calendar for that week in graphical form. So, 7 boxes with logos and abbreviations for the opponent in each of those boxes, representing days. They can be color-coded to signify home/away, but a simple "@" and a background color of one of the team colors would suffice.
Team news should not be separated from the main content container for the team page. It's unclear if the news on the right column pertains to that very team. The right column should feature blog entries and news which may or may not be pertinent to the team. The team news goes where it belongs: centrally located.
It's not necessary to feature depth chart on the frontpage, when the roster tab features it anyway.
If the stats should stay in the central container, just show all the team's stat leaders without the user having to make the effort of clicking dropdown boxes. *shudder* Dropdown boxes.
Photos belong in the central container too. Better yet, if Flickr can be integrated. Player Pages
There's a good chunk of space to be recovered by condensing the biographical information. If there must be big player photos, then the team logo can be incorporated behind the player and blended with the predominant color of the team he plays for. The biographical content itself can stand out against a black transparent overlay background such that it doesn't clash with the proposed background color change. Whatever the case, the bio should be big enough to stand out for establishing a hierarchy, but needs to be condensed so as to allow relevant content to be easily scanned and read through.
Stats tables should be black text on white background. Alternating rows can take on a subtle grey-white/cream-white. Padding and spacing are improved in the new layout, but a little extra would make for ideal text spacing.
I don't think this new design favors the relatively sparse layout. The old layout had all stats on the page with little scrolling and little in the way of recent player news. The new design of the player page feels "emptier", for lack of a better term. Relocating team news to the center, featuring headlines/blogs on the right, and incorporating photos into the central container would make for a better curated page.Scoreboard
It's my personal preference to see one row reflecting just one score. It makes sense with the limited width constraint of the current layout. That way, to the right of the bases and B/S/O, in-game information like current pitcher (and game line), current batter (and game line), HR hitters, and links to box score/game channel can be included. People will scroll down for scores anyway, which brings me to my next point...
The scoreboard wouldn't have to be stationery at page's end when scrolling down through the sidebar apps on the right. Having detailed line-by-line scores could entice the user to look and/or click at the blogs/photos/videos on the right, by just having those two columns of the page scroll together naturally. I don't mind the current scrolling myself, but to others, it's strange and reflects bad usability in their minds.
Standings should be the first app seen below the ad on the right. It's the most pertinent bit of information to scores.
The mini-calendar shouldn't be a mouseover. Putting it above the day's scores works better. Having a calendar icon there should be explicit enough, but it also sets up a different expectation of how the hovering calendar works. (For some weird reason, I thought it would just open another <div> and push the scoreboard down in the process to make room for the calendar selector.)
I'm always forgetful as to what the day is, and I'm not nearly half as old as ayebatter. It wouldn't hurt to make the day text the same size as the Previous and Next day links.