I’ll put something about this change in my Lab Notes later today. Essentially, though, I’m just carrying over the editorial policy I’ve been using in the other site blogs. When Baseball Primer started, the intros to articles were very short and usually only quoted very small parts of the linked article. Over time, though, more and more articles were posted with quotes. Now, not only does every article have a quote but the amount of quoted material continues to grow. Although some users might prefer things this way, it creates a few issues.
First, it discourages people from clicking the link and reading the full article. That’s not really fair to the content provider and it is not my intention or policy to discourage people from reading the original material. As a matter of fact, when I started the original Primer blog it was with the intent to spotlight and point to the most interesting stuff on the web. Although this change doesn’t address this concern completely (you can still read the completely submitted material by clicking on the “Read More” link, it is a step in the right direction. It is my hope (and I will do other things to encourage shorter intros in the redesign) this will nudge people to submit shorter link intros while still allowing posters the ability to include as much personal commentary as they are comfortable sharing.
Second, it makes it harder for visitors to find the links they are interested. Instead of being able to quickly scroll through the page and scan through short intros, users are forced to scroll through long passages of text. This is particularly true when viewing the site with a mobile device. I have experienced this problem first hand as I view the site with the updated design. Also, the longer intros discourage the addition of other potentially interesting links as nobody has the time of inclination to wade through so much material.
So, although I can understand why you might not like the change, I hope you can understand the reason I made it.