• Welcome to the New Twins Daily!

    In preparation for the looming 2013 baseball season, we've rolled out a new look for TwinsDaily.com. You should find the new site easier to navigate, easier to read, and hopefully, find your experience an improved one all-around. We've worked to better integrate the forums with the front page, linking the two with widgets to see what is happening in various sections of the website.
    Also, be sure to mark March 23rd on your calendars, as that is the first Twins Daily viewing party of 2013. It will be hosted at 612 Brew in Minneapolis with the game scheduled to kick off at 12:05pm Central Time. Come by and join us to watch the Twins take on the Tampa Bay Rays!

    As always, any new site will "feature" its host of bugs and problems. This is the first time I've done a complete redesign of the site using this software so if you see any problems with how the site appears on your browser, be sure to mention it below!

    Thanks again for visiting Twins Daily and we hope you enjoy all the work we've done to continue improving the site.
    This article was originally published in blog: Welcome to the New Twins Daily! started by Brock Beauchamp
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
      Welcome to working for your federal government in 2013.
      Sorry about that.

      But it's not only the Federal Government. Just last year, I was working with McDonnell Douglas and they mandated IE7 for use with all their in-house applications.

      My head nearly exploded.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Dudes, I work for a fortune 25 company, IE6 was the standard last year......I believe we skipped to 8 last year......yup, just checked....IE8 on my work computer....
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Dudes, I work for a fortune 25 company, IE6 was the standard last year......I believe we skipped to 8 last year......yup, just checked....IE8 on my work computer....
      Which is part of the reason why MS has earned such ill-will with developers over the past ten years. First, they tried to break standards entirely by creating IE6, the dungheap to best all dungheaps of internet browsers.

      Then they held on to IE6 for damned near five years. Couple that with their policy of not giving older operating systems new browser updates (despite it being relatively easy to do), only updating their browser every 18 months, and they have earned every venomous statement cast in IE's direction over the past ten years.

      And it's just not complaining. IE has significantly held back the advancement of the Internet by being such a flaming pile of junk that developers are hamstrung with nearly every project they start. It's a mess and it's my opinion that no one should use an MS browser, ever... At least until Microsoft proves that they're going to update regularly and play nice with standards for 2-3 dot-oh versions of the browser.
    1. iastfan112's Avatar
      iastfan112 -
      Lots of good changes, the site looks cleaner and sharper as well as less intrusive feeling ads. That said, hate how scrunched the forum posts are. Feels pointlessly small on a 1080 monitor.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Brock,

      The Roster & Payroll page is initially only viewable in the far left third of the page. If I click on the header on the page though, it opens up a much more viewer-friendly look. Appears that way on IE, Chrome and Android phone. Thanks. Love the new look.

      Also, when it is bigger and looks normal, the columns don't appear the same as they used to (many players names spill onto a 2nd line).
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by iastfan112 View Post
      Lots of good changes, the site looks cleaner and sharper as well as less intrusive feeling ads. That said, hate how scrunched the forum posts are. Feels pointlessly small on a 1080 monitor.
      You should see it on my 2560 resolution screen. :P

      I would have loved to do a responsive design for the site but vB's architecture makes that incredibly unwieldy to even attempt. It'd be a full-time two month project for one person.

      We'll be upgrading the software in about a year. I'm hoping that a responsive design will be feasible at that time (but I'm not holding my breath).
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Brock,

      The Roster & Payroll page is initially only viewable in the far left third of the page. If I click on the header on the page though, it opens up a much more viewer-friendly look. Appears that way on IE, Chrome and Android phone. Thanks. Love the new look.
      Thanks for reminding me. I have some plans for that page and ran out of time yesterday. I'll get on it now.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      The forum title posts are now over the avatar in IE10 but the avatars are still too bright to make reading the title easy. The background avatars are much brighter in IE10 than in chrome or FF.

      Also, did you always have the thumbnail clicks down the left side of the top photo on the home page. I thought when I looked this morning it just scrolled among the pics from the articles. I really liked the look of the photo without the thumbnails (of course, maybe I just imagined that).

      Thanks - just giving an update.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      The forum title posts are now over the avatar in IE10 but the avatars are still too bright to make reading the title easy. The background avatars are much brighter in IE10 than in chrome or FF.

      Also, did you always have the thumbnail clicks down the left side of the top photo on the home page. I thought when I looked this morning it just scrolled among the pics from the articles. I really liked the look of the photo without the thumbnails (of course, maybe I just imagined that).

      Thanks - just giving an update.
      Yeah, the thumbnails were always there but in proportion to the slider (that's what that slideshow thing is called), they were much larger. Now, they're the same size as before but the rest of the slider is much bigger. Oddly enough, I think making the rest of the slider large and keeping those small has made them more noticeable.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Nice upgrades. I appreciate the wider text area and larger font. Haven't checked it yet on the iPad, but it looks great on FF on my PC.
    1. luke829's Avatar
      luke829 -
      The only problem I can see with the new site are all of the Summit ads (makes me thirsty).
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      However the over under royals story is set up, my Android phone does not support the plug in and cannot open that story.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      However the over under royals story is set up, my Android phone does not support the plug in and cannot open that story.
      Are you using the mobile skin or the full site skin?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Are you using the mobile skin or the full site skin?
      Mobile...which you may not have even changed.....
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Mobile...which you may not have even changed.....
      Not meaningfully, anyway.

      FWIW, I just tried to open that article on my iPhone and it bugged out on me. No dice.

      Oh, John put a poll in there... I bet that is screwing something up.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Thanks for being responsive and thanks for caring about the user experience.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      The fingerhut.com pop ads on android browser are such a pain in theass that I do not think I will be back to the site. I use the web version instead of mobile...easier to navigate until before mentioned ad popups.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Re-checked on the iPad last night, while not commenting on the vikings on another site.....I like it. So I retract that comment.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Re-checked on the iPad last night, while not commenting on the vikings on another site.....I like it. So I retract that comment.
      Glad you changed your mind. I didn't want to have to drive over there and teach you a lesson.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Will the green light come back to indicate a user is online?
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