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(2) Various users requested the ability to override these defaults and select between Desktop and Mobile versions themselves, for example on minitabs and especially large smartphones, and I have now added this as a menu option. Click the “Menu” selection towards the upper right hand of the screen and one of the options will be “Use Mobile Version” (or “Use Desktop Version”) which switches your device into the other mode, and saves the setting in a cookie.
(3) On the Mobile version, the top menu allows you to navigate between the different pages, columnists, and bloggers, and it serves the same role on the Desktop version. One or two commenters had requested a “Table of Contents” for each of the blogs, and this already exists: if you click the name of the blogger, you’ll effectively get a Table of Contents with teasers for that blog, and this works in either Mobile or Desktop formats.
(4) The layout changes on the Home page were primarily aimed at allowing space for two daily Features and also accommodating an expansion in the number of featured Columnists. However some people felt the new vertical spacing was rather claustrophobic. Therefore, I added additional vertical space in the Columnists section, and also in the standard Sidebar on all the other pages, while adjusting the fonts a little.
(5) I fully recognize that the design and layout of The Review is rather “plain vanilla” and utilitarian, especially when compared with the newer generation of webzines with visually-gripping and exciting designs. This is not entirely unintentional. Much of the content we publish is outside of the mainstream and controversial, or sometimes even “extremely controversial.” My reasoning is that if our material is often daring and discordant, there are advantages to having it presented in a generally bland and even boring visual display format, extremely explosive ideas quietly delivered in a plain brown wrapper.
(6) I’m still working on a round of significant functional changes and enhancements to the website, which should be released within another few days. Meanwhile, please feel free to use this comment thread to offer your complaints and suggestions, either regarding this various design changes or anything else with regard to The Review.
P.S. Given the overwhelming current focus of America’s national media, I was only slightly surprised to discover that yesterday’s New York Times devoted its entire Editorial Page to the importance of allowing transsexuals to openly serve in the American military, a highly unifying position that will surely soon be endorsed by nearly all of the Republican presidential candidates and the rightwing FoxNews talking-heads. It appears that aspects of a minor satire I wrote over twenty years ago are now on the verge of becoming actual reality: