WaPo.com: Fuck You, You Love the Redesign

YOU LOVE IT, ADMIT IT - WonketteOh hey, do you read the Washington Post on the internets? If you do, you may have noticed that they quietly rolled out a new design last week -- and if the 11 million responses to their announcement on the blog are any indication, it's a hit!


I suppose the objective was to make the paper itself as difficult as possible for the filthy liberals to read, and comment on all the lies and propaganda you publish.

Posted by: newspaperman506 | April 1, 2007 12:36 PM

That's one randomly selected comment, and the rest of them are in almost complete agreement that everything about the new homepage is a terrible travesty on par with the massacre of the Indians and Shakespeare in Love's Oscar.

It turns out readers don't like pointless click-thrus, more white space, and making more room for millions of ads (oh hi, Denton).

More reader responses, after the jump.

Chicago chimes in with a charmingly incomprehensible screed against "DAN FROOMKLIN" and "GEORGE WILLS."

SO YOU GUYS ACTUALLY THINK WE ARE KINDERGARTEN - EVERY SINCE THIS LITTLE COMMENT ABOUUT - READERS WILL GET CONFUSED ABOUT DAN FROOMKLIN BEING A REPORTER. WELL GUESS WHAT THE ONLY CLICKS ARE GOING TO COME FROM HIS LOYAL BASE AND THOSE OF US WHO DISLIKE THE TALKING POINTS OF HOWARD KLUTZ, GEORGE WILLS, ROBERT NOVAK.

Posted by: Chicago IL | April 1, 2007 02:03 PM

Yeah! Stick it to the man, Chicago! Someday we'll let you be a real city.

In a similar ALL-CAPS vein, faye kaye steps up with the zinger:

YOU MIGHT AS WELL JUST SHUT DOWN THE POST, BUY AN IDIOT OUTFIT LIKE USA TODAY, AND RENAME IT `THE WASHINGTON POST`? ``` faye kane, homeless smartmouth ``` blog.myspace.com/fayekane ``

Posted by: faye kane | April 2, 2007 02:55 AM

Ya hear that, Post? Even the homeless are trashing your redesign!

The Post finally responded the only way they know how: with one of their interminable livechats. And WaPo.com "creative director" Paul Compton took approximately 15 minutes to start getting cranky!

Paul Compton: I wonder if you were an advertiser, whether having your ad "neatly in the margins" is what you would want.
[...]
Paul Compton: I find it interesting that you see users and advertisers as two distinct groups. I'm sure that many of our advertisers are also our viewers. I look at advertisers as "us" not "them".

Paul Compton: HEY READERS, GO TO HELL. WHY DON'T YOU SHELL OUT A LITTLE DOUGH, THEN WE'LL LET YOU HAVE YOUR PRECIOUS LIVE CHAT LINKS AND TEMPERATURE ON THE FRONT PAGE.

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