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Law & Liberty’s New Design

We’re excited to unveil a fresh design of Law & Liberty. This new site features a trim, clean look that will ensure a much better experience for engaging with the extensive content we publish on a daily basis.

The editors pay their compliments to the creative masters at Beck & Stone for their months of hard work in constructing this site and completing it ahead of schedule. We’re grateful for our readers and the continued success and growth you have made possible for Law & Liberty. Stay tuned for more content in the months ahead as we increase our offerings and provide you with greater coverage and analysis of news, books, policy, podcasts, and debates.

Reader Discussion

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on March 18, 2020 at 06:54:12 am

You fixed the inability to select text and be able to read it. Yea!

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Devin
on March 19, 2020 at 11:25:56 am

Fix the inability to see reader comments as they come in without first having to scroll all the way through an article. Very-time consuming and annoying glitch.

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Paladin
on March 22, 2020 at 11:40:21 am

As a generally conservative web site you should know most of your readers/ viewers do not really like change. I did not see a need for revising what you had previously, except maybe in presenting/distinguishing your different categories more clearly (essays, book reviews, pod casts, etc.). I had learned how to navigate your site and was satisfied with how things were going.
1. On the plus side maybe you wanted a little more "white space" and I can accept that might be useful, but one of the merits of this site was that the essays were generally short and to the point (Mr. McGinnis' essays are a prime and excellent example of what I mean.) I could read the whole thing with only one or two screen scrolls.
2. When I read a blog (or any) essay I first want to see the date of publication, the title, then the name of the author, and maybe a short blurb about said author (i.e., is he a credible person for this topic?) A second blurb summarizing the content of the essay is also useful in deciding if I should continue reading or not. This information should be at the top of the essay, not the bottom where I have to scroll and search for it. And where a longer essay seems necessary or advisable, the author should follow the standard and simple protocol: tell us what you will be discussing, present your material, and then conclude and summarize what you presented. Not all of your authors follow this practice. And having to scroll to the bottom to find the author's credentials is minimally ok but really not my preference.
3. Your prior practice of showing the number of comments, and displaying those comments fully exploded (and indented/ nested) was very readable and understandable. Now we don't see the whole comment, nor the replies associated with it, unless we click another button/label. And after scrolling to the bottom of the comments we have to return to the top to read the set in the adjacent column! Who thought up that design element? Comments of reasonable length should be displayed in their entirety, although a "see more" feature for the longer ones can be justified, I suppose.
4. Different viewers have different preferences for linear vs. nested comments, so I could accept whatever the majority prefer. For myself, nesting is preferred, but it should also only go down 3 or 4 levels, as any deeper and you tend to lose track of what the original comment was even about. We have all seen flame wars going 6 to 8 levels deep. Fortunately here on L&L the commentators are respectful of differing views - a real positive for this site.
5. And the commentators add materially to the worth of this web site (gabe, QET, and many others have great insights) so please never contemplate removing comments as they have done at The American Interest.
6. Unless I missed it, you have also removed the labels/links at the bottom of the essays for the "previous" and "next" postings. I find this very useful in ensuring I have (probably) seen all of the postings currently or recently available. However, it did seem that book reviews and normal essays got intermixed in some way that was not entirely clear (at least to me). I just want to ensure I have not missed an article of interest and it sometimes seems as if the "previous" and "next" links also went to different categories and might have skipped an essay.
7. This is my first time commenting here (or anywhere) and I must say your comment editor seems to work very well, compared to some of the stories I read about the editors for other sites.
8. I also endorse the comment above on displaying, rather than hiding, selected text; although I could live with it either way as I cut and paste text into MS Word for my own highlighting and commenting.
9. I hope you take my feedback under advisement, along with any from your other readers, and reincorporate the better features from your prior design.

R2L (Road to Liberty) To achieve and retain our liberty we need to: Face Reality + Accept Responsibility = Liberty (R + R = L)

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R2L
on March 23, 2020 at 10:15:09 am

It took me a while to figure out where to enter my email address, name, and comment in the comment section. Those sections needs to be highlighted a different color or something.

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Scott Amorian
on March 26, 2020 at 19:02:02 pm

Congratulations on the design, it is a huge improvement and long overdue. However, I note that the old website is still up (libertylawsite.org) and new content (specifically, a new review of a book by Postell) is still being posted there and not here.

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