I’ve got to agree with Steve Outing on this. News websites just haven’t learnt enough from print or TV as regards what to do with their front pages. The headlines before a news programme, or the items on a broadsheet newspaper front page, will rarely stretch beyond 10 items (generic indexes excluded). Even with all the other furniture counted on a newspaper front page, you’ll never be taken in more than about 20 different directions. Same goes for Google. Compare that to the Washington Post: 217 links on its front page. Does anyone really scroll down on front pages? I’m not against bundling stories in drop-down menus and leaving the very best editorial picks on the front. Show the quality — everyone knows there’s quantity online.
(From Editor & Publisher)