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    Phase 2 rollout!

    Phase 2 rollout!

    The long-promised Phase 2 is here:

    Phase 2 will take place sometime over the summer [hah!], hopefully sooner rather than later.  Phase 2 will include the creation of a format off the home page for registered users in which we can focus on specific political races, topics, or candidates independent of any particular blog post.  This will be in keeping with my goal of focusing the blog on a relatively small number of races which are flying under the radar in which we may be able to make a difference for conservative candidates, similar to what I tried to accomplish in the 2010 elections.

    Phase 2 finally has arrived.  Notice the new navigation bar above?  That’s how you access the focus pages, which will rotate through the bar at random, or hit “More” to see them all.

    The focus pages are set up to allow registered users to comment (with most recent on top) on a specific race or topic apart from regular blog posts, and to keep each other apprised as to what is happening independent of my posts.  Here is my sketch which gave rise to the focus page format:



    Thanks to Ed Burns for putting my thoughts into pixels.

    As of now, there are only three races selected, my home districts (RI Senate and RI-01), plus Allen West in FL-22.  I’m still sorting through the other races to focus on, but it’s more difficult because of redistricting.  I remember your prior recommendations, but please feel free to update me in the comments.

    As time goes on, I’ll be adding more races, and perhaps some other special focuses.

    I’ve also added a Tip Line page where you can alert me and each other to news items, video links, etc.  (those who e-mail me can continue to do so, as well).  We’ll see how that works and if it’s a keeper.

    Hope you like it, and find it useful as we move into the most important election season since The Great Depression.


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    Ipso Facto | November 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Please don’t forget Operation Counterweight. We really need to focus on the Senate and House elections as well as state house elections. God forbid Obama gets re-elected, we will need a Republican/Conservative US Senate and House to frustrate him to high heaven and keep him from doing much more damage.

    May I suggest from a usability standpoint that the most recent comments appear last as it currently is. What makes L.I. interesting are the comments shaped by or in response to preceding comments. This chronological log a la iChat/iM is easier to read/follow than otherwise. We would be in effect scrolling backwards to get the context of a developing thread.

    The FOCUS strip is brilliant + is a great resource for grassroots activists. Smart upgrades like this is what sets L.I. apart from other armchair conservative blogs.

      William A. Jacobson in reply to Aucturian. | November 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

      My concern with the usual chronological order is that these post will remain open indefinitely requiring readers to scroll through months-old comments to get to the most recent. I’ll have a better feel once activity on the pages picks up in the new year, and we always can go back to the old comment format if this isn’t working.

    Aarradin | November 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I’d put the ‘tip line’ in a permanent spot on the sidebar. Say, right below your picture perhaps, rather than having it float around on the focus bar.

    Otherwise, keep up the good work. The last big upgrade was a major improvement, can’t wait to see what you come up with for the next one.

    Ma Kettle | November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    The new additions are great. Cutting edge blogging… Ahead of the curve…Your setting the blog bar for the future. You get the picture. Well worth the wait. Thanks for all you do.

    herm2416 | November 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    OUTstanding! You, sir, are deeply appreciated? I like that you ask us for ideas : )

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