What Do You Want?

No, this isn’t a post about what makes you outraged and the “one thing that will save America”.

This is a post asking what you want out of this site?

Consider it a limited open thread to the general topic of GeorgiaPol.com:

1) Are there technical features you would like (keeping in mind this is and will remain a shoe string operation)?

2) What content would you like to see?

3) What should be avoided?

These are very broad and general questions on purpose. This is a site in progress. For it to be relevant it always will be. But now that we at least have the lights on, we can start at least considering the tweaks both on the platform side and the content side that get us closer to whatever it is that we’re going to be.

Also while this should be a separate post, give a shout out to the IT team. The site looks great and the glitches have been minor and quite controllable. This doesn’t happen by accident, and is something that is well beyond my skill set. The quality of this effort needs to be recognized.

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Trey A.
Trey A.

1. Not qualified to answer
2. More coverage of the General Assembly; maybe some interviews with some Senators and Reps working under the Gold Dome
3. Teetotalism

Jean
Jean

I’d like to see this as a place to keep up with things happening in Georgia. I’d also like to see you use this as a platform to enable and encourage discussion between people who have different opinions – who are on different “sides” of issues. I would like to see a mix of “factual” articles that try to lay out details in as neutral a fashion as possible and also biased articles that present one side of things. I really like the concept of not trying to eliminate bias – but rather having the biases known (worn on the… Read more »

blakeage80
blakeage80

I’d like to see collapsing comment threads. This allows me to skip past discussions that I have already read or find uninteresting. Often on sites like this, a limited number of users can effectively kill discussion on an article by holding an extensive conversation that is interesting only to themselves.

P.S. The IT team for this site is extremely talented to have launched this site with so little fuss,

Bart
Bart

1> Looks great so far, kudos to the tech geeks! 2> Maybe a little variation in content. Add a regular sports feature which can engender as much or more debate as politics and many times is directly related. Maybe a thread a week just to give readers/posters a break from serious policy debate. Otherwise the model works, no need to break it. 3> Boredom. I doubt that will happen as the front pagers come from so many backgrounds, topics should remain fresh. Ultimately as with all sites dependent upon volunteers as writers / posters, keep it light, fun, entertaining while… Read more »

analogkid
analogkid

The “recent comments” thing on the left side of the page is an improvement from the old site, but I would still like to see the “NEW” tags return on comments within the posts themselves.

Other than that, don’t never change.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

^^what he (she?) said

analogkid
analogkid

He. 🙂

Will Durant
Will Durant

+1

chefdavid
chefdavid

1. More coverage of the goings on under the dome. Not scared to ask the questions. More investigations.
2. Maybe some sort of intergration with FB with the site. This would possibly boost comments. Where people going to the georgia pol fb site would see the discussion and vice versa.

Calypso
Calypso

Charlie, in answer to your queries:

1) In addition to (or instead of) the ‘Recent Comments’ area how about ‘Unread Comments’? I click on the one of the recent comments and it still shows as recent unless I exit the site and come back in. If I remember correctly, in the past, the unread comments would go away after I clicked on the post to read them. Disregard this if I am not doing something correctly.

2) I like the content areas currently covered.

3) In politics, I can think of nothing that should be avoided.

Thanks for asking. Calypso

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

1) Keep the edit button. Also, deep ‘thank you’ to the kind soul that bolded and italicized the FJM treatment I gave to Rep. Carter last night. 2) A spot writing a weekly column and a salary commensurate with the intelligence and wit I bring to the commentariat. Oh, you meant from you? More policy talk with relevant discussion of proposed spending numbers, funding sources, etc. Maybe some fact checking and number crunching on things Georgia politicians say. My other go-to political sites are typically RCP, FiveThirtyEight, Vox, Politico, The Economist, Saporta Report and the Hill… sites that do a… Read more »

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

1) You’re welcome. 🙂

I don’t know if y’all have the ability to bold (using strong tags) or italicize (using em tags).

analogkid
analogkid

What say we find out?

swgolde
swgolde

1) I don’t understand computers.
2) A regular blog by a marginally attractive Georgia ex-pat. I’m available.
3) Ed.

Nathan
Nathan

Most people tend to avoid Ed.

Demonbeck
Demonbeck

1. A cupholder
2. More comedy. It’ll keep us from getting too serious/angry all the time.
3. Pepsi and the Noid. Always avoid the Noid.

Davo65
Davo65

1. More moderation of comments and participants. Have to say I was on the verge of leaving ‘that other site’ primarily because a known few were just getting to be too much. Insulting responses, blatant exaggerations, grammar Nazi type behavior…none of it should belong in a serious site. Not to be a prude, humor definitely is needed in the realm of politics, but some limits have to be put down. 2. Kindof small potatoes, but could you make more of an effort to identify the district and party affiliation of representatives that you mention. Some of these people are no… Read more »

drjay
drjay

i’d like a diet soda that’s just as tasty as a regular soda without the funny aftertaste…and i’d like this blog to be at the forefront of making 2016 the year of tone loc’s big comeback…

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

I think one wild thing (Ed) around here is enough.

GeorgiaHack
GeorgiaHack

I really liked the cleanness of Peach Pundit. The pictures in the background are nice, but it makes it harder to quickly scan the page to see what you want.

Great job so far.

xdog
xdog

Please add time-stamps to front-page posts. I get confused. If you could break up some of the lengthy posts to an interior page, that would be good too. I don’t know if this has been addressed because I haven’t checked out everything but I hope using Reply will place the post so that it’s clearly a reply to a previous post and not appear somewhere else. I like the idea of identifying reps by party and district. I’d like full disclosure and history of all front-page posters too but I don’t expect that. No scheduled sports posts needed, although I… Read more »

Billy Batts
Billy Batts

I access this blog along with a host of others using Feedly and would love for the full articles (as they are on PP and other sites) to show on the RSS feed instead of just a preview.

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

I have set the feed to push the whole article.

Caralibra
Caralibra

Thanks, that was easy!

Caralibra
Caralibra

I just signed up to chime in with my perspective as a reader of Georgiapol via an RSS reader, Feedly, in my case. Before I get into that, I got an error message after sign up. I was brought to my profile page and this was plastered across the top: Warning: array_pop() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /home/wp_z5bgzw/georgiapol.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/custom-post-types/nova.php on line 390 – I suppose it could be me. I have a WordPress blog of my own and it may be conflicting somehow. I’m not that tech savvy. In regard to visiting this site via an RSS… Read more »

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

I have set the feed to push the whole article.

gsupantherfan1
gsupantherfan1

I like the site. Looks clean and the format is easy to navigate.

I also would be a fan of interviews with legislators from both parties, especially during session to get their opinions on various pieces of legislation, changes that can come in the future, election/campaign updates.

Amiculum Libertas
Amiculum Libertas

1) the site looks great on the computer, the mobile site could be a little neater for those of us that can’t be glued to a computer

2) I would love to see an objective, shall I say it again, objective analysis of mixing religion with politics, the good, the bad, historical examples, present day battles etc…
3) I like poking the hornet’s nest, so as long as gapol pokes a hornets nest with every article, no matter whose side they are poking, I am golden

Keep up the good work guys.

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

The mobile site should be more readable now.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Find Grayson.

drjay
drjay

a serious comment (not that i’m not serious about the tone loc thing, but still) early on the other site was usually not afraid to throw a rumor up on the front page if it seemed to have come from a relatively reliable source,(sometimes it panned out, sometimes it didn’t-it’s an odd comparison but perez hilton was saying that bruce jenner was transitioning, and was dismissed for it, like a year before caitlyn jenner came into existence ) nor did they worry about if they were boring people with the minutiae of some of the more inside baseball stuff ,… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

Could the top ten posts ranked by most recent comments be in the list on the left as opposed to the individual comments and the commenter’s ID?

And just for grins another plug for some means of highlighting the unread comments within each thread.

Oh, and I currently have a post awaiting moderation. Could we get a clue as to why? I didn’t say a *#?X!ing thing off color or offensive.

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Re: New Unread Comments

While we would like to reinstate this option the developer of the original plugin has not supported it since 2008 or so. I had made some changes to it when WordPress changed it’s schemas in 2010 or so, and that worked for awhile. I will do what I can to redevelop this functionality…

Calypso
Calypso

Gracias.

analogkid
analogkid

That would be amazing. Thank you.

Demonbeck
Demonbeck

Can we make it so the threads with the newest posts rise to the front page? This would work well with threads that could be collapsed.

Calypso
Calypso

Is the site running exceedingly slow today (2-17-16) or is my computer getting ready to be FUBAR?

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Fixed it.

Calypso
Calypso

Thank you TDD! Much appreciated.

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Yep. Damn plug-in “update” added a “feature” of slowing everything to a crawl.

Calypso
Calypso

With ‘features’ like that, who needs viruses?

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

So, some of you might have noticed that we spiffied up the comment section. Let us know if this works for you, or if it sucks.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

I dig the new look and functionality.

I cant seem to post using Chrome. It does appear to be plugin related since I tried disabling all plugins and still have the same issue. The POST COMMENT button doesn’t appear. And when I try to reply to a comment by hitting the reply button or liking or disliking a comment, nothing happens. Essentially, none of the new functionalities work in Chrome. Might just be me and my computer but wanted to let you know just in case.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I can’t post with Firefox or Chrome. Only IE. Of course, you probably thought I wouldn’t figure that out. Hah!

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Okay, so until I get the Chrome/Firefox issue resolved we go back to normal.

analogkid
analogkid

Aside from the Chrome issues:

I’m not a fan of the thumbs up/ down thing. I would rather people express their support or disapproval of a comment by posting their own reply comment.

Also don’t like having to expand long comments (although I get why Mgmt might want that).

But other than that, it looked great. 🙂

Calypso
Calypso

“Normal” except we lost the edit feature.