It’s been a few weeks since Think Defence moved virtual house and if you cast your mind back I said things would move forward in steps.
The new host is much better and coping with the level of traffic, in fact, traffic is increasing steadily and I think all the technical issues are done with.
The design is pretty stable although there are one or two improvements I will be looking at in the medium term
There are about 60 contributing authors registered on the system, although I expect only a small number will be regular posters. This is cool though, whatever suits, even one post is a great contribution.
This is very much work in progress and will develop over the coming months.
There is always room for more though, contact me if you want to join the party.
Things to Do
There are two things I am working on;
The first is an issue with comment moderation for contributing authors, its not a bug as such but it means that if you are a contributor you have the ability to moderate and edit every comment. I can restrict this, and have, but it means that all contributor comments go into the moderation queue. There might be a delay between you submitting a comment and it appearing.
The alternative is let the authors moderate and potentially, edit comments
Does anyone have any strong thoughts on the issue?
I am looking at external comment systems like Disqus as well.
Watch this space.
The second and more interesting thing on the to do list is improving access to the Think Defence archives and comments. One suggestion that surfaced was to have ‘themes pages’ that pulls all related content into a single page.
To partially address this we have the Tag Map, click here
As I go back through the old posts this will expand and become more inclusive of the older content.
I am also toying with a ‘Subject Space’
This is a single page view with the main subjects.
Linking of this page will be a series of subject pages, in this example, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship
Does the format look OK, content suggestions, how to organise and present the pages in the subject space, good idea, bad idea?
Let me know.