Hello TAY folks! Before I head downtown to take on Gen Con I thought I'd fill you in on a few things that are going on with the TAY.
As some of you have noted, the TAY didn't get a round-up the last few days from the main Kotaku site. Some people seemed to think we were being phased out, but I reached out to Kotaku editor in chief Stephen Totilo and he filled me in. Apparently the Kotaku crew was short staffed this week and Evan, who normally does the TAY round-up, is out of the office. Stephen apologized for skipping over the TAY and promised it was not intentional.
Stephen also says he is trying to work out a way to directly link the TAY from the main page, but with the new lay out he's not sure the best way to go about it. If you DO want to go from the main Kotaku site to the TAY, simply click on the "hamburger" looking icon in the upper right corner, next to your username icon. It's basically the same drop down from before, it just moved.
In other news the TAY will be changing to the new layout in early September. I know a lot of you said you don't like the new layout, but... yeah. We don't really have any control, so we'll just have to roll with the punches.
Stephen also mentioned that we would be getting a new feature called reframing in the near future. I'll let him explain what that is.
It's called reframing. We'll start using it next week, but if you'd like to see it in action, go to front.kinja.com. Front rounds up the best posts from all Gawker Media sites and, in each case, up to now, has done so by reframing them. What this means, in practice, is that eventually any Kinja user will be able to take an existing post (and eventually even a comment) and add their own headline, image and intro text on top of it. This means you could reframe a Kotaku.com story on TAY and put your own spin on it. We could take a TAY piece that has a headline that wouldn't make sense on Kotaku and reframe it so that the new headline DOES work. The result... there will be more opportunities than ever to bring posts from one site to another. This should lead to more transfer of stories between our Kotaku proper and TAY, which I think will be really cool.
So there you have it. Kotaku still loves us and the times they are a changing. Feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below.