Behind the scenes, we’ve been working hard on a major redesign of the website.
Some of this, like the new ‘libcom TV’ video tag users may have noticed already. Other features are in the works (more on which below). We’ll be rolling out the changes in stages rather than all at once, to make it easier for us to fix any problems as we go, and to make it easier for users to adjust to. So, what changes do we have planned?
- A complete redesign of the site theme. In plain English, this means we’ll be changing the look of the whole site, from the front page, the article pages, the lot. The new theme will make space for more user-friendly features and easier to navigate index pages (like the home page). We should be posting up some teaser screenshots soon.
- Expanded blogs section. The new design will include a much-improved blog index, and to compliment this we’re actively expanding the pool of libcom bloggers. You’ll be noticing new bloggers on the site, and many of our existing bloggers will be looking to make more regular contributions as we increase the prominence of the blog section. We’ll do a run-down of libcom bloggers once more of them are up and running.
- Updated and more prominent posting guidelines. In response to user feedback, we’re updating the posting guidelines and trying to make moderation more proactive to make the site more friendly and accessible. Posting guidelines are now linked from every single forum page, as well as the forums index. The 'report' button allows users to flag offending posts for moderators' attention.
- Improved newswire. Once we’ve phased in the above changes, we’ll be looking to improve the newswire. We already have many excellent contributions from around the world, but we’ll be looking to take a more systematic approach with people adopting different areas and/or languages to give the newswire a more global coverage. We'll also be looking to expand local UK coverage, as there's a range of excellent local publications we might be able to republish.
- The new, aforementioned libcom TV, where we’ll be hosting whatever videos we can get our hands on related to contemporary struggles, class struggle history, or any of the other topics you’d expect to find in the library. If you have any recommendations, please post them on this thread.
- Audio content. As well as video content, we'll be looking to add audio content to the site. Please let us know your recommendations of interviews, radio programmes etc which could be added to the library.
Building the new website in the shell of the old!