Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
I'm currently making a few changes to the page templates. Expect the look of the pages to change from minute to minute as I fiddle with this for the next hour or two.
I'll let you know when I'm done.
If you see something that looks way out of whack, feel free to comment below, but I'm probably all over it.
Update: I am done, for now. I added a Google search box to the sidebar, and a Google ad on each page. I also moved the login/logout information to the upper right corner of the page.
This layout will probably change in the coming weeks and months. We're going to experiment with different styles to see how it affects revenues.
Note: the page layout breaks if your window is too narrow. I'll fix that soon...
Update: I fixed the window-too-narrow problem. Unfortunately, I fixed it with HTML tables, but I don't have time to fiddle with the fickle behaviors of CSS right now.
Speaking of CSS, if the site looks weird, just reload this (or any other) page. If your browser is using a cached version of our CSS files, you'll need to refresh it.
No, don't bother. I'll repost it here:
YIKES! What happened here? The background is now same as the sidebar, the text is smaller, and when I log in I get my profile screen and have to click on the DT sidebar to get to the post.
Yo! Mr. Programmer! What you did?
The comment preview is the same as it has been for months, however.
Your browser was probably trying to render the page with the old CSS file from its cache, and it didn't turn out right. When you hit reload, it refreshed the CSS file, and everything was fine.
Also, the point size of the font is a little small for us older, sight-impaired fans. But I can get used to that.
I just wonder what info google is using to target those ads. For example, the two ads I just saw at Bronx Banter were Red Sox related. However, on the current front page for the site, the words "Red Sox" appear three times (not including the ads), while the word "Yankee(s)" appears almost fifty times. Not important just curious . . . the targeted ads I see in gmail, for example, are usually spot on.
Second, the writers here spend a lot of time on the site; it would be nice if they could see some return on that investment.
That said, we do still want the site to look good. We'll try to strike a balance between revenue and aesthetics.
If you log in using the link at the bottom of an article, it will kick you back to the original page. But the new link at the top right doesn't do that, you're correct. I'll fix it so that it does, but I might not be able to get around to it until early next week, though.
I suppose I could also bump the font size up a point on the login link in the upper right. I noticed it looked pretty small on one of my browsers. It's 7pt now, I could make it 8pt. But I have to make it a fixed font size, because otherwise it would run into the image below it.
I think this has something to do with the post caching system, since it started happening at the same time. The caching system, by the way, I still find to be intensely annoying even after several months of getting used to it. Might there be a way to allow users to set their own preferences on that?
These are relatively minor complaints, however. Overall I think the site is pretty easy to use. Thanks for all your work on it, and I hope the Google ads prove lucrative, at least as much as is possible considering they're Google ads.
On that note, I'll echo Eric and hope that you guys see some ROI and rake in some dough yourselves.
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