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Author: Meddle

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The Dust Is Settling...

Posted by Meddle Wednesday June 6 2007 at 8:58PM
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Well the blogs launch went off great with only a couple glitches showing through.  Since the dust is settling now and there's a bunch of really good blogging starting up we're directing our attention to further enhancements to the system. 

The first order of business is to expose the contributor functionality to the blog owners.  What does this mean?  Well the owner of a blog will be able to invite up to 5 of their closest friends or whoever to collaborate with on their blog. 

After contributors is implemented the user galleries will be given focus and completed.  A seperate new feature for users, the galleries will be implemented into the blogging system so users can easily include images from their personal gallery into the blogs without having to use an image uploader service like photobucket. 

I'd be very interested in hearing from the users blogging about any features you'd like to see implemented or comments on the system in general.

Paragus1 writes: So far I am very happy with its functionality. I am curious if there is a function I am missing to see a list of all blogs instead of just the most popular? Also it might be cool if there was an option to enable us to have a signature at the end of our entries, even if it is just our forum one. Thu Jun 07 2007 12:27AM Report
Meddle writes: At the moment there's no way to see all of the blogs. There is a lot of room on the right side of the main blogs page where this could reside. I'm going to put this at the top of the list for blog additions. The signature idea is good and will most likely roll out when the contributor functionality arrives. Thu Jun 07 2007 11:29PM Report
Daedren writes: Hi Meddle, thanks for the work on the blog system. It's working pretty good so far! A feature I would like to see is a way to globally see if an article has a new comment, or a comment count for each post. As of now, I'm stuck going into every article separately and checking to see if there are new comments. (Perhaps there is another way I don't know of?) -- And one more feature idea: Perhaps a "featured blog" or a highlighted blog where editors pick a certain blog to be spotlighted? The current page of Top Blogs: Recent Blogs is ok, but perhaps something more to spotlight them on the main page to get some more writers and readers in here. Mon Jun 11 2007 3:16AM Report
Meddle writes:

Daedren, I like the idea of seeing posts with the latest comments.  I'm going to work on a way to do this since I'm a few days behind on finding your comment as well :)  Right now a blog is spotlighted each week in a feature on the site.  In the near future we'll be updating the homepage of the site to feature some of the new site features including the blogs.

Fri Jul 13 2007 3:11PM Report writes:
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