New site feedback

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It's now been a week since I asked you to test the new-look Brickset and provide feedback. So far 700 of you have done so which is fantastic, thank you.

I've read all of it and have attended to many of the bug reports and, as you will notice if you take another look now, added a couple of the most-missed features. The 'new in the database' and 'new at shop.LEGO.com' lists are back, in the sidebar. I've also created another view for set listings, 'classic', which looks similar to that on the current site.

As for the header font that many of you commented on, it seemed that Google Chrome was particularly bad at rendering it. After some investigation, I found a fix (encourage Chrome to use the SVG version) which has made a vast difference and, to my eyes at least, the text is now clear and crisp and how the designer intended. There are a couple of minor issues to resolve which the fix has introduced (like the position of the icons in the menu blocks) which I'll be sorting out soon.

I was also encouraged by the fact that around 400 people were using the site at one point and it didn't crash or kill the database. Load-testing the site is not really possible (on a small budget, at least) until you actually get lots of people to use it, so I am now confident that it will withstand normal levels of traffic when it goes live.

Several people have commented about strange layout problems, text overlapping and that sort of thing. I've never seen anything like that when I've been testing so can't therefore do much about it. If you are experiencing problems like that, please send me screenshots (huw at brickset.com) and LMK what browser and operating system you're using. I can't promise to fix them but at least I'll get an idea what the problem is.

So, please, keep the feedback coming and if the bug you reported is still evident, feel free to email me with details or post something in the comments.

If you're wondering about the prizes I promised, I'll continue to accept entries until next weekend, then make the draw shortly afterwards.

58 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

The logo is the home button.

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By in United States,

This is a really silly cosmetic request, but it would make the site look a good bit tidier. When viewing sets in the "gallery" option, some of the set numbers and theme names (Advanced Models, for example) are on separate lines and others (like Duplo) are one the same line. I think it would be easier to read and aesthetically more pleasing if they were all the same, on two separate lines would probably be easier.

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By in Australia,

I haven't used the old site since your news article announcing that the new one had gone into testing!
Beautiful timing on your behalf as well as I've just recently rekindled my love for Lego after finding out my girlfriend has always been a big fan of the bricks!

26 years young and I'm getting excited over it all like I was 6 again!

I even finally signed up for an account after a few years of just lurking on and off here and there.

Thank you HUW for the fantastic job of updating the site and helping me (but maybe not so much my pocket :p) become madly obsessed with Lego again!

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By in United Kingdom,

still getting text over lapping on the news feed page and other pages.....
emails sent

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By in United Kingdom,

I've had another go on the new site and can't find a link to send my sets to the Rebrickable database/site. Quite enjoy having this feature - Has it been removed altogether on the new Brickset site?

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By in United States,

Hi Huw, in the old version when I go to my collection the sets count declare the total amount of sets and how many are different, for example: "You own 634 sets (408 different)", and it also declare that this amount does not include gear, in the new version, the section stated that I have 667 sets (this include gear) but does not stated how many are different

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By in Australia,

@mr_skinny I did this just tonight for the first time :) you'll find it under 'edit profile' - enter your rb login details there to link your account, then under 'my sets' click export and the link to transfer to rb is there. Hope this helps :)

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By in United States,

Glad to be of service.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Timoonn, I'll see if I can get the chart reinstated.

@ericjohn, ISWYM. If they fit on one line they will be put on one line. I might be able to tweak the CSS, I'll take a look.

@pdantix, thanks and welcome!

@OscarWRG, I'll be adding more info to that area in due course.

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By in United States,

@huw -- perfect job listening to users, so far! I havent looked at the mobile format info on set details yet, but everything looks great from desktop on my view. Bravo!

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By in Italy,

Please re-add the "Change log" link in the set page. Thanks!

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By in United States,

Wonderful updates huw. Thanks for taking the time to respond to people's comments and feedback. I think I speak for everyone in that in a way it makes us feel like we're more a part of the Brickset community.

This is just a minor issue, but I still think that on the list of themes and years page (http://new.brickset.com/browse/sets) it would be nice to see the themes organised by type like on the old site (e.g. Licensed, Action/Adventure, Modern Day, Historical, etc.). It just makes browsing a lot easier.

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By in United Kingdom,

Haven't found any bugs yet, but this my first day playing with the new site. What I do like is the ability to browse my minifig collection with pics all in one go, as I don't open all my sets, I don't get to see them all in the "flesh". So far it looks really good, thank you Huw. :)

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By in New Zealand,

I showed the site to my mum, and she noticed when you scroll over tabs - browse, sets,etc a lego brick appears at the top of the tab.

its a cool feature, maybe it could go on the new site - somewhere?

LEGOSLUG

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw

I'm using the new site to post this, it looks great.

Only found one small glitch: the collectable minifigure Waiter picture is showing as the picture of the whole 16 minifigure set on my PC, when I click to enlarge the photo the waiter appears.

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By in United Kingdom,

Reinstating the change log is on the to-do list. I'm going to put it in a tab but there wasn't room for it

> it would be nice to see the themes organised by type like on the old site

Ah yes, I forgot about that. A lot of people liked that and mentioned its absence. I'll get it added.

@ LEGOSLUG, sorry the LEGO cliches have gone...

@James Skywalker, try a ctrl-F5, it was probably the wrong picture at some point in the past.

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By in Germany,

As I use the new site for about a week or so I have to say: fresh and modern look!! -Thank You for Your hard work!!

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By in United States,

you are doing an absolutely stellar job. I've been enjoying brickset for a long time but now it looks truly modern and beautiful. Really excited about the future of Brickset as well as LEGO and its fandom on the whole :)

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By in Germany,

I guess I am a really bad tester. since I am too much in love with this new look, I can't be bothered searching for tiny flaws.

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By in Canada,

hey all!!
new site looks good, but i was wondering if there was a way to set up how many posts load on the home page without having to hit the older articles button.....if you know what i mean lol

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By in United States,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to our comments and feedback. You deserve all the success that this site brings.

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By in United States,

Thanks for adding set numbers in prominent black text on the browse screens, that makes all the difference.

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By in United States,

One thing I'm having trouble with is how the "Your sets owned/wanted and minifigs owned/wanted" page is looking a bit bare right now... and how I almost clicked on the "clear" button a few times... :O I feel like you should make the links to your collection more noticeable as links (rather than just headings), because I didn't know how to access the collection until I accidentally hovered over them.

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By in Czech Republic,

Worst page refresh I have ever seen, it looks like this colourful page is aiming for preschool kids not for AFOLs that want something basic.

Also there are no borders of articles, looks hectic, crazy and colorawful.Soryy I must say that, but I see that some concurency page is now Brickset for me.

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By in United States,

I've had the same problem as James Skywalker with the Waiter, I tried ctrl-f5, but it didn't seem to do anything.

When using the Mobile site, the font for Usernames and Country information that is attached to comments rendered as a font very similar to a typewriter - It looks much nicer on a desktop. That was using Google Chrome on a Motorola Droid Razr.

Also, in the section that explains the various ways to search, under "Manipulate the Page URL" it says "The best way to learn now to construct them..." rather than "how."

The new site has really grown on me. I was a little put off by the white at first, and would still like the option to change the background to "Brickset Blue," but even without it, I will still be coming back daily. Very nice work!

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By in United Kingdom,

On the "Buy" tab of the new site, it wouldn't be possible to reintroduce the percentage filter to omit results that don't meet a specified percentage discount, a bit like the selectors which are on the old site perhaps? Personally I think it's easier to be able to filter out the over-RRP stuff to just show available products that are at retail price and under on the "Buy LEGO in [country]" tab. Just a thought :-)

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By in Germany,

First of all let me say: you are doing an awsome job. As of now I didn't find any bugs or major promblems that haven't been reported already. I think the new design is pretty good looking but also a bit i-need-to-get-used-to-it like. But that should not be much of a problem since it is quite intuitive and in general based on the current site. I find the menues to open a bit too slow and to me it is somehow confusing to see an arrow behind the sub-menue entries without another menu to pop open - like another dropdown list for example. I hope you get the point of what I am trying to say. Maybe it is better to place dots before the entries rather than arrows at the end of a line.

And then there is a major thing that I am missing on brickset since the first day... I need to say that this is pretty much the only LEGO-DB that I am using. But what I'd love to see is: RETAILPRICING IN EURO! That would be awsome! Sure it would take some time to complete the lists, but I think there are quite a few other european users registered here who would appreciate that. If there is a way for me to help you on this major quest, please feel free to let me know! ;)

regards, jawomed

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By in Australia,

A couple of people have mentioned that you can change the background colour to blue???

Where do I find this option to try it out?

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By in Australia,

All good mate, cheers for the confirmation :)

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By in United States,

HUW
Great work on the new site, as I've already mentioned to you. I noticed something tonight when looking at a specific minifig. On the new site there is only an option to click that you have that minifig loose, where the old site has an option to enter in how many of that minifig you have loose. Is that a feature that can be added back in? I do like the way the list of sets that minifig appears in is displayed on the new site. Keep up the good work.

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By in United Kingdom,

Possibly, yes, let me look into it.

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By in Canada,

thanks huw!!
new site looks terrific!!

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By in United Kingdom,

@pdantix Cheers! Found the Rebrickable link now :-)

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By in Germany,

@Ondr4H: I disagree :-) I think Lego is a very colourful thing so why need to have a boring very straight website ? Most of all I'm interested in the functionalities regarding sets and things like that. Just my opinion.

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw, the changes you made help greatly. The new 'classic' view for browing themes is great, the fixes to the font definitely help with both the w and the s. Not sure if its the bold, the colour or that theres still an issue with the font but its still not quite right when used for links in the text - looks kind of blurred. Bad smoothing/anti-aliasing?

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By in Canada,

Why did you drop the feature from the old layout where the tab you are on is highlighted or colored different when you are on that page?

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By in United Kingdom,

Because it's so 20th century :-)

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By in Netherlands,

Mooi. Ziet er geweldig uit. Moderne look. Super

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By in United States,

Didn't see anything on this above. At least on an iPhone, the ACM feature isn't scaling or functional in that it can't be edited.
Also thinking the menus are heavy for readers with a visual impairment using assistive devices. I'd shorten the menus and build submenus that are page specific.

I do like the build your own menu feature.

Good start to the redesign,

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By in United Kingdom,

The ACM isn't usable on a phone, I'm not sure that it ever will due to the space/width needed for it.

Flip to desktop view using the link at the bottom and then you can pinch-zoom.

Everything in the menus is already in a 'submenu' -- the page you arrive at if you click on the 'tab'.

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By in United States,

@Huw Can you put the links to lego.com and amazon.com somewhere on the home page? I use them to link into and buy stuff whenever i shop through them. I don't see the links right now on the home page.

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By in United States,

i really like the simple layout of the old site. It's much easier to find sets / navigate the old site.

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By in New Zealand,

@Huw: how about the comments?
Currently when somebody makes a comment, you have to reply to that comment seperately.
How about an option to post a response or reply to a user's comment?

just a thought...

LEEGOSLUG

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By in United States,

This isn't a "bug" per se, just a suggestion: add upcoming / current special deals (i.e., free minifigures / free holiday sets / double VIP points) availaible on LEGO.com, perhaps in a calendar link. I know this would be a pain across the various LEGO.com country variations. Just for example, I was pleasantly suprised to get the police ATV as a free polybag on a recent order, but I had no idea ahead of time it was going to be available. Adding the calendar would make planning the shopping days easier to get the best deals.

Thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

@MorkMan, I will be reinstating them.

@LEGOSLUG, there are pros and cons to that approach: comments to comments make it difficult to read them all, and conversations can easily go off at a tangent.

@fulcrumbop, LEGO doesn't advertise them very far in advance so I'm not sure it would help.

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By in Belgium,

Tested on laptop and Iphone. Overall Looks are good to me.

On Iphone it's impossible to see everything of the ACM, I know someone else addressed this too, but is it possible to add a feature that you can slide it?

Some things that would make the ACM easier to use (at least for me ;-) ) is if you first add a set, you don't have to click on Edit before being able to edit it. When you click on ACM, of course you want to edit it... It would also be easier if I could see which sets have their ACM-data added and which ones not, so I know where I need to go to update my collection.
And once in the ACM for a set, it would be nice to be able to add one more of this set in this view. Now I need to go out of it, alter the number of sets I own, before being able to add one more.
(OK, I know if I would update my data more often, it would be easier too of course...)

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By in New Zealand,

I have tested the home page on my Ubuntu 12.04 laptop and with my HTC One android 4.2 emulator.
the site layout looks fine, no bugs or glitches.

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By in Canada,

@HUW

"Because it's so 20th century :-)"

Still in effect on Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Tencent QQ, Twitter... but I guess those sites are very behind the times. Thanks for the response.

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By in United States,

Hey on the profile site can we put a minifig pic for your profile pic I tried and it did nothing.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hey Huw, I'd just like to add that I have upgraded my monitor this week and with the higher resolution I have now the new site looks far better. I'm still not keen on the lighter tab colours at the top of the screen with the white text though as the words are not so clear with my colourblindness.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is this the right place for posting future suggestions to the site?

- CSS3 animations with Themes Boxes spinning around in a pattern on the homepage. Stop, touch, zoom, 3D, etc. Touch each one and the basic stats pop up from the database: Year, number of sets, total combined set price with key theme minifigures* playing nearby. Background changes based on time of day and/or season.

- Drill down of user profile to see all the comments they have made to articles much like reviewers.

- Display of most active member ( activity equation: comments * reviewers * forum / quality - profile edits(2) ).

- Calendar feature of LEGO events (store openings, build events, anniversaries, club meetings, new sets launch, etc.) and member birthdays that you can download and sync to Outlook, Google Calendar, etc.

- Create your own minifigs (headwear, head, torso, legs and object) linked to user profile, face changes expression based on the status of your mood.

- Oh, add a status or mood option on the user profile.

- Personalisation of site themes and custom homepage - drop and drag sections.

- Glossary section for new and reborn fans. What is ACM, MOC, AFOL, PAB, NFIG, etc. Or thinking on new articles a la wikipedia when they first appear abbreviations and/or acronyms are defined.

- Can we be sent a scratch and sniff card on release so we know what each colour section smells like?

- Can we have a gender option on the profile cos sometimes Dan gets lonely?

- * Based on location selected can the minifigures be dressed inline with traditional regional attire.

- When out and about on my mobile device a popup tells me an official LEGO supplier is nearby and then interfaces with my collection/wish list and tells me I can't feed the kids next week because of the money I am about to spend.

- Four words: LEGO store webcam feed

...

As usual it started off well...

PS. Good job with the site redesign - just a few major layout issues in IE4 but other than that - like.

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By in Denmark,


have now used the new version a few times...
BUT...
i can nøt login , should i could do that by now ?
so a little difficult to test...

still want's the blue background back......the page is to bright/white
don't care what century it's from .... just like with my Lego bricks

and i sure want the browse page back...http://www.brickset.com/browse/
or something like - hate drop down menu's
as now it feels like wasting time to get there.,,,

and then when you browse it would be so very nice
to see the year under the set number on the pic...
again wasting time to click on the pic to find out..

And some arrows when browsing to skip year
placed in the top of the page just as the buttom one's,,,,
maybe it's hard to fit in , and still have a nice tidy page at same time... ?

and like others have said..
Brickset now look's now more like a Internet Shop
and not like a groovy community i would join
if i was to discover the new Brickset...as a new user...
that' for now..

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By in United States,

1. The sorting option is limited for minifigure, e.g. it can't be selected as year release old->new or new->old.
2. I wish it could be like before: e.g. xx minifigure "in xx sets", when you click "in xx sets", it jumped to a new page, instead, it would be better just poping out a window. Another example: list many sets on one page, click the number of minifigure, it would be better just pop out a window instead of going to a new page.
Those are my current thoughts about the new site. It looks pretty neat and very different (takes some time to get used to) but it is definitely more simple, concise, clear and stylish.

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By in United States,

3. I wonder if you can add another sorting option according to when the user added the set (e.g. ACM data)?

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