It's rare that I feel sorry for a competitor. But sometimes I do. Redesigning a home page, as a couple of other business news sites have done lately, is one such instance. It is probably one of the more arduous and difficult tasks in the Internet news business.
There are many different constituents for a big, honkin' news site. Everyone wants something different. No one will be happy.
Now you'd think it'd just be a case of editorial folks, newsies and feature types, arguing about how to display their range of articles over the page. You'd be wrong.
The graphics folks will want to add lots of pictures. It is, after all, what they live for. And pictures do have a sprucing effect.
The tech mavens will want to display their flashiest stuff ... gee-whiz gizmos and data manipulators. (These will be the same folks who complain about page-load times later).