Reinventing BlueNC

When you think about BlueNC and the year ahead, what you change if you could?

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The "new comments" link

... takes you to the new comment nearest the bottom, rather than the top-most new comment. I'd prefer the latter.

Life imitates fiction

In a novel I've written, the punchline is "Do good. Be nice. Have fun." That's my goal for life at BlueNC in the year ahead. In equal balance. I'm writing this because I know I need support in staying that lofty course. It's easy to slip up and be a jerk. Or a dumbass.

Thanks in advance for your coaching.

From a comment by someone at the Dome.

I think it's easy for people who tune in daily to a given blog to lose a bit of perspective when it comes to what the rest of the state is tuned in to. It's great that a resources like BlueNC is there, but it's also helpful for its participants to remember that they are kind of "clubbish" in their exchanges, observations, etc . . . and that what they may take as given because of their blog's emphasis or consensus is not necessarily a widely shared opinion on the "outside."

The same kind of inside attitude shows up on the Pearce/Wrenn blog (Talkingaboutpolitics.com), except in that case the lunatic rightwingers seem to dominate discussions. Gary Pearce makes many sane, sage observations (as does Carter, on an off-day), but the bulk of the responses are about who the lunies hate and whether or not so and so is gay.

Here.

He's right, in a way.

We are a bit "clubbish". That's almost like calling us "you people." :) But we may have developed a insular, or rather, an insider's view of things that take place on our site. That's an entirely normal phenomenon. As long as we're aware of it, it's not a bad thing.

As I was reading that thread, I noticed this post.

Do you mean like these ones?

Can someone explain to me how a journalist on a supposedly statewide paper with a supposedly decent reputation can construct a sentence like that one? Seriously, now. Good grammar costs nothing. :)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

He should have said

Do you mean like these 'uns? I think that would be the correct usage.

or

Do y'all mean like these 'uns here?


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I am sooo glad

that you jersey people are finally learnin' to talk american.

/snarks!!! :-D

I choose to be inspired.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Yeah.

These foreign languages are hard, I have to admit. But after 10 years, I think I'm getting it.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Aware of what?

(Just kidding.)

poke.

Aware of those giant walls surrounding you that protect you from the big scary outside world of Rethuglicans, Liberscarians, and Art Pope Whack Jobs. It's called BlueNC, you built it, and it's all in your head.

In fact, none of us really exist, we're all just in some snow globe in your mind, Anglico. (now that's scary - and I hope someone gets my reference there.)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

oooo ... I feel a Matrix marathon

riding up hard on the horizon.

I choose to be inspired.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Close.

but I was referring to St. Elsewhere - which is a little less creepy than the Matrix, but not as hot as those black jackets and special effects.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I think it's really important to know

about the autistic kid on St. Elsewhere, simply because it shows how many people waste their lives on TV. They've created a whole universe around that boy that makes half the shows on TV a figment of his imagination ... and they've taken the time to prove it.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Yeah, I guess you're right.

Pop culture and its icons are silly. (She says to the grown man with the Harry Potter icon.)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

That's not Harry Potter

That's how a nice, learned, mature man looks. ;-)

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I'm tired enough that it took some time to realize...

that picture looked familiar. Someone with as many funny pics as you on Facebook should watch it. I still have a copy of a rather "shocking" picture of you.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

That always bothers me

When it seems like the collective consciousness of this blog is trying to act like another interest group that wants to be pandered to, I tune out.

I think we need one or two more active front pagers (not me), and a 10% off membership card good at Jimmy John's, Auto Bell, and Democratic fundraisers.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I haven't felt like that

I don't think the "collective conciousness" of this blog has ever acted like it wanted to be pandered to - but I suppose everyone's perception is different.

And I think for the beating we give the NCDP, we should have to pay 10% more for fundraisers. :-D


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

We do need more active front-page content....

and I think the site changes will address that.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Robert's correct

The planned changes will address this.

I can't be active right now. I'm too busy working on the changes. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Aw come on, Sam.

What's a little pandering among friends?

There may be a few instances where a collective consciousness has taken shape here, but I see mostly wide-ranging independence. It seems mostly a problem when things get personal - which is reason enough to steer clear of that I suppose.

p.s. I don't want to be pandered to....

I want a sugar daddy to pay for me to do this full time....is that so wrong????

; )

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Absolutely not.

It is a noble and lofty ideal. Just ask the folks at Carolina Journal.

P.S. I'll have what Robert is having but give me a bit of Pandering on the side please. :-p

ok ... i need to get up and go clean something. Can't seem to get out of smart aleck mode.

I choose to be inspired.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I'm not sure if it's doable,

but I wish BlueNC had an easier way to track comments, maybe like you can at DKos. You know, you can go your "comments" page and see if anybody has responded to your comment, without tracking down the diary itself.

There aren't (nearly) as many diaries posted here, but sometimes I forget which ones I've commented on (and which ones I haven't), so I end up checking all of them to make sure I'm not ignoring someone who replied to my comment. I know you can search BlueNC, but that requires you to remember what the hell you're searching for...

It's all very confusing. :)

Steve, doubt I can make it any easier than the following

Click on your username. Then click on the track tab at the top of your account page. Once that is open click on the track page visits. You will then see a list of everywhere you've visited - threads and comments. It isn't exactly easy to follow, but it's better than visiting every single thread. If it isn't listed there you haven't been there. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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

I see it now.

I've clicked that before but I thought the page was blank, but I just scrolled down and found the thread links.

Thanks!

I'd love to see more education posts

And in my late-night delusions sometimes I think I could try to write at least one per week. But not this year, and not next. Not with three kids and a full time job. I don't know how Robert P does it.

The kids are props

He's actually a nerdy 16-yr-old living in mom and pop's basement and blogging in his pajamas. No lie. Seriously, I wouldn't lie about this. Not me. No way. ;)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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

sleep is over-rated

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Give it a try, Graig.

Most new bloggers think they have to either write a dissertation or take a pass. Fortunately, there's a happy middle ground. It's possible to simply share something you come across in your daily work with a good link and a brief sentence or two of interpretation.

I know over-achievers like you (:)) might find that approach unrewarding, but it really would be a good way to ease regular readers into having education more on the tops of their minds.

If you couldn't do it, perhaps you know someone who might share your perspective? Every time you've written something, I've found it interesting and helpful. I love to have more.

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The same applies to a host of other issues. For example, it would be great to have someone bringing current stuff to BlueNC that has to do with abortion rights, energy, water, air, whatever. Also, updates from regions would be great too. We get a little bit of that from some areas, but more would certainly be welcome.

Tags, Rescue/Recycle, Issues/Policy

It looks like most diaries are tagged, but the list of active tags does not appear readily available. This would be a way to have longer lasting discussions on specific topics.

Along the line of my overall concern about the short life of diary entries, a regular diary rescue/recap might be interesting.

On the content side, I would love to see more state-level issue/policy discussions/education. Progressive ideas for North Carolina should be explained, real life obstacles to implementation addressed, and suggested immediate actions presented. This would really make BlueNC "The People's Think Tank"

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Ed Ridpath
www.EdRidpath.com

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Ed Ridpath
www.EdRidpath.com

Hi Ed!

Just the kind of feedback I was looking for.

Ed, thanks for the feedback

The rescue/recap has been done before. (A very long time ago.....) Biggest problem is that it is very, very time consuming and usually goes unappreciated and unread. Unless someone steps forward who wants to make that their special project, it probably won't happen consistently. Great idea, but then reality sinks in....if you know what I mean. :)

Jerimee is already working on a better method of tagging diaries. Older diaries might miss out on all the fun unless someone steps forward to go in and apply new tags to them. That will happen on a gradual basis and we would probably start with candidate diaries first since we are going into a big election year. Maybe we won't mess with the Charles Taylor diaries. hehehe

We've always wanted more issue/policy discussions and part of the revamping should encourage that - and with more of it coming from experts. (Like yourself....ahem!)



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Some suggestions (willing to help implement)

1) Develop a sound information architecture rationalizing the use of tags, and use it to design them into the baseline page framework.
Tags, whatever their origin, are so widely used now that they should be treated as indispensable.
You want data to that effect, let me know.
2) Put the NC Progress Blog search on an NC Progressive Blog aggregation page.
Take it off of all of the other NC Blue site pages.
Having two search windows is somewhat more than confusing.
It tends to communicate a touch of multiple personality disorder. Republicans love it.
3) As a personal favor, which of course you don't owe me, please explain what an "NC Progressive Blog" is, how that anointing is made and who the polyblog elders are who make it.
Perhaps if I understood well enough to have some confidence in the selection process I'd arrange the blog aggregation page mentioned above, assuming of course you have a domain name lying around that we can apply to it.
4) Thanks for not rushing to Raleigh to smash me in the chops for my tactlessly expressed recommendations.
5) Happy New Year!
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don't allow people to post who haven't logged in

I just tried to post (actually preview) without having logged in - my bad - and lost my entire comment (the poster apparently messes with the browser history), I have just thought of a new feature: don't display the "post new comment" text area until one is logged in. (Or preserve what people have written if they aren't logged in.)

-- ge

Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo
http://george.entenman.name

Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo
https://george.entenman.name

I'm not sure I can change that

For some reason I didn't think it showed if you weren't logged in. Hmmmmm.

Nice to see you stopping by. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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

Log jam

I think you can be logged in but, especially if you take a long time writing a comment, it times out and you don't find out until you try to preview or post.

I'm not positive...

as I don't often quote other users, but is the comment quotation system as difficult as MTBinDurham makes it out to be? While i love reading his comments, they all contain quotes of the 4-5 users before him, marked only with an asterisk and their name. Late at night when I peruse the site, I tend to lose my mind reading his posts. Perhaps I'm just going insane?

Perhaps I'm just going insane?

Been there.

I have "Track changes" set as my landing page and whatever's posted at the top is the latest comment that's been made. That's usually where I go first unless I'm trying to follow a particular discussion.