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[Motd] What is missing?ANN.lu
Posted on 19-Apr-2000 09:39 GMT by Christian Kemp12 comments
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Most of the scripts behind ANN need updating or a complete rewrite. But apart from that, what do you think is missing on here? What would make you visit more often, participate more? Which features would make you stay longer, read more pages...? Right now, ANN is getting visits from between 2000 and 2500 unique IP addresses per day, but will only generate about 6000 pageviews per day, this month. That means an average visitor sees less than 3 pages per day, which is not much considering the wealth of comments, the polls, etc. What do you think?
What is missing? : Comment 1 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Nathaniel Downes on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
DO you need a hand? ANN has turned into a huge site, I'm wondering if you could use a hand maintaining it?
What is missing? : Comment 2 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Johan Rönnblom on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
The reason why most people only visit 2-3 pages is imho that ANN is
nicely and efficiently structured and you don't NEED to view more than
that to get most of the information you're looking for. This is
exactly the thing which makes ANN good, you don't have to wade
through dozens of pages. Please keep it this way. :)
What is missing? : Comment 3 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Spudley on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Johan Rönnblom):
Agreed completely.
You've got a really good and efficient site design here.
But you're after ideas for improvements?
1. Would be nice to be able to set my prefs, and have the site recognise me when I return, so I don't have to keep setting them. Without that option, setting the prefs seems rather pointless. Perhaps use cookies, or just try to recognise my IP address?
2. Some sort of scoring system, so we can rate articles. (Having said that, I guess the number of comments is quite a good way of judging already?)
Hmm.. can't think of any more right now. :-)
Hope those are helpful :-))
See ya!
Simon C.
What is missing? : Comment 4 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by DanDude on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
The details section does not work when posting a new article. That's all I can
think of ATM.
What is missing? : Comment 5 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Wile Bill on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
I agree with #2, it's all right there on the first page. I come here mainly for news and the comments so I can get a better perspective on what's going on in the Amiga world.
Good job, Christian.
What is missing? : Comment 6 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by drakki on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
i agree. ann is great. it's my homepage at school and keeps me up to date. i use ann to keep up with news and the links to the other news sites. since your leaders for news items are well done there often isn't a need to go for more in depth. this is a credit to how well you've done the site.
only suggestion i can think of is that, although its better now than it was at first, the number of program announcements isn't that high. but this probably wouldn't increase the number of pages generated...
its a good site. Thanks!
What is missing? : Comment 7 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Mark S. Hone on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (Spudley):
In Reply to Comment 2:
1. Would be nice to be able to set my prefs, and have the site recognise me when I return, so I don't have to keep setting them. Without that option, setting the prefs seems rather pointless. Perhaps use cookies, or just try to recognise my IP address?
** end quote **
Hi Simon!
If I understand correctly you are refering to the display prefs (which articles to show). In which case, simply select your options, press go and store the resultant page in your hot list.
Hope this helps,
What is missing? : Comment 8 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Franklin Cheney on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
I would like a link to many FAQs', a fonts drawer for up/downloading new
fonts, same for sound samples. How about translator services for german,
spanish, etc where one could type in needed text...and of course, the
wonderful compilation of links from the ghost of cucug.org...maybe still
around on a russian mirror?
and a brainstorm area where nontechies could have ideas ripped to shreds
or evaluated intalogintlee by developers, before giving them to Jim:'}
What is missing? : Comment 9 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Joseph "Floid" Kanowitz on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
Hm. Doubt you'd want to switch over to Slashcode (or would that even be possible?) after putting all the work into your current scripts... but it'd be rather nice to have some of the Karma/moderating system of Slashdot. That way I wouldn't have to see people's ads and such...
All you'd really need is a login mechanism (to prevent abuses), and a voting mechanism on each article.. just a +/- link.. if someone finds the article to be good, it gets moderated up a point, if it's drek, it's moderated down... and then news could be displayed sorted, with the best stuff on top and the least important expiring first when a new article comes in.
What is missing? : Comment 10 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Hyperjon on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
Have you thought about becoming Amiga's first and best portal? Yahoo gets thier page views by offering lots of stuff for people to do for free. They do a good job of trapping thier audience. This may be the direction you want to go. I've noticed that Amiga.org seems to already be trying to go this route. They have really enhanced their site lately. BTW, I don't participate much, but I'm one of your daily hits. I only visit ANN and Amiga.org. Between the two sites, I usually get all the Amiga news that's out there. Thanks.
What is missing? : Comment 11 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by John Millington on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
A threaded view of comments would be nice. For example, the recent Antigravity
story had discussion about the pros and cons of open source, but also wandered
into a subthreads about political systems. With a threaded view, readers would
be able to quickly bypass trees that wander from topics that interest them.
What is missing? : Comment 12 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Victor on 18-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
It would be useful if the "In Reply to Comment #" text would be a LINK. (Especially in case of a far reference.) Probably it's easy to add as there are the quick links already.
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