New Missourian site launches; tell us what you think

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 | 12:40 p.m. CDT; updated 7:35 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 24, 2008

The new design of our Web site was launched Tuesday night. Please help us work out the bugs and make it better. Is it working? Are you having trouble viewing a story or video? Anything you can't find? Other things you'd like us to offer?

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Jeremy Littau July 23, 2008 | 1:02 p.m.

Congrats on the Missourian relaunch, I think it's a huge improvement on the previous version. The design is more natural, and I love the newsfeed option on the left side. Which leads to two questions:

1. Is there RSS functionality in this build? I use Flock as my browser now and it usually auto-detects feeds. In some ways this question is based on the success of your design here. I see the feeds on the left and want more, which obviously is a good thing, and my first thought is to customize.

2. Sort of based on the first, but a small suggestion. I LOVE the Latest Comments feature on the left, what I would really like is that the Latest Comments text would be linked like the titles above it so I can load a page that just indexes comments from most recent to least, sort of a separate page for that feed. I see what's being discussed, I want to know what else people are discussing. Again, this is a "need" that emerges out of a good feature you have added to the site, probably one I wouldn't have thought of until I see the possibilities you offer. It would allow me to browse chatter without clicking on every story to see if there is discussion happening, and I think it might be a good step toward getting people involved in conversations and let you build that community you're trying to construct there.

These are probably small suggestions, but adding some input. I especially think #2 would be a great feature, #1 is more for browsing nerds.

Your staff has done a tremendous job with this, they should be proud.

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TJ Royall July 23, 2008 | 2:08 p.m.

Thanks for your kind words!
Addressing your questions, #1 has been fixed. RSS feeds work now (we had to fix a small glitch). As for #2, that is functionality we are currently working on. Expect it soon!

--TJ Royall, Internet Administrator

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