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Wiegel, Bazelon leave Slate

Huffington Post | Capital | Slate Emily Bazelon and Dave Weigel will leave Slate, continuing a shakeup that began after former editor David Plotz stepped down as top editor in July. Bazelon, a senior editor for Slate since 2005, will be a staff writer for New York Times Magazine, where she has been a contributor, … Read More
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As Slate makes pagination go away for a price, what usability sin would you pay to eliminate?

Finally, Slate's providing readers with an alternative experience to "one of the worst design and usability sins on the Web" — but it'll cost you. For $5 per month, Slate Plus members won't have to deal with paginated articles or ads during podcasts. It's a "freemium" pay model, or a "reverse paywall," that adds features for subscribers rather than substracting them for nonsubscribers. But it still creates classes of haves and have-nots: those who have to click the "single page" button to see a story on a single page and those who don't. So that got us wondering: What awful usability features of browsing the Web would you pay to make go away? Interstitial ads like those that play before Washington Post content (even photo slideshows!)? The prompt to download or open an app on whenever you visit a mobile site like CNN? Pop-ups like those on Poynter asking you to donate money or pop-ups like those on Mashable asking you to like a Facebook page? Read More
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Slate's good strategy for correcting errors on Twitter, elsewhere

On Saturday night, Slate made a very funny, embarrassing error on Twitter: Could Crimea become Putin's Waterloo? http://t.co/iTLNSh0jaV pic.twitter.com/OdvDLVLPRS — Slate (@Slate) March 2, 2014 Javier Bardem and Vladimir Putin aren't exactly lookalikes. It's a funny mistake, and thanks to Twitter's recent changes the mistaken image loomed large in people's timelines. Then came the … Read More
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