The old interface was marginal, but I was able to handle it.
The new interface completely sucks ... the company that designed this should be fired on the spot.
Of course, I noticed this because I was going to that page several times a day reading most of the new comments. However, since the new system gave all the existing comments the exact same post date, there is no way to sort them or to determine ... well anything useful.
As of 01-18-12, there is another new EPA site, none of the old or new links work, and the new links are not able to access any of my documents. In addition, the Wayback Machine does not have any of my pages on the EPA site. As a result, it is difficult to prove when these pages were written.
With the new page, that task is now significantly harder.
It appears that they plan to reset the dates every day so that there will never be a way to see what is new and what is old.
And the background ... why, it looks like an open book. Wow, I feel good !?!
Oh, and there is a pretty picture. I am sure that will help me ...
What a bunch of crap. Maybe on facebook or a personal web site. But this stuff looks more like an activist site than a site where I expect sound judgement to occur.
(In fact, this looks a lot like an activist site. Maybe that is why I find it so offensive. And the multi-national, multi-racial, multi-gender image ... I don't think that propaganda is too strong a word.)
On the other hand, it is possible that these people know exactly what they are doing ... and driving people way from an openly user hostile site may be the objective. (I know that sounds a bit paranoid ... but take a good look at the site.)
These are the comments I submitted
To read an item, I now have to open another page first. Again, the queries are very slow. As a result, this system is several times slower to use than the old system.
When you modify the search criteria, the browser back arrow does not work. Instead it takes me back to the previous site. That is totally user hostile. It is the main reason sites quit using ajax.
Links to specific reports no longer work. Many thousands of people have (had) sites that linked directly to information on your site, and now all those links are broken. (The worse virus known would have done less damage than this new design.)
Half the time the site is non-functional, clicking on "search" produces just a title. Then it quits downloading.
I could go on and on.
This site is a joke. PLEASE return the old site.
Add this to my previous comments - Help Desk Tracking Number: 223
All history of "when" items were posted has been lost. Everything is listed as being posted 7/27/09. Therefore, there is no way for me to continue my research into anything without rereading "everything" posted to your site. All history is lost.
In the case of one specific docket, this is over 7,000 comments that indicate that they were posted yesterday.
To be clear, this is a complete disaster and shows extreme incompetence on the part of who ever did this.
The EPA's "Official position"
Apparently, a prototype of the new site was running for a few weeks before it went live. Funny how, even though I was using the old site several times a day, that message was never presented to me.
The article also brags about how it is now possible to search for posts by date. Yet, as of August 5th, that feature still does not work. That is right, the claim is nothing but a lie. The person who wrote the "article" probably never used either system. To quote
|Enhancements to regulations.gov include improved search capabilities|
|Visitors to regulations.gov can now streamline search results with date ranges|
|Other changes include interactive icons|
|The Web site also provides quick access|
|and additional information sharing, such as social bookmarking|
|These enhancements were previewed publicly on Regulations.gov Exchange, an online forum featured in the White House Open Government Initiative. From May 21 to July 21, 2009, the public was able to explore proposed new designs and features, provide comments, and engage with other site visitors and the eRulemaking Program staff.|
From what I've read, the EPA is responsible for operating the site for the entire federal government. This is a black eye they really didn't need.
Comments by Others
Entered on 08/27/2009 at 14:15:27
The eRulemaking Team has released a new version of the Regulations.gov Web site which incorporates suggested enhancements from users like you. Among other changes, several changes were made to account for the way various browsers handle a click of the back button, a date posted column has been incorporated to the search results table, and all column headings are now sortable by clicking on the column title.
I was checking the site because I wanted to provide a link to prove when I had written "How Greenhouse Gases Work". Imagine my surprise to discover that the old links no longer work .. and that the automatic redirect doesn't either. I tried to find the page at the Wayback Machine .. not there either.
For a public site that is supposed to serve the public - EPA fails.