Recently we redesigned the Dilbert.com web site and added a ton of features, such as animation, deeper archives, mash ups, and more. The reaction from readers has been fascinating.
Let me get this out of the way: I realize the Beta version of the web site has lots of issues. It’s overloaded with Flash, slower than it needs to be, and the navigation is confusing. We’re fixing most of that over the next few weeks. I apologize for the inconvenience.
The fascinating thing about the responses is that it revealed three distinct types of Dilbert readers:
The first group is the ultra-techies who have an almost romantic relationship with technology. For them, the new site felt like getting dumped by a lover. Their high-end technology (generally Linux) and security settings made much of the site inconvenient. Moreover, the use of Flash offended them on some deep emotional level.
The second group objected to the new level of color and complexity, and the associated slowness. They like their Dilbert comics simple, fast, and in two colors. Anything more is like putting pants on a cat.
The third group uses technology as nothing more than a tool, and subscribes to the philosophy that more free stuff is better than less free stuff. That group has embraced the new features on the site and spiked the traffic stats.
For you first two groups, if you promise to keep it to yourselves, we created a stripped-down Dilbert page with just the comic, some text navigation, and the archive: www.dilbert.com/fast. This alternate site is a minor secret, mentioned only here and in the text footnote to the regular site as “Linux/Unix.”
The main site will be getting a Flash diet that will make it speedier soon, so check back in a few weeks. That’s where all the fun will be.
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Apr 30, 2008
I must be out of the third group. Site looks great. Some new ideas being implimented. At home and at work I don't have any lag times. Everything works as expected. I use Windows XP with IE so I am a standard user. Thanks for the free stuff!!! :)
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Apr 30, 2008
Put me in group two. For now I'm using Dilbert.fast. A week ago Sunday only four of the eight panels showed.
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Apr 30, 2008
"Invalid panel count"


This site is created by second rate programmers. It plain sucks.
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Apr 30, 2008
Congratulations for the adjustments made, looks great in Linux now.

The fast option is a winner too...

Tks from Brazil!

Apr 30, 2008
ajaypal wrote:
5. You are not regular at writing blogs :-)

Wait a minute, I agree with almost everything ajaypal wrote, except for this one. Scott's been running a day-by-day blog for 3 years, and his last book was even a collection of posts from this blog, so how can you say he is not a regular at writing blogs?
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Apr 30, 2008
Thank you so much!
Apr 30, 2008
Hiya :)
There must have been a problem with the 13th and 20th April on the http://www.dilbert.com/fast since only placeholders are displayed?
Apr 29, 2008
Nicely done. A slim/fast version for my Blackjack, and the whole enchilada for my primary desktop.

I'm definitely more kin to the first group, but even we indulge in a guilty pleasure every now and then ;-)
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Apr 29, 2008
Despite what the packaging tells you or what the commercial says, not all technology is good and the new site certainly falls into that category. In short, change for changes' sake.

I wonder if Mr. Adams has forgotten what the site is about, which is simply viewing and enjoying the Dilbert comic strip. It is not about a bunch of advertising, or a bunch of extra STUFF that adds nothing to the site except the ability to take up space.

I heard Mr. Adams speak in Charlotte NC. a few years back as apart of their Novella series. I found him to be well spoken and intelligent. Perhaps that is why I’m so taken back by the change to the site.

Why do I need to see video of the comic strip I already Read? I know what the characters sound like, their voices and mannerisms are in my head (the other voices are quashed by the medication). I find it Ironic that the “just cause / ooo it’s shinny” wholesale changes to the site are so inline with the imaginary company his strip mocks.

It seems that someone sold Mr. Adams a bill of goods but all he received was a Large Steaming Pile without the obligatory corn.
Apr 29, 2008
I hadn't wanted to moan about the redesign because I knew that you guys would fix it sooner or later. But giving us profile 1 or 2 types something to go with in the mean time is great - and typical. Thanks from UK.
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Apr 28, 2008
Thanks for dilbert.com/fast- the site is unusable without it.
And thanks for finally putting Sunday in the right place.

It's NOT for Linux users, it's for everybody who doesn't want to waste all morning admiring a bunch of FLASH garbage.

People come to this site to see the creative work of Scott Adams, not the overblown creative efforts of some anonymous Flash monkey.

Apr 28, 2008
I fall in group 3: more free stuff is better than less free stuff.

You then imply that the new site has more free stuff. I disagree on this implication, and I'll say that the new site has less free stuff, notably the strip is not easily saved to my hard drive.

While this action makes a lot of sense and is completely in your rights, considering that it's the _only_ valuable asset (OK, the name "Dilbert" has value too, but that's not easily stolen), and the one reason we keep coming here, none the less it hardly registers with your assertion.

Apr 28, 2008
I just noticed (I never said I was terribly intelligent) that vpi.net are the ones designing and hosting the website.

Needless to say, their homepage takes ages to load (with the smallest visual cue ever) an exceptionally large flash that manages to convey nothing but its own parody (Superior design? Well-conceived strategies? Clear vision? Cutting-edge technology???)

Oh, and another thing: my browser is usually waiting for clearspring to deliver their content long after (i.e. more or less 5 seconds) all the rest of the page has finished loading. I have saved myself this inconvenience disabling clearspring altoghether using Adblock plus, but other people might not be so lucky and be stuck with IE.
Apr 28, 2008
Kudos to ajaypal for their analysis. Precise, terse, down to the point. I subscribe 100% to their recommendations.
Add a thumbs up to rajeefsanjay too, his suggestions are quite valuable although a bit on the annoyed side but I am like that myself.

Only one last question from me: are your web developers going to get incented for the big surge in visits to the site, or are you going to give them what they *really* deserve, i.e. a strong boot firmly planted on their posterior end?

Although some kind of award would really be necessary, since they managed to annoy it appears almost 80% of your regular audience at the same time. Such impressive results do not come out by chance.
Apr 28, 2008
The redesign is a crass violation of everything that it seems Dilbert would stand for: standards, egalitarian design, 'purple cow' marketing instead of mass-marketing, simple instead of overblown and corporate.

Just install wordpress and make each post contain a strip-image. Done.

That flash thing is ridiculous. "Share Email Print Save Embed" ....Why? Pointless. If the content is good, people can and will do all those things just fine on their own.

Also you have an RSS button *in the flash movie*, but not in the site. Why not just make the site serve an RSS feed, so the icon shows up in our browsers And we can subscribe whenever we want.

Love Dilbert, think you're a great guy, and I sincerely don't mean to this as a troll comment, but this redesign gets a solid "F". Look, it's not the end of the world, it's just really surprising, honestly, coming from Dilber, which has given me so much joy over the years.

Apr 28, 2008
I fall into the second group. I don't mind the color - it is actually kind of cool - but the rest of the stuff is way overdone. The fast site is pretty much all I need. The Dilbert site has become a parody of itself.
Apr 28, 2008
www.dilbert.com/fast is nearly there.

As in, Dilbert in colour plus archive. Really, what else does one need? It's a comic strip, but somehow seems to have mutated into a shark-jumping, brand-diluting, time-wasting monster.

Make the strip on the 'fast' site a readable size, and we'll say no more about it.
Apr 28, 2008
"Invalid panel count" every time I try to do a mashup.
Why bother?
Apr 28, 2008
Need a massive paring down of flash. I read Dilbert on my Blackberry and it just about shut the phone down. Had to pull the battery to make it stop.
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Apr 28, 2008
Whatever you think you did it sucks. I can barly read the cartoon and nothing seems to work. I have read your comic for years on the web as part of my morning ritual but now I will read the paper instead. I wish you would return to the old format. But being the pointy headed boss I am sure you will not.
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