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If you’ve visited the blogs lately you might have seen a few small changes around here. There have been a few under the hood too. Here’s a quick list in case anyone is interested: We’ve made comments more prominent on individual blogs as well as on the blog home page. We wanted to increase the […]

If you’ve visited the blogs lately you might have seen a few small changes around here. There have been a few under the hood too. Here’s a quick list in case anyone is interested:

  • We’ve made comments more prominent on individual blogs as well as on the blog home page. We wanted to increase the visibility of comments in order to foster more of a community feel. People do comment and you should too.
  • Nate also re-enabled the subscribe to comments plugin. If you make a comment and want to get further responses by email, it is for you. And we have a general comments feed as well as comment feeds for each blog. Again, this change is aimed at fostering more dialogue on the blogs.
  • Nate performed an upgrade to WordPress 2.1, which made life a lot easier for us, thanks to the dual mode visual/code editor.
  • We’re now using Viper’s Video Quicktags to let our authors post youtube video without having to deal with embed tags and what wordpress does to them.
  • The ECP blog has received some customization for two categories: Girls in the Director’s Chair and Respond to Kara Walker. I was able to modify the template in such a way that the design changes can be implemented with css. Posts to these categories get a different design treatment, and the category pages themselves also get a different design treatment.
  • For the Respond to Kara Walker category, we also wanted to let people post their responses to the exhibition Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, in much the same way that the postcards and response book in the gallery allow visitors do. We figured the best way to do this was to let people simply create their own post. And thankfully the TDO Mini Form plugin lets us allow people to create a post without having to log in.
  • We also began using another plugin, Better Feed, to modify our feeds to add some meta info and a link to our survey in order to promote it to our readers.
  • Finally we put out our first-ever blog survey to try and understand more who our readers are and what they’re coming for. Initial results have been encouraging and give us some ideas for things we might want to work on. The survey is still open, so please take it if you haven’t yet. We’ll be discussing it during our upcoming workshop and posting some of analysis here after that.