Thank you for your comments. However, I do have to correct one statement:
---> "and I think it would have been wise to better inform your readers what was happening."
I did and, in fact, received quite a few comments about the changes before I made the switch on October 8. I described the status of the move in the newsletters of September 21, October 5, and finally in the newsletter of October 12 in which I described the changes that had just taken place four days earlier.
It took a while, that’s usually the case when teaching an old dog new tricks. Anyhow I think it’s great! Thanks for all you do. This is a “one of a kind” newsletter.
My 2-cents as a long-time paid subscriber.... As a literal follower of instructions, it took me a while to figure out where you were pointing me and even now am not sure. Your instructions say, "To read the recent articles, go to https://eogn.com and log in with your Plus Edition username and password, then click on PLUS EDITION MEMBERS' ROOM." There is nothing on the screen I see that says "Plus Edition Members Room."
On the Home page, I am used to seeing menu options at the top of the screen, not buried under a large photo. The Logon prompt did not stand out at all. There appear to be menu options on a line starting (Home), (Latest News), etc., but the photo makes the options on the right totally unreadable.
I find the font too small, both on my phone and my iPad, and not as thick / bold as I find easy to use. It was too hard to read on a phone which is why I tried the iPad which was not much better. Are there any user options that allow that?
Where hyperlinks are shown in blue, they are not all the same shade of blue. The majority are too light blue - lacking readable contrast. Some, not all, were bolded which made them slightly more easy to read. One was in darker blue and was very viewable. In a list of new Ancestry databases, the word UPDATED in caps was too close to the list of new resources to easily read the new resources.
I would much prefer seeing a list of all the new issue's articles at once and not have to select the next page. Are there any user options that allow that?
I would much prefer seeing the full article at first view rather than having to open every one of them. Are there any user options that allow that?
Thank you for your comments.
---> Your instructions say, "To read the recent articles, go to https://eogn.com and log in with your Plus Edition username and password, then click on PLUS EDITION MEMBERS' ROOM." There is nothing on the screen I see that says "Plus Edition Members Room."
You obviously did not log in with a Plus Edition user name and password. Only Plus Edition subscribers will see the links to the Plus Edition articles.
I just checked the membership database and see that you do have a Plus Edition membership but apparently you were not logged in with that email address/password.
I would suggest you look at the main menu that is on almost every web page and click on "logout." Then log back in with your email address and password. Again, the old software required a user name but most security experts now recommend not using a username. Instead, use your email address.
I assume this is a work in progress. I personally preferred the old version but will be patient and hope layout etc. improves.
I would prefer a once per week digest version option. If that option exists, I have not found it.
---> I would prefer a once per week digest version option. If that option exists, I have not found it.
I have had 3 people ask about this in the past week. Thinking perhaps other people are not aware of the options, I decided to post a message here to describe them.
For several weeks, this newsletter has offered TWO different options of receiving email updates of newly-published newsletter articles. These are two separate mailing lists, unrelated to each other. Both are available free of charge. You can subscribe to one or to both or to none of them. Your choice:
1. DAILY: You can receive a DAILY update. The word "daily" really means 5-days-a-week. New articles are usually published Monday through Fridays only. (I will occasionally skip a day when there is no "new news" or perhaps if I am traveling and cannot easily find an Internet connection.)
The messages will be sent around 3 AM (Eastern U.S. time) the following morning meaning that you will receive each email update early Tuesday through Saturday morning. Thise messages are available to everyone, paid subscribers or not.
You may subscribe at: http://eepurl.com/hgMDoz. You later can unsubscribe within a second or two, if you wish.
2. WEEKLY: Plus Edition and Standard Edition subscribers may receive a ONCE-A-WEEK email message containing titles of all the new articles published in this newsletter in the past 7 days. These messages are usually sent on Mondays (I will occasionally skip a day if I am traveling and cannot easily find an Internet connection.) Again, you later can unsubscribe within a second or two, if you wish.
- Dick Eastman
It looks okay but operationally needs a bit of work. I have had difficulty logging in either on my computer or phone since it changed, despite resetting my password numerous times. It just seems a bit "buggy".
Also, the link to log in should be at the TOP of the page, not the bottom.
New look is nice but I enjoyed the old one, too. Only thing I really miss now that you are giving us daily e-mails for new content is the link at the end of each article to access the next article without having to go back to the list of new articles. Or am I missing something? Glad to have you and your articles back on line.
So far, I don't like this new format. First, now I get daily emails from you. That is the last thing I need. I've searched your site and can't find a place to change it back to weekly only! Second, it is a royal pain to select each topic to read. The previous method of scrolling through the full email was much more customer pleasing. I could quickly scan what I wanted to know and skip the excess. Yes, change is a pain, and you are inflicting it.
---> First, now I get daily emails from you. That is the last thing I need.
Look at the end of every such email you receive. There is a link that is labeled UNSUBSCRIBE.
Click on that and you will not receive any more such email messages. It unsubscribes you within 2 or 3 seconds.
As always, you are always in full control over any email messages you receive from me. That is one of the things I always insist on for any repetitive email messages I send: there must be a method to instantly unsubscribe from such messages.
Richard Eastman, 514 Americas Way # 3787, Box Elder, SD 57719