There are a number of changes that have improved NPN, not the least of which is the ability to upload a photo without having to re-size the image and having to be concerned about file size. I like the idea of using the “like” button to provide positive feedback for a good critique, something that was lacking in the old NPN. In a short period of time there appears to be quite an influx of new members, no doubt impressed by the new format.
There are, however, some features I miss from the old NPN. I liked the ability to click on “all photos” and see a page of 48 thumbnails showing a variety of images from all galleries. The current NPN shows “latest” on the home page that consists of the latest posts as well as responses and an image posted less than 24 hours ago is soon removed from sight. There is another “latest” button in the header that shows recent posts without comments, but this format doesn’t provide a good overview of the most recent posts.
The other feature I like in the old NPN was that the discussion area was separated from the galleries. One could click “all topics” and quickly see what was on the mind of fellow NPNers. It was also much easier to follow any given thread.
While in the old NPN the landscape gallery did dominate with the most views and critiques, for some reason this seems to have significantly increased in the new NPN. Looking at the old site, in the 48 last thumbnails shown in “all photos” there are only 6 landscape entries. The latest 48 image posts in the new NPN shows 29 landscape posts. It also appears that most of the new members introducing themselves are landscape photographers. I guess what I’m getting at is that in the old NPN each gallery appeared to have equal weight, but I don’t have that feeling with the new NPN. I think it was Bill Fach who stated something to the effect that NPN had the best floral gallery on the planet. (Correctly so!) One could go to the gallery and see 48 colorful photos by very creative photographers. We no longer have that type of view and the floral critique has been lumped with the macro critique.
I understand the reason for eliminating “views”, but it did provide the photographer with a sense that at least someone was looking at their image (or not). Now, I have no idea if I’m wasting my time posting an image no one is looking at.
Do others feel the same?