Based on your feedback, we made some significant changes to the site yesterday in an effort to make things easier to use. Below is a rundown of the tabs and what you’ll find under each of them.
What do you think? Keep the feedback coming.
HOME. Main screen. Biggest thing to note here is the Notes From the Moderator column. Look here for site news, policy changes, announcements, and updates like this. You’ll also see recently active members on the right, as well as a listing of the topics we’ve created. We’ll likely add and revise topics as we go along.
ACTIVITY. This tab shows ALL the activity, with the most recent at the top. It shows new discussion threads, comments, replies … everything. You can click the links (in blue) to read more on each item. You can also post an update here. This is a status update, similar to what you’d post on Facebook.
MEMBERS. You can see, sort and search all site members and their latest status updates. Click the tab view to see only the people you are friends with (linked to). Click on a name to go to their profile page to see all their posts or send them a private message.
TOPICS. Here are all the topics we have created. Click on one to read the threads in each topic. We plan to add more topics as we go along, so let us know if you have any ideas. ‘Around the Home’ and ‘Tech’ will be added soon.
DISCUSSIONS. This is my favorite place to start. Discussions are threads — individual conversations that you can reply to. You can sort the threads to see the most recently active or the ones with the most posts. Click on the title to read more and reply. At the top, you can click ‘new thread’ to start a conversation of interest to you. Any topic, you post it, you start the discussion. Don’t forget to select a topic forum for your thread. You can also add topical tags. On the right, you’ll see Forum Thread Tags, showing recent and popular tags. Click one to see everything tagged with that topic.
BAKERSFIELD.COM. We call this the Bread Crumb, it takes you back to our main site.
• Favorites vs. likes. Like a comment but don’t really have anything to add? Click like to show your support. Like a thread so much you want to hang on to it? Favorite it. Favorites are like bookmarks, you can view all your favorites on your profile page.
• You can add up to three links to your posts and comments. If you have more than three links, your posts and comments go to moderation. This helps prevent spam.
• Chris (BIG round of applause for Chris for all his work!) will be adding the site footer to the bottom of the page to direct you to things across the Bakersfield.com network. That will probably appear on Friday.
I think that’s it for now. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Thank you for all your feedback.
Meet-up at Starbucks in The Marketplace on Ming 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday. Hope to see you there!