Theme, Ads, Format, Scope, Etc.
Summary: Recent changes and plans for the future
THANKS to everyone who left some feedback (even negative feedback), I am better able to understand what the community wants and I will do my best to serve it. Last night I made news postings image-free and opinion-free. I also modified the theme somewhat, in largely additive ways, not detracting from what was in it beforehand. Except where there is an existing agreement to run ads, I have removed ad-related links and blocks. Google no longer accompanies visitors of this site (via AdSense) and the front page should make it simpler to find popular news. The snowflakes in the background are temporary and are probably here to stay during the winter (temporary) unless there is strong opposition to it.
Regarding scope, since this site is about Tux (as in the mascot of Linux), it is unlikely that there will be much BSD, Apple, and Microsoft news here. As I do in Diaspora, where I field the "Linux" account, much of the focus is on GNU, Linux and other parts of the GPL-licensed stack, including mobile/embedded. If you have suggestions (things you wish to see, things you wish would go away, etc.), please speak out. This helps a lot and it will make a big difference. Almost all the decisions I ever made are community-driven.
As most poll participants voted for both lists of links and standalone links, it is going to require some workflow adjustment at my end, especially the former type of postings (requiring accumulation of links by category). All the sources, from which items are selected for relevance, are going to be made public some time soon. █