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Any opinions on the New Patch now that it's been up for a while?
2MudDucks June 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM
We really prefer the old format! The Patch was our "go to" place for NEWS. Now the front page is filled with ads, opinions, blogs, events. Now, most of the time, I just "delete" without opening in my email. Sorry....uneventful & boring.
Susan Clark June 14, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Honestly, I feel they are purposely making it difficult for anyone to know what's going on...For example ABAG AND low income housing. They sure did silence us didn't they!
Cathy June 14, 2013 at 04:12 PM
The new format has turned the Novato Patch into the online equivalent of those old "Pennysaver" newspapers. Agree with 2 prior posters --- I keep checking hoping that they've fixed it but the new design and the destruction of the old structure has pretty much destroyed it.
Beverly Carrino June 14, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I have to agree with on here.
Beverly Carrino June 14, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I have say I think you need some help from Brent. I would love to see what businesses are doing too.
Tina McMillan June 15, 2013 at 01:09 AM
I miss the old format! So far any comments or suggestions about tweaking things get no replies from our new editor or any of the bottom left link on this page that asks what you think of Patch. Seriously they make the ads so big and then the announcements that it is difficult to find the news. Offers of help go unanswered. Where Brent was extremely active in the community Mr. Welte is more of a ghost. Here is an east coast Patch Back Bay in Massachusetts: http://backbay.patch.com/ Does anyone think it is a bit better than ours? They changed it too several weeks back. It had a great format that was easy to read and well organized. Susan thanks for asking the question again. I hope someone will listen....Jim are you out there...
Roger June 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM
The new format is bad. I really miss the old section on the front age that had the most recent comments. That way you could find the most interesting articles because those were the ones the readers would keep commenting on a week later. Now you can't find good old articles.
Roger June 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM
The lack of meaty content is a worse problem for the Patch.
Tina McMillan June 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM
My first inclination was to quit but that leaves us with no means of using online conversation to discuss local issues. What I am trying to do is write more blogs to discuss things like Plan Bay Area. It's a little intimidating because it means writing our own articles in places where Brent was doing the initial writing and it gave us a chance to comment but better to keep going than quit. I am surprised that our new editor has written so little about the many topics that Brent covered. I believe he is a regional editor that lives outside Marin or in Southern Marin. Brent was local and designed Patch to reach a Novato audience. I keep hitting the complain button on the lower left page that asks what do you think... Please let the editor and Patch know what you think. If we give up we lose what had become a great source of local news and conversation. For those people interested in Plan Bay Area here are some other links: http://www.marinij.com/opinion/ci_23319775/marin-voice-plan-bay-area-means-big-changes=================== http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_23454735/marin-county-speaks-loud-voice-regional-plan-transit================ http://citizenmarin.org/
Cindi Bunten June 15, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I must agree with the other posters. I really miss the old Patch, both format and content. The Patch used to be our go-to place for what is happening around Novato, now there seems to be no point. The Police briefs aren't even being posted. Thanks for asking, though.
Susan Clark June 15, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Tina, I appreciate your blogs, especially about Plan Bay Area and all the other housing issues. The Patch and Marin IJ doesn't seem to think we are interested ...They no longer seem to report any news on this subject.
Trish Boorstein June 16, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Jim Welte where do you live? Novato Patch needs an editor vested in this community who attends events and city meetings. I seldom look at Patch anymore due to the new format. I agree Tina, we can't give up unless someone else is willing to offer Patch some competition or they hire a new Novato editor. Time to work on our next article!
michaelcorlett June 16, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I also prefer the old format. In my opinion the new format is less "user friendly."
Jim Welte June 16, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Hi all - Thanks to Susan for starting this thread as there are a few issues that should be addressed and this is as good place to do so. As I understand it, one of the largest concerns the Novato community has had with the redesign is that what we call the "comment stream," or the auto-updating scroll of recent comments on the home page, went away. That concern has been heard loud and clear and will be returning to the home page in the coming weeks. If there are other specific concerns about the redesign, please share them here and I will be happy to respond. To be clear, however, this is a Patch-wide redesign – its components were not chosen by any one individual editor – and the design of the Back Bay site is nearly two years old and simply reflects the fact that the Boston area sites have not moved to the new design yet. As for our coverage of Novato since Brent left, we have admittedly gone through a few guest editors as the hiring process for the Novato site has taken a bit longer than we would have preferred. I am the editor that oversees all of the sites in Marin – and yes, I do live in Marin – and I have more of a presence on the site than I did when Brent was the editor. Although our guest editors have worked very hard in the interim, we hope to have a full-time editor in place soon, and that person will be as dedicated to covering Novato as Brent was, with the obvious limitation that they will be just one individual who can't be everywhere at once. Given that, as always, we rely on you, our users, to keep us on our toes and informed about where we are falling short - we know we can depend on you for that. Lastly, as for issues like Plan Bay Area, I strongly disagree that we have ignored this topic. In addition to hosting a bevy of blogs and op-eds on the subject across all of our sites in Marin, we have covered every single event on the issue over the past several months, including: http://sanrafael.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/frustrations-abound-at-latest-one-bay-area-plan-meeting http://sanrafael.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/marin-residents-slow-down-plan-bay-area-housing-plan http://sanrafael.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/minds-appear-made-up-about-plan-bay-area We appreciate your patience during this period of transition and promise to work hard to cover those issues that the broader Novato community deems important. Thank you. Jim Welte
Susan Clark June 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Hi Jim. Thanks for clarifying . Most of us assumed you were the new Novato Patch editor.
Jim Welte June 17, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Which is a fair assumption since my name and face are on it for now. Sorry for the confusion. In the interim, I am more than happy to answer questions or address any concerns about the new design or our coverage of the community.
Tina McMillan June 17, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Jim What is the best way to reach you with questions and offers of help? If there is a way to personalize each Patch to its community that would make a huge difference. Brent would post news articles as the primary focus. The comparison to a "penny saver" is the biggest problem with the new design. It does not favor news which is what many people are interested in. If San Rafael Patch is hosting the Plan Bay Area articles then doesn't it make sense to cross post them to Novato's front page too? Looking for news was never a problem with the old Patch, now finding the news in the middle of the garage sales, ads for businesses and announcements is where many people are stuck. It's unfortunate that Back Bay is the old design. It means corporate is throwing out what was the best of Patch. Is there anyone to write to, to suggest that the changes in format are not supportive of a online news source?
NovatoAVID June 19, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Would love to know who the "guest editors" are and their connection with the City of Novato?

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