Now Smell This has had a long-overdue redesign. I feel I should apologize for leaving it so ugly for as long as I did, although of course I will think it looks ugly again in about a month, and some of you may not care for the way it looks even now.
General improvements: the site is now reasonably mobile responsive — it should function much, much better on mobile devices. And there are now buttons at the bottom of individual articles to share content on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Otherwise, everything works pretty much the same as it always did, but things have moved around a bit. The login is now at the top left of your screen instead of on the right sidebar, and the link now takes you to another screen. I hope to get a pop-up login box working soon.
The search function is not working at the moment — I'll get it fixed as soon as I can. Search is working now!
A minor change: gravatars — the little pictures that appear next to your name when you comment — are now round instead of square, IF you're using a modern browser (see below). I think the majority of custom and identicon gravatars1 look much nicer this way, but a small percentage of users with custom gravatars will find that their image doesn't look as nice with the corners cut off. If anyone cares to complain — just comment below! and that way you'll also see what your gravatar looks like — I'm happy to take a vote on the issue in a future poll.
Do let me know if you experience any trouble, or if you find a page that doesn't look right, unless you're using Internet Explorer 7 or below, in which case, you have my apologies but I cannot help.2
Questions, comments, complaints?
1. You can sign up for a custom gravatar here, and you can also create a public profile for your gravatar so that you can share contact information with other readers. Be sure to use the same email address that you use for your account here! If you do create a public profile, come back to Now Smell This when you're done and add the URL to your profile (log in, and then click on your name above the logo at the top of the site — that will take you to the page where you can add the URL). Do not be alarmed if you create a new gravatar and it doesn't show up right away, that's just a function of browser caching. It will appear eventually, or you can try clearing your browser cache.
If you don’t have a custom gravatar, an “identicon” gravatar (a geometric image associated with your account) is generated for you when you leave a comment.
2. Unfortunately, I do not have the time, patience or coding skills to keep the site functioning in legacy browsers: if you're still using Internet Explorer 7 or below, the site will look a mess. Luckily, very few people are still using IE7 and IE6 (do note that even Twitter has given up on IE6 & 7). Now Smell This works reasonably well in IE8 (although a few items will render differently than they will in other, newer, better browsers), and fine in IE9 and IE10. As always, the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome work like a charm.