carousel annoying anyone else?

by cat1commuter   August 16, 2011  

Does anyone else find the carousel on the home page of road.cc annoying, or is it just me? I don't like how it moves to the next slide before I can read all of the text, and there is no way to pause it. So I press the back arrow, find my place in the text and start reading again, and it moves again!

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Mmmm, it can be a bit quick. It currently has an article about GT road bikes floating around on it that is a dead link, which is annoying me more.

Stewie

posted by stewieatb [298 posts]
16th August 2011 - 18:24

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Fixed the GT link; that was my fault.

Mmm; speediness of carousel. Know what you're saying but tech-in-chief Big Dave will be torn between setting a time that allows you to absorb the full drama of my pithy intros and one that allows first time visitors to lose the will to live and move on before they have realised there are other probably more interesting stories to read on the site.

The purpose of the carousel is to offer a quick taster of the best new stories and if it makes you go 'Arg' when it turns over (happens to me 20 times a day) it's probably doing its job. Those big back-and-forth arrows are there if you must but ideally we want you clicking on the stories. Yes, even mine.

Having said that, Big Dave * could * change the timing if he thought that many people were spitting feathers. He's very reasonable like that.

posted by nick_rearden [858 posts]
16th August 2011 - 19:04

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I just scroll down the main page and find the relevant article Big Grin figured this was better than speed reading!!!

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posted by giff77 [963 posts]
16th August 2011 - 19:11

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nick_rearden wrote:
Having said that, Big Dave * could * change the timing if he thought that many people were spitting feathers. He's very reasonable like that.

Or just allow me to pause the blighter!

I reckon if it paused when the mouse was over it, that would be perfect. Would allow me to read the text, then follow the link without it exiting stage right.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1301 posts]
16th August 2011 - 19:41

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Funnily enough this is the first time anyone has mentioned it being too fast that I can remember at least. We are planning a new carousel for the homepage though which would address the problem cat1 because it will display the content in a different way. I'm not totally sure that it is that easy to change the time it takes for the carousel to scroll through the stories - I could be wrong, but I reckon it if was simple to fiddle with the scroll times we wouldn't have been able to help ourselves and we'd have fiddled with 'em.

It probably does spend less time displaying each story than when we first started using it, we're showing more stories on it in the same amount of time… we did find the button that allowed us to do that a couple of years back.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
16th August 2011 - 21:56

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tony_farrelly wrote:
Funnily enough this is the first time anyone has mentioned it being too fast that I can remember at least.

OK, so it is only me then!

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1301 posts]
16th August 2011 - 22:59

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No it's not just you. It is annoying and seems to me unnecessary. Im quite capable of scrolling through the top six stories to see what grabs without the site doing it for me.

posted by RouleurTwo [20 posts]
18th August 2011 - 21:27

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Sorry in advance then RoulerTwo you won't be enjoying the new carousels we're planning to deploy around the site then. Mind you, it'll probably take us ages to get round to actually doing it

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
18th August 2011 - 22:52

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yes z the carousel (didn't know the name until now) is annoying - I often read road.cc on my smartphone, and it all displays well - except the carousel!

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posted by PJ McNally [560 posts]
18th August 2011 - 23:08

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One change you might like to consider is making your div with the class "jcarousel_waiting" the same size as the carousel itself, so that everything below it doesn't jump about 300 pixels down the page when the JavaScript eventually gets round to displaying it.

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
19th August 2011 - 13:01

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It drives me nuts also. I always click on the news link to move to that page asap.

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
19th August 2011 - 13:14

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I like the behaviour of the carousel on the front page of The Register http://www.theregister.co.uk/

Mousing over the number of the slide make it easy to navigate them. Also note that each slide is displayed for 5 seconds, even though they have very pithy text.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1301 posts]
19th August 2011 - 13:38

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And another thing only marginaly off topic how about two or three more words on the "recent comments" thang for the forums....

Just sayin' mind.

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posted by daviddb [114 posts]
19th August 2011 - 14:08

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