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August 25, 2008
Asked and Answered

Thanks all who responded to our initial posting on the sacbee redesign.

I thought I'd start an occasional feature on this blog called "Asked and Answered," where we respond to some of your comments and suggestions.

Remember, the redesign is an ongoing process so we reserve the right to change course on some issues that arise.  We may make changes because we think it will result in a better Web site or because you've convinced us it's the right thing to do -- or both!

And, away we go . . .

The ads: "Pop up ads have to go," writes Chenrobyl. "Even worse are the pop ups that have a time-out and not a 'close' option."  NoNewArena_ and others note that our sister site in Charlotte "has a HUGE advertisment that greets you upon entry."

Answer: Good news and bad news here. The Bee does not have plans to do away with our "pop up" ads that we run occasionally, however, I do feel Chernrobyl has a point.  The close button -- and there alway is one -- is often obscured. We can do better to make it more obvious to users.  As for the large expanding ads, we do not run those on the home page and have no plans to do so.

The weather: "I would like to see a 5 or 7 day weather forecast somewhere small on the front page. Or at least a button to click on to get the forecast easily," says mydogwhistle.

Answer: Yeah, dog, we agree. Our web developers say we have numerous options to play with and we'll seek out one that is both useful and fun.  The developers are near finished on remaking or Web weather page so we'll look into showing you that in a future posting.

Breaking News: "How about keeping 'BREAKING NEWS' something that is actually important," writes Trooper 47. "Nothing like going to that section and seeing a story about something that is only a local story and not really 'BREAKING NEWS' - like the donkey or animal stories"

Answer: Yes sir, Trooper! We're in agreement that the breaking news label is overused, so we're renaming that section, "The Latest." It will appear high on  on the home page. The idea is simply to list stories in chronological order reflecting the latest bits of information, big and small, that come into the newsroom. We'll pull the bigger stories out of that line up to give them more prominent display.  

 That's all for now.  Keep the questions and comments coming.



About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of talk about new initiatives and our plans for You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at

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