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What would you change about TC?

Jerod Clark

Moe_NYC
January 30, 2009

I would like to see the design change. Also the ability to connect the posts on facebook / Digg, etc... Content is good, but can use some work. I would also like to see more connectivity with your audience (me). Have a "top posts of the week" or a "most commented post of the week" type of thing. Get us involved and give us a reason to come back, not just to browse but to get us involved. I do love the site, but it can be so much better.

Moe_NYC
January 30, 2009

Disregard my previous message. Never clicked on "share this". I see there the ability to share stories on Facebook / Digg and many others. My bad!

Rupzip
January 30, 2009

I do like the short posts with lots of links if I want more information<br>David<br><a href="http://www.redletterbelievers.com" rel="nofollow">www.redletterbelievers.com</a>

Jerod
January 31, 2009

Thanks for your thoughts. I absolutely agree with connectivity issue. It's my guess that we'll look at a redesign of this website sometime in the next year, so it's something we'll keep in mind.

SiarlysJenkins
January 31, 2009

I would like to see older posts, which received a lot of comment, brought back a couple of times a year for a "where are we now" sort of review. Maybe pick ten or so. Also, when moderators decided not to post, it would he helpful to have a brief email explaining why. There have been times when participants have assumed their contribution was rejected, but didn't know why, tried to rework it to be more acceptable, reposted, then found a moderator simply hadn't been available for a couple of days, and both (rather redundant) posts appeared. We could avoid this, AND provide people some understanding of what to do in the future, with some brief feedback.

Doug
February 2, 2009

How about more frequent posts. There's eight contributors, yet you're not even averaging one post per day as a group.

SiarlysJenkins
February 2, 2009

There should be a process where the original contributor who offers a topic for discussion can monitor the various posts, identify side issues that spin off, and move them into a distinct page or column, so as not to confuse the original issue, or unduly suppress free flow of opinion. For example, the item on Religion and the Obama Administration began with the question, will faith flourish under this administration. A whole lot of people immediately jumped to "Is Obama a Christian?" That's a fun topic, although perhaps a bit arrogant, but it distracts from the original point. So, the moderator could post a note "Many people have posted opinions about whether Obama is a Christian. To read these posts, or respond to them click on &lt;this link=""&gt;." The side issue shouldn't become a new RECENT POST, which could get very cluttered, it should be accessible only from the original main item. There were many posts about abortion, and the strange semantic oxymoron called "gay marriage." That's two more side issues. It could make for more clarity in discussion, and avoid some redundancy also.&lt;/this&gt;

Jerod
February 2, 2009

That's a good idea. In general, we try to let the community police itself in terms of staying on topic. We hope that if a couple of people are in a conversation that's off topic, they will continue the conversation on their own off the site. Unfortunately, when the conversation is about politics, it almost always seems to stray away.

Don
February 3, 2009

this site works good for me as is I recemend no changes.

HiScrivener
February 6, 2009

I might have to agree with frequency. There's a gaggle of you Jesus-loving folk in here. On "The Writing on the Wall", it's just me [married with kids and a load of other things to do] but I crank out daily morsels of cyber unleavened bread. <br><br>Maybe I just can't sleep, but what you guys create is great to read. I would like a little more. <br><br>Peace, <br>HiScrivener

DanDew
February 8, 2009

Seek out and display "original" Christian art and artists, commenting in their "fashion" (with their permission of course).

David Ker
February 14, 2009

Jerod, I've been happy to see the change in comment moderation. It was frustrating for me to have to wait for every comment to be moderated.<br><br>I admit that I don't really understand the whole Disqus thing. I've registered and logged in before but it always seems a bit dorky and obtrusive.<br><br>Seeing the recent list of posts I'm very happy with the breadth of topics and also that a variety of people are posting. I'm especially glad for Mary's posts and not just because she's a chick blogger. She's writing some good stuff.<br><br>A magazine format for WordPress might give the home page some more dynamics. They're quite a bit of work to set up and maintain however. <br><br>I still get the feeling that ThinkChristian is narrowly American, evangelical and male. And as I've mentioned somewhere else it seems reactionary (a post on Halloween) rather than proactive in setting the conversation.<br><br>I would like to start contributing again but I need to get settled in Mozambique first.<br><br>All in all, things look positive.

Jerod
February 14, 2009

It would be great to have you contributing again.<br><br>We haven't changed the comment moderation that I know of, so maybe we're just approving them a little faster. I agree that Disqus is a little bizarre. We'll have to see if we keep it once we do a website update.<br><br>Thanks for your thoughts and I hope all is going well in Mozambique.<br><br>

David Ker
February 14, 2009

One other thing you might consider is reviewing your blogroll. I'm not just saying this because I'm not on it! ;-) I follow many of those same blogs but there is an implied endorsement in blogrolling them so ASBO for example endorses homosexuality and gay marriage in the church. And Exploring Our Matrix doesn't believe in the inspiration of God's Word or in the Resurrected Christ. Again, I dialogue with both these bloggers but their worldviews seem at odds with TCs more conservative stance so maybe that needs to be addressed in some way.<br><br>And the plain-jane WordPress comment system with Akismet gives you all the power you need to encourage dialogue while controlling/moderating inappropriate comments and SPAM.

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