Pending Improvement Possibilities 1/20/16

Anne Wed, 01/20/2016 - 21:04
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A.Visual Design

  1. Brighter colors / hopeful cheerful images
  2. check banner auto resizing issue
  3. Responsive Format for smaller devices
  4. Banner pictures keep changing size making page jump
  5. Banner changes too fast
  6. Banner needs to pause
  7. Remove left navigation column to provide more room
  8. Larger Font?  (unlikely to change)
  9. Change Italics? (unlikely to change)
  10. Different seasons for the tree on the front page (possibly)

 

B.Comments

  1. 1.Simplified comments
  2. 2.delineation between user messages (color)
  3. 3.Possibly move video URL to the bottom of page or at least below subject
  4. 4.Replies not showing up under the right comments
  5. 5.Content should be sorted newest first
  6. 6.A way to see who voted up and down?  (don’t think this is wise)
  7. Consider removing the Up-Down voting system. (have an inter site poll about it)
  8. Separate police category for abuses maybe Justice and Injustice
  9. hide comment box and have it only appear when needed
  10. Sarcasm tag or <bs> tag if available
  11. make messages "newest first"
  12. Video embed size

C.Navigation Lists

  1. A separate link to past polls
  2. Favorite External site Links
  3. +/- on the right hand side (not available)
  4. Category based sorting 
  5. Unread messages
  6. Mark all read button
  7. Recent Posts in sidebar
  8. Top posts in sidebar
  9. Names in the Recent Comments list
  10. Most recent content should be first on sidebar

D.Static Pages

  1. Linked pages for picture catagories on front page
  2. FAQ section on embedding video, audio, and images.  And other recommendations

E.User profile Page

  1. Better User Profile
  2. To be able to see my posts, comments, and replies
  3. see a post count for the users on this site

F.Informational

  1. connect Twitter and Facebook people to this site
  2. Sensitive Post or Alert area on front page
  3. Look into RSS feed
  4. look into live liberty Twitter feed
  5. # of guests
  6. List of new users

G.Overall Functionality

  1. Proper 404 pageVi
  2. "Key word research" error
  3. Pager at the bottom of the front page to see older posts
  4. A home button near the bottom of the pages
  5. keep hyperlinks from causing the user to leave your page
  6. email continuity
  7. Donate Button
  8. site loading slow?  New faster server
  9. Update doesn’t bump

 

All crossed off lines have been implemented unless noted.  Any lines that are bolded are still being considered or still in the list of future changes. 

Future Plans:  Immediate future plans involve configuring user pages to be more useful in finding past comments and replies.  And, also to start building pages for the picture links on the front page. 

  • Ideally we want a Library area where users can submit their favorite books in categories both free and links to suggested reading. 
  • Also, the Video/Film area will be a grid of organized media embeds according to category.  
  • Liberty Leaders area is a designated area for writings, articles, and speeches by various leaders in liberty organized by date/leader
  • history documented is links to original documents, letters, and historical writings important to the founding of this country and the ideals of liberty for reference.
  • I wanted to get a candidate comparison up with to show how candidates measure up on issues important to the liberty movement and the constitution.
  • In Hearth and Harvest I wanted static pages organized in pages where users can post their knowledge, experience, and advice having to do with survival, home, garden, hydroponics etc.  these static pages would be there for easy reference and wouldn't get lost in the day to day news cycle.
  • Finally, I want an place for original A Call to Paul user articles for those who like to create well argued points, philosophical ideas, or current news analysis but don't want the discussion quickly buried in the quick fire of the news day.

 

In case you haven't noticed we recently added a "back to the top" button to quickly move you to the top of the page without scrolling.  And I've fixed the YouTube/Vimeo video embed field.  So now you can go back to pasting the URL of the YouTube video in that field to post a video.  All other videos still have to be embedded using the source code and the green film strip icon above. 

 

And finally, I've configured a donate page for those of you who are able to donate to A Call to Paul and our efforts toward building a strong and growing community here.  I truly believe that all of us together are building something great here that will attract more and more people to the liberty movement.

If you have new suggestions that you would like to submit, please feel free to add them.  And if there are any questions, I'll field them as best I can.   

Well, that;s it for now...I think I remembered everything.

You guys are amazing people!

Anne

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"Do not neglect your music, it will be a companion which will sweeten many hours of life to you."  Thomas Jefferson

The Cat's picture
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I really do appreciate your willingness to reconsider, Anne.  Thanks!

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Kelldor's picture
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Hi Anne;

Thank you very much for giving me a new home in the post DP/PL era.  I'm really truly grateful.  I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I join sites like these because they are not the mainstream sites like Facebook and Twiiter.  The purveyors of those sites don't respect my privacy, but I think you do.  Please read carefully before click "I Accept", I Agree", or "OK".

The big pictures at the top should be significantly shrunk.  It's a lot of scrolling just to get down to the good stuff on the main page.

Different seasons and sarcasm tags sound cool.  I'm torn on dumping the voting.  Court's still out...

Thank you for everything that you do, and for hearing me out.

Kelldor

<--- Lake Valhalla.

Anne's picture
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I'm a fairly private person myself and wouldn't want my information shared or exposed to anyone. Here's a snip from our privacy policy.

Privacy Policy: The owners of the site wish to respect the privacy of its users to the highest means possible. Any private information that is collected will never be sold outside the scope of this site or otherwise distributed in mass. There are many issues however that impact what can be viewed by others. All information that you post on the public web pages, either in forum posts, blogs or otherwise, have a clear intent to be shared and viewed by others. - See more at: http://www.acalltopaul.com/content/terms-and-conditions-privacy-policy#o...

Privacy Policy: The owners of the site wish to respect the privacy of its users to the highest means possible. Any private information that is collected will never be sold outside the scope of this site or otherwise distributed in mass. There are many issues however that impact what can be viewed by others. All information that you post on the public web pages, either in forum posts, blogs or otherwise, have a clear intent to be shared and viewed by others. - See more at: http://www.acalltopaul.com/content/terms-and-conditions-privacy-policy#o...

I'm not sure the sarcasm tag is available but I haven't really investigated it yet.  And, I like the voting widget and prefer to keep it, but if everyone was against it I'd 86 it.  I could put it up for a vote and that would definitively say where most people stand, but my inclination is to keep it.

Big picture is probably staying at least for the near future.  We'll see how it goes 

 

 

Privacy Policy: The owners of the site wish to respect the privacy of its users to the highest means possible. Any private information that is collected will never be sold outside the scope of this site or otherwise distributed in mass. There are many issues however that impact what can be viewed by others. All information that you post on the public web pages, either in forum posts, blogs or otherwise, have a clear intent to be shared and viewed by others. - See more at: http://www.acalltopaul.com/content/terms-and-conditions-privacy-policy#o...
Privacy Policy: The owners of the site wish to respect the privacy of its users to the highest means possible. Any private information that is collected will never be sold outside the scope of this site or otherwise distributed in mass. There are many issues however that impact what can be viewed by others. All information that you post on the public web pages, either in forum posts, blogs or otherwise, have a clear intent to be shared and viewed by others. - See more at: http://www.acalltopaul.com/content/terms-and-conditions-privacy-policy#o...
Privacy Policy: The owners of the site wish to respect the privacy of its users to the highest means possible. Any private information that is collected will never be sold outside the scope of this site or otherwise distributed in mass. There are many issues however that impact what can be viewed by others. All information that you post on the public web pages, either in forum posts, blogs or otherwise, have a clear intent to be shared and viewed by others. - See more at: http://www.acalltopaul.com/content/terms-and-conditions-privacy-policy#o...
Privacy Policy: The owners of the site wish to respect the privacy of its users to the highest means possible. Any private information that is collected will never be sold outside the scope of this site or otherwise distributed in mass. There are many issues however that impact what can be viewed by others. All information that you post on the public web pages, either in forum posts, blogs or otherwise, have a clear intent to be shared and viewed by others. - See more at: http://www.acalltopaul.com/content/terms-and-conditions-privacy-policy#o...

"Do not neglect your music, it will be a companion which will sweeten many hours of life to you."  Thomas Jefferson

Isabella sj's picture
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Yes, Mam. For those of us who are not literate on web design the one thing we can say is: Hay Kramba! That looks like a lot of work. And we say THANK YOU!. Voluntarism at its finest may I say.

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Anne's picture
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It's definitely more work than it looks.  It's certainly a good thing I like doing it.  But, I have big hopes for this place that we can make it a busy hub reaching new people everyday. 

"Do not neglect your music, it will be a companion which will sweeten many hours of life to you."  Thomas Jefferson

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"Future Plans:  Immediate future plans involve configuring user pages to be more useful in finding past comments and replies."

-I like that news! That remains my number one thought on improvement, honing in on specific comments posted [under the "Track" tab] and not generic links to the OPs, and maybe even a reply notification.

You ROCK!

Do not seek the truth; merely cease to cherish opinion.
Anne's picture
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I used my profile page quite often to look at replies and posts I'd made, as well as be able to find posts by other people.  Also it allowed me to find new replies right away. 

Right now we have a Book Mark feature that allows you to book mark certain threads but it's certainly not ideal.

So yeah.  I'm highly motivated to fix this soon!

"Do not neglect your music, it will be a companion which will sweeten many hours of life to you."  Thomas Jefferson

crabacado's picture
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A man who chops his own wood is warmed by it twice

just-here-being-me's picture
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Thank you.

"I smoke out of spite" - Bill Hicks

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