[Wikimedia-l] Banners are too bright, too long

Florence Devouard anthere9 at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 3 06:25:14 UTC 2012

On 12/3/12 4:29 AM, Steven Walling wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM, Mono <monomium at gmail.com> wrote:
>>   They are now expanded
>> by default
> Not //quite// the case, actually. So far as I can see, the banners slide
> open when you mouse over them, but stay closed by default.
> I think it's kind of bad tactic, since it defies user expectations that
> actions are triggered by clicks, not on hover. But it is fairly common
> among some advertisers. One thing that might balance this out would be
> making the close icon more high profile (previous banners have had a proper
> icon, rather than a simple letter-like X).
> One plus: the new dropdown takes up less space on the page than the
> previous version, since the Jimmy appeal seems to be either removed or
> squashed to a smaller size.
> Steven
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Non scientific commment:
The banners appeared to French readers two weeks ago since we started 
the fundraiser earlier. When I saw the bright colors, I also expected a 
sort of uproar from readers and many comments on OTRS. Much to my 
surprise, we have not received too many complaints (at least, no more 
than previous years). Some said nevertheless that they prefered last 
year banners :)


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