Here is some feedback we received during io9's redesign test run. There's a bit more on this Odeck post.

  • "Popular stories doesn't list how many people are reading a given story, that was the best part of the feature."
  • "It is cramped and harder to read. Having the tags under the author was better."
  • "Nothing that should stand out actually stands out. I don't even think the headline really stands out very well."
  • http://observationdeck.io9.com/thoughts-and-t…
  • "The author and tags have become almost invisible."
  • "I like the sidebar articles, though I'd still prefer it to have all articles in order, rather than just popular ones, and I think the sidebar should be a bit skinnier."
  • "I dislike that all the article images have gotten smaller because of the sidebar."