It looks like some of the technical issues with the new website seem to have been resolved, which is a good thing. And while I am trying to sit on my hands and not be too critical there is a non technical issue that quite frankly bugs me. That issue is why I am posting this here on the blog and sending to nz-libs and not posting to the forums on the new site.
It is to do with membership, groups and forums.
The way the new site is being structured, there is going to be a blog (happy days), where anybody will be able to comment on posts put up by those given posting writes. That’s a good thing. The blog will be moderated.
When you signup for a profile on the website, that profile will be matched against your membership. This will allow you access to members only content and to posting on the forums in an un-moderated fashion.
Each group will have its own forum, and that the ability to access that group will depend on your membership. I.E. unless you are a member of cat-sig you will not be able to join the cat-sig group or join in their discussions.
There is also no general forum for all members to post new content to or to enter discussions. Where could a whole profession discussion of the structure of the site like this occur? Nowhere as far I can see.
I can sort of understand that structure, but I don’t think it is the best one.
I would have had one forum, with each group having it’s own segment. I also wouldn’t limit participation to membership of the groups. I may be on my own there though, but it just doesn’t sit right with me and the community I would like to see built around the website.