Many of you have notice that I have made some changes to the website during this last week since the new redesign last weekend. I have listened to some of your thoughts and here is a list of some new changes:
Recent Comments Minimized
The Recent Comments on the home page is now automatically minimized so it does not take too much space for visitors who do not want to see the comments. If you want to see the most recent comments on the home page, you can just put your mouse over it and it will show you the latest 9 comments. If you put your mouse over a comment, it will also show you what post the comment is in and if you click on it, you will go directly to that comment.
Recent Readers Removed
I have removed the Recent Readers from the sidebar and now there is only the Google Friend Connect. Please consider joining chinaSMACK as a member. We will do special things with this feature in the future. The sidebar maybe look a little ugly right now but I hope to improve it soon.
Featured Content Gallery
There is a featured content gallery on the home page and on the top of the sidebar for every other page. This is similar to the old Featured Posts area but will show the newest posts from the last week. You can click on the picture to go to that post, or click on the left or right of the picture and the Featured Content link to see more posts. I hope it will make it easier for visitors to see what is new and what else is on chinaSMACK.
This is a feature some visitors have ask for before. You can now vote up for a comment you like/agree with and vote down for a comment you do not like/disagree with. If a comment receives many negative votes, the comment will be hidden but the will not be deleted and can still be viewed if you choose to do so.
I am not really sure I like this idea but I will test it for some time. This feature will only be good if everyone uses it correctly and respectfully. I hope there will not be a lot of negative votes and hidden comments because people will think and write carefully before they comment instead.
If people misuse this, I will remove it. I think it is good for people to say what they think and it is good for other people to hear and respond. People should learn how to peacefully share ideas and mutually communicate. I do not like the thinking that people should control if other people can speak or not speak. However, I also do not think it is right to bother/harass other people. It is okay to disagree but it is low character to do this kind of thing and I have banned people in the past for doing this. I know we cannot stop everyone from being rude or bad-natured, but I hope we can try our best to respect each other even if we disagree about some things.
Please let me know what you think and any helpful suggestions you may have in the comments below. Thank you for your support.