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So I've had a few questions about my plans for the site. So I wanted to share some of my ideas to let everyone know what direction the site is heading.

The site's code is old and I've been improving it here and there as I go. I'll probably end up re-writing a good bit of it to make it easier to maintain . That's just under the hood stuff, but it needs doing.

The focus on the site was originally to help writers get feedback on their work with the goal of improving it. The comments were always meant to be for that, but now they've become more a discussion on the subject of the work instead of writing. This isn't a bad thing, just not what was intended. I don't want to stop that. But I would like to put some focus back on getting feedback on the work. I'm going to add a new style of comment box that lets you post either a comment, a critique (or both). The comments will work just like they do now. But the critique will ask questions about the work, as you for specific feedback and give you a spot to make comments on the writing. All works posted will have both. There will just be a tab for each. I have some ideas to encourage people to use the critique system as well, but more on that another time.

I'll be revamping the categories a bit. Things like Poetry, Short Story, Article, Review are all TYPES of writing, not categories. This will be fixed and it'll make sorting and viewing things much more logical. We'll be adding more categories as well. I'll ask for suggestions once I get the code in place to handle the new setup.

I'll also be revamping how the home page works. I'm not going to give a lot of detail just yet, but some changes to the home page are coming.

I'll also be adding hope pages for all the major types. For example, if you just love poetry, you'll be able to visit the poetry tab and get just the content from poetry.

There's also things like making it easier to post a series, adding an author mini bio to each post, updating the vote system to a more social style "like" system, and making the site more social in general.

Beyond the revamping of the core of what Lit.Org is, that's the posts and comments/feedback, I'm also planning on adding some new areas to the site, like a blog focused on writing advice, tips, news, reviews and articles.

I'm also working on a plan to get membership back up here at the site. We need more stories and poetry. We need more people to read and comment. And we're getting there.

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Chrispian's plans
sounds good..

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: April 26, 2011 )

marquee style
I'm a huge fan of the marquee style here at LitOrg Chrispian. I like how I can get a complete overview of all of the writing and how it's easy to track the action by simply viewing the comments sections. The Writing Forums format which has the writing broken down into enclaves is less engaging to me. Sort of like factions instead of an overall community of writers. Most of the writers' sites I've visited use the same format as the Forums and it's never seemed as free flowing as what I enjoy here at LitOrg.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: April 27, 2011 )

Forums
No plans to make it anything like forums. I may add forums at some point, but they won't replace anything.

Think of the new home pages for thinks like poetry as a copy of the lit.org home page but just focused on poetry. You can still view all together. The front page will change but the view that's there now will remain an option. I'm adding, not taking away ;)

( Posted by: Chrispian [Admin] On: April 27, 2011 )

Chris is on a roll!
Thanks Chris...I take it FLAMING RULES do still apply though!

Hee's to one big happy family again..to each his own niche`

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: April 27, 2011 )

bless you
Thanks Chrispian .. I feel so much better

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: April 27, 2011 )

Sandbox
Is open for all as long as no one makes a doo doo in it...I try to play nice with everyone - give everyone a chance....I have MPD but only one is allowed here at lit. and we always try to obey the Golden Rule....and yet, we don't like people who talk down to us because they think they are smarter than us...Sure I didn't go to college, that was because I was working my butt off to send my younger sister...We old gals aren't as bad as you think...Can't we just all get along?

( Posted by: Nitz Kitty [Member] On: April 27, 2011 )

change
looking forward to the changes- change is good when done with care...


my warmest
bob

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: April 27, 2011 )

Bea
Yes, Flaming is not permitted. Either the author can delete the flaming posts or other users can report them using the report feature.

I've already had to delete some "trolling" type comments this morning.

( Posted by: Chrispian [Admin] On: April 27, 2011 )

Membership Fees
Cool. I will challange all members to some competition, I will bring in 2 new member for your every 1 new member, or I will send you a copy of my newest book MONSIEUR L'VAMPYRE AND FRIENDS, available at all finer book dealers online.

Just tell me you accept my challange and I will honor the first 3. I also think Chrispian should start charging admission , say a 10$ monthly or 100$ annual fee.

Let the games begin.

( Posted by: veebdosa [Member] On: April 28, 2011 )

speech or speach?
Well, Nizzy Kitty, I love your altitude, woops, Obama speakin nows....(He will go down as one of the great speaker presidents of all time...

( Posted by: veebdosa [Member] On: April 28, 2011 )

Changes to Lit
I'm curious if you could make it so that when we post our works we can use functions like Italics and Bold?

( Posted by: HeRoCoMpLeX [Member] On: April 30, 2011 )

Funky formatting in Lit posts
@Dave: I think the functions you're looking for can be created using the coding shown on this rather hard-to-find page: http://www.lit.org/bbcode.php

I've had it bookmarked for a long time because I can never remember where to find it otherwise! : )

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: May 1, 2011 )

@Linnie
Thanks Linda,

I never you could do all that. I'm not much a "techno" type dude. I assume this an html type deal but that's as far as my knowledge goes. However, I will put this to good use. Thank you very much!

Dave

( Posted by: HeRoCoMpLeX [Member] On: May 1, 2011 )

Site Updates
Chris,

Unfortunately I have been absent from the site for a while but am interested in reading your plans. May I take this opportunity to say what I like about the current site and where I feel modifications would help attract and keep members interested.

The layout of the home page is second to none and is the main reason I have enjoyed using Lit.

Comments:
I have always thought that actually critiquing work politely should be the main reason for comments on the work. I do however include in
this comments not only on the writing but on the subject. I really feel that we write, both poetry and prose to see what reaction it gets and I would be happy for this to still be possible.

Of Topic Comments:
It would seem to me that apart from messaging, which I do not like using except for personal things or maybe private comments that you wish to make about skill that should not be openly shared (and I do mean helpful ones), there is nowhere to actually 'Talk' to member except under the comments section which is possibley quite insulting to the person who posted the piece originally as these 'of topic' threads become the main theme of the post.

Mabe a 'Chat' section that is open publicly would help in this respect with a link from the original post to direct you to a 'specific' chat thread developed from the original post? I am not sure if this is what you have already mentioned, but if it is then I fully agree.

Posting:
The main reason most other poetry sites are used in preference to Lit I feel is the fact that submitted work is published immediately! I know this is frought with difficulties and requires 24/7 moderation but maybe there is a solution. Would it not be possible for members who have been around for a while to have their poetry immediately posted on trust that they abide by the rules? It would seem ludicrouse that normal comments are immediately posted when these over the years are the main reason for problems whilst the original work is not??

I know controls have been brought in even to comments in the past but feel that these 'controls' should be applied only to the offending members??

Lit is certainly the best site on the net and I acknowledged the support I got from Lit I in my book 'Ivors Ramblings! I am looking forward to the new version of the site and hope it draws back old members and becomes the Primary site for anybody new seeking an outlet for their work that adds to the experience of putting pen to paper. (even virtually)

Ivor

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: July 14, 2012 )

April 26, 2011
Hi Ivor

I think you are looking at rather an older "Plans for Lit"

I am guessing most of the new work has been done and dusted and the only hold up is a few glitches

See http://www.lit.org/view/52174.

BTW sorry for inferring you had written two books maybe you just had enough material but not enough time in your retirement for the second one....

( Posted by: Fairplay [Member] On: July 14, 2012 )

Lit Plans
Chris,
Sorry I now see that this was posted in 2011 not 2012, however, I have not yet noticed a lot of difference in the site but I have been absent for a long time....

Ivor

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: July 14, 2012 )





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