Feedback, please

by Russ Roberts on January 9, 2007

in Web/Tech

Over the last week, we’ve made four changes to Cafe Hayek. We’ve put in a search tool from BlogBar. We’ve added a box for most popular links from MyBlogLog. We put in a radio from MyBlogTunes for playing EconTalk. I’ve just added Snap to the page. Snap lets you roll over any link and get a little preview before you click through.

Do you like these features? Hate them? Do you use them? Do they work? Do they annoy you? Please comment and let us know.

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Randomscrub January 9, 2007 at 3:41 pm

The Snap's a little irritating at first glance, but I'll have to give it more time to come to a final decision.

bob January 9, 2007 at 4:00 pm

Econtalk via myblogtunes is an excellent addition.

Perhaps you'd want to consider changing its location on the page so it is viewable as soon as people visit.

Russ Roberts January 9, 2007 at 4:05 pm


I lean that way, too, but check out the link to the Periodic Table in the previous post. I'd love to have a nice picture of it like Boing Boing does but I don't have time. So Snap gives you a taste of how cool it might be. But it might be annoying. Not sure yet, either.

Matt C. January 9, 2007 at 4:31 pm

Love the Snap feature!

Brad January 9, 2007 at 4:53 pm

I wish the Widget or below the widget had a quick popup for downloading pas EconTalk shows. I download and then bluetooth them over to my cell phone for listening at my leisure.

Joe Grossberg January 9, 2007 at 4:53 pm

I don't use them, because I read your site via Bloglines.

Mike January 9, 2007 at 4:56 pm


Love the Snap feature and the searchability. The Snap is nice because I used to do a rollover and look at my bottom navbar to see where the link is going to (e.g. an author's webpage or an link). Don't care much for the Top 5 links.


Russ Roberts January 9, 2007 at 5:34 pm


I'll see if I can find such a widget that will do that.

What kind of cell phone do you have?

Carl Marks January 9, 2007 at 7:10 pm

I also listen to your podcasts via cellphone. Currently I have an LG-vx8300. I put the podcast on a MicroSD card and use headphones.

I feel that the site is a bit crowded on the margins. There is too much going on there that distracts the eyes. The search feature is not really necessary at the top, and most people know that by using in google you can search the blog.

While I love econtalk, I don't think using that widget would be the best way to go about promoting it. Better to put links to the lastest shows in the margin that will stream it through their media player.

One nice way to unclutter the blog woud be to have the width autosize to the browser window, that way people can utilize more of their screen. This would mean eliminating the blue backround. Instead, I would use this blue as you background color only for the margins, so it clearly delineates where the news stories are and where additinal information is.

Love the blog, thanks for your work.

Brad January 9, 2007 at 7:23 pm

I have a Sanyo M1. I got it because it has a 2 megapixel camera, but love the media player on it the most. I'm a big Mac guy and a big iPod guy, so I probably should feel like I'm betraying my best friend, but this thing is great for podcasts. I just load it up using Bluetooth File Exchange every morning and have stuff to listen to all day wherever I am. It plays unencrypted MP3, AAC, etc. either out headphones or out the speakerphone. I prefer the latter. It's super convenient with Bluetooth. No wires to connect. No drive to safely unmount, no convoluted syncing process, etc. Only downside is that I have an iPod centric sound system in my car, and it doesn't do Bluetooth. I hear that next year's models will…

Craig January 9, 2007 at 7:32 pm

The search engine is good! I added it to my blog instantly. The Snap thing is nothing but an annoyance, though, in my never-to-be-humble opinion.

William January 9, 2007 at 8:23 pm

Search is the most useful feature for me. I've been wishing that you would add it for some time.

Swimmy January 9, 2007 at 10:03 pm

I don't know about others, but I read the site from a feed aggregator, so I haven't noticed any of the changes. At a glance while I'm commenting, the Snap feature loads too slowly to be useful. But the picture box still pops up, making it kind of an annoyance.

The Cowboy Capitalist January 10, 2007 at 6:52 am

All good additions.

Ivan January 10, 2007 at 10:37 am

Please add a longer delay for the snap-popups.

Jim January 10, 2007 at 3:58 pm

I don't like the snap feature AT ALL. I find it disconcerting to have the little snap windows opening up–on all by themselves–as I move my cursor about the page. I wonder what Jakob Nielsen ( would say about snap?

Rue Des Quatre Vents January 10, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Like the features.

Anonymous Coward January 10, 2007 at 7:44 pm

Snap is impossibly annoying. It's hard to get anything out of value from such a small window, and it interferes with navigation through the page.

Sam January 10, 2007 at 8:03 pm

The dashed lines should be between comments.
The posting info is already distinguished by the bold formatting and the lead: Posted by:

Aldo54 January 11, 2007 at 1:41 pm

Like the rollover of snap to see the link, but unless I buy a 48 inch monitor, the pop-up is not very useful.

Alan January 11, 2007 at 3:12 pm

I fear and distrust all new things, especially Snap . . .

I like the idea of lengthening the delay for the Snap pop-ups, though. I think that would do the trick.

Adam Malone January 11, 2007 at 4:11 pm

The Snap feature is more than a little annoying.

The search feature is nice.

The Podcasts need a better outlet.

Thanks for the blog.

Anonymous January 17, 2007 at 1:36 pm

As Craig said,

"Search is the most useful feature for me. I've been wishing that you would add it for some time."

I agree! It's the most useful.

Peter February 21, 2007 at 5:47 am

Snap is very annoying, especially if you accidentaly happen to move your mouse over a link, and out jumps some nasty window.

If it is not removed, making the time until the pop-up happens larger is an intelligent choice.

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