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  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Barney, not sure what's going on here. Pages load lightening fast for me, and this page --- seekingalpha.com/autho... -- shows all David Fry's articles in reverse chronological order with dates below each headline.
    Aug 28, 2007. 03:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    David, thanks for your kind comment and suggestions. Perhaps the article page isn't loading correctly for you. On every article page, the author's photo, link to bio and link to the author's website is immediately below the headline in the left column, much more prominent than it used to be. Check out this page, for example, and let me know your thoughts: seekingalpha.com/artic... -- David
    Aug 28, 2007. 02:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Thanks for your feedback, Philip. Totally agree with you about the excessive amount of white space. If you know advertisers who will fill the white space for us, let me know :-) Seriously, one consideration in the article page design was the optimal width of the column that contains the text. Lines which contain too many words are harder to scan, so we improved the design to hit the optimal breadth for the center column. We wanted the title to be prominent, and to be clearly associated with the author, so we had the article title span the left and center columns. Hopefully the right hand column won't be a distraction.
    Aug 28, 2007. 02:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Buckoco, thanks for your feedback. We're working on getting emails out faster. Currently, it takes over 2 hours to send out all the emails because we send over 450,000 per day and most of them are personalized. Full text emails take much longer and cost a ton to send, so we're wondering whether to convert full text emails to headlines only. Our approach until now has been "Always give users exactly what they want", but the issue we're facing is that full text emails slow down the delivery of headlines-only emails. Do you (or anyone else reading this) have any thoughts and advice for us on this issue? -- David
    Aug 28, 2007. 02:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Joe, please see my comment about email above. We haven't changed anything in the email system, and your should get your chosen email alerts today or tomorrow. -- David
    Aug 28, 2007. 02:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    User 82402 and others who have pointed out the glitches with email: don't worry! Your email preferences are unchanged, and we're resuming emails now. We had to freeze some of the emails as the new site rolled out, but you should be receiving emails again now.
    Aug 28, 2007. 02:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Barney, the author pages are still up (and are a key part of the site), and list that author's articles with the latest first, with dates and stocks under each article. The author pages appear in search as "[Author Name] - Seeking Alpha". Usually the author page appears first in the search results. David Fry's is about the sixth in the list.

    Here are the links to the authors you were looking for:
    seekingalpha.com/autho...
    seekingalpha.com/autho...
    seekingalpha.com/autho...



    You can find Cramer directly via the link below the top bar on the home page and here:
    seekingalpha.com/tag/c...

    Having said that, we're listening carefully to comments about author names on the home page. Please see my comment above about the factors that influenced our decision about finding the best home page design.
    Aug 28, 2007. 01:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    FYI -- All articles on the front page are today's.
    Aug 28, 2007. 10:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Hi writersblock,

    Thanks for this feedback -- v helpful. We're gathering input about author names on the front page, so this is helpful.

    On email, we've had issues sending out emails the past couple of days (we send over 450,000 every day). Hopefully they are resolved -- by the time you read this you should have received your email alerts as usual.

    David
    Aug 28, 2007. 10:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Hi Daniel,

    We're trying to transition all the pictures and bios to the new platform. Look at this article for an example of one with a picture etc:

    seekingalpha.com/artic...
    Aug 27, 2007. 07:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Hi Jerry,

    You can view headlines from all articles by clicking on the "More" link below the headlines in the "Opinion & Analysis" column on the home page. That link takes you here:
    seekingalpha.com/artic.../

    (The title for that page should be "Latest Articles", not "Article Pagination" -- a bug we just discovered.)

    The headlines on that page are in reverse chronological order, so generally you don't need a date delimiter as most of the headlines you see will be today's.

    Some explanation about the new home page design: Our goal was to show as many headlines on the home page as possible, while telling a coherent "story" instead of providing an undifferentiated river of headlines. The new home page looks as though it has fewer headlines, because the headlines are divided into News, Opinion & Analysis and Long Ideas/Short Ideas/Cramer/Transcrip... etc. But in fact in shows more headlines than the old home page, and groups them into coherent units that should hopefully be more useful. Showing dates, tickers and authors below headlines significantly restricted the number of headlines we could show on a page, so we opted to eliminate that info on the home page and the sector home pages.

    We hope that the effect is that the Seeking Alpha home page is a much more powerful resource. It shows the top news stories in the left hand column, a wide selection of opinion and analysis in the center column, and transcripts in the right hand column. We hope this denser layout will be particularly powerful on the sector home pages -- if you work in the energy industry, for example, the Energy sector home page is now a far richer resource.

    We tried to take care of the people who wanted the undifferentiated "river of headlines" by providing that "More" link. Also, the "All headlines" email we send out every morning lists all the articles by sector.

    Best,
    David
    Aug 27, 2007. 05:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    We delayed sending out the emails this morning until the new site was live. Sorry for the delay -- you should have it now.
    Aug 27, 2007. 03:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welcome to the New Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Hi Daniel, this is a really key issue for us, as one of our top goals was to *increase* the exposure we're giving to contributors. I'd love to hear from other readers: do the photo and links on the left hand side of each article page increase the prominence of the authors, compared to what we had before?
    Aug 27, 2007. 12:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ETF Investing Guide: Turning Taxes to Your Advantage [View article]
    VEA for EFA? Very interesting question. They both track the EAFE index, but VEA is tax-managed, so you could argue that it really is different. See this article by Matt Hougan:

    etf.seekingalpha.com/a... -- New Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF Is Much Cheaper Than the Competition

    On switching from EEM, the list here should be helpful:

    etf.seekingalpha.com/a... -- Broad Emerging Market ETFs

    David
    Aug 21, 2007. 11:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ETF Investing Guide: Turning Taxes to Your Advantage [View article]
    As far as I know, there hasn't yet been a ruling against someone selling IVV and buying SPY. But since they are substantially identical, I wouldn't rely on that. On the other hand, it would be really surprising if the IRS challenged tax loss selling of one value index for another that is actually different in composition.

    This is my personal view -- I'm certainly not a tax expert, so please take it as such.

    David
    Aug 21, 2007. 11:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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