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#1277829 - 26/09/2014 00:56 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
Aussie Cable Offline
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I dont care to be honest, I will use my browsers element remover if they dont remove it.

I just think that if I am paying for something, I should have a say.
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#1277882 - 26/09/2014 16:14 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
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Which Fairfax advertising are you referring to?

The network strip at the top is common across all Fairfax sites e.g. http://www.smh.com.au/ so is unfortunately a non-negotiable.

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#1278035 - 27/09/2014 23:25 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
Aussie Cable Offline
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Registered: 04/09/2012
Posts: 16
Loc: South Australia
Originally Posted By: Matthew Pearce
Which Fairfax advertising are you referring to?

The network strip at the top is common across all Fairfax sites e.g. http://www.smh.com.au/ so is unfortunately a non-negotiable.


Not on the current weatherzone site, can't see it, nope:



So is this the only reason as to why weatherzone is updating? Because we currently dont see any in house advertising?

I dont want it!

Now we are forced to view it, great. That is really sad to see that weatherzone is going this way.

Ram it down their throats, we dont care!



I guess this should read (after weatherzone refresh is done):

"Forced inhouse adverting"

Am I right?


Edited by Aussie Cable (27/09/2014 23:27)
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#1278038 - 27/09/2014 23:42 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
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Oh wait, there it is, so small it took me awhile to find it, at the bottom (not at the top IN YOUR FACE)

This is not a "network strip" - it is a tiny clickable icon

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#1278042 - 28/09/2014 00:38 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
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Imo, the network strip is fairly subtle. smile


I don't even really view it as advertising, it's more of a navigation tool to other sites within the Fairfax network.
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#1278188 - 29/09/2014 14:01 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Seabreeze]
Aussie Cable Offline
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Registered: 04/09/2012
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Loc: South Australia
Originally Posted By: Seabreeze
Imo, the network strip is fairly subtle. smile

I don't even really view it as advertising, it's more of a navigation tool to other sites within the Fairfax network.


Of course you don't, you're a moderator, you are loyal to Fairfax, so you would say this even if you did not believe it to be true in your own eyes.

In my view it is advertising. And if anyone says it is not, needs to look up the meaning of advertising in a dictionary.

Stated from Google Definition:

"the activity or profession of producing advertisements for commercial products or services"

So if anyone says that this is not advertising, needs their head red.

Clearly everyone involved with Fairfax (direct or indirect) will say they don't notice the advertising, this would be a no brainer.

Clearly here is not the right place to bring up this issue, because every single issue I have brought up here on these forums has been ignored!

When I notified someone here about the leak of usernames to the world on the new weatherzone refresh site, it was white washed over and nothing was done about that for 14 days (the leak was still in place 14 days after I reported it), until I contacted the Privacy Officer directly at Fairfax headquarters.

It took them less than 12 hours to stop this leak however, when I contacted someone here on these forums, it was ignored.

So clearly if I was to look into this in-house advertising for pro members (why should I pay money to see advertising that is clearly visible for non paying members?), this is simply not the place to get things done.

Right?
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#1278189 - 29/09/2014 14:07 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
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Registered: 29/11/2009
Posts: 8400
Loc: Blair Athol, SA
If it worries you so much, just use your adblocker to remove it, geez. It's a few pixels at the top of the screen, hardly obtrusive advertising. if Fairfax sites are required to have it then there isn't much WZ can do about it - you should complain to Fairfax instead.

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#1278197 - 29/09/2014 16:52 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Things]
Aussie Cable Offline
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Registered: 04/09/2012
Posts: 16
Loc: South Australia
Originally Posted By: Things
If it worries you so much, just use your adblocker to remove it, geez. It's a few pixels at the top of the screen, hardly obtrusive advertising. if Fairfax sites are required to have it then there isn't much WZ can do about it - you should complain to Fairfax instead.


Geez, it must be the moral of the whole thing, I guess....................... but many here don't seem to understand this concept (it is not a hard one to grasp, I tell ya)!

I will probably use adblock to remove the problem as I stated in my previous post (clearly you did not read this - ya know the one at the top of this page) however, as a pro member I think I have the right to tell weatherzone where they are going wrong. I am a paying member after all.

It is clear to me now, that this is not the place to do that!

I usually don't like flogging a dead horse, but when I think someone is doing something wrong - we speak up here in Australia, lets not get government or big corporation scared people, for god's sake, lets not follow the American clowns, if we do - it will be the end of us.

So much for free speech, and constructive criticism (and company forums) these days.
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#1278208 - 29/09/2014 19:49 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
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Registered: 27/05/2001
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Loc: NE suburbs, Adelaide, South Au...
I think the point you are missing is that Weatherzone are not doing anything wrong.
It's just something you don't like which you do have the right to complain about as yes we do have free speech.

Go onto any subscription website (that you pay for) and you will find in-house advertising. Third party advertising is normally removed, and is with Weatherzone as well. If it wasn't then you would have a case. But in this instance, as much as you hate it - you don't.
This is not just something that WZ are doing, it is standard across the internet.

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#1278220 - 29/09/2014 23:17 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
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I see WZ refresh is back, was nice to see the old site again for a bit but glad the new ones back up and running. smile
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#1278239 - 30/09/2014 08:11 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
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And, its back to old WZ again thismorning. Any idea when the problem will be fixed and it'll be back? Not that I'm impatient with being back on old WZ, just curious to see when the new site will be back.
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#1282749 - 01/11/2014 18:25 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
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Registered: 22/12/2013
Posts: 105
Loc: Karratha
Originally Posted By: Matthew Pearce
Hi all

We are giving Weatherzone a facelift!

Over the last few months, we have been working to build a new homepage, update and enhance the look and feel and provide a better experience for our users. Most of the content is the same but these changes have provided us with a platform to make further continual enhancements into the future.

Today we have opened up our beta test site for all forum users to experiment with as we look to add the finishing touches and fix any remaining bugs.

Weatherzone Beta: http://beta.weatherzone.com.au/

A summary of the changes includes:

New Look and Feel

Things to look for include:
- New icons
- New design with backgrounds that change with the weather
- New fonts and colours
- New navigation - live content to entice users into other sections

New Home Page

- Large Dynamic Map
- Zoom in on your area
- Easier district and map management
- Warning Ticker
- New Video panel
- Enhanced Extremes and records

- Auto complete location search

We would be really keen to hear your feedback - particularly if you notice any bugs or functionality that is not working correctly. Please post any of these reports in this issue.

While we are always interested in suggestions for additional content or things that are missing on the site, that is not the main intention of seeking feedback right now. So, if possible, please keep "suggestions" out of this thread and just send them through the normal feedback channels.

Have fun!


When I click the above link it comes up with Apache Tomcat? anyone know what this is?
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#1282764 - 01/11/2014 19:56 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
teckert Offline
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Registered: 27/05/2001
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Loc: NE suburbs, Adelaide, South Au...
the BETA site is not there atm due to the major bugs that they were having with the new site. I'm sure when its up again we will hear about it.

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#1282766 - 01/11/2014 20:06 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: teckert]
Azzad Offline
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Registered: 22/12/2013
Posts: 105
Loc: Karratha
Originally Posted By: teckert
the BETA site is not there atm due to the major bugs that they were having with the new site. I'm sure when its up again we will hear about it.


Ok thanks
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#1282826 - 02/11/2014 07:16 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
Orion Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 13/02/2001
Posts: 141
Loc: Tamworth NSW Australia
May be the old site is trying to tell them something ....... stop fiddling with something that has worked great...... lol

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#1286650 - 29/11/2014 07:11 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
*jr* Offline
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Registered: 06/01/2011
Posts: 78
I've just checked the website for compliance using http://squizlabs.github.io/HTML_CodeSniffer/, you might want to do the same, especially in light of the recent court case against Coles.

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#1291959 - 16/12/2014 14:40 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
seaworthy Offline
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Registered: 16/08/2004
Posts: 3672
Loc: Gawler East, SA - 102m
How is the new website coming along guys? Must be a major issue you are having!

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#1291972 - 16/12/2014 15:40 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
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Registered: 10/05/2001
Posts: 14825
Loc: Seaford Meadows, SA
I'm not sure about the new lightning tracker....bit dull on the eye.

TS cool

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#1291981 - 16/12/2014 16:05 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Matt Pearce]
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Registered: 10/05/2001
Posts: 14825
Loc: Seaford Meadows, SA
MY suggestion for improvement is to remove the black border around the + strikes. It dulls them down a bit, they don't pop out.

TS cool

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#1291997 - 16/12/2014 16:52 Re: Weatherzone refresh [Re: Thunderstruck]
Seabreeze Offline
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Registered: 18/09/2005
Posts: 10083
Loc: South West Rocks, NSW
Originally Posted By: Thunderstruck
MY suggestion for improvement is to remove the black border around the + strikes. It dulls them down a bit, they don't pop out.

TS cool

But then they'll blend into the background of CC strikes, you wouldn't be able to distinguish between them at all. Imo, the black border helps them 'pop' out.
I'll agree that once you get to the blue and purple colours it does get harder to tell the difference, but with the loop you can go back in time and see them as they happened in the brighter white/red colours.


The option to unselect/select CC and CG strikes might be handy tool though?
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