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Poster: satchmo Date: May 15, 2006 4:07am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Browse collection

I record and upload many shows in support of the archive and completely appreciate and advocate the use of this resource. I'm surprised that you take my suggestions as negativity instead of seeing it as a suggestion to make the site better instead of worse.

When you redesign a site one of the most important goals is to make it easier for people to use not more difficult, hence my post regarding the excuses which sound like they come from a gov't agency. No need to resort to name calling.

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Poster: Brad Leblanc Date: May 15, 2006 7:06am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Browse collection

In the context of this discussion, I'm not sure how this out of nowhere statement:

"You guys are starting to sound like government agency."

Can be seen as anything other than an insult. As soon as someone starts throwing mud, they aren't worth spending time responding to (a.k.a forum troll - picking verbal fights)

If that's not how you intended it, I'm sorry - maybe be a little more careful with your choice of words next time.

When you redesign a site one of the most important goals is to make it easier for people to use not more difficult

Have you uploaded anything? Re-tagged your files and re-created the derivatives? Checked anything out and replaced 1 or 2 files without asking someone else to help? Have you noticed that the process of checking items into the collection is much faster? I'm guessing you haven't. If you are a contributor, the site is 10 times better. This was the main reason for the changes - to make it easier for them, and it did in a huge way. Without the people who send recordings, this website wouldn't exist and they were in drastic need of improvements. The rest of the features being called for will come with time if they are possible with the new architecture.

What is needed to get there is patience. The feature requests that were clear and well illustrated have all been considered and documented for the engineers to build. Please don't expect all of them to be done in a week. Now that the old system is shut off, they can spend less of their time maintaining that and more of their time building improvements into the new system.

More posts about "you should have done this or that" do nothing more than clutter up the forum so please refrain. The change has been made and is now irreversible.

This post was modified by Brad Leblanc on 2006-05-15 14:06:01

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Poster: Allen Gaitor Date: May 15, 2006 11:45pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Browse collection

You may not want to clog up the forum with "pat on the back" comments, so I'll be brief. I think the archive is incredible and a tremendous service. Thanks to all who work on it.