I left the new PFRE blog template up overnight on Friday night and got some negative feedback. So I thought I'd do a reader poll this weekend to get a broader input.
Update 1/22 8:00 PM Pacific: On Sunday (1/22) evening I took down the Poll that was up for most of the weekend because I got the input I wanted on Sat and most of Sun.
Here's the problem I'm trying to solve:
Sat and Sunday I got a bunch of great feedback (most of which is still in the comments) that made it clear that the theme that I was testing up to late in the day 1/22 was too cluttered and had the problem that the current post was not high enough on the page. Sun morning Nick De Clercq of Gent, Belgium pointed out a theme by a designer named Kriesi called Newscast. When I saw it it was immediately clear that this theme did a better job of solving the problems I was trying to solve with this update so I purchased it and put it on my test site. I'm still working at getting the theme working like I want it (there are still some image sizing problems and Menu issues that I haven't gotten solved yet), but I'm optimistic that you all will like this theme much better and it will solve the problems I'm trying to solve.
I was impressed and stunned by the amount and quality of advice I got this weekend in a matter of about 12 hours. It demonstrated to me yet again the amazing power of mass collaboration. I show have asked for your collective input earlier.
Thanks especially to Nick for pointing this theme out to me! More on Nick on Tues.