Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States SEATTLE, WA, United States
Works as a Editor, writer, photographer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2002
About me:

http://www.cff.org/

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On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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Canon2Nikon: I think dark is much better for this type of site. Viewing images without pupils constricting, less Eyestrain and easier to read. Plus the dark background differentiates you from everyone else. It's DP's look, trademark, and shouldn't be messed with... You may gain a few viewers who prefer white, but you will most certainly lose many more.

I know that you intend to keep both colors for now, but since doing so slows down your site, I wonder how long the choice will remain... Don't make the mistake many business make today. Always thinking that they have to change their 'look' to stay fresh and competitive. It's not true. Humans are creatures of habit and really don't like change...Unless of course you are able to develop a DSLR with uncropped 4K at 60P video with no time limit, focus peaking, unlimited high ISO, then maybe we would be a bit more flexible. :)

Why do people feel the need to mess with what has been proven to work?

incorrect assumptions/statements in your post: (i) we would lose more viewers than we gained by adding the option to switch color schemes (ii) having a style switch slows the site down (iii) we're doing this to 'stay fresh and competitive' (iv) staying fresh and competitive is always a mistake for a business (v) you speak for all 'humans' (vi) the current design has been 'proven to work' (specifically, in this context, proven to work better than any alternative).

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 18:13 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (404 comments in total)
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Jon Stern: DPReview destroyed by writers feeling that it's necessary to create clickbait headlines.

how are you defining 'destroyed'?

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 20:11 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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pdefeo: I can't distinguish between a read post and one I haven't read yet with the new light theme on my mobile device. I prefer the black theme.

so use the black theme :)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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Novatos: How long do we have to wait? The suspense is killing me. 😴

Without exception, I noticed every response prefer the current Black background. Since you stated retaining the current Black background with the user option for your proposed White background, may I suggest that you get on with it?

Otherswise . . .

I'll just continue clicking the upper right corner of the announcement window to minimize and get it out of the way.

It's actually more like 60:40 in favour of white (we have a lot more private feedback than these comments). The pop up window will go soon.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 13:31 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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BernardoAdam: In hatte the white skin, wäre is the button to Chance... please

down there >>

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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ragmanjin: I think you forgot to add the choice toggle for the mobile theme. This white thing is horrendous, it looks as generic as everyone else's unimaginative wysiwyg-theme-app BS garbage websites.
Not a fan.

it's at the top of every page.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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webmartians: Machs nix on preferences, although the black theme does seem to make colors "pop."

While you're at it, please watch the levels of JavaScript inclusions (pagefair, facebook, twitter, pintrest...) and their inclusions ...and their inclusions. Each level adds another layer of slowness for loading pages- a real problem with mobile devices and their slower connections.

Best!

mobile pages (on m.dpreview.co) don't get all those 'js inclusions' - the pages are very light.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 01:41 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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Longlongago: Thank you for offering this option for readers/viewers.
In your original announcement of the Beta version (Apr 4, 2016) you wrote: "If you like your color scheme you will be allowed to keep it. This is a new user OPTION. "
Please expand on this: when fully implemented, will the color scheme be instantly switchable (a toggle) within DPReview, just as it is in the Beta version?

yes

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 16:16 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (69 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: Aren't smartphone camera reviews supposed to be on the Connect sister site? Has it been incorporated into DPReview?

it has

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 19:14 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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User6677078372: I would like to see an easily toggleable switch to either background rather than an option. There are situations where a white background will be easier to read and it would be handy to switch between either without diving into the settings. I personally prefer the dark background.

scroll up a little to the article you're commenting on and you'll see that this is always going to be an option.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 00:51 UTC
On article Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery (228 comments in total)
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nunatak: is that photo of the Ferrari Barney's car?

it might be one of mine - it's hard to keep track of them all

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 03:59 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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accupix: Your new Light/Bright/white whatever you cal it website looks like every other photo rumor/review web site on te net.
Leave good enough alone- when you are looking at white type on a black background, you know you are on DPR and nothing else, least of all, Amazon.

Pm me.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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Steve Bingham: Black or nothing!!!!! You are wasting your time. Why not test lenses - like you were set up to do?

Again, our developers don't review / write anything. This has had zero effect on reviews of any kind.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 00:38 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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accupix: Your new Light/Bright/white whatever you cal it website looks like every other photo rumor/review web site on te net.
Leave good enough alone- when you are looking at white type on a black background, you know you are on DPR and nothing else, least of all, Amazon.

so use the black option. We're offering this simple re-skin for one reason and one reason only - it's the single most requested change to the website, and has been for at least a decade.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 16:33 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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Steve Bingham: Black or nothing!!!!! You are wasting your time. Why not test lenses - like you were set up to do?

1. Do you really think the same people who engineer the website write lens reviews?
2. We were set up to test cameras ;)

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 16:32 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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TolduSo: I prefer the original black format. But some of the 'trendy' colors used in the texts, do not show up clearly on black, specially grey on black, although blue, green, yellow are fine. The Light Theme would suit displays with the brightness turned down to save battery power though, perhaps we could get to choose our own.

good idea!

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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Wm Leddon Studios: I don't notice any difference in ease of reading with a white background. The white background now makes the website look like every other website out there and doesn't stand out from the crowd. Lastly, the images pop more when they are on a black background as opposed to white or any other color. There is just a lack of impact when on white, even high key images. I also agree with the previous post in that colored text on black backgrounds is extremely hard to read. Maybe you could incorporate a preference setting to be able to select white if you would rather have that.

it's almost like you read our mind (as opposed to reading the text, where it is clearly stated this is a new OPTION) ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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rambler35: I like the new Light option, but think it would be even better with a slightly heavier typeface on a very light gray background (i.e. with less glare than pure white).

It'll be good to have the choice of two styles, and I'd probably alternate between them, choosing the black background when images feature strongly in the article or forum I'm reading.

-- Richard --

we will continue to refine the new theme from a design and legibility point of view. This is really just a quick 'hack'

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 15:00 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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Saleen1999: I prefer the darker version because I find white backgrounds to be too bright because I use dpreview with no lights on in the room and the white is blinding when no lights are on.

In my opinion if dpreview is really taking our suggestions into account is to give us the choice. Keep both versions and let those who want the white background to use it and those of us to keep the darker version. That is the way it is on another site I visit where they have both versions and you choose which one you want.

did you read the article?

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)
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dkeller: It seems like spending more time conducting tests and less changing your color schemes would make more sense. Frankly I don't give a flip about your stupid color scheme. I'm on this site for information.

it's comments like this that make it all worth while

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2016 at 16:29 UTC
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