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What Do You Think of the New Patch?

A completely new design is being tested on five Nassau County Patch sites.

On Sunday night, Patch launched a redesigned platform on five of its sites in BellmoreGarden CityLevittownLong Beach and Merrick.

The biggest change is the addition of "groups" — topic-specific news feeds that let Patch users choose the updates they receive on the customizable homepage. Groups now organize all news, content and information on the new site. By following or unfollowing different groups, users can make the daily experience of taking in the news more relevant to their everyday lives. Click here to see the new groups feature in action in a video tour of the new site. 

The major groups, like Breaking News, Schools, etc. — will be run by Patch editors — but users are also encouraged to start groups of their own. Members of a group can post their own stories, photos, events or just talk about news happening in the community. All in all, the new site fosters a more collaborative community atmosphere that fits the way each town works from day to day.

By design, Patch users outside of the five test towns cannot post or create items on the test sites. This was done to prevent out-of-town content from filling up each of the sites, and to keep things locally relevant. Also, some features may change before the new platform is launched nationally.

Visit the BellmoreGarden CityLevittownLong Beach or Merrick Patch sites and let us know what you think.

Micah Danney September 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Nancy, I've heard this complaint quite a bit. I'm wondering if you use the search tool to find an old story, or are you just looking on the homepage?
Nancy September 29, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Micah Danney, I'm not sure how you go about using the "search"tool to find an old story. Other than being able to click on headline where it says "see more about patch", how do you find an old story? I don't see anything obvious to do a search with. Is it on the top of the page where the magnifying glass is? Do I have to know the whole headline of a story?
Micah Danney September 29, 2012 at 05:48 AM
The magnifying glass is it - the space to the left of it, to be exact. Enter any portion of a headline or keywords and you'll be given a list of search results.
James September 29, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Horrible. These folks love gossip. They need FACTS and lots of it. You Patch editors are continuing to post non-newsworthy details that nobody is caring about, yet you leave out everything that people Do want to learn about... Just forget the whole Patch idea already!
Gone October 03, 2012 at 01:07 PM
In my opinion you need to keep the most active stories on the front page. Meaning, if I comment on a story that is now on page three, it moves to page one. I do not like having to search for updates on stories. I tried using the e-mail alerts, but had to turn them off – e-mail overload. Also, I suggested this in the past and you never responded to it. There are too many fragmented stories. You start a thread on a topic and then create additional threads on the same topic. If it’s something that I am interested in, I would rather not have to look in numerous places.

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