YFSF: With A New Year, A New Look

Okay, well maybe not with the new year, because we can be a bit slow. Anyway, we’re proud to unveil a new look to Yanksfan vs. Soxfan. Our goals were to clean up the color and geometry of the site and make some organizational changes in the structure of the sidebars with the hope that it improves readability as well as usability to you, the reader.

We’re very thankful and honored by the efforts made by the visitors to YFSF. It is your comments that make it such an interesting place to visit, and we hope that these changes make the overall aesthetic more pleasing to you while you choose to spend time here.

Oh yeah. We changed our masthead too. It’s now 8.75 percent wider! With colored pennants!

Expect a few more visual tweaks as we iron out any kinks in the new look. We also have more amenities planned. Look for improved RSS feeds, better categorization and indexing, nifty widgets for Dashboard on OSX, Sidebar on Vista, and Yahoo Widgets. This is version five (we think) of Yanksfan vs. Soxfan and we look forward to another great season of battles on the blog. Now we just need those pitchers and catchers to report.

If you have any comments or suggestions, we would love to hear them. Thanks again for your contributions that continue to make this site so great.



7 comments… add one
  • Looks good guys. Keep up the great work.

    Jason January 28, 2007, 12:50 am
  • A couple of problems I’ve noted so far in testing:
    Internet Explorer on Windows: you might have to clear your browsing history and/or cache for the page to reload with the new graphics/style sheet.
    OSX Safari: Not loading new style sheet and graphic regardless of emptying cache and/or clearing history. I’ll dig on this one.
    Other major browsers seem fine.

    attackgerbil January 28, 2007, 1:01 am
  • The easiest way to tell if you are seeing the latest revision is that the pennants held by the fans in the banner should be Blue/Yanks, Red/Sox, and the sidebar module headers should be lower case with a horizontal rule underneath instead of spaced block lettering.
    I’m sorry that the changes are not visible to everyone yet. I’ll keep working to get a sure answer with some more digging. I’ve tested the site on Windows 2000/XP under IE6, IE7, Firefox and Opera, on OSX under Safari, OmniWeb, Firefox, Opera, and Shiira, and on Linux under Firefox, Epiphany, Galeon, Konqueror, and Lynx/W3M/Links – text-based browsers work just fine ;)
    In many cases, if you are seeing the previous design, it’s simply a matter of clearing your cache and history. In the case of OSX Web-Kit based browsers (Safari/Omni/Shiira), the old style sheet seems more tenacious. In one case, it was enough for me to clear the cache/history. In another case, a reboot was necessary in addition to clearing memory.
    In one situation, I have yet to be able to have the new changes visible (OmniWeb on OSX). According to some googling, I think that this may be due to the way TypePad caches pages on their multiple servers that load pages when you visit YFSF. If I’m correct, the changes should propagate across the servers within a short period of time and the new style/banner will be visible within a day or two. I may be wrong; I’ll keep researching the problem, but I can verify that the changes are in place and work for most browser scenarios. Feel free to email me and I will do my best to troubleshoot with you; if you do email me, tell me what operating system and what browser you are using.

    attackgerbil January 28, 2007, 12:55 pm
  • I think everyone who reads this site owes a huge debt to The Gerb for so wonderfully pimping our ride. I know there’s more to come in the future. Stay tuned!

    YF January 28, 2007, 1:26 pm
  • I second that. Great work, AG!

    Nick-YF January 28, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • Looks great on my OSX/Safari browser, Gerb. Didn;’t have to clear anything :-) Also, whenever it goes public, the YFSF OSX widget is tres cool.

    Paul SF January 28, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • looks clean to me (safari/firefox). nice work ag.

    sf rod January 29, 2007, 3:33 pm

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