A few changes, new things
First of all, if you haven’t noticed, heard, or stumbled there yourself, the No Depression Archives launched yesterday (Tue., July 7, 2009). The archives are a huge site loaded with more than 7,000 articles printed across No Depression’s thirteen years in print (1995-2008). The archives are searchable by artist, issue, tag, and any number of other ways. If you’re new to our little roots music universe here, I’d highly recommend getting lost in the archives anytime. There is an enormous pool of insight, inspiration, and information in those 7,000+ articles and, no doubt, an even greater wealth of music you’ve never heard of or about which you wish you’d never forgotten. And, of course, if you’re a long-time reader, you’re beyond welcome to revisit your favorite issues. With any luck, you’ll catch something you didn’t see (or hear) before. Just click on Archives in the top nav, and voila!
Every day, we’ll feature an issue or article from the archives in the From the Archives box on our homepage. As is true of everything featured on our homepage, if you see an article in the archives that blows your mind and you’d like to see it featured in this spot, just drop us a line.
Ning has also done a few updates this week. You’ll notice on the Members page that members are no longer pictured in a grid, but are now in a list. Their thinking was that it makes it easier to leave a comment on that person’s page, send them an email, etc., without having to click through to their page and then click on something else. It saves you clicks, which means it also saves you time. Let us know what you think of this layout and format, and we can pass your feedback on to them if you wish.
They’ve also made it easier for you to manage your member page by adding a “My Page” link on the Settings page. And they’ve upgraded the bulk photo, video, and music uploading tools to make them easier and quicker to use. As usual, if you have any trouble using those tools, or you just don’t like they way they work, let us know and, if we can’t help you, we can at least pass the complaint on to Ning and get some help through that channel.
We’ll take compliments, too.
That’s all for now. Any other ideas of how we can make this community better are always welcome. We hope you’re enjoying the site, and that you will enjoy the archives!