I have been getting a lot of feedback on the new website and I want to collect it in one place.
I am looking for polite, constructive feedback explaining what isn’t working or is missing. I am not looking for generic complaining. Tell me things that need to be fixed so that we can fix them.
Unfortunately, comments in tumblr are limited to one 250-character post per user. Here’s a longer list of issues with the new Magc: The Gathering website:
- On a desktop browser, mousing over the article header (the title and blurb) on the index page highlights the dark square containing the title and blurb. This implies that the whole area is clickable, but it isnt — only the actual “read more” button is.
- On a desktop browser, clicking on the giant images in the carousel at the top of the page doesn’t take you to the article. Tapping on the corresponding images on mobile does. The behavior should be the same in both environments.
- On an iPhone, the main page image carosuel’s “pagination dots” are truncated at the bottom.
- On mobile, there’s a calendar icon for the control that brings up the calendar of past articles. On desktop, it’s a downward chevron. They should match.
- Clicking on any of the dates in the pop-up calendar doesn’t do anything.
- The old site made major and feature articles (Making Magic, Latest Developments, etc) distinct from the smaller “bit pieces” (Daily Deck, Arcana, Card Image of the Day, etc) both by how much space they were given on the main page, and where they were positioned. This has been lost; the ordering of the articles in the list they appear in now seems totally random. Why would a Daily Deck article appear first, and a major card preview article be down “below the fold”?
- The carousel view for sample hands in decklists is less readable than just showing all of the cards laid out next to each other. The carousel widget feels like it serves no useful purpose here, especially on desktop where there’s plenty of space not being used.
- The carousel view for sample hands also suffers from being “circular”, in that there is no first or last card — this means that if you have two of a card in your hand, unless you were counting carefully, it’s hard to know when you’ve seen every card or not. Try it: view a hand this way and then think — how many lands were there? How many spells were castable with those lands?
- On an iPhone, the standard decklist widget has the “Decklist/Stats/Sample Hand” tabs jammed together and overlapping.
- On desktop, the “sample hand” control is spread over two lines, even though there’s plenty of room for it to be on a single line and consume less vertical space.
- On an iPhone, the decklist sample hand widget shows only a single card at a time, which makes grokking the whole hand very difficult. Also, swiping left/right to see the next card doesn’t work; only the left/right controls do (and they are very sluggish).
- The cookie acceptance pop-up animates in really slowly, and once clicked through, a *second* pop-up also pokily animates in.
- On mobile devices, the site seems very jerky and sluggish overall.
- The fixed viewport on mobile means text and images can’t be manually zoomed.
- On an iPad, articles are truncated on the right in portrait view. Because there’s no user-controlled panning/zooming (see above), there’s no way to get around this.
- On desktop, the drop-down menu for language selection at the bottom of the page has its downward-triangle indicator squished to the right into the horizontal line next to it.
- In articles on desktop, the author credit area in the upper left looks fine if the author’s name is short enough, but if its long enough to wrap to two lines (as it is with “Wizards of the Coast”), then not only is the leading too bib between the lines on the wrapped name, but the links that follow the name are no longer next to the author’s image. Given that there’s plenty of space to the left of the image, there’s no reason to wrap text here.
- The old site used to have prominent links to the Card Image Gallery for the set being previewed. I didn’t find the image gallery for M15 until I went looking for it under game info > products > coming soon … note that until I go there, there’s nothing that says “Magic 2015” anywhere. I’ve been looking at third-party spoiler sites a lot more since the site changed, just because the M15 card image gallery never felt like it was right there like it did on the old site.