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I'm starting the process of redesigning Dilbert.com.

Long overdue, I know. But I've been quite busy lately.

I'd love to hear your suggestions as I compile my list of requirements.

I know the comments engine here is a mess. And I know you want the profanity filter to die. And I know the site is uglier and slower than it needs to be.

I'm thinking of killing the mash-ups feature. It had a good run. Unless you tell me otherwise.

I'm noodling on adding a few new things below the strip on the main page, which has been mostly wasted space. Some ideas include:

1. A Reddit-like feature so you can suggest interesting links and others can vote on them. I would build the engine so you can include your profile picture (or any image you choose) plus a section for you to give a plug for yourself or your company. 

2. Some sort of Dilbert-branded store -- operated by a third-party -- for items that everyone needs, such as replacement cables, phone chargers, or other common tech devices. Another way to go would be a Dilbert-branded store for more exotic and cool tech stuff or uncommon products that cleverly solve common problems.

3. Guest bloggers: Anyone can submit an opinion piece, with a plug for yourself or your company. Readers vote up the best ones.

4. Highlight links to other great comics at GoComics.com.

5. Reader-submitted stories of bad or absurd management. The ones voted to the top by readers would become comic fodder for Dilbert.

6. Add other content that supports your morning ritual that includes checking the Dilbert comic, checking stocks, weather, and some other popular tech and business news sites.

7. Irreverant business news of the day, summarized by Dogbert or one of the other Dilbert crew in a separate window.

8. User-submitted hacks and inventions. Upload photos and descriptions of your awesome hacks, work-arounds, inventions, and fixes, for, well, anything. Show your geeky solutions to the world.

9. Investment ideas and discussions with an emphasis on tech companies.

I'm told that a good website needs to inspire curiosity in visitors. If you have any ideas on keeping readers curious, I'd love to hear them. 







 
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Sep 12, 2013
Real life story: My insane manager feels that productivity isn't high enough, so he issues a mandate that *all* incoming emails must be marked urgent. The net result is that everyone's email box how has a meaningless left hand side border of blinking red exclamation marks.
 
 
Sep 3, 2013
Make the profantity filter user depepndent. The user can turn it off or on. And, maybe make the filter funny by having the filter replace profanities with nonsensical words.
 
 
Sep 3, 2013
I love reddit. It has the best comment section of any website.

I would like a reddit-like comics section so the best comics of the day can be voted up and commented on which includes othere comic strips not just Dilbert.

And yeah, you gotta improve the speed of your website.


 
 
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Sep 3, 2013
Want some 1440x900 wallpaper for my desktop. finally.
 
 
Aug 28, 2013
Agree with others on the /fast. It gives us a chance to avoid all the really slow annoying stuff. Also agree with LOTD (got some great stuff on there). Tried Mash ups once and gave up.
 
 
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Aug 28, 2013
(1-a) Don't kill /fast.

(1-b) A mobile version would be nice (/fast would be a good start). I *don't* want an app for it, though; seemingly everyone had an app for their site. It's annoying and ridiculous. I'm already stuck with too much crapware (Reign of Amira, Amex Serve, IMDB...) that I can't figure out how to uninstall from my phone *now* that came pre-packaged.

(2) Keep the searchable archive.

(3) Keep it clean, simple, and fast-loading (at least on the main page).
 
 
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Aug 27, 2013
Look at the weather channel web site. Now, do NOTHING that they did. It is a textbook example of an annoying web site. Pictures and links that slide away as you read them... bunch of content unrelated to weather (today it had "beat the summer heat by remodeling your bathroom!")... multiple clicks to get to the real content, i.e. your forecast, useless attempts at being "social" (at one point they would post any tweet that mentioned keywords like "Rain".) Phony attention grabbing headlines and "breaking" news ("Thousands believed dead in storm" lead to an article about some storm from decades ago...)
 
 
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Aug 26, 2013
I'd like
- a mobile web site
- a search feature for your blog
- conversation grouping in the comments
 
 
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Aug 26, 2013
This message on your RSS feed is basically dishonest:

Dilbert readers - Please visit Dilbert.com to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to Dilbert.com.

We all know that this because you want to drive traffic to the website for better advertising return.

Please just be honest about it.

If that's the policy, then that's your choice. But it would be very helpful if you could include the first cell from the strip so that we can keep track more easily. Have a look at the RSS feed for "The Joy of Tech" or "The Oatmeal" or "Buttersafe"
 
 
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Aug 26, 2013
Input?

1- Fix profanity filter, or make it self-fixing somehow by readers?
2- Like the idea of readers plugging something of their own, but beware of an easy entry-point for spammers.
3- I used to use it more, but the mash-up was fun for those who like it.

All the suggestions sound ambitious - keep it fun and maintainable for yourself, Mr. Adams!

 
 
Aug 26, 2013
#7 could be alternately fun or fascinating, or both.
 
 
Aug 26, 2013
List of the Day?

Yeah, old, old, old Dilbert.

Do you even have those late 1990s lists archived or in hard copy?

Those rolling wild Web 1.0 days.
 
 
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Aug 26, 2013
I like the user-submitted examples of bad management, office craziness etc. I miss "True Tales of Induhviduals" from the Dilbert Newsletter, so it would be good to see something like that back.
 
 
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Aug 26, 2013
1. I understand the ewconomics behind the advertisements, but they are not placed well and are quite distracting
2. Will be good to have keyword search for comic strips. Will be awesome if I could search for just Catbert strips or Wally strips or Ted strips and read them in a continuous flow.
3. It is painful to have to specify start and end dates for strips I want to read. Anyways, that is a fairly useless search criteria as I am not going to search for "What was the strip last Monday?"
4. Like you have pointed, it is a heavy website and takes time to load. And it is not "cean". May be good to have a clean, simpler look to the whole site.
5. The suggestion on character based product line-up was very good.
 
 
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Aug 25, 2013
Bring back the RSS feed with the daily strips.
 
 
Aug 24, 2013
As far as the /strips/ pages go, I like them fine the way they are. I guess the commenting could use some functional features, something more than just "type it in and there it is", but the "look" of it all is fine by me. As long as I can zoom the strip each day...
 
 
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Aug 24, 2013
I'm in agreement with several others: less is more. To add a lot more in an attempt to leverage the popularity of Dilbert does seem lame and will probably decrease the site's popularity. Just sayin'...
 
 
Aug 24, 2013
Ask and ye shall receive. It sounds like a return of the DNRC Newsletter! Yay!!

But it sounds like a lot more work for you. This is a lot more ambitious than writing a blog post every few days. Are you going to be able to keep up with it all? Are you going to get others involved to help?

Obviously the guest blogs will involve others, but you'll still have to read and approve them. So, while I am looking forward to the change, I'm hoping the quality will remain high.
 
 
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Aug 24, 2013
Please don't kill the profanity filter completely - a better one would be fine...

I like #7.
 
 
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Aug 24, 2013
I agree with rbarclay!
I love reading the strip at www.dilbert.com/fast.
I can open several weeks of strips, each in their own tab, really quickly if I get behind!
 
 
 
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