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Recently we redesigned the Dilbert.com web site and added a ton of features, such as animation, deeper archives, mash ups, and more. The reaction from readers has been fascinating.
 
www.dilbert.com
 
Let me get this out of the way: I realize the Beta version of the web site has lots of issues. It’s overloaded with Flash, slower than it needs to be, and the navigation is confusing. We’re fixing most of that over the next few weeks. I apologize for the inconvenience.
 
The fascinating thing about the responses is that it revealed three distinct types of Dilbert readers:
 
The first group is the ultra-techies who have an almost romantic relationship with technology. For them, the new site felt like getting dumped by a lover. Their high-end technology (generally Linux) and security settings made much of the site inconvenient. Moreover, the use of Flash offended them on some deep emotional level.
 
The second group objected to the new level of color and complexity, and the associated slowness. They like their Dilbert comics simple, fast, and in two colors. Anything more is like putting pants on a cat.
 
The third group uses technology as nothing more than a tool, and subscribes to the philosophy that more free stuff is better than less free stuff. That group has embraced the new features on the site and spiked the traffic stats.
 
For you first two groups, if you promise to keep it to yourselves, we created a stripped-down Dilbert page with just the comic, some text navigation, and the archive: www.dilbert.com/fast. This alternate site is a minor secret, mentioned only here and in the text footnote to the regular site as “Linux/Unix.”
 
The main site will be getting a Flash diet that will make it speedier soon, so check back in a few weeks. That’s where all the fun will be.
 
Enjoy.
 
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Feb 12, 2010
Recently there was a new redesign.

I don't like most of the changes. The colours appear kind of aggressive, and some stuff is hidden behind another click (mainly the stuff in the "Hello ..." frame).

But most annoying is, that I don't stay logged in any more. Even when I keep the browser running, and just switch so another site and back to dilbert.com, I'm logged out.

Cheers,

Jochen
 
 
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Nov 11, 2008
While I'm not sure why, I find the "new" color strips to be much fuzzier and harder to read. Would it be possible to get a higher contrast version, perhaps without bringing back b&w images?
 
 
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Nov 4, 2008
OK, forget my previous comment. I had the courage to visit the main page again, and it appears it's now completely free of Flash! This explains why bradpurvis is so happy with the 'flash' layout! :D Thanks, Scott!

I personally prefer the comics in B&W above the oversaturated colors, but the weekday comics are now even larger than their deceased black-and-white counterparts and the Sunday comics almost as large, so that makes up for it. Also, the site is still slow as hell (runs on the same hardware as comics.com?) but as long as the main page loads within reasonable time limits, you won't hear me complain.
 
 
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Nov 4, 2008
Well, it had to happen some day: http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/dilbert/archive/dilbert-YYYYMMDD.html has disappeared, and the Dilbert page on Yahoo! also stops at yesterday's comic. This is probably a consequence of comics.com being converted to yet another slow and bloated Flash atrocity (hey guys, you might have wanted to upgrade your servers too to handle the load).
It seems like the only option to avoid the bloat of Flash is the 'fast' page (which, ironically, is still slow), and use a magnifying glass for the Sunday comics. Unless someone knows an alternative site with the comics in a non-headache-inducing resolution.
 
 
Nov 1, 2008
nice blog,

i use Linux and am completely happy with the new flash layout :)
 
 
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Sep 15, 2008
Mission statement Generator is at..
http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/dilbert/games/career/bin/ms.cgi
 
 
Aug 17, 2008
I'm new to the site, so I have no axe to grind. I went to the site today (Sunday) and the Flash app only displayed the first three panels of today's strip. I tried clicking on it and I could see the whole thing on another page for about 1 second and then the Flash came back with the first 3 panels. The only way that I was able to read the entire strip was to go to the fast site. In my humble opinion, simple is always better.
 
 
Jul 25, 2008
I absolutely hate the new site. It's slow, confusing to navigate, and the "Dilbert Mission Statement Generator" is gone too. Why would anyone think that these types of changes are necessary?

I'm certain that most people who don't like the new site would just get off and not make any comment at all. I use the "http://www.dilbert.com/fast link" address now to read the daily strip. There's nothing on the new site that interests me at all.
 
 
Jun 9, 2008
I've been away for some months. I came back to... this!

On the one hand, I don't mind the look. What I don't like is the fact it's more difficult to use. I liked the calendar for selecting strips I may have missed. That's gone. I don't care about the mashers. I'm not a cartoonist. And... I can't find the archive for the newsletter!!!

This is progress?
 
 
Jun 6, 2008
What I miss is the games and e-cards
 
 
Jun 3, 2008
The flash based gadget only shows me the first three frames of Sunday comics. This is in both IE7 and FF3(rc1).

How does one get it to expand them to read the whole thing?
 
 
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May 26, 2008
Catbert
the other red meat
 
 
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May 20, 2008
Pants on a cat.
 
 
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May 18, 2008
I get it! Your new website has been implemented by Dilbert's company! so it's really the pointy-haired boss we have to blame. Or perhaps, Scott, this explains why your cubicle company thought you were right for the job for all those years. I didn't think you Yanks did irony...;)
 
 
May 17, 2008
Ack! Is anyone else having difficulty unsubscribing from the daily emails?

When I click unsubscribe I am taken to a page with 5 check boxes for different types of emails and three radio buttons for different choices. I check all the boxes and choose the radio button labeled "I'm flying to an island, don't send me any more emails." I was hoping this would turn off the daily email for each item I selected but I am still receiving them. I've never seen an unsubscribe this counter-intuitive before. Do I check or not check? Where's my confirmation?

I'm upset. A mailing list that I can not easily unsubscribe from is annoying. A mailing list that I can not unsubscribe from at all is spam.

The comic I looked forward to reading in my email each day has become spam, loaded into my box on a daily basis. Hopefully the sender will not change in an attempt to evade my automatic Dilbert.com mailing deletion measures.
 
 
May 13, 2008
i am a new member and realy enjoyed from this website, wait me i will come again,
By
http://www.camhediye.com
 
 
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May 13, 2008
I am glad, I've finally found the "linux" (fast = old = good ;) ) version of the dilbert site (although I am using windows at work). Maybe there is a way to get back the old Daily Dilbert Strip emails as well? After many years (10?), I've cancelled my subscription today, because most of the time, none of the pics are showing :-(

I am really sad about this!
Thommy
 
 
May 12, 2008
THE BLOGBERT EXPERT... NOT!

I'd like to belong to the first group. I aspire to be like the second. I'm closest to the third, but because I am terminally unique I'm really in the fourth. The forth is difficult to define but if we don't show up on the new blog it has everything to do with being confounded by cyberspace. We are heartbreaking in our efforts to even find the blog yet alone manage thumbs up or down - that may take another week :)

I'm just happy to be here!

lostandloster.blogspot.com/


 
 
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May 12, 2008
I just wanted to say thanks Scott!
 
 
May 12, 2008
Ok, like many others I was not happy when my daily diet of disturbingly-too-close-to-work humour started blinking and flashing and taking ages to show up. Now I've found the 'fast' link I am once again annoying my colleagues by giggling far too much in the mornings.
The colour is great though, and Scott, although I am one of those pesky techies, my gripes weren't about the technology per-se, _just_ the usability. Using the 'fast' page I can once again send aposite strips to friends and family without each strip ending up as a tech support call. Look forward to seeing the results of the fixes as a result of the user feedback.

 
 
 
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