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What Do You Think of the New Patch?

A completely new design is being tested on five Nassau County Patch sites.

On Sunday, Patch launched a redesigned platform on five of its sites in BellmoreGarden CityLevittownLong Beach and Merrick.

The biggest change is the addition of "groups" — topic-specific news feeds that let Patch users choose the updates they receive on the customizable homepage. Groups now organize all news, content and information on the new site. By following or unfollowing different groups, users can make the daily experience of taking in the news more relevant to their everyday lives. Click here to see the new groups feature in action in a video tour of the new site. 

The major groups, like Breaking News, Schools, etc. — will be run by Patch editors — but users are also encouraged to start groups of their own. Members of a group can post their own stories, photos, events or just talk about news happening in the community. All in all, the new site fosters a more collaborative community atmosphere that fits the way each town works from day to day.

By design, Patch users outside of the five test towns cannot post or create items on the test sites. This was done to prevent out-of-town content from filling up each of the sites, and to keep things locally relevant. Also, some features may change before the new platform is launched nationally.

Visit the BellmoreGarden CityLevittownLong Beach or Merrick Patch sites and let us know what you think.

Argile September 29, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Those pop up's that scroll out from the corner of the page on the current Patch layout are annoying as hell. Hopefully these are eliminated. Your better off using a add banner off to the side of the articles. I've notices on some computers equipped with Intel Atom cpu's the Patch loads horribly slow and those scrolling pop up's hog up a lot of cpu usage.
Dave W September 29, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Sounds like a lot of hearsay - why not just volunteer elsewhere?? You really need a hobby
GM September 29, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Patch discussions devolve into nonsensical debates, name calling, and insults. I don't see the value in this for a community. What's constructive about this type of forum.

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