New User Interface

sacrilege's picture

First, note that if you're having trouble logging in, you need to clear your cache. If you're still having issues, run CCleaner, and if you're still having problems, email us at info@.

Note: You can adjust which comments you see in the "junking" (as it's referred to), by adjusting your threshold in the drop down menu where you set how many comments you see, if you're authenticated. If you want to see everyone's comments, go for it. No one's? Good there too. There's a maximum range on our ability to "up" and "down" a comment -- we can't push a comment completely below your view. Moreover, if there's a comment you want to see that's below your current threshold, just click on it. It will show up. It just drops down, like magic.

Some notable features:

1. The new comment function is vastly improved. Authenticated users will be able to set threshold levels, effectively blocking out everything deemed sub-par by comment raters.

2. On the right, you'll notice you now have access to the most recent comments and top stories.

3. A much improved search function.

4. Similar stories, once the update catches up from the data migration, offers stories that share key words with the current story.

5. If you click on "My Account", you can see your most recent comments so  you can track them.

6. Notably, you'll need to re-register for subscriptions. The new method is much better than the old, but we couldn't transfer the lists.


7. We've changed Captcha. 

8. Someone pointed out that users (non contributor/admin) couldn't search for other users. This has been rectified.

9. Adding Spellchecker.

10. Re: comment moderation, slashdot did an interesting piece on this (as this moderation system is derived from them), and came to the conclusion that it's absurd to let everyone moderate comments. Not only is it prone to abuse, but it defeats the purpose of having moderators (as it creates moderation wars). They elected to do a Karma system where everyone gets a shot at moderating at some point; we may adopt the same.

11. Just to clarify, aside from some sidebar stuff, the CSS on the font stayed exactly the same.

12. I'll take away user pictures if it's abused.

13. Added 'new comments' per user(s) request(s).

14. The lag you're seeing now is because the servers are updating, effectively digesting the new information (all of the user content, including posts).

If you have any questions or concerns, email me. We hope you enjoy everything.


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Trimmed Hedge's picture

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

P.S. If you don't give individual users the option to switch it back to the old way, depending on their preference... I shall demand a full refund!!

BorisTheBlade's picture

Let's see how buggy the new design is, but what i can already say: i hate new font.

sacrilege's picture

There's no new font. See above.

CrazyCooter's picture

I love the improvement list!

One of my biggest concerns to date has been the occasional boobie avatar. I am a ZH addict and I do troll a bit from work. This is really bad mojo. All it takes is one incident where some ass hat puts up tits on a thread and a work PC gets audited/logged/monitored. I had to get a FF add on to block images and was able to limit the lack of graphics to just avatars. I will have to review my battle plan if folks can post images inline (I know I can't trust the entire community to always be good). As long as uploads have a static path mask (e.g. they are always*/*/*.*) life is all good. If ya'll don't mind the feature request, just let me "disable potentially offensive images" in my profile and just block avatars/inline images for me. :-)

Boobies are totally OK at home, but at work ...

Thanks for the hard work guys/gals! I know exactly how much effort goes into changes like this.



Vlad Tepid's picture

How did you get that to work again?  I, too, don't want to be joining the ranks of the unemployed.

superflyguy's picture

FireFox browser + Adblock Plus +  Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus add-ons

I believe they have those plugins for Google Chrome too. Good stuff. You can create your own list, you can block just certain URLs or certain elements on a webpage etc. etc.

Dont Taze Me Bro's picture

Is it just me, or is the new website sloooooowwwwwwwwwwww as hell

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Yeah - Sunday morning at 8 am EST and I had the same impression. Had to surf around to verify it wasn't my ISP. It isn't.

boricuadigm-shift's picture

New features are nice.  Performance seems to have taken a hit.  Opening new posts and replying to messages take at least twice as much as before.  It's a free service so its not a complaint.  It's more something to look at when the ZH team has some time available.  I prefer content than performance, and content is perfect! :-)

gmrpeabody's picture

How can it be that we are all tied at 1 for total score.

Like my clones' school, there are no winners or losers.

knukles's picture

I'm with you, mrpeabody....
Like where from and by whom do these mystery scores appear?  Why are we having an perfectly egalitarin society imposed upon us by a distant, unknown Big Brother?
Why are our comments now boxed?  Bernays would have a few choice bits about all of that... 
And where for art the spellcheck buttoni?
We the Luddites are very disturbed.

New_Meat's picture

Didn't you catch Sac's "servers doing global update" comment?

- Ned

{now ya gotta' taze yourself}

CrazyCooter's picture

As mentioned already, the FireFox add on is called AdBlock Plus. Upon install, I did not subscribe to anything (there is some type of list solicitation when you first install - I canceled out of that - I assume it shares my "blocks" with the "list" thus crowdsourcing better "rules" - but I am not for sure).

Anyway, once the add on is installed, just right click an avatar and choose the "AdBlock Plus Block Image" option. From there you get a FF pop up window that lets you edit the rule you are creating. If you create a rule with the pattern "*" then all avatars will be blocked.

With the new site, it seems the chart porn still works, however even Tylers avatar is gone with this rule.

I am pretty sure I saw inline images last night, but I don't see them now. I think this may have been disabled/turned off. Regardless, unless people are uploading the images to ZH first (doubtful - I don't see it in the edit bar), then it will be impossible to block inline images folks create via HTML (these would sorce the image from a non-ZH URL).

Hopefully folks can't choke up the threads here with images of BS.



This is an image test:


UPDATE: It appears that my comment will post an <IMG> to the ZH database, but when it renders it appears the <IMG> is being stripped out. This has to be expensive string processing at runtime! I don't want to complain though! Might be best if the <IMG> was stripped before it was saved to the DB eliminating the need to do it later on for each page served, but that is probably an operation already on the table.

Regardless, I am a happy user. Good job guys/gals! :-)

j0nx's picture

You need to setup your home machine with remote desktop and connect to it from work if you can. That's what I do. I do NO surfing from work. All surfing is done from my home pc and then transmitted via encrypted RDP to my work pc through my remote desktop client.

High Plains Drifter's picture

there is no way i would mess around on the internet from work. no way .....

CrazyCooter's picture

j0nx, There is no safe way to see something at work you didn't mean to see. The best route is always to avoid retriveing unwanted content.

HPD, it depends on the type of work one does and the environment. I am at a computer all day doing knowledge work and my brain needs distractions from time to time. I check ZH maybe one every couple hours and might read for five or ten minutes if something catches my fancy. However, couple this with the only breaks I take are walking to get coffee, and the context is a little different.

Right now what my boss cares about is (1) deliverables. As long as the job is getting done right and on time, there is leeway.



YHC-FTSE's picture

Dude, not a good idea to troll at ZH during work (Well, not a good idea to troll full stop). Besides, whenever I do a long post, I deliberately sprinkle swear words so there's less chance of my comments being disseminated onto other finance sites which has happened on a number of occasions. The more "unsavoury" stuff posted here the better, imo. I do not want to pop up over the radar, and considering some of the juicier stories that have been posted on ZH, nor do you. 

BorisTheBlade's picture


well, something is different even though CSS maybe didn't change:

anyway, will take some time do adjust to the new appearance

DavidC's picture

I agree with BorisTheBlade. The appearance of the font has definitely changed on my display as well. the previous font was clean and unbolded. The new(?) one is bold and looks different - I preferred the old(?) one.

Fanatic's picture

The font is OK with IE. but with Firefox on Windows XP it is crap, and different than before.

the tower's picture

look at the source, there IS a new font... ur prob a Mac guy and fascist Steve has set your font fixed to Lucida, but the majority of people use Windows and cannot read this Mac-centric crap:


body {   font-family : "Lucida Sans", Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;   }
blunderdog's picture

Yeah, on the Windows side, it would've defaulted to Arial, wouldn't it?  Now it's Lucida Sans? 

Bringing up the two pages next to each other for comparison, the most obvious differences are on lowercase a's and g's.


dogbreath's picture

Bring back the Junk button.  There is no rating system that can replace the expression of junking. 

TwelfthVulture's picture

I also notice that the "read more" link from the front page has been disabled.  I know it's hard to believe but some do prefer to read the story v. the comments.

 Do like the "reads n" addition.

If I change the language from the front page I am having problems when I click through to a story, i.e., the buffer overflows, and the translation does not occur.  When returning to "home" the language change sticks.

The little section on the right with Tyler, et al and job descriptions is missing.

Smiddywesson's picture

Maybe the font hasn't changed, but it looks half the size.  How do we make it big enough to read?

Love the wider window.


redpill's picture

Can you insert a border="none" into the syntax for the user avatars?

GoinFawr's picture

... and for the comments. I miss the `junk` button already, but let`s see how that change plays out over time.

  the `recent comments` links in account is an excellent addition.


Kayman's picture


I'll give it some time before jumping to conclusions. 

Thanks for your efforts.


feeb's picture

Sacrilege, I think I love you. 


Fantastic work you have done here - it is all very much appreciated. Thanks for all that you do!


I hope TD at least hooks you up with a few free Zero Hedge tees if not a salary complete with dental benefits and a gold bar savings, employer 50% match program.

Manthong's picture

It might just be me, but I find the gray shading on the top of each reply a bit distracting while scrolling.

For some reason the all white scheme seems less so.

My 2c.

Great work.


rrwoodward's picture

Sacrilege, how can I get Bloomberg screens posted. I worked there several years programming. I'm pretty much a Bloomberg super-freak! I've been trading bonds since. I often see posts that I'd like to reply with Bloomberg screens usually supporting the italian spreads to aaa sofereign AAA index. Thanks, Randy


eisley79's picture

"11. Just to clarify, aside from some sidebar stuff, the CSS on the font stayed exactly the same. "

LOL, I love zero hedge, and I realize having ANY Drupal based site take the kind of traffic it gets and survive, is an impressive feat.

Kudos on installing some new modules and adding some blocks :D, but I am pretty sure as soon as they installed Drupal 4(lol), they just opened up the default theme css files, and hit Ctrl+A and then Delete :)

j0nx's picture

Since no junk button then Where does one do a score? I see this total score thing but no way to do that from what I can see? I like the old site better too.

GIANTKILR's picture

Where's the porn?!?!?!

Bob's picture

TIMMAY G WILL BE ON CNN'S "State of the Union" this morning at 9 EST to talk about the deficit.

knukles's picture

God I love the the smell of my freshly scratched nut sack in the morning. 

Monedas's picture

Leave your crack cheese alone and take a bath ! Monedas 2011 Comedy Jihad Odorometer Tour

SMG's picture

I appretiate all the hard work on this update, but I really find myself missing the old site.  I mean in a way this was an attempt to make Zero Hedge more like other sites, but that's what made it great.  IT WASN'T LIKE ANY OTHER SITE OUT THERE.  That's what made it special.

I'm not against small improvements to the site, but this feels like too much to me.  At a minimum these comment boxes and signatures have to go. They are too distracting from some of the great thoughts posted here.   I guess I could live with the rating system,  but I liked the junk button better.

Some improvement suggestions:  Maybe to be able to flag a picture or avatar as pornographic, and then be able to set your individual account not to display those.  Also if you could auto-trim whitespace from the end of a comment, that would be great too.

This site is great, and I appretiate everything you and your team go through to provide it, but please be very careful with changes because the world needs to see the ideas which are presented here, and the old format to me seems like a better way to do that.

Thanks for listening.

Ruth's picture

There is a ZH Rehab for that, and meetings start every Friday night and run every 5 minutes til Monday;)  There's still time to catch the 10:35am meeting.  I'm Ruth and I'm addicted to ZH.

redpill's picture

Sweet, thanks Sac.

I'd like it if you could kill the border on the avatar pictures though.


Tunga's picture



CrazyCooter's picture

Roger Roger.

What's our vector Victor?



CrazyCooter's picture

Roger Roger.

What's our vector Victor?



mick_richfield's picture

Well, I'm happy to see that some things haven't changed.

Hulk's picture

contributors section is from Feb...

cartonero's picture

Yeah, I had that too.  Money McBags and Bruce Krasting from Feb. 20.  It fixed itself after a few refreshes.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

i am a luddite, curled up, sucking my thumb, waiting for my bathtub to fill