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Update (8-18-2010): If the changes I made are correct, this should now be the front page of SoxMachine.com, and all previous links should redirect here without a problem.
Please let me know if you encounter any issues, whether commenting, viewing old links or seeing stories in your RSS feed. Thanks to Alan for the major assistance.
I, and you by natural extension, have reached the intermediate stage of the much-needed redesign of Sox Machine.
What you see here will eventually become main page of Sox Machine (https://soxmachine.com, not https://soxmachine.com/soxmachine), hopefully by next week, once I figure out the smoothest, most effective way to redirect it.
If you weren’t around last year, I threw this site up in a hurry after my old one spit the bit. So it’s been a mishmash of ideas that I’ve been tweaking, and I finally committed to using a couple of weeks to redraw the whole thing.
The main goal is to put the most popular stuff in front and make the whole site less daunting to navigate. I believe by the end, I will have accomplished that. Some goals I have in mind:
No. 1: A genuine mainland.
I’m pretty sure everybody here considers the Sox Machine blog the big attraction, and State of the Sox more of an academic offshoot. The numbers say that anyway, so instead of giving them equal weight on the home page, I’m placing a much greater emphasis on what people pay attention to the most.
State of the Sox will still exist (and I’ll write those first), but those will feed onto the main page on an RSS feed in the middle column. This reduces the number of looks from three to two, which I think has been necessary for a while.
No. 2: A cleaner look.
The discussions below each post are easier to follow with increased width and less obtrusive divisions.
No. 3: Breaking off the minor league roundups.
I feel the individual posts can be daunting by themselves. I write long enough as it is, and then there’s a big chunk of numbers and bullet points at the bottom.
So instead of weighing down the bottom of every post, I’m turning the minor league roundup into separate posts. Don’t worry — they’ll still be written daily, but I think devoting an entire category to roundups will make it easier to browse past performances. I’m also going to write a brief paragraph highlighting the day’s best to make it easier to find box scores.
The same thing may also happen to the Christian Marrero Reading Room as a midday feature, though I’m not decided on that yet.
No. 4: More flexibility to give posts proper weight.
The new front page will allow me to use the biggest real estate for the most active discussions, while getting less important notes out there in various ways.
Give it a spin and let me know of any ways I could improve it. I’m hoping “go back to the old look” isn’t a popular one.