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  • Matt 4:01 pm on August 2, 2011 Permalink
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    Yahoo wants you to miss your draft 

    As a web designer, I often find myself grumbling about fantasy football websites, which usually feature obscenely cluttered interfaces that have received only superficial updates over the past decade or more (and the changes they do make often make things worse). For the most part, Yahoo has done a pretty decent job of keeping the interface relatively simple and consistent over the years, but they’re far from perfect. One example – have you tried the new message board system yet and noticed that you can add stuff like links and photos now? Have you actually tried¬†using¬†any of those new features yet? I have, and as far as I can tell, they just straight up don’t work. Links, photos and videos show up in the preview but never make it to your actual post.

    Today, I was trying to figure out when a league I had just joined was holding its draft. For as long as I can remember, Yahoo has posted the date and time of your league’s draft near the top of the league home page. That’s no longer the case:

    If you go to the “Draft Central” page, you get this:

    OK, at least that’s something, but why are you making me do math, Yahoo? How is that more helpful than just giving me the date and time? A countdown might be nice if it started an hour before the draft, but until then, just show us the date and time.

    The draft date is listed on your league’s “Scoring & Settings” page, and as far as I can tell that’s the only place you can find it. Why they decided to remove it from the home page when it’s arguably the most important information about the league, I don’t have a clue.

     
    • Brandon 4:09 pm on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      If you click the My Team link, then it puts the draft date/time in that little text box, but it’s still not blatantly obvious. Maybe they could at least highlight it.

      • Matt 4:15 pm on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        That’s an incredibly dumb place to put it. Who looks at their empty roster before the draft?

    • Marques 10:57 pm on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Actually – Yahoo added a “feature” this year that the commissioner needs to activate before you see the countdown for your draft on the front page. The commish has to go to Commish Tools > Draft Management > Finalize Team List. Once the commissioner locks the team, the traditional countdown to the draft will show up on the league page.

      • Matt 10:38 am on August 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Marques. I have to wonder what they thought they were accomplishing.

        • Marques 1:43 am on August 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, I have no idea. I just happened to be messing around with some of the new features when I came upon that. It’s VERY well hidden.

  • Matt 2:16 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: yahoo   

    If you haven’t joined a league yet this summer, good news – Yahoo finally brought their message board into the 21st century. Threaded posts! Bulleted lists! Images!

     
    • Hawgman 12:49 pm on July 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We are having our annual FFL rules/draft order meeting this afternoon, the “bigger” sites are putting out draft kits, and I am getting that feeling again…
      Now we just need the lawyers to get done lawyering so the players can start playing!

  • Brandon 10:50 am on June 10, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , yahoo   

    Does Yahoo think there’s another baseball strike going on? 

    Was just checking my fantasy baseball team this morning when I noticed the good news…Joe Mauer, Matt Holliday and Ike Davis were off the DL! The bad news? All the players are no longer in the league and are not applicable. Do they know something I don’t? Anyways, what do you think of my team?

    yahoo fantasy baseball players not applicable

     
  • Matt 11:11 pm on June 2, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , yahoo   

    Very cool – Yahoo has integrated Twitter into its player information popups – in fantasy baseball leagues, anyway. I could see using this to get a quick feel for what the twittersphere has to say about a player while I weigh a start/sit decision. Hopefully they integrate this into their football product as well. It would be nice if they added a players’ own Twitter feeds, for those that have them.

     
  • Brandon 1:47 pm on June 1, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , yahoo   

    Feeling optimistic about there actually being football this year? 

    Good…because now you can now sign up for Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues!

    I haven’t signed up quite yet, but looking at the top 100 list from the Yahoo! experts is already getting me a little excited. Arian Foster as the #1 pick is…interesting.

     
    • Matt 1:56 am on June 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      At least two of their writers had the good sense to rank Peterson #1. I’m baffled by Brad Evans, who I usually see eye-to-eye with the most out of that group – he puts Peterson at #4 and Jamaal Charles at #2. I’d love to hear him sell that prediction.

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