Great Feedback / Site Changes

Some of the suggestions that have been coming out of the User Survey have been too obviously perfect to wait on—thanks for the great feedback, and keep it coming! Details on changes below the fold.

Great idea of the week: a "new blog entry" link always available in the left sidebar. Now starting a new post is a one-click affair.

One comment on keyword searching got me thinking. First, don't underestimate the search box at the top of the screen. It's a Google search limited to this site, and I've found it to be very effective.

But it's true that the "Categories" block on the left side of the page is only slightly better than useless. You'll notice a new link under "Quick Links"—"sitemap / index"—which points to a page where all categories are mapped out. This will be especially handy to Firefox users, who can quickly search the page for the text they're interested in. You can disable the "Categories" block by clicking "my account" and then "edit"; look for a series of checkboxes for turning blocks on and off.

Finally, I mentioned killing chatbox last night and the responses I did get supported letting it go. I disabled it this morning; please let me know if you have strong feelings about this.

If you haven't taken the User Survey yet, please do! It has already helped a lot.



Thanks so much for attending to all this. I already love "new blog entry" and I haven't even used it yet!

Our friends at Dent

noted that you're seeking feedback today.


PS They seem to be jumping all over the action in the legislature. A good place to get the scoop.'s all terrific

You are doing a wonderful job and I can only say...better you than me. I stink at stuff like this and if I had to figure all this stuff out we'd be using juice cans and strings to communicate.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Thanks for all your hard work

You are an incredibly accessible and responsive leader. You make people feel included and respected. If you're not thinking for office some day, let me tell you, people are going to bug you to do so the rest of your life!

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
So enjoy the Drama.


At the risk of turning this thread into a mutual appreciation orgy, let me say: you and the others here who are posting such great content and turning online meetings into offline action are the leaders. I'd be more accurately described as a facilitator. If I can make it possible and convenient for you (pl) to do the kind of things you're doing on this site, I'm happy.

Thanks for the little graphic

shortcuts above the comments, L-man. I particularly like the blockquote one. It's cute. You are one clever little b******. Now will you come make my husband do all those little things I've been asking for for 20 years?
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

No problem

Tell you husband that the gutters aren't going to clean themselves. I like the cat pic. I've got two and a dog. It's fun to take pictures of pets, because you can get all up in their faces, or shoot them while they sleep without all the awkwardness that comes with doing the same things to people.

Except that my new camera's flash

isn't supposed used to be within three or four feet of baby's eyes. No pets mentioned in the owner's manual so it took dense me a while to realize I was blinding my poor kitties. This one quickly learned to run from the camera.

And hey, I don't care about chores. I gave up on stuff like that years ago. I want him to stop changing the subject when he doesn't like it . . . Never gonna happen!
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Is there something weird

going on with pictures? I can't seem to post any, I've been trying to get up a mug shot of Joe's smilin' face.

Used Photobucket

so it must be our local hosting . . . or else I'm just screwing something up.