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If you spot any problems with the new site design or any of the changes do please let me know.
Here's what I'm aware of already:1) random order of some sets of puzzles (now fixed)2) discussion forum listing sometimes shows puzzles faded when you can play them
So in other words, say you log in again in a week - well then all of the free puzzles published in that past week will appear at the top of your puzzle view, just as they always did. The difference is that after you've played them they will then move down into their chronological position.
If you don't tend to go back and replay old puzzles then it should have no practical difference, I hope. The big difference for a new user is that underneath all their free puzzles they now see pages more of further content, so they can get a better feel for the site. Once you've played the new puzzles you can always use the selection options on the left bar to show only your played puzzles, which will filter out all of the subscription-only ones.
The sets, incidentally, are still on their own pages - these won't ever appear mixed in with the daily puzzles.
Does this do what you want?
Not sure if it will help you, but a very quick google gave this as the first result on how to make Firefox work like you want.
I'm planning to add an option to gain access to the previously-published puzzles too, for those who want a lot of puzzles quickly, so when I do that that 'Available' number will become immediately attainable, rather than having to subscribe and wait almost a year as at current.
Meanwhile the numbers under the 'Sets of Puzzles' headings work the same way, except they refer to the different sets of fixed puzzles on the site which you can choose to buy permanent access to.
Then to get to your saved or finished (or started) puzzles, and hide all the paid puzzles, just use the filters on the left - click 'All puzzle types' and pick an option.
When you log in your new free puzzles will ALWAYS appear at the top of your view unless you've manually changed your sort settings (just click 'Reset view to default' and this will always restore these immediately), and then if you want to see past puzzles again to play them a second time just click on the left blue column and choose the relevant option to hide all of the paid puzzles ('Started' or 'Saved'). Using the column headings to sort, or these filter options, you never have to be bothered by any of the paid puzzles.
Sure, it will now take you one extra click to hide the paid puzzles each time you want to re-play an old puzzle, but firstly most people don't re-play puzzles and secondly that one option selection is easy to do.
The reason I've merged the daily and free puzzles is because quite simply very many users of the site were totally unaware that there were daily puzzles they could sign up for, and I had to find a way to make it more obvious. Since I created PuzzleMix in 2007 it's lost a huge amount of money relative to the running costs and development time I've spent on it. I subsidise the site with all of my puzzle books and other work, and I've kept on working on the site because I really enjoy interacting with people who play my puzzles. Occasionally it provides really useful feedback on new puzzles too, but almost entirely I do it for fun.
At a cost of less than 1.50 pound per month (€1.85/$2.25), I've made the puzzles as affordable as possible. Even at this price I'd never want to force anyone to subscribe to continue playing the puzzles. That's why I've published thousands of free puzzles on this site since 2007, and that's why I'll continue to do so.
So the intent is certainly not to force anyone to pay, but it's important that I experiment with ways of trying to make the site generate some money, and it's been very clear to me for a long time that I needed to massively improve the 'discoverability' of the paid content on the site. Even so I haven't done enough - I've had emails already from people saying they want to subscribe but they can't find the options on the site. (It's here, by the way). You can work out how little money the site generates by multiplying the maximum number of plays on a paid puzzle by the subscription cost. That's not much, is it?
One last comment. Puzzlemix has always been entirely advert free. There are no sneaky banners trying to take you away to sell you perfume or shoes, or filling the screen with animated pictures of someone losing weight in a week. On the modern internet Puzzlemix is almost unique in this aspect. But I've kept it like this because I want the experience of the site to be as good as it possibly can be.
Perhaps I have it wrong, but I'm going to keep it the way it is for the foreseeable future and see how it works out. I'll track traffic and sales and that's how I'll know whether this was a success or not. Either way, it took a lot of work to do it and I did it for a very good reason - so I could continue to publish free puzzles every week.
None of which is to say I don't want to hear everyone's opinions, so please keep on posting them! (or email me if you prefer)
Your new puzzles always show at the top so you never need to go hunting for them. If you want to play them a second time at a much later date when they are no longer immediately visible then you can click on a single option to view them. That's not bad for completely free and without ads.
You wrote: "daily subscription lets you play them for as long as your subscription lasts. "
Earlier it was 1 year. Now I can't see any puzzles older than 16/02/12. That's only 3 months.
I've made lots of small improvements over the past week, so as a simple example if your browser supports it you now get a tick rather than a dash when you use 'Give up' on Hanjie.
And there's a brand new, totally different puzzle coming tomorrow for subscribers...
A random suggestion which may well be too tricky/not worth doing. If I had the time I would love to subscribe to your daily puzzles, but I don't have the time to do them and if I was subscribed I would want to do them all and at the moment I can't justify the time that would involve! Would you consider doing a subscription where you get one or two rather than all four of the daily puzzles? Obviously if I'm the only one who'd take it up it wouldn't be worth doing and I entirely understand that.
I've considered having different subscriptions before, but at the end of the day it just makes thing too confusing and complex for both users and me. And inevitably if I did that some of the people who subscribed to two a day would want the puzzles they couldn't play on particular days.
The amount of time it takes to solve the puzzles varies enormously, so it's really not the quantity that takes the time but the variety of types - so having 2 a day wouldn't help particularly; in fact it would make it take more of your time than having a choice of 2 from 4. And to be honest, given that it's under £1.50 a month to subscribe in any case it would need to cost almost as much for the 2 puzzle option in any case. Have you considered just solving the 2 puzzles of your choice each day?
One way around this would be to sell puzzle credits, but I've looked at the economics and the complexity of implementing this and it really isn't worth it, plus again it would make the site that much more confusing for people using it. As Apple regularly show, keeping it really simple is the best way to satisfy the majority of users.
For those of you who don't have a subscription, I want to give it a plug. I *always* have a puzzle or two to play - this new view should give you some idea of what you're missing out on. For less than 50c (aus) a week, that's pretty bloody good value.
I don't have a huge amount of time for playing puzzles, but since subscribing, I have never been left wanting, and I only play about half the puzzle types (not fond of the Skyscrapers, the Kropki, or any of the Killers, in general).
Seriously, if for no other reason than to keep this site going, subscribe!
You can however view other players' statistics and comments in the tables above.
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