Some users critical of revamped Digg.com home page

Redesign brings news and video to a single page, but users still find fault

Digg.com Monday unveiled an updated home page that allows users to see both news and video on a single page.

The new page aims to address user complaints that videos have been hard to find on the site because they're isolated, noted Daniel Burka, Digg's creative director, in a blog post.

"Bringing [videos] back into the stream on the home page will hopefully bring more life to videos on the site," Burka wrote. "If you prefer just news or only videos, you can easily customize your view by setting either as your default home page."

To give the page a "cleaner look" and make it more functional, Digg also tweaked the page and story summary layouts, streamlined the navigation and provided more customization options, he added. Users now can vote down stories without choosing a reason, Burka said.

Digg also disclosed plans to roll out a dedicated images section in October and to improve the new comments system rolled out in June, to the dismay of some of its users. Digg founder Kevin Rose noted last week that the company is working to speed up the comments system and make it easier and more lightweight.

Reaction from users was mixed, with many criticizing the changes and others continuing the ongoing demands Digg overhaul its new comments system.

Albion, for example, wrote, "Digg this is terrible! Have you ever heard of keeping it simple? What was wrong with the old navigation system? It was so much easier to navigate. What about navigating to different sections - probably the thing most people do most - you now have added more clicks and more thought. Have you not learned from the comment system? Don't fix what ain't broke."

A user posting as Peep wrote that Digg "shouldn't change things for change's sake. Maybe you should bring people in on the function side as opposed to the form side. You have grown beyond your small core who would like nothing better than to do endless beta testing for you. The only ones who you actually have a hope of intentionally clicking on those shiny new Microsoft ads are not going to like change unless it offers something new and more useful then what is already in place."

At TechCrunch Duncan Riley blogged that the "overall look feels a little more feminine. The inclusion of videos on the front page seemingly interrupts the flow of Digg stories as you scroll down the page."

However, Frogman54 noted on Digg that "I don't care how hard you try. You can't please these nerds. They love to complain too much."

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