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Humboldt Herald gets a facelift

After two straight days of complaints on KHUM about the look of the Humboldt Herald, some changes are afoot.  You may notice new colors, fonts, themes, images, layouts and who-knows-what-else as you click about the blog.  Sorry for any confusion and thanks for your patience.

The blog will remain functional throughout this process so go ahead and cheer and complain and comment as usual.  Suggestions and constructive criticism about the new look is welcome.

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  1. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    So far I liked it better the old way.

  2. February 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    What did you like about it?

    February 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Umm, older was better – why change a good thing when it don’t need fixin’ cuz it ain’t broke.

    Box lines are white on white backround.


  4. February 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I like the smudges. Makes it look a little used.

  5. February 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    The smudges are cool!

  6. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Oh, I just liked it because it was old. Personally I prefer the hot story on top and less sidebar clutter.

  7. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    oh, and a different font. Times New Roman – not.

  8. February 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    It can be a 2-column or 3-column layout. Readers seem to prefer the Recent comments widget on top. Is there anything else that important that needs to be up there?

    Good point on the font.

  9. Osprey
    February 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Make Dronker’s fundraise on air for the upgrades! Looking good so far!

  10. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    The other thing for up top – your biography, of course :)

  11. Osprey
    February 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    dronker’s would CERTAINLY fund the bio section! ha!

  12. February 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    That’ll cost extra.

  13. anon
    February 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Like the font, but could it be darker? some of the sidebars, etc. seem a bit light.

  14. Steak n Eggs
    February 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I like the new look.

  15. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    You might want to change the Stop Arkleyville motif.

    Maybe “Welcome to Arkleyville”?

  16. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Maybe spell it out in a hemp-leaf arch.

  17. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    The gray is good. “Eureka Sky”

  18. Goldie
    February 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I was used to the different colors between posts. I think I prefer that if you can still do it.
    AND! Now Mike should have to fix something even if it ain’t broke.

  19. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    How long ’til you let us vote?

  20. February 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    The grungy part of this “Elegant Grunge” theme seems to have disappeared. Now I remember why years have passed since I last changed the blog layout.

  21. Owltotem
    February 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    What are you doing!!! I can’t see gray!!! Fix it!!! Owls eyes need contrast.

  22. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Here’s a good layout:


  23. Owltotem
    February 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Bad Heraldo what have you done!!! How bout this, for a suggestion, PUT IT BACK!!!!! I have few little consistent things in my life this was one I really enjoyed AND NOW I CANT SEE IT.

  24. February 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    You might get your wish! My attempt to fix the font and foiled the whole freaking theme.

  25. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm


  26. Owltotem
    February 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I hate that too turtle HERALDO PUT IT BACK! WWWWWHHHHHYYYYYYYYY! Aint broke, no fix! It was durable it was consistent it was my news.

  27. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Cripes, Heraldo! OT is on meltdown.


  28. Owltotem
    February 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    APB Arkley kidnapped Heraldo and fucked up the Blog

  29. February 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Well, we might be stuck with Times New Roman. Is it a deal killer?

  30. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Don’t Like! The gray is difficult to read. I liked the separation of comments by shading. The comment (reply) box has no borders, which makes it less user friendly. Most of all I don’t like all of the sidebar and the narrow column for the actual content I want to read. It’s too Facebookish. Unfortunately, the lame layout of Facebook is influencing the whole internet. It’s like the shag carpet of the blogosphere.

  31. February 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Refresh the page, you should see some separation.

  32. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    The font’s not a deal killer but this is NO where as good as the old format. MHO.

  33. February 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    You might have to take it up with Dronkers.

    I like this one better.

  34. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    What? No vote? How about a “Format Complaints” link up top?

  35. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    First Olbermann, gone. Then Hank Sims. Now this. The Walter Cronkite of Humboldtian blog formats — pffft.

  36. February 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    This is the wave of the future. Embrace it.

  37. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Well, it looks like toilet paper to me!

  38. February 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm


  39. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Well no – soft. But still –

  40. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    …especially when you scroll. Check it out.

  41. February 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Not seeing your POV. Aren’t you bored with the old theme? It’s so 2007. You change your header all the time!

  42. Goldie
    February 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I am liking it.

  43. February 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    That’s because you have style, Goldie.

  44. Bolithio
    February 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I think you could kill the middle side bar. ‘Recent Comment’ is pretty much the same as ‘Most Read’, and the links below are all on the top. The anti-arkley thing is pretty redundant too at this point…dont you think? Alternatively, you could just make thatthe background. =/

  45. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Yes to losing a sidebar. This could work out.

  46. February 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    The 2-column layout seems a little boring, but if it’s too cluttered otherwise, we can go back. No one has ever complained about having to scroll down so far to get to the KIEM link.

  47. February 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Sidebar on the right or left? Does it matter?

  48. February 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Does this have something to do with the Planet Tapperass blogger rankings?

  49. Owltotem
    February 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Heraldo, I am serious, I can not see this! I have to strain my eyes to read it, I even changed my screen settings and then I lose most of the page. GRAY SUCKS I could get used to the rest of it (maybe) but the color. Cant read the comments, only yours.

  50. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    if three columns how bout this in the middle? a little symmetry is a good thing. Plus, the header looks too intentionally grungy – as in not cool. Could clean up the header in homage to the previous iteration?

  51. Owltotem
    February 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm


  52. February 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Well, that’s a serious concern. And you are a valued reader. I like this theme but am stuck with the color/font style. We’ll try something else.

  53. Not an Expert
    February 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Did you say construction? I think we need a lockdown!

  54. QP
    February 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    crappy. go back.

  55. February 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Ok, Owl. Is this better?

  56. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Sidebar right –

  57. humboldturtle
    February 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Wait. That one’s good!

  58. February 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I miss the smudges…

  59. February 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Ahh, peace is restored.

  60. February 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm


  61. February 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    The smudges are freaking awesome but strangely, some Humboldt Herald readers want a nice, clean blog theme. Go figure.

  62. treesnstuff
    February 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    i would vote for a sans serif, modern font that is easier to read. with all the white and gray, the times font looks thin and is hard to read—and i’m young and have good eyes.

  63. Goldie
    February 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I vote for freaking awesome smudges!

  64. February 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    See Goldie and I have good taste.

  65. useyourbrain
    February 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    very white, needs some color

  66. Mike Buettner
    February 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Font is good but too many goofy pastels and grays. Can’t you make the layout wider? We aren’t on 13″ monitors anymore.

  67. Mike Buettner
    February 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    And that BG must be a joke.

  68. useyourbrain
    February 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm


  69. February 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm


  70. Mike Buettner
    February 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    And besides, you aren’t stuck with anything. Learn some damn CSS.

  71. Mike Buettner
    February 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Butt gum. But in this case background… or maybe not.

  72. February 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    If the layout is wider people complain about too much white space.

  73. February 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    But I agree, wider is better.

  74. Mike Buettner
    February 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Yeah but… wider means you increase the width of the columns. Maybe you need a deal with AOL. You’ve got Heraldo.

  75. February 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Wider, better, the AMC Pacer of blogs?

  76. Owltotem
    February 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Oh Thank You Heraldo much better!

  77. February 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Perhaps a licorice dispenser that pulls down from the top would be a good feature?

  78. Mike Buettner
    February 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    It doesn’t really matter as long as you can read it.

  79. tra
    February 8, 2011 at 10:12 pm


  80. Kale Estanoche
    February 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    email/updates/twitter as left column? thread center?

  81. February 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Some might complain that it’s too busy, Kale. But we’ll try it for a bit.

  82. Kale Estanoche
    February 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    was thinking the other way around, but you/they may be right.

  83. February 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I like the 3-column layout. But it’s probably best to have the posts on the far right or left to keep it clean.

  84. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    So people were complaining about it’s design on KHUM. So what! It’s YOUR blog, design it the way that pleases YOU. As Sean Mooney (owner Mooney’s Irish Pub in SF many years ago) was once quoted in the Chronicle regarding the interior decoration of his bar “Anything’s too good for these flipping customers.” ;-)

  85. February 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I like your attitude.

  86. joeschmo
    February 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    it kinda looks a bit like the old eureka reporter.

  87. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    and we heart you, heraldo.

  88. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    regardless of what the layout turns out to be.

  89. February 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Aw, shucks.

  90. February 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Nice, its got an old time newspaper front page layout thing going on. Much better use of the space. Are you starting a print issue?

  91. February 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Would you buy it?

  92. Owltotem
    February 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    What is a Tweet

  93. February 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    It is your blog, and most of us will still read it. It will be fine.

  94. February 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned after ~11 years here, it’s that Humboldt loves change. ;)

  95. Mike Buettner
    February 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Kill the blue.

  96. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Heraldo — is it true that you’re selling the Herald to AOL???

  97. Mike Buettner
    February 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    And FL the header.

  98. February 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    $315 million and I’m outta here.

  99. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Maybe R.A. Will buy you out…

  100. Owltotem
    February 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Hey there’s reporta, I wondered where he went, but why does tweet take me away from HH when I click there, couldn’t it just take me to a new tab or a new window? How about a refresh button down by the comment bar and a Home button down here too. It would cut down on the scrolling. But then again you are being advised by a novice. Thanks for the black font man, yeah yeah, owls allowed to melt down once in a while. I felt like my paper landed in a puddle. I’m better now, its usually brief.

  101. February 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    The tweet links will take you to Twitter.

    I’m glad the changes are more to your liking. More tweaks to come tomorrow.

  102. mjtrac
    February 9, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Anyone who has trouble reading material on web pages can investigate “browser extensions” designed especially to help you.

    A starting point is here: http://www.aarp.org/technology/innovations/info-10-2010/Web_Browsers.html

    You should be able to take control of text size and contrast, and that’s just for starters.

  103. Owltotem
    February 9, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Uh Mtrac, I said I can’t see, I didn’t say I am old. slap! (not that there’s anything wrong with that)

  104. Owltotem
    February 9, 2011 at 7:00 am

    nothing wrong with being old, not with getting slapped

  105. mjtrac
    February 9, 2011 at 7:01 am

    If you use Chrome, for example, try installing ChromeVis. You can see what it does for you by clicking the link below.


    If you don’t use Chrome, do yourself a favor and get it:


  106. 06em
    February 9, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I prefer the old theme. Eliminating the Most Read list or Top Comment list (or whatever it was called) means older threads will age and go dead more quickly. If you only come here once or twice a day, you could easily miss a comment of interest on an older thread (that you might want to respond to) if you only have the Recent Comments list to go by. This change (and the Twitter addition) may result in increasing the percentage of comments from people who are always logged in to their devices, but decreasing the participation of occasional posters who do other (maybe interesting?) things with their lives.
    As for Twitter, it is just another e-waste of time IMO so if this was an either or choice between the list of top comments and Twitter, this occasional poster thinks you chose wrong.
    Regarding the look, it is content that generates interest far more than colors or type styles or layout. People will get used to anything you decide as long as it’s readable … and worthwhile content.
    This isn’t a democracy, but if it were … I’d vote for the old theme. Change the carpet out, buy some new slip covers, but don’t take out those lovely french doors to put in a stupid-ass cat door.

  107. Mitch
    February 9, 2011 at 7:04 am


    I’m a gol-durned member of the AARP. So there!

  108. Carol
    February 9, 2011 at 7:11 am

    It looks very nice.

  109. Mitch
    February 9, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Actually, owl’s good-humored concern with being thought “old” is an example of why these extensions now get categorized under “Accessibility” rather than “Special Needs” or “For Old Farts”.

    In another decade, “Accessibility” will be re-labeled “Making Things Easier To Use.” Shortly after that, someone will figure out that “Making Things Easy To Use” contains the stuff that should have been included in the first place, the original stuff will be done right to begin with, and the category will go away.

    (In many places, to be honest, this has already been done. It’s just that when it’s done right to begin with, no manager gets to check off “Accessibility” from their list of things to tell the programmers to do, no salesman gets to yammer on about the “Accessibility” features, and no purchasing agent can confirm — without waking up — that accessibility is done right. Rant over.)

  110. Mitch
    February 9, 2011 at 7:14 am


  111. Owltotem
    February 9, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Dig,Mitch, sorry, for being so insensitive. i get it, not being able to see really sucks, I order a book on amazon, get it and give it away because the letters are too small and it takes 2 hands to read it with a magnifying glass (another reason to shop local) . But i would not expect every publisher to accommodate my weakness. However on a daily blog when you are in a community with a daily newspaper that suck ass. I think everybody needs to be able to access the information easily and quickly.

  112. Owltotem
    February 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

    ts sucks ass, not you H

  113. February 9, 2011 at 7:35 am

    06em, thanks for the argument for keeping the most read list. I’ll bring it back.

  114. Owltotem
    February 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

    yay most read

  115. Mitch
    February 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

    No offense taken, owl. FWIW, e-readers like the Kindle give you the option of presenting text in large and HUGE fonts. and can be used with only one hand.

    I think pretty soon the AARP will take anyone over 25, it’s down to 50 now.

  116. 06em
    February 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Thank you, Heraldo.

  117. Ross Rowley
    February 9, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Whatever The Carson Park Ranger says, I’ll go with. But, you know me, I’m not a creature of change. I’m having a difficult time with the harshness of electronic white with black text. It’s very glaring even though I know it has been toned down to be leaning toward gray.
    I say, “in with the old, out with the new!” Of course, that has always been my edict as I tune into reruns of That Girl.

    Oh, and Joel says Comic Sans should be your font of choice.

  118. February 9, 2011 at 8:10 am

    The Comic Sans joke never dies! Larry and Mike on KHUM had similar advice. I shall not bend.

  119. skippy
    February 9, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Kinda in aggreement with 06em @ 7:04. Getting used to the changes, like the easier to read format and font, liked the color previously. You know what you’re doing and got it going on. The site still rocks; and checking in with surreptitious sources, the BOS and Eureka City folks still persue here for the current ‘word on the street.’
    peace… skips

  120. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Mitch, large fonts are used by many more people than just the elderly… anyone with a vision problem or whose desk setup places the monitor too far away (think about reading a book… you subconsciously position a book at the best distance for your eyes, but the same isn’t true for computer monitors. Often, the distance is beyond your control, and the whole thing is complicated by monitor size and screen resolution. When these people realize they can change their font size, they do it in a heartbeat.)

  121. February 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Owltotem, you should be able to set your computer’s font size. Someone here should be able to tell you how. On a Mac it is in preferences, I think.

  122. 454
    February 9, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Your | Elegant Grunge | does not translate to iMacs, which is odd.

  123. February 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Sadly, the Elegant Grunge theme has been ditched for a cleaner look with more contrast.

  124. February 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I’d like it a lot more if it had a link to my blog???

  125. February 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Yes I would buy it. I’m one of those guys who always skipped straight to the “Letters to the Editor” page of the paper. I’ve always been more interested in what my neighbors had to say than what some rich New Yorkers had to say.
    Most of the columnists used by the Times Standard are just run-of-the-mill propagandists. I would much rather read “As it Stands” than I would Tom Friedman. Or God-forbid Michael Savage. There is no escaping these guys. I listened to National Propaganda Radio and who do they spend time on? Glen Beck and Sarah Palin. I notice the dissemination of propaganda is in full swing at the Times. Every time something happens in the world we are given Sarah Palin’s take on it. They don’t even bother with what the actual decision-makers are saying. The press-corpse is much more concerned with what Palin has to say. Just like with NPR rebroadcasting Beck’s sour nonsense to show what “Americans” are thinking about the situation in Egypt.

  126. February 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

    This is a much better layout, and result.

  127. Eric Kirk
    February 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

    It has panache in a functional minimalist sort of way.

    Pungent, but not overbearing.

  128. February 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Hmm, like a fine wine.

  129. bi is better
    February 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

    getting there. two columns make a wider area for posts. the non harmonious color blocks didn’t work for me. looks clean and easy to read. a new banner and twill be lookin good.

  130. Seageezer
    February 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I really, really, really do not like the new look! Too much white, harder to focus in on what I want to read.

    It wasn’t broken…. why fix it?

  131. February 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Well, I see Heraldo’s read my post — so…
    No comment.
    I guess that means he suffers from the same affliction as his contemporaries. I was beginning to wonder.

  132. Eureka Zeke
    February 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Design by committee, eh?

    Now you can’t stop until EVERYONE agrees it is perfect.

  133. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Meanwhile some news is happening:
    Campus Community,
    After careful consultation with the campus, local health care providers and the broader community, I have decided to discontinue Humboldt State’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

    This was a difficult decision, particularly because of the impact on current pre-nursing majors and prospective students who applied to the BSN program for Fall 2011. We have begun notifying students and applicants of the decision, and advisors are available to help them explore their options. For pre-nursing majors, that may mean transferring to other programs; for students currently enrolled in the BSN program, though, we are committed to helping them graduate in a timely fashion.

    We recognize the region’s need for nurses with a four-year degree. Going forward, Humboldt will work with other campuses in the California State University system and the California Community College system to provide the region with a BSN option. Details will be made available as these discussions progress.

    The decision to discontinue the program is the result of a process that began last year. At that time, the University faced a severe budget reduction, and the Academic Senate recommended discontinuing the Nursing program. In making this recommendation, the Senate cited the high cost of the program, its inability to attract and retain qualified faculty and its overlap with College of the Redwoods’ two-year nursing program that trains RNs (Registered Nurses).

    Rather than suspend our Nursing program last spring, we decided to grant it a temporary reprieve and invest in it. The University hired a tenured Nursing Chair/Director and approved two tenure-track positions for the Department, with the understanding that the Department would develop a plan to address critical problems. However, despite the efforts of numerous faculty and staff in the Nursing program, it has become clear that the Department is not going to be able to overcome the substantial challenges facing it.

    In conversations with regional health-care providers, we heard very clearly about the importance of retaining a BSN option for the region. The health care providers also emphasized that the region’s current RN needs were being met by the ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) program at the College of the Redwoods. A program that allowed local RNs to attain a BSN, we were told, would meet the region’s needs and reduce duplication between our program and the program at the College of the Redwoods.

    After preliminary conversations with multiple other CSU campuses, we are confident that we can form a partnership with one or more other institutions to provide an ADN-to-BSN degree program that will meet the region’s needs.


    Signature – Rollin C. Richmond
    Rollin C. Richmond

  134. Bolithio
    February 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Now were talking. Good job (at 2:58)

  135. humboldturtle
    February 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Much better. Even Times NR looks okay in this layout.

  136. February 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I think we’re done.

  137. derchoadus
    February 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm


    I approve.

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  139. February 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    It’s a….WIN. Stick a fork in it.

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  141. Not A Native
    February 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Looking Good

  142. February 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Those huge red bands on either side will be a challenge for people who sneak a peak at the Herald at work. Oh, gotta go!

  143. February 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Good point! But the old screaming red header wasn’t exactly subtle, either.

  144. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Sounds like a Mielke Cartoon – Humboldt County “workers” sneaking peeks at various blog. “Oh my god, I caught him reading the Mirror!”

  145. Lumpy
    February 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    That Turquoise-ish color that the side blogs are written in is pretty hard to read. besides that, I’m a fan of the news youz.

  146. gulo gordo
    February 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    wha? who hijacked the Herald?

    I didn’t think it was broke, but the fixes are nice enough.
    Drokers might have a word or two about the tastefully muted pastels.

    Owltotem, to increase font size on a mac in most browsers all you need to do is hold down the “command” key and hit the plus sign. Blows up real good.

  147. ephemeral
    February 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    this afternoon it was better. with the red background and only one color blue text block. dese blues, day no jive. me no like-a this-a one.

  148. skippy
    February 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Wow. Things got better. Way. More color and Recent Comments making a comeback. Right on. Simple things for simple people… like me. Thank you.

  149. February 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Wow! I haven’t been here in a couple of days, so I missed all the incarnations, but I like this one. I really like the header, and it’s super clean looking. I must agree with others on that bright blue-ish color, though. It’s hard on the eyes.

  150. Jacqbear
    February 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Love the font; hate the teal or whatever that yuck green is called and however it’s spelled.

  151. Jacqbear
    February 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    If you love green about a deeper green.

  152. A-Nony-Mouse
    February 10, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Hey, Owltotem, I think a Tweet is what you try to get at Halloween.
    They’re yummy!
    Format looks OK from here. Not sure why you’re doing it but it’s certainly your perogative. Just keep the news comin’ in!

  153. skippy
    February 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Yours truly kindly suggests a small change: reversing the position order between ‘Older Posts’ and “Newer Posts’ at the bottom of the page?

  154. Jacqbear
    February 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Okay I confess I’m a anti-teal bigot.
    I’m more concerned about content; and I’m glad that the Humboldt Herald publishes on line. Wit is often droll and content is pretty much informative broadening understanding of the issues. Recently I especially appreciated your coverage of the Jefferson School imbroglio and giving space to the neighborhood’s association effort to buy the school themselves. Otherwise how would we have known?

    Keep on keepin on

  155. Anonymous
    February 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    The green must show up as different on different computers, as posters have described it as blue, teal, and yucky green. I think it is a pleasing avocado, or a sage.

  156. February 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    The green was darkened after the attack on the teal. Call me sensitive.

  157. Anonymous
    February 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Teal is very hot right now. Just saw some furniture in teal, but I think the new green is a better pick.

    February 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    So, since the site changes will stick, is there any chance that a consideration on changing your Header font style so that the “H” in Humboldt and Herald look like an “H”; and, darken the color separating the boxes/comments so that the reader can more easily identify starts and stops of comments. Anyhow, we’ll all get used to the final version.


  159. Owltotem
    February 10, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Wow H this is better. Thanks, You almost changed it all the way back :)
    Owl like.

  160. February 10, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I’m glad you approve.

  161. February 10, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    One more little tweak to the header. The dark green looked too HSUish, so we’re trying out this nice gray. It makes the sub-header “pop” as the kids say.

  162. Decline to State
    February 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Ah, that’s more like it! Now I like the “new look.” Congrats.

  163. Hildegard
    February 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I think the new layout is easier to read but I also am not fond of all the “sidebar clutter” as someone else mentioned. Maybe that could just be narrowed or shrunk so it’s not so dominating. Good job overall though, way to respond to feedback quickly!

  164. February 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    There is less sidebar clutter now than the old version, and much less than during the several incarnations that led go this design. I always thought a 3-column layout would be an improvement, but as this thread shows almost no one agreed.

  165. Kale Estanoche
    February 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Nice work, H.
    Crowd hoot! (especially if you like british sci-fi)

  166. suzy blah blah
    February 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I like reading your blog but the new header sucks. Bad color choice, the orange is too dominate, the gray too bland. The style is overdone, suggesting that it’s a parody of something. But what? T H E is spaced wrong and in the wrong place, looks stupid. All letters (in the header) too large –like an aggressive advertisement, or something aimed at a beginning reader. It’s insulting to have to look at it.

  167. Jacqbear
    February 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Loud and proud I say. I like the font. Kinda old style matching the word “herald”. Like the whole name actually; my poet self likes the alliteration. I also enjoy the content, as said above — kind of news bulletin with juice.

  168. suzy blah blah
    February 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    omgosh! That’s an attractive bloody red background you got up now, looks like a drive by blogster just cracked the letters with her semi-automatic keyboard, all it needs is some bullet holes and some dripping red, LOL! heraldo -victim of bla bla blah etc. That would be less boring –but also less appropriate. Okay I just checked out your blog-roll, they’re all pretty wanting, but some are better than the Herald’s. Thing is, you have the best blog, so you should have the best header too, doncha agree?
    Anyway, here’s Suzy’s ratings:
    1. the Plazaturd
    2. Tex Rapper
    3. Sam’s Soft Balls
    4. Heart of Xanax
    5. there’s a few others that are rated better than yours too, but they’re really not worth looking at.

  169. suzy blah blah
    February 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Oh I see, it’s the latest trend in headers, expressing one’s neurotic indecisiveness –cewl.

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