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Wednesday, November 24, 2021


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A good search engine should be initially streamlined, but offer plenty of additional ways to hang your query in specific ways. This version goes pretty far in that regard, but don't expect anything fancy like Boolean searches (like anybody younger even remembers what those are anymore.)

Summer Haas

All I want is a button that blocks AFK and Escort results.


Hate it. Period.

David D.

It feels good, but only LL will be able to tell whether it really helps or not. In my field of higher education, there is a want to make lots of pretty videos and web pages because people equate user experience with knowledge access and will help with developing competence. There are studies that say that the look and feel have nothing to do ultimately with the learning. Usability (and universal design), information results, and presentation are all different things, and while they *can* impact one another, you can have a crap design with all the right bits of info which people are just fine consuming, and you can have really pretty things that still have terrible text output. And, even if you have both, if the engine doesn't let people get what they want, it can be as advanced and clean as it wants; it is still a crappy search engine.

The UX is good and is more attractive. Now put some substance behind the change and you'll have good universal design.

Henri Beauchamp

"The user interface is definitely prettier!"

I beg to differ: I hate the flat look, the huge fonts, the cumbersome results (that also glitch for the first result, when the window is made narrow enough; the input field then truncates the upper result), the fact that you need to scroll and scroll and scroll and scroll again just to see the first few results, etc, etc...

But what bothers me most, as a viewer developer, is that the whole form is JavaScript-dependent and that the search URL it composes is not any more based on simple URL parameters substitutions, meaning that if you want to query the new SL search engine with a simple category/query terms couple, you cannot no more do it short of duplicating the JavaScript code used to compose the search URL...


Not a fan of windows 10 look. Bring back skeuomorphism.


I really don't like it. For one they removed the population counter. Which was useful to see what sims were active and worth checking out at a glance. The other issue I have with it is that they are hiding the sim summary behind a mouse click which is just a terrible design. I should be able to browse at a glance after I search. Not be forced to single click each link to see what it is. I am not sure what the thought process was there but making the user do more work isn't exactly a great design philosophy.

Furthermore the chunky monochromatic design looks basic frankly. And not in a good way. More like a web design 101 first project sort of feel. It feels uninspired and slapdash. The use of space is just weird. This is a definite step down. Nothing was added to the experience but plenty was removed.

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