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January 18, 2013 08:13 AM UTC

Welcome and Pardon Our Dust!

  • by: Colorado Pols

SUNDAY UPDATE: We’re continuing to add many new features to the site in response to reader requests. Over the weekend, we’ve rolled out several long-requested functions, like editing of comments (allowed for one hour after posting), and restored popular features from Soapblox such as a tag (*New) to identify new comments in a post. We are looking at implementing other suggestions, and encourage readers to keep posting them.
We’re making our transition to our new website powered by WordPress! We’re excited to roll out significantly enhanced capabilities at Colorado Pols, both immediately and in the future as we continue to settle into our new home.

IMPORTANT: To best preserve the security of all existing user accounts, it will be necessary for all users to reset their passwords by clicking the “Forgot your username and password” link on the right side of the page. This will only be necessary once, but requires access to the email address you originally used to create your account.

Naturally, once we’re switched over, there will likely be a day or two of working through launch-related kinks. Please contact us at to report any bugs or problems accessing your accounts, and thanks for your patience during this transition.


77 thoughts on “Welcome and Pardon Our Dust!

  1. Looks like I made it, but I noticed that I could not read my comments from today’s daily open thread – my name was there, the responses where there, but the body of my comments were not.

    We’ll see what happens here when I click the “post comment” button.

    1. Hey, I see it. I’ll go back to the Friday Open Line in a bit and see if my comments are showing. I will note that I used the email account I have on file, which is definitely not the account I used back when I created it in 2006.

  2. purple? not tru-blue and it will never go red (shudder to think) but is settling on a middlin’ purple trying to appease the GOPers amongst us?

    ignore tag?

    1. If you’re seeing what looks like a formatting error, please take a screengrab and send that to us. If you can identify what browser you’re using, that would help.

      We have quite a bit of work left formatting the display of pages, side columns, etc., so please suggest changes freely and be patient while we implement them. One significant advantage of this move is much greater flexibility to change things than we enjoyed with SoapBlox, so we hope to accommodate reader wishes wherever possible.

      1. My two cents is that the new layout has lots of dead space that requires lots more scrolling than OldPols.

        It feels like the line spacing is almost 1 1/2, for example, and there is a lot of extra space between comments, on the east and west sides, and the like. There is a lot of real estate that could profitably be used.

  3. Is it possible for users to customize their layout?

    I don’t particularly care about the “Posts about the Colorado House/Senate” sidebars, especially not at the top – I want my recent comments and recent diaries and I’m not at all impressed in the way the current layout compresses the older FP diaries down into a narrower column to make way for dueling sidebars.

      1. In fact, the new site does have an image upload capability for posters. We are looking at rolling that out to verified users soon. Our front page editors already have access to it.

        1. If we have that access as FPEs, I haven’t figured it out. In fact, am not sure how to “promote” a diary any more. When I log in as Voyageur I no longer get the stuff I got as an FPE. Did that authority survive my new password or is it seeing me as a new guy? Maybe it just needs a little time to sort it out.

          1. You should have access to the category called “Front Page Posts” when you edit any post–editing being another function you should now have access to. Adding that category promotes a post to the home page.

            In addition, there is a simple “star” selection to make a post “sticky,” which allows it to occupy one of the two wide-column Featured Post slots at the top of the homepage. Note that this function is distinct from the “Front Page Posts” category, it works best if a post is only one or the other. When a post’s time as a featured item is done, generally you’ll “unstar” it to remove it from the top, but add the front page category to make sure it stays on the homepage.

            Remember, posts not appearing on the homepage can still be found on the “Recent Diaries” page, as well as any category index pages it is assigned to. The “sticky” Featured Posts function should only be used for the most important posts, and we reserve the right to change that content at any time.

            We will be rolling out comment controls to the FPEs, a major requested item, very soon as well.

            1. Next question is how do I edit a piece? Do I have to go to Dashboard? When I checked through it, I saw no Front Page Posts category, though I did not publish anything.

              1. FYI, when I back onto the new blog and reset my password, I used a new password. Has it somehow failed to recognize me as an FPE? I don’t see any of the old commands and have no idea how I should edit a piece.

  4. Wanted: return the [new] tag to new comments.

    I live and die by that tag; it’s on my Find bar when I’m reading Pols or Kos or most other blog sites. I will not weed through 100+ comments trying to figure out which ones I’ve already read. I’ll cut short my reading and move on to another diary before suffering through that mess.

      1. We’ve just installed a plugin to accommodate this. Note how it is now highlighting previously unread comments, which should address the issue. We’re working on the configuration for this to display a similar [*new*] string for find purposes.

        As we said, we are better able to accommodate user functionality requests now than ever before. Please continue to make them, and be patient as we seek out solutions.

        1. FYI, it is highlighting more than just the newest since last refresh. I expected some problems and have confidence that you’ll work through them. Are we beta monkeys? I’m willing

  5. I’m really liking the “highlight” for new posts. Makes scrolling faster.
    Can you put a “post comment” button at the top as well as the bottom so one does not have to scroll down to bottom in order to post

    1. The yellow posts have been flagged by the Guvs for Homeland Security to “follow up” with the authors.

      There is one possible way to evade them. Hurry!

  6. I had no idea the site was going to change as I’ve been out of touch for a few days. The cold that’s going around caught me. I like the new look. it. I think it’s more…professional? grown-up? anyway, it’s cool! Well done

  7. My suggestions for what is needed:

    1. Preview mode for comments
    2. YouTube embedding
    3. [new] (I know you are working on this)
    4. Better editor for comments – this is a step backwards
    5. Number of new comments on each post on front page
  8. Couple of points that could be improved if the software allows it.

    1. It would be very helpful to see up front what (if anything) is new since my last visit. Saves a lot of time going through all of the threads for new info.

    2. I would also like to have the link back where we can see a list of our own posts, so we can see if thre are any responses to them. In an arena such as this, it is very easy to chime in on a topic and then forget you did it, so you miss if anyone asks you a question or provides more insight.

    I think the rest of it is just a matter of getting used to it. But I do have to say I liked the simplicity of the old format better. This one is awful “busy”.

  9. Okay, let’s talk about what’s RIGHT with the upgrade.

    One thing I really wanted was something much more smart-phone friendly, and this new site is much more smart-phone friendly. That’s awesome.

    The filing of diaries by topic is pretty cool. For me, personally, that’s something I can’t picture needing now, but maybe I will if I have to search for some past diary.

    The layout, which does need some tweaking (it’s a bit crowded and busy as it is), looks more modern. But it does need tweaking. (I’d like to see responses indented out more – if we can’t click on “parent” to see the original comment, indents will make it easier to follow the line, especially when there are lots of lines.)

    Avatars are great. I’d like them to be bigger – I tried uploading a couple but they were too small to appreciate.

    Giving us HTML tags is cool. I’m with Phoenix Rising – I’d rather have code to use.

    There was a lot of functionality lost, which was expected. Soapblox had lots of neat features, and I’m honestly surprised other platforms hadn’t found a way (or possibly the interest) to incorporate them – the [new] tags, the ability to see one’s own diaries, comments, and responses, etc. I’ll add my voice to the chorus and ask that, if possible to plug those back in, they’d be great to have. But I’ll add that soapblox apparently was not doing any work upgrading their own platform, and it wasn’t sensible to continue working with it in that case.

    Basically, I think the ability to use this site on a smartphone friendly format makes the upgrade worthwhile. It was my chief complaint with the old site for the past two or three years.

    1. I agree with all that, Ari. Particularly about the smartphone stuff…If the Guvs can put back in some of those old conveniences, that would be sweet, if not…eh. my notes were only that. Not bitchin’…

      They coulda just stayed with the old software and milked it for all it was worth, but I give ’em props for taking the risk. I hope all we marginally cybernetic people will be able to keep up. I am sure we can all get through it together…big family that we are.

  10. May I suggest that you go over to Firedoglake and look at their comment box for buttons to do html text formatting. I am suggesting this because it is a WordPress site also.

    Why reinvent the wheel?

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