A Whole New Colorado Pols Is Coming…

For eight years, Colorado Pols has set the standard in this state as the most widely read and discussed blog devoted to coverage of Colorado politics. Almost 19,000 blog posts and nearly 500,000 comments later, this site has become an invaluable property for news and opinion about our state’s politics, and the collective wisdom of our authors and community members has become a trusted institution all by itself.

In January of 2013, we’re making major upgrades. We’ve been working for months on a complete redesign of Colorado Pols, and migration to a new software platform. For users, this will mean an enhanced experience, and far better organization of content. You’ll retain your same usernames and passwords once the conversion is complete. Front-page editors will still promote posts to the home page. Over time, we hope to roll out exciting new features, but in the meantime we’ve worked hard to preserve the community you’ve spent years inhabiting.

Best of all, this is a work in progress, and puts us in a position to be better responsive to requests from readers for future improvements. Use this space to freely discuss the types of features you’d like to see in an ideal Colorado political blog, and we’ll see what we can do.

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  1. electrical shocks — anonymously, of course — to certain commenters?

    (If you’re concerned about abuse, you could ration us to one or two a day . . . )

  2. Gray in Mountains says:

    these “upgrades” always leave me confused, bewildered and frustrated

  3. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    That way readability is improved by keeping replies at the same level closer together instead of getting pushed down from intervening nested comments.

    And we could open the can of worms around user ratings.  

  4. parsingreality says:

    It seems that about as soon as I get comfortable with eBay’s latest format, or my banks, they up and “improve” it. It almost always means, if nothing else, more java thingies that take bandwidth and cpu cycles to run.

    The only improvement I would like to see, and I’ll bet a lot of Polsters will echo this, is the ability to edit a post.  Even if only for ten minutes.

    I’ll hold my breath and hope for the best.

  5. UglyAmericanUglyAmerican says:

    1. Mobile support

    2. Subscribe to thread

    3. SMS or email notification of thread update

    4. Easier posting of music videos

    5. Emoji!

  6. Not Dame Edna says:

    Right now, you have to sign out of Colorado Pols and sign on to either Denver or JeffCo Pols and then sign off of that to sign on again to Colorado Pols.

    This wouldn’t be so terrible if it weren’t so hard to just sign on to begin with. I have lost count of the times of my attempts to sign on and being told that my pass word was invalid. Very frustrating especially because I copy and paste the pass word sent to me by Soapbox.

    I suspect that I am not the only person this happens to and probably accounts for the fact that are few to no posts on Denver or JeffCo Pols.

    So, if you could fix that glitch, this would be much easier and much more fun.

  7. Gorky PulviczekG Pulviczek says:

    Either a la Slashdot or at least with a simple “+1″/”-1″ interface for users.

    Slashdot has the advantage that moderation rotates between users, based on their “karma” (the gestalt of the contributions they make to the site).

    But “+1″/”-1″ (along with a way to configure the level at which you see comments) would go a long way toward reducing the impact of election-season morning drive-by spammings.

  8. AristotleAristotle says:

    Pols has needed an update for a long time. At the very least, they need something to make it friendly for smart phones – either a mobile version of the site, or an actual app. And the layout is really out of date.

    I hope that soapblox’s best features are retained (cascading comments, clear labeling of new comments, your comments and replies to your comments…. as you can see, I’m most concerned with being able to follow comments easily, and soapblox kicked every other platform’s ass on that count). And I hope the new features are awesome.

    Count me as excited to hear the news.

  9. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    will be text instead of an image so The Google will index it

  10. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    I’m on SS and that check sure comes in handy.

  11. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    How about the Guvs fix it so ANY spam industry gets some special attention from the legislature. It worked with payday lending, it can work with insurance spam and that guy who keeps posting cut-rate TED bullshit.

  12. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    it includes what’s been happening to me today.

    To wit: I return to a diary and start scrolling down to check on only the red “new” posts. When I reply to one and hit “post” all the rest of the “news” disappear and the only red “new” on the page is by my own post. That leaves no recourse but to re-read the remaining posts to see if they’re new or not.

    This sucks. I hate reading.

    It just started happening this morning. Is Pols already trying out parts of the upgrade? If so: thumb down, 1, unfriend, hide commentor and whatever else becomes available.

    Whoa. Another strange thing just happened. Somehow on “preview” the minus sign on the “1”, above, became a strikethrough on the “1” and partial strikethrough on “unfriend”.

    This site is boehnerizing!

  13. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    If you dislike a given poster you can click ignore on him and his comments disappear from your screen — while still being evident to anyone who has not chosen to ignore him.

      It’s a great way to handle trolls and flame artists without taking away their rights to post.    

  14. Gray in Mountains says:

    I’d like to see the part that says (1 new) in a field of 57 comments be clickable. Not just to get that comment, but to go to the area to see what it is in reply to , etc. Save scrolling

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