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There is an FAQ here. To become someone's friend, you go to their member page and, underneath their photo, there should be an option to make them your friend. Just click on it and voila! I'll add that to the FAQ. Thanks for the feedback! Keep it coming.
Yep, if you mouse over "Members" in the top nav, you'll see an option for groups. Another way to get there is from the main community.nodepression.com page. If you scroll down, you'll see a list of groups in the middle of the page. Or you can just go here.
-This might just be me, but the navigation on both the ND and Community sites drive me a little crazy at times. The scrolling is slow, and after leaving a page to view a discussion or story, it takes me back to the top when I come back home...instead of to the spot where I jumped off. I thought it might be Firefox playing tricks but it's that way with Explorer.
-After over two hundred people were online at the same time two Fridays ago, and a flurry of activity during SXSW, we've seemed to have cooled off here. Wouldn't expect this to be Facebook II, but I'm not sure why it's trailed off. Perhaps it's just the nature of a new site. As someone who always has the page up both at home and at work, I find that there is a wealth of information being posted each day that I want to know about but I guess others don't see it as that critical.
-Once the archives are posted and tagged, I can see a much larger audience finding their way here. Not sure how you're planning to lay it out, but a robust search feature and navigation tool would seem essential. For example, I want to be able to view and search every single record review for stuff I've missed. Or I might want to read everything ever written about one of the Millers.
-I'm sure you're on this, but "chat with artists" on a consistent basis would be hot.
Hey Ed - I've never had problems with scrolling unless there's a blip in Clearwire, so maybe that's something that's different for different ISPs? Has anyone else had that problem?
Our traffic has actually been on a steady incline. We now have over 1,000 members and this site is far stickier than the old ND site. More and more people are finding us on Google searches and via Twitter and Facebook. So it hasn't fizzled. It may just be that not a ton of people are online all at once, but have faith. I've seen the stats and it's on the upswing.
Your points about the archives site are heard and noted. All things we've discussed on our end as well.
Yes, indeedy, there are some chats with artists in the works. The trick of course is scheduling, etc., but that is something that I have been excited about since I realized we had the chat function. It's coming. Hang in there. If there's any specific artist you'd like to chat with, I welcome suggestions.
I'll look into the area with free samples. You can listen to our imeem player on the main page. I've been trading out tracks in there about once a week or so. There's some new stuff in there as of Wednesday this week.
And the unicorns are still being gathered. Kyla has a swath of interns roaming the hills of West Virginia and Kentucky collecting them as we speak. Keep this on the DL, but they may make their debut at the No Depression Festival this summer in Seattle. So...you won't want to miss that!
Wish I could say this in "techie" talk but I'll try plain English and see where it goes.
My little issue with scrolling might make more sense if I compare ND to my Yahoo home page. On that site I quickly scroll and scan the news headlines from about a dozen sources, then click on the story that I want to read and boom: there it is. Here, it just seems to take a lot longer to go from top to bottom, and when I click on a post it takes an extra second or two to load up the graphics and frames.
So I guess it's really not a problem per se, but it's the delay to instant gratification that bugs me.
Great to hear about the traffic increasing. My only gauge is the "8 Online" notation at the bottom of the screen. I like it better when it says "567 Online".
For artist chats, I really don't have any particular suggestions. I just think in the new model we need more artist/fan connections and this is one way to facilitate it.
I know all about the care and feeding of unicorns, but I could never imagine being responsible for a swath of interns.
Speaking of interns/volunteers I'm gathering them now to help process the archival content! The final touches are being put on the database that was built to house the archives which have been imported into the database from the original MS Word files Grant used to create each issue.
All the content for each article is in the body text field for the article so volunteers are needed to cut and paste the headline, author, artist, etc. into the appropriate fields for each article. It's not difficult just time consuming, and slightly addictive I'm finding as I've been working through the first few issues myself to work the bugs out of the database! I have 17 people signed up and ready to help so far but could use a few more.
The second phase will be skimming each article and tagging it so the search engines can find it. That will be slightly more time consuming so I could definitely use more volunteers to help when we get to that stage, which should be in the next couple weeks.
If you're interested in helping out please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I was a big fan of "No Depression Magazine", This is Too crowded, too much info crammed into a little spot, why don't you just try to do a web mag instead of everything else, There are plenty of good forums on the web, but not good Webmags, I don't like the design either
Hi Jim -
We did try that and it didn't work out. Here's Kyla's blog about why.
What would you be willing to see go away from the homepage? How would you unclutter it if you had your druthers? We are definitely open to simplifying but unsure of what people wouldn't miss if we took it off. Any thoughts?