Since the beginning of summer, we have been working closely with you to find out the best ways to improve the stories page at EP-- the place where you spend the most time, and get to know the folks who become such good friends.
We are super proud to introduce today, in beta form (which means we're still testing and changing things-- A LOT), a revision of the stories page that hopefully reflects some relatively small but meaningful changes.
Note you will NOT see it by default-- you need to click 'show me the new version of this page' on the upper right of any story page (including this one!). If you like it, you can make it permanent, if you don't, you can give us some feedback before we roll it out sitewide. :)
Here are some highlights of what we've updated:
-Over 25% MORE ROOM for the story text (we heard you loud and clear on this one)
-A cleaner layout, with removal of lots of clutter, including the right hand column and tons of unecessary links
-We changed the base font to be 2 points bigger
-We added the ability for you to change the font size-- up or down, the way you like it
-A new 'Reactions Bar' where you can dynamically react to stories (sympathy, happy, sad) and it instantly updates (and shows you how others reacted)
-A new "print version" button-- you can get a printable version of any of your own stories, and EP Supporters can get a printable view of ANY story
-A new em
-And of course, our new 'recommendations' boxes on the right hand side that show you : more stories from the group, more stories from the author, related stories, recent stories, and what's popular today
Hope you guys like the changes! We are committed to makin EP a better place each and every day, and we are likewise committed to listening intently on your input and feedback to help make that happen.
We love you guys,