Think, Know, Prove–Key Post Options

Think, Know, Prove is a regular Saturday feature, where a topic with both mystery and importance is posted for community discussion. The title is a shortened version of the Investigative Mantra: What do we think, what do we know, what can we prove? and everything from wild speculation to resource referencing fact is welcome here.

Apologies in advance for the Meta nature of this post. TKP is usually reserved for consideration of mysterious or difficult processes and the brainstorming of solutions with an exception now and then. Today’s post is an exception.

Yesterday, I fielded a request/suggestion from Jen Armendarez, who had been discussing the Lounge with a few other ne’er-do-wells at The Roof on Thursday evening (actually, I’m assuming it was on The Roof–she just said at The Wit, so it could have been in their restaurant or in the lobby or something, but I’m going to go with The Roof, because it’s where I would drink were I drinking at The Wit. And I would be tempted, the entire time I was up there, to throw ice cubes at the Social Science offices. But I digress.).

Their idea, as I understood it, was to have some sort of left/right division so that posts about the Chancellor and Reinvention–which would be fewer, more substantive, and so likely to require more care and attention–would not get run off the page by the enjoyable, but less important, regular features and postings.

This is a proposal that has been made before, albeit in a slightly different form, and is not without merit (not to mention challenges). Thus far, we’ve relied on one of five means of keeping posts in the public eye. 1) There is the “Top Posts” list, which shows links to the most read posts of the previous three days; 2) We can make posts “sticky” which keeps them at the top of the page (as with the CAST post above–we also did this with the “Lemons from Lemonade” and “DWFDW Poll” posts; 3) I sometimes post a reminder to go back to another post (as here) with a link to the original; 4) I have, on occasion but not for awhile, re-posted something to bump it back up to the top if I thought it didn’t get the attention that it might otherwise deserve, as with this one; 5) More than anything, though, I’ve relied on reader ingenuity and the archives with the idea being that none of them are ever really gone until they get trashed (which hasn’t happened to anything that’s been posted yet). Maybe it’s time to rethink those options.

So, there are basically four possibilities as far as I can tell (from my perusal of how other blogs handle this issue and in consideration of my very limited technological prowess) unless someone can come up with more:

A) We could find a new “theme” that has two or three columns (along the lines of the HWC Home Web site) and post “Big Topics” in one column and the rest of the stuff in the other(s);

B) I could put a new page along the top titled “Chancellor File” or “Reinvention” and post links to the posts related to the topic up there, so if you wanted to track the Chancellor/Reinvention-related information, you’d just visit that page and you’d have links to what you want, allowing you to read or ignore the rest as you’d like;

C) I could add a menu item on the left side of the home page for particular Category tags (such as “Chancellor” or “Reinvention”) which would allow someone to go directly to all of the posts made in that category in a single click from the home page;

D) We could leave it as is, and tell those whiskey-swillers to pound sand and scroll down (at least until they buy us enough Rooftop cocktails to change our mind, assuming that happens before we all get barred for throwing ice at the Social Science offices).

What do you think? What do you know? What can you prove?

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