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I am in the process of uploading the new version of Lit.Org. You will see some oddities over the next few hours. Please be patient while I get everything switched over. I'll post an update when everything is complete.

Ignore the mess in the mean time!

Chrispian H. Burks
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The following comments are for "New Version going Live!"
by Chrispian

It's Faboo!
I love the new stuff! It's awesome.

The e-mail this item and discuss this item features don't seem to be responding to my mouse pointer, I assume this is because some things are still under construction?

Still and all, very good stuff. I like.

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: March 13, 2004 )

Slow Lately
I've noticed things have been very slow since the comment verification process has been in effect -- there seem to be fewer submissions, comments and page views all around.

Is the comment verif. permanent? Or will that suspend at some point if things seem to be going smoothly?

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: March 13, 2004 )

re: slow
Pen, indeed some of the strange things are still due to the changes. I haven't quite finished with everything yet, though we are much closer now. Things are going nicel.

haze, Only the ratings in the story tools should not yet be available. I've tested the others and they seem to be working. Can you please let me know if they are working for you, and if not, tell me what browser are you using and are you on windows/mac etc. and I'll figure out what's going on.

As for general slowness, I think this time it's just a matter of perception. We get an email every time a comment is sent in and it's validated within minutes. There is rarely a time a comment sits for more than 15 or 30 minutes. As for the volume, we've had nearly as many per day as usual. And submissions are on the rise still. We validate approx 18 poems a day and up to 18 stories (usually only 5-10 stories are in the queue at one time).

One thing certainly is slower and that's the rapid fire "chat" that happens in comments that usually only happens when the comments go a little off center. That has indeed slowed down, which was the whole purpose. I am very pleased with the results so far.

( Posted by: Chrispian [Admin] On: March 13, 2004 )

Quick Correction
The new site is great from what I've seen so far, but I have to call you on a little mistake in the introduction at the top of the page where it says "Lit.Org is a community for Readers and Writers. We provide a place to share your ideas and thoughts. You can use publish your stories, poems, essays.." No need for that 'use' in there, right? Other than that, keep up the great work!

( Posted by: Virtex [Member] On: March 14, 2004 )

re: virtex
Nice catch. That's what happens when you edit copy at 2am. ;)

I still have to revise that copy and write the new user tour that it will lead into.

Also, take a look at the top of posts on on author profiles, you can now add authors to your favorites, a tool that will be put to use soon.

( Posted by: Chrispian [Admin] On: March 14, 2004 )

It's funny, Crowe, I could have sworn that there were only five new posts in the poetry section, yesterday. So I went and checked and nope, you're right, there's a respectable twelve.

I think the real reason that led me to believe submissions were down is because my work has been showing up on the front page the day after submission -- rather than the usual two. I suppose it just goes to verify that old saying about what happens when one assumes, because I assumed this was due to a fewer number of submissions ahead of me in queu.

When I posted around three o'clock, yesterday, I misspoke. I meant that "rate this item" (rather than "e-mail") and "discuss this item" options weren't responding to my mouse pointer. The "discuss" option seems to be working now, and I'm eager to see how that works.

So, judging from your happiness with the new status quo, I suppose comment verify will remain in place for some time? Ok. I liked being able to get a quick response to some of my querries ("what'd ya mean by blah-blah-blah in the first line of etc") but if it truly makes things better around here I'm down with that.

One last thing, and this may be just my browser, but the print on the page is jogged over past the new yellow line to the left of my screen making it difficult to read posts (this wasn't there yesterday afternoon but showed up when I re-logged in around ten last night). Is this just a glitch with loading? With the old system the page would sometimes re-load with extra large print but then refresh at proper size. Or is there a typo in the new code?

The new set-up is really lovely. Thanks again for a great site.

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: March 14, 2004 )

Off topic I know
But I've nopticed that my comments get posted on avcerage within 5 minutes or less. Unless the arbiters are skulking 24/7 there is chicanery afoot ;)

( Posted by: Enforced Bliss [Member] On: March 15, 2004 )

Put the write in the white
Love the changes so far, but there is one thing you should still work on.

Whenever I click on a post of writing, be it mine or someone else's, I notice that not all of the writing is in the "white" area of the page, as is the section where you submit comments.

At least 1/3 of each paragraph is found in the "grey" area of the page, and there is a lot of "white" left blank. I even see a little bit of writing on the yellow line seperating the grey and white areas. Does anyone else see this on their computers?

I find writing difficult to read when it's in the "grey" area. I believe that it's all supposed to be in the "white" area (logic and common sense would suggest this) and this should be so.

Chris, I look to this matter being resolved in the near future. :>)

( Posted by: davewriter [Member] On: March 17, 2004 )

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