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    Am I the only one that thinks the new layout of fragrantica is awful? It looks like a very badly disjointed picture book and the mobile version is even worse. I would sometimes pop across to ‘that other site’ for a slightly different perspective. Not any more. The people over there just turned wine to vinegar.
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    If it was wine before, it was Manischewitz: any decent vinegar would be an improvement. The new Fragrantica layout seems thus to me, save that I can't see any discussion of the fragrances as I could before. Perhaps that's a members-only thing now.

    It's not tempting me to join, if that's the intention, though I'll miss being able to scan the reviews (albeit in near-illegible tiny print).
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    Not crazy about it myself.
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    it's okay I suppose. Not as compact as it was before.
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    I really don’t like the interface for voting/reviewing etc
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    My least favorite aspect is the way the reviews are shown. It’s confusing to read the top rated reviews next to the top rated negative reviews. I’d rather just read reviews in the order they’re left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    If it was wine before, it was Manischewitz: any decent vinegar would be an improvement. The new Fragrantica layout seems thus to me, save that I can't see any discussion of the fragrances as I could before. Perhaps that's a members-only thing now.

    It's not tempting me to join, if that's the intention, though I'll miss being able to scan the reviews (albeit in near-illegible tiny print).
    The only Manischewitz I've ever had is the rye and pumpernickel bread, which is out of this world with a little cream cheese <3

    ..As for Fragglerock, well the reviews are there if you scroll down far enough to enter Dante's Inferno, but all you'll get are diatribes about how "hypebeast" a fragrance is, or how anyone who uses it is a clown, ad hominem attacks on other reviewers using an @ submitted as reviews themselves (and somehow approved by staff), plus other "FragBro" romper room kindergarten testosterone fits that make me wonder how any ladies at all want to be members there. Granted, there are some really rooty tooty fresh and snooty types here on Basenotes (I still love you anyway), but I'd rather deal with condescension than the Fragrance Army Brood Pit. Those guys will lead me to drink. I need a shower.

    P.S: the layout is okay I guess.
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    I haven't looked at it on mobile yet, and it doesn't actually look adaptive when I resize the screen, but on desktop it's way too busy and inefficiently laid out... an infographics horror-show. And, tons upon tons of scrolling!!!

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    The hypebeasting, ladies putting up with it and whatnot was already in free flow and I guess it was what it was, but having nearly all the fragrance info in a single frame and the rest including reviews on one scrollable page was effortless and straightforward. For the sake of a few bits of extra info though they’ve really taken a backward step on ease of use.

    The old adage if it ain't broke don’t fix it feels like an understatement on this one.
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    It's not an improvement imho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheik Yerbouti View Post
    The hypebeasting, ladies putting up with it and whatnot was already in free flow and I guess it was what it was, but having nearly all the fragrance info in a single frame and the rest including reviews on one scrollable page was effortless and straightforward. For the sake of a few bits of extra info though they’ve really taken a backward step on ease of use.

    The old adage if it ain't broke don’t fix it feels like an understatement on this one.
    I agree. I mainly used them for more complete info on perfumers assigned to a scent or archived ad material you could click on, but all that is discombobulated now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    The only Manischewitz I've ever had is the rye and pumpernickel bread, which is out of this world with a little cream cheese <3
    Manischewitz is the hyper-sweet synthetic fruity floral of wines. Bug juice spiked with hand sanitizer. Just say no.

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    The old adage if it ain't broke don’t fix it feels like an understatement on this one.
    Except it was broke. Fragrantica's old interface was a textbook example of how not to design a website. The problem is, the new version is a textbook example of how not to fix it.
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    The only reason I ever went there was to read the articles by Mat Yudov, and now they've made that more difficult to do by eliminating the writers' names under the headlines on the "News" section. <sigh>

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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    If it was wine before, it was Manischewitz: any decent vinegar would be an improvement. The new Fragrantica layout seems thus to me, save that I can't see any discussion of the fragrances as I could before. Perhaps that's a members-only thing now.

    It's not tempting me to join, if that's the intention, though I'll miss being able to scan the reviews (albeit in near-illegible tiny print).
    Its still there, ypu have to click that icon at top right next to your profile picture, ull get sliding page with discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naylor View Post
    Hah +1 from me.

    Not that I've been very active over there.

    I mainly used it as a backup log of daily wears, which is now more difficult as you have to manually type the name in to chose your SOTD.

    The wardrobe also looks horrible now.
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    I never understood their organizing principle and I guess now I never will. I cannot interpret their perfume bottles or note icons either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    Except it was broke. Fragrantica's old interface was a textbook example of how not to design a website. The problem is, the new version is a textbook example of how not to fix it.
    Exactly this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    The only reason I ever went there was to read the articles by Mat Yudov, and now they've made that more difficult to do by eliminating the writers' names under the headlines on the "News" section. <sigh>
    The articles by Miguel Matos were getting too much hate haha.

    I agree with the sentiments in this thread though. I don't want to have to scroll down eight times to get to the reviews, I'm not interested in the "trend" of the perfume webpage, I don't care to see Fragram pictures, I'm not going to visit any of the unrelated eBay listings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheik Yerbouti View Post
    Am I the only one that thinks the new layout of fragrantica is awful? It looks like a very badly disjointed picture book and the mobile version is even worse. I would sometimes pop across to ‘that other site’ for a slightly different perspective. Not any more. The people over there just turned wine to vinegar.
    Not a fan of the new look.
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    I might get used to some of it, but the scrolling...and scrolling to the reviews is not fun.

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    At least they’re consistent with bad layout and design. Must be a brand thingie...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    if you scroll down far enough to enter Dante's Inferno, but all you'll get are diatribes about how "hypebeast" a fragrance is, or how anyone who uses it is a clown, ad hominem attacks on other reviewers using an @ submitted as reviews themselves (and somehow approved by staff), plus other "FragBro" romper room kindergarten testosterone fits
    It can be entertaining over there from time to time
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfranka View Post
    I might get used to some of it, but the scrolling...and scrolling to the reviews is not fun.
    i just looked at the site.
    I wonder if it makes so much sense to display the most popular positive review first, e.g. at Aventus I see a review from 2013.
    But if you scroll further, the reviews are sorted by date as before.

    Well, I don't care, I've only looked at this page very rarely anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheik Yerbouti View Post
    Am I the only one that thinks the new layout of fragrantica is awful? It looks like a very badly disjointed picture book and the mobile version is even worse. I would sometimes pop across to ‘that other site’ for a slightly different perspective. Not any more. The people over there just turned wine to vinegar.
    Fragrantica does have a knack for turning wine to vinegar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cologne Cabinet View Post
    It can be entertaining over there from time to time
    It's definitely popcorn worthy but too much leaves you feeling like a drained husk of a Human being.
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    I accessed it before seeing this thread and at first I thought it was one of those errors when loading a page. Then I reloaded it and it didn’t change.
    It's as bad as the newest versions of Spotify. The fact I can't search the artists I like in alphabetical order like before gets me angry- and that organization didn't come back in newest versions, even with users complaining. The treinee sat the wrong chair.
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    I don’t like not seeing the other fragrances to the left and the smells like these on the fragrance page just a bad layout IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beck View Post
    I accessed it before seeing this thread and at first I thought it was one of those errors when loading a page. Then I reloaded it and it didn’t change.
    It's as bad as the newest versions of Spotify. The fact I can't search the artists I like in alphabetical order like before gets me angry- and that organization didn't come back in newest versions, even with users complaining. The treinee sat the wrong chair.
    Another problem is you can't organize house releases in chronological order on Fragrantica, so you can't easily figure out what came before what. It's really unfriendly to folks researching for frame of reference or just wanting to see how a house has progressed over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    …I can't see any discussion of the fragrances as I could before. Perhaps that's a members-only thing now.

    It's not tempting me to join, if that's the intention, though I'll miss being able to scan the reviews (albeit in near-illegible tiny print).
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    …the reviews are there if you scroll down far enough to enter Dante's Inferno…
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    It's still there, you have to click that icon at top right next to your profile picture, ull get sliding page with discussion.
    I have no profile picture, as I'm not a member. ZC is correct, though: if you scroll down far enough, the comments are still there, and (at least on a desktop computer) actually easier to read because they're no longer in a 6 pt font. The reason I didn't realize that is because the layout /coding is so poor: who would think to scroll down past miles of white space? (Uh, ZC would.) It should be easy enough to fix, but given the site's history, I'm not laying odds on when that will happen—or if the fix will make it even worse.

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