After some previous questions about polite scraping('s), etc. I wrapped up work on a three site, 50 newest questions display grid. Would it be all right to ask for some peer review of it on Meta Stack Overflow?

I will admit to borrowing the tag style design, but other than that I think it's pretty original, albeit rather bare bones at the moment.

Removed :hover expansion of the excerpt and tags.

The page can be found here.

I'm currently working with the API that's in beta mode. You can view that page over here. It's not fancy or even very functional, but it's a work in progress and way faster then scraping. Update: Well I had some spare time so I reformated it and styled it like the scrape. Scrape page is still up until they enable this beta API on the other sites (this one included). API page is broken at the moment

Tags are now supported with highlighting. Just type into the tag bar and find interesting tags across all three sites.

  • Just show it already.. we already know your going to anyway :P
    – Earlz
    Apr 10 '10 at 3:15
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    Also, be sure you follow these rules meta.stackexchange.com/questions/443/…
    – Earlz
    Apr 10 '10 at 3:18
  • @earlz: Link added.
    – Josh K
    Apr 10 '10 at 3:24
  • I don't much like it... I usually twitch my mouse whenever I'm reading things and that completely messes up with your UI.
    – Earlz
    Apr 10 '10 at 3:42
  • The tradeoff for that is not seeing the expanded excerpt. Is that a fair tradeoff?
    – Josh K
    Apr 10 '10 at 3:49
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    You've got SF in the title, but not on the page, accidental?
    – random
    Apr 10 '10 at 10:24
  • It would be super simple to add, but right now the page is wide enough as it is and I don't follow SF much at all.
    – Josh K
    Apr 10 '10 at 12:05
  • now you're just being mean ... Apr 11 '10 at 1:52
  • @quack: What can I say, I'm a tease.
    – Josh K
    Apr 11 '10 at 2:48
  • Is it "blinking" on cursor moves?
    – random
    Apr 13 '10 at 4:28
  • Not for me, no. It shouldn't "blink" anything either, except the background on the questions though.
    – Josh K
    Apr 13 '10 at 4:30
  • @random: Let me know if it's still blinking, I updated some of the javascript just now.
    – Josh K
    Apr 13 '10 at 5:01
  • No longer blinking/winking or whatever it was doing.
    – random
    Apr 13 '10 at 5:26
  • That's good, I figured it was because every 300ms I was clearing the interesting tags and redistributing them. Now it only does that if it changes.
    – Josh K
    Apr 14 '10 at 18:43

It looks very pretty!

You might be able to improve the back end by using API methods rather than screen-scraping -- see here for more info.

  • Thanks for the link, I will look into that (email sent!). Any other comments? Usability, styling, etc?
    – Josh K
    Apr 10 '10 at 18:52

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