Introducing Coastsider’s new Letters section


Posted by on Mon, July 6, 2009

We’re releasing our new Letters section as a way to make it easier for readers to post to Coastsider.

Any stories you post to Letters will immediately appear in the right column of the site. To add your letter to the site, just click on the "Post Letter" link on the top menu bar of any page.

Letters will greatly reduce the wait to get your announcements, events, and opinions on Coastsider.  We will also move letters of general interest to the main column. Letters replace Town Hall, but all existing Town Hall posts will be maintained and we’ll continue to use Town Hall to host Unclassified Ads.

Letters work like any other story. Readers can comment on letters. All comments on letters will appear in our list of recent comments. Letters are indexed and archived with our other stories.

If you don’t have posting access, just set up an account, and send your real name and email address to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we’ll give you access. Instructions can be found on the "Post letter" page.

The rules for Letters are simple.  We reserve the right to moderate all content, but you can’t go wrong with the following:

  • All posters must use their real names, just as they do on the rest of Coastsider.
  • Commercial announcements of genuine public interest, especially entertainment events, can be posted in Letters. But ads for clearance sales, lost dogs, garage sales, etc. should go in Unclassified Ads.
  • Be civil.

 


We need to move to 3 columns.  2 wide, 1 narrow. 

Just a humble suggestion, of course.  ;)

I’m not ready for another redesign yet, but I’m sure there’s room for improvement in the current layout.It’s definitely a challenge to get the the important stuff where people can see it.

The current version of Coastsider was a radical redesign I did 18 months ago.

18 months is like dinosaur eras in internet time.  =]