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March 1, 2011

Tweaking the Bag

For those of you for whom The Bag has been near and dear to your heart, and especially to our loyal commenters who might be wondering right now where all the comments went (if they are still AWOL … like those Wisconsin Senators), here’s an update….

Since our makeover last April, we have been aware — in a few cases, wincingly — that the site was missing a few bells or was in need of some different whistles.  Having saved up a few dollars from your contributions, we are ready to tackle some modifications to boost our functionality.  Certainly, the Wordpress commenting utility we have been using, especially after the Typepad system, has been pretty woeful. No comment previewing — an absolute must! No email notification. No signing in via other networks. And, who could figure out how to make a gravatar?  Anyway, we hope that once Disqus is fully installed, configured and shaken out (likely in the next day or so), we can get back to deconstructing the photos and talking back-and-forth in proper style … the way we have since 2004.

And then, we have a long list of other things we’re drawing a bead on, also. Shortly, for example, we’ll be: addressing the legibility problem in the Originals section which has been vexing so many of you (and, us too!); swapping out the weak slideshow utility and implementing some additional layout formats for looking at pictures; implementing a better way to share and tweet posts and view related posts; creating a submission method for tips, photo suggestions and your analysis; and a whole lot more.

In the meantime, I want to thank you for your loyalty to the site and your committed participation in the conversation. Above all, I can’t wait to start disqus-ing the pictures in a way that does greater justice to your ownership in The Bag and the quality of your thoughts and analysis.

– Michael

  • Enoch Root

    You want Drupal. :-)

  • RhZ

    Ha Enoch, I prefer Modx, but I think the real problem is that they are dependent on hired help for these things. Which gets costly.

    Good luck peeps.

  • Gasho

    Always happy to see progress and this feels clean, but it also seems UPSIDE DOWN. I liked the first comment at the top, so you could read right down the page and comment on each other’s comments without having to go to the bottom first after reading Michael’s comment on the top.

    Just a thought.

    • Anonymous

      Gasho, try the drop down menu right under the comment box and select “sort by oldest first.”

  • tinwoman

    The technical issues bother me less than the choice of pictures. I’m a big political junkie but I would like to see us mix it up some, with some more pictures from pop culture and a lot less of the NYT focus (how many of us read that?) Thanks for letting me put in my two cents.

    • Anonymous

      Seems we’ve always done that but maybe not nearly enough lately. If you have pics to suggest, contact us at openbag AT bagnews DOT com. Thanks for the feedback.

  • BooksAlive

    Gosh, this is very pretty. And yes, I never asked for the preview but have needed it. Hope my Avatar comes right along. Keep up the excellent work, Michael.

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