Well, PistonPowered has finally gotten a long-overdue update. We’ve made some obvious aesthetic changes that, frankly, make me slightly embarrassed to be the person mostly responsible for the look of the previous version. And we’ve fixed a few bugs behind the scenes that should make life for Dan and Patrick a bit easier. Here are some of the things you, dear reader, will probably notice almost immediately:
Social Media and Feeds
They’re the wave of the future (or in 2011, maybe the present), so we’ve more prominently featured buttons for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and our RSS Feed in the upper right corner of the page. In addition, each post now has its own comments RSS feed that you can use to easily keep up with the comments for any article you want to discuss further.
Most of the features in the menu bar haven’t gone anywhere, but because I hate floating menus, we completely changed the way they’re displayed. Instead of hovering over an expandable menu item (now marked with a pair of "↓" characters), you can now click it once to display its contents, and again to hide them. This should make these features actually usable on a touch screen, and you won’t have to worry about accidentally moving your mouse the wrong way and having them disappear.
A couple things have moved around though. The “Archives” section now has a list of all post categories, as well as links to the last six monthly archive pages. Our search fields also live there, as well as links to RSS feeds for entries and comments.
Finally, the explanations that used to reside under “More PistonPowered” are now included in the “About” section, and you can still go there if you ever need a refresher on all the different ways you can ingest our content.
The new design has resolved our longstanding issue with threaded comments. Not only have they been re-enabled, but they should actually be legible this time around, and you can reply up to five levels deep.
We always love to hear any of your questions, concerns, or feedback, so send us an email (pistonpowered [at] gmail [dot] com) if you have any to offer. Of course, we love hearing how great we are too, and compliments are especially welcome.