With technical difficulties and a quiet restaurant news day, we couldn't help but notice the Chowhound implosion today. A few things we've learned while reading the food-centric site over the years: Hounds can accept the inexplicable removal of posts, and they patiently awaited changes after CNET bought the site. A nip and tuck here and there, and all seemed well; the Hounds settled in. But now, NOW, the site was completely redesigned and dropped in the laps of unsuspecting users, and even the most devoted are on a rampage. It's as if CNET just wanted to fuck with everyone, and threw a new untested site to the lions, and the lions are tearing it apart. It isn't pretty, folks. While comments like, "Do you guys even use the site. This redesign is TERRIBLE, completely USELESS" fill several separate posts, it's the new dark red color scheme that's giving most people trouble:
"The maroon colour gives me eye strian."And these are from the Non-Hysterical Gripes Thread. Then it really gets ugly, and Mr. Chowhound himself, Jim Leff, tries to lick their wounds.
"We users are being INFLAMED by the new colors. Personally on my screen, the reds make me think of blood, not a positive reaction, trust me."
"Red is the WORST color to have on any presentation or website. It means death in some cultures."
· Non-Hysterical Gripes Thread [Chowhound]
· I'm angry--I want a message board, not an ezine [Chowhound]
· Perspective on the new changes [Chowhound]
· When Chowhound Moderators Attack [Eater LA]