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Our Web site is barely three months old, but we’re already brainstorming ways to make it more useful and better highlight the variety of stories we cover.

Credit: Marco Michelini We’ve been compiling our list of things that need changing. But we also know that we don’t have a monopoly on good ideas. So we want to hear from you.

What could we be doing better in how we present our reporting? What annoys you? What’s inefficient? What feature do you wish the site had? Love (or hate) the colors? Is it time to retire Helvetica in our body copy? We’re all ears.

Please use the comments below or e-mail me at scott.klein@propublica.org.

And thanks.

The site needs a major rework, IMHO. Suggest you always have 2-5 “featured” articles on top, with pictures. “Breaking” links should never be the lead article, as often happens here.

Katie Buitrago

Aug. 8, 2008, 3:32 p.m.

First thought: the stories are squashed into a very small space. Making the nav bars on the side narrower would be helpful.

You should round some of those corners and enlarge your font!

I think there could be an entire section on corporate, and government accounting, including lobbyists. Where money goes, where it comes from and most importantly how much. In a time where the administration puts such small emphasis on accountability, it would be nice to know more precisely where our taxes are being spent, and why.

I would also like to see a section correcting historical inaccuracies,  and past cover-ups come to light.

ProPublica is off to a great start, keep up the good work.

First, ProPublica has become my #1 site for news compilation.  I appreciate the way the site makes it easy to quickly see what has come in.

Second, I like the highlighted stories and ProPublica’s short synthesis.

Having said that, I would like a place where we can see these short synopses once they have “expired.” I’d also like to see links to the ProPublica articles by ProPublica reporters.  For instance, it would be nice to see a link to Paul Kiel, Eric Umansky, etc. . .

Stephen C Rose

Aug. 10, 2008, 4:03 p.m.

Designwise I like alternet http://www.alternet.org/

Aggregatorwise?

When ever I open your homepage it always looks the same. Nothing stands out.
Of course I know that there must be new news and so I have a closer look.But I must confess that I do that less and less frequently.
Today the hard hat made a difference, also a wrong one. A hard hat without copy isn’t a symbol of works to come or of change. Your hard hat is a a symbol for unions or something similar.
Don’t bother about Helvetica, you have far bigger design problems.