Saturday, January 19, 2013

Saturday Housekeeping: Disqus and a New Look for WARN

A quick update for the weekend.

You may have noticed a new color scheme and header here on WARN. I believe in making periodic changes and moving things forward. Updating the visuals and the colors is part of that process. The changes are mostly aesthetic, but I have done a few things more substantive as well.

Most importantly, I have finally added Disqus as the tool for moderating comments here on WARN. It is much more robust and flexible than the existing Blogger software. All of the old comments will show up in about 24 hours after they have been imported--which is why I chose to make that change over the weekend have been imported.

For now, I will still leave the system open for readers who would like to make anonymous comments without registering with Disqus. I may change that in the future, but for now I would like to give folks the chance to get used to using Disqus on the site and then migrating away from the anonymous feature in the near future.

My hope is that Disqus will encourage more readers to comment. It will also give me the tools to better moderate in such a way as to keep our conversations moving forward in a productive manner.

I have also added a stand-alone section where you can find links to selected media appearances and other related information on the sidebar. Visitors to WARN have asked for that feature; it was overdue; thus, I implemented it...finally.

I am also going to be taking reader submissions for the header. The details are here. If any of you are photographers, graphic artists, or the like do consider sending in an original image which you think captures the spirit of the "We" in "We Are Respectable Negroes."

If you have any thoughts or suggestions on the new look do send them in. The next step is moving the site to a different url. I will be taking that step in the next few weeks and the site will be configured to auto-direct itself forward. The good folks who come to WARN should not notice any real difference in how they find the site.

19 comments:

Ankhesen Mié said...

Love the new look.

chauncey devega said...

How kind. Change is good. Hopefully, with some of the new features and upcoming changes--trying to mix up shorter posts--with the longer ones, things will continue to grow.

CNu said...

It's all goodness bruv, especially the black pussy header, and best of all, you did it all on your own!!!


As for more readers posting, you'll have to make very intentional reward and punishment decisions deferential to the status-seeking proclivities of certain folk at the "expense" of others. So long as you reward the echo chamber and chastise the outliers, your demographics will grow and flourish.

chauncey devega said...

Outliers are good. They stimulate conversation. That echo chamber thing is one hell of a drug. I made the decision last week to really remind myself to say what I want in the way that I want to do so. It is easy to be seduced by the chorus and then to compromise. That dopamine rush from social media is real. Not a good look.

Shady Grady said...

Looks good.

acityscape said...

miss the old format Lando Calrissian, Bart Simpson, Malcolm X, Fred G. Sampson, etc bring them back!

chauncey devega said...

perhaps one day, moving forward copyright monster can be mean. there are just in storage sleeping after a well deserved bit of work.

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Comrade Physioprof said...

Dude!!! Wordpress!!! Ditch this blogspot shitte!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comrade Physioprof said...

And fucke, man!!! Set disqus to display comments in chronological order from top to bottom, not fucken backwards!!

Paul Sunstone said...

Great new look!

chauncey devega said...

Help a brother out. In Disqus 2012--which I am clearly still figuring out--the knowledge base/guide says sort order is not admin customizable and is a user setting. Any advice or thoughts. Wordpress scary. But will do, baby steps getting longer and soon.


Also, the widget tab is not showing up in the admin screen under tools. I am going to email the Disqus folks Monday, any experience correcting that? I had to do a manual install so maybe that is part of the issue.

chauncey devega said...

change is good. thanks!

Paul Sunstone said...

I might even be inspired to start commenting again. Lord help you then, Chauncey!

Sabrina Beard said...

I like it.

CNu said...

lol, the sort order is user customizable - upper left corner the Discussion dropdown menu.


You ain't get no widgets for free. As long as disqus migrated your blogger comments without a hitch, you're now in free disqus tall clover.

physioproffe said...

Thanks, bro! I don't know jacke dicke about Disqus.

chauncey devega said...

You are known for your good taste ;)