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I posted here recently looking to improve a template in hopes to increase engagement with the page and decrease bounce rate.

Here is an example of a page how it used to look before:

http://www.problemio.com/problems/problem_dev.php?problem_id=213

Here is what it looks like now thanks to the advice on people here:

http://www.problemio.com/problems/problem.php?problem_id=213

Here is what I changed:

1) problem text has white background
2) Social bookmarks and voting moved to the right so it doesn't distract from main content
3) I aligned the grid lines to be more consistent throughout the page. (does it show?)

Which one looks better the problem_dev.php link? Or the problem.php ?

Also, what other improvements should I make? I am sure many things are still not perfect with the page. Any suggestions what to improve next?

Also, one question: on the right side divs, the headings for them, should they be centered or left-adjusted?

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You still didn't implement one of the main suggestions: show proposed solutions in full. –  dnbrv Feb 24 '12 at 14:41
    
@dnbrv the reason I didn't do it is that I am still wondering if it might to a good way to get people engaged with the site.. might do it soon at some point...not sure. –  Genadinik Feb 24 '12 at 14:46
    
Also, I am getting mixed feedback on whether I should present all the content at once, or get people engaged with it bit by bit and discover features, etc. So not too certain how to best handle it. –  Genadinik Feb 24 '12 at 14:58
    
You should post screen shots of the different layouts as well to avoid link rot and so users don't have to use external URLs. –  Ben Brocka Feb 24 '12 at 19:37
    
Hi Genadinik, please make your question more specific - right now you're asking for general critique, which is something this site isn't meant for. Try editing your question to ask something specifically about UI or UX and less a matter of a person's opinion on which is better. –  Rahul Feb 25 '12 at 3:29

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"problem_dev" is better, not because it looks better, but because the points of interaction are better grouped.

Voting up and down, when moved into the sidebar will be easy to ignore entirely, when I assume it's something you really want to promote.

In addition, I recommend using fewer boxes, allowing more white space. Move 'email friends' to the sidebar, reserve main column for core functionality.

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well, you see, I was thinking that the more important interaction would be to comment, or suggest problem solutions. Tats why I moved the voting to the side. –  Genadinik Feb 24 '12 at 20:33
    
If this site is supposed to be something like StackExchange sites, then what even more important than gathering answers is providing relevant answers. The cream needs to rise to the top. There's no shame in starting with what works and tweaking it. –  Andrew Bacon Feb 24 '12 at 22:00

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