Achtung! Everyone read about OUR re-launch!

OK, it's not really a re-launch. I just said that to get you to read this. Did it work?


Anyway, a few months back I asked for suggestions for how to improve the site. A great many excellent suggestions were made, especially by Lumbering Jack, but only one really requires a lot of prep time. And that is: DEATH TO ALL GROUPS!


Well, not all of them. But the consensus was that Groups were superfluous, and split conversations into more than one place, and were confusing for newbies, and caused genital warts.


Now, not all Groups were unnecessary. Here are the ones I intend to keep:


WILD CARDS: This singular interest with almost zero overlap with comics really needs a "room" where Wild Carders can gather and do their thing. This is the one place I think Groups functions the way it's supposed to.


COMICS NEWS: Because otherwise all the press releases that I ... um, I mean, Newsboy posts would sorta overwhelm the front page teases.


THE TIMELINE GROUP: This Group was created by the Baron as a home for all of his Earth-44 stuff, which is so huge I would not dream of asking him to move it all. If I can, I'll rename it "Earth-44 Timeline Group" (but I'm not sure I can).


MODERATORS: Don't look over here. There's nothing over here. This is not the Group you're looking for. (Seriously, this is a private "room" for the Mods to discuss problems freely without worrying about hurt feelings. We need the room, because e-mail has proved too clumsy.)


And I propose to add a Group at some point, that will be ARCHIVES or FAQ or somesuch as a place where we can park things we will reference in future: Board rules, columns with lots of good information, FAQs, Moderator contacts, boilerplate legalese, stuff like that. If anyone can suggest a name to cover all that, I'm all ears!


Anyway, I intend to delete all the rest. Which means:


1) If there's a group you think has a compelling reason to exist that you want to convince me to keep, you'd better get to convincing, and


2) If there's a thread or a post in any group that you want to save, get to saving it. Cut and paste to another thread somewhere, or start a thread and paste it, or whatever. Because when I delete a given Group, I doubt I can resurrect anything.


And when will I delete this Groups? You fools! Why would I explain my master plan and give you time to stop it? I did it 20 minutes ago! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


Just kidding -- I couldn't resist the Watchmen reference. Anyway, I thought a month would be enough time, so how about Aug. 1 for The Big Delete?


As ever, spout off, Legionnaires. This is your site, and I'm doing this to make it better. If I'm NOT gonna make it better, then let me know!


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Comment by Mark Sullivan (Vertiginous Mod) on July 10, 2011 at 12:46am
Well naturally I just created a link to the Vertigo group in my current blog entry. That's OK, though, I can always change it later. I agree that there would be at least the potential for more discussion if it wasn't off by itself as a Group.
Comment by Jeff of Earth-J on July 10, 2011 at 9:26am
Good move. The four groups you mentioned would be the four to keep. I also think the archives sounds like a good idea.
Comment by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on July 10, 2011 at 9:58am
Sounds good to me.
Comment by Rich Lane on July 10, 2011 at 10:56am
I agree with this.  I think generally the groups work only in a far more broad focused site with a far, far larger membership (as in the thousands and thousands range).  For a site like this, it does exactly what Cap just stated.
Comment by The Baron on July 10, 2011 at 2:46pm
Thanks again, Skipper!
Comment by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on July 11, 2011 at 9:30am
I don't really care for the "Photos" at the top of the main page.
Comment by Lee Houston, Junior on July 11, 2011 at 10:42am

The only suggestion I can make at this time is to take and make the news threads a little more prominent on the front page, like a sidebar maybe.

Being a Captain Comics board member, I get the e-mail notices that news has been posted, but can never locate them when I come directly to the site, so have to backtrack to the e-mail and click the link.

Just my 3 cents (adjusted for inflation) on the matter.

But I definitely agree on adding the Archives and FAQ sections, although you might want to check with the existing groups to see if there is anything from their soon to be deleted rooms that might qualify for those forthcoming sections.

Comment by Mickey McLaurin on July 11, 2011 at 10:56am
I think we should restart the numbering at pi.
Comment by Jeff of Earth-J on July 11, 2011 at 12:20pm
I don't really care for the "Photos" at the top of the main page.

Me, neither.
Comment by Captain Comics on July 11, 2011 at 5:01pm
OK, OK, I moved it! Sheesh!


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