Welcome to Massively OP 2.0!

    
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Aaaaand we’re back up! We’ve updated below!

Old post: Hi folks! We wanted to let our readers know that we’ll be undergoing some site maintenance and and upgrade to MassivelyOP 2.0 this weekend, so your reading and commenting will likely be interrupted.

As some of you know, we upgraded our server situation a few weekends ago, and now we’re moving to the second phase of our upgrade plan, which involves a whole new look for Massively OP. We originally chose the site’s layout at 3 a.m. in the morning back in 2015 when the one we commissioned fell through but we still needed to launch in a big hurry. We’ve been building on it out of momentum ever since, but it’s time for a change! The new layout and look was picked and tweaked specifically to improve navigation and visibility of content and knock a bunch of entries off my notoriously long wish list, but it has a few fun perks too. I personally cannot wait to get 2.0 live because it’s such a vast improvement over the 1.0 version of the site.

We anticipate up to a few hours of downtime tonight, Friday, September 14th, beginning around 9 p.m. EDT, during which the site and comments will be inaccessible. The comment system and image database will not be affected, except in that it will be inaccessible during the downtime, so you don’t need to worry about losing data. It’s possible we’ll need to add additional downtime blocks over the weekend; we’ll try to give a bit of warning in the comments of this post and on Twitter too. Expect a few things out of place as we patch things up on the live site over the next few days.

Wish us luck!

Late Friday update: We’re back now!

The upgrade went mostly according to plan, so you are now looking at MOP 2.0. Thumbnails have not finished regenerating, so you will see some not-quite-the-right-size images in widgets and the carousel overnight while that process continues. We’ve decided to bring the site up anyway rather than keep it down for thumbnails. Tomorrow, a hard refresh in your browser should clear up the stragglers and make things look more like what we all expect.

Feel free to poke around – we think the new layout displays much more content than before, with a much more convenient navigational system to boot – no more stuff falling off the front page within a few hours. We will continue work on some of the cosmetic-only issues this weekend and currently do not expect any additional downtime. Just pardon the mess while we tinker!

Saturday morning update

Thumbnails should be finished now, so just hard refresh! We’ve added an additional update and response to some of the more common feedback down below in the comments. ;)

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silverlock

Why is their no way to opt out of receiving emails about threads I’ve posted to?
And why is that even on by default?

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miol

What are your feelings about the relationship of different formats/ratios of thumbnails and their original header images? They seem (to me personally) sometimes awkwardly cut, especially when there is a built-in title of a column!

Do I understand it correctly, that the thumbnail is automatically generated on the fly (always cut left and right from the center), without actually existing?

Are you maybe planing to have a small “pan & scan”-tool to be able to choose where the original image gets cut off left and right for the 2(?) different thumbnail-formats, before it goes live? Or would that be too much of a hassle to extra code such a tool for so little gain, if your CMS (only assuming) doesn’t have one you could add?

Or are you evaluating other ideas? Like, placement protocols of titles, thumbnail tests when choosing/editing original image,…

Sorry, if my assumptions are too far off, be it technically or otherwise amateurish about webdesign and its implications! /bow

[below: orange and white borders are the 2 used thumnail formats, I’ve found so far, and the dashed grey border would illustrate the idea of said pan & scan tool]

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George Wilson III

Love the site. Very responsive and it looks very clean. I read a lot of articles here but I usually get to it from my RSS feed. While listening to the podcast I heard about the changes so I just had to drop by and see it.

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Kherova

Looked at the site only on my iPhone before and have to say it looks even better on my iPad ! Big improvement over the last version. One thing I’m missing: a possibility to log in right at the front page and not only when I’m about to write a comment.

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Shadex De'Marr

Love the site, not really feeling the new layout. It is way too fixated on advertisements. It looks a lot like mmosite.com. You all have a good flow of content, loved you all when you were with Joystiq and followed you here. Just think the new design is too cookie-cutter “hey were just another gaming news site covered with hundreds of ad banners!” Don’t be that site. ;) You’re better than that.

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xpsync

Another great change, relevant popular games list. Now i can get to Warframe on the front page!

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Neurotic

I really like it, great job guys! If I had one request though, it would be a salt filter for the comments system. ;)

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kgptzac

Need to bring back the pages. Everlasting scrolls after finding and clicking on that inconspicuous Load More button makes a mockery of back button of the browser… Or you can make every click of the article opens up in a new tab, but that would be a worse change.

Pages worked and continue to work. I don’t understand why it is changed into something inferior.

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Tanek

I missed this, too, until Bree pointed it out. I don’t think the site makes the option obvious, but you can see the listing the old paged way here:

https://massivelyop.com/classic

(button for “classic” is in the bar at the very top)

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Crowe

Woo-hoo! Thanks so much. The 2.0 was pretty messy and I had no easy way to figure out which articles I hadn’t read. Classic at least puts them back in order… even if it’s still messy as crap.

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Brother Maynard

Any idea when the buggy ad system will be fixed? It still doesn’t work with the tracking protection in Firefox…

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MrNastyButler

Errr…new look…meh. Don’t pay for the site so don’t have much of a say in it.