Power to the People

You may have noticed that we’re tinkering with some template ideas. In particular, drop-down menus look fun and promising. However, they can’t be everywhere. (Or can they?).

We’re interested in your thoughts. As readers, do you like the drop downs? Where (if anywhere) do they need to be implemented?

We’ve followed comments and e-mails about this topic. Now, in an attempt to get some information in a simple, easy to access place, we’ve set up a poll. (Yes, it uses that awful free-poll software, and so there are advertising banners on the results page. That’s a trade off I’m okay with, since I don’t have the time to create my own poll from the ground up).

Please let us know what you think of the changes. The comments are also open. If you have any questions or suggestions, we’re listening.

For each category, please rate it on a scale from 1 (hated) to 5 (loved). If you love the change of “Who we are” to a drop down menu, rate that “5.” If you hated the change of the bloggernacle links to drop down, rate that a “1.” And so forth.

And now, here’s the poll:

Moved to Drop Down Menu: Who We Are (Bios)

1- Hate it a lot
5- Love it a lot

Moved to Drop Down Menu: Most Popular Entries

1- Hate it a lot
5- Love it a lot

Moved to Drop Down Menu: Features (Sunday School Lessons, etc)

1- Hate it a lot
5- Love it a lot

Moved to Drop Down Menu: Bloggernacle Links

1- Hate it a lot
5- Love it a lot

Moved to Drop Down Menu: Other Links (LDS website, other religious, etc)

1- Hate it a lot
5- Love it a lot

View Results

18 comments for “Power to the People

  1. Kaimi
    January 13, 2005 at 6:51 pm

    What a lousy poll generator — it had bits of extraneous code all over the place. I think I’ve gotten rid of them all. I wouldn’t recommend them for future use.

  2. January 13, 2005 at 7:01 pm

    Sheesh — drop-down menus, polls…. you guys are becoming BCC-lite!! What’s next, made-up names for links? Posts from Kristine??

  3. January 13, 2005 at 7:08 pm


    They also appear to have stolen my idea of posting a creative commons license. [Actually those are popping up all over the blogosphere so it probably wasn’t my influence].

  4. January 13, 2005 at 7:09 pm

    Yeah, but like anybody cares about that…

    /stumbles in a rush to grab the code/

  5. January 13, 2005 at 7:15 pm

    Steve and William,

    Taking credit for drop down menus, polls, the CC license. Next thing we’ll learn is that the two of you shared a garage with Jobs and Wozniak. ;-)

  6. January 13, 2005 at 7:21 pm

    The garage is correct — but it was Hewlett and Packard.

  7. January 13, 2005 at 7:28 pm

    And that uber-babe, Carly Fiorina.

  8. January 13, 2005 at 7:36 pm

    Of course,for the record it should be noted that Steve and I were working on an innovative project that would give electric typewriters the ability to produce type in up to four different colors. Our prototype weighed 45 pounds and the colors were black, blue-black, midnight indigo and chartreuse.

    It totally would have revolutionized memos, fund-raising letters, etc. If we could have just worked out the quadruple ribbon threading system, we would be millionaires right now.

  9. Bryce I
    January 13, 2005 at 9:53 pm

    Kaimi, you can get free PHP/MySQL or just PHP poll modules that you can just drop into your blog — no outside servers, no advertising.

  10. January 14, 2005 at 10:58 am

    I don’t understand the purpose in having drop down form fields to act as links.

  11. January 14, 2005 at 1:29 pm

    Kaimi, while we’re on the subject, three small suggestions that would improve my experience at T&S, if you care at all. By the way, I’m not sure at all that some of these problems can be fixed, but I’m just throwing it out there:

    1. When I click anywhere on T&S, it takes me to the linked page. When I’m done reading the linked page, I hit back on my browser and wish to be taken back to the same place on the T&S site that I had originally been. Unfortunately, it always takes me to the very top of that page, so I have to then relocate the comment, (often one comment in a very, very long thread of comments), or the sidebar link (if I’d been on the front page), where I’d started. For example, for those of us who look at a variety of blogs using the sidebar here, you have to click on the link, read the blog, hit back, and then scroll back down again to the blogroll to find the next blog you want to read. Sort of a little bit of a pain. is there anyway to make it so that when I hit the back button I’m taken directly back to the link I had clicked in the first place? (I’m using Netscape, by the way, in case the problem is unique to that browser).

    2. When I click on the recent comments list, it takes me to that very comment in a thread. However, because the page often takes a few seconds to load, I am often scrolling up the thread to see previous comments in order to get the context of the conversation. By the time I’ve located a good point to start reading the conversation, the page suddenly finishes loading and then forces me back down to the end of the thread, away from where I’ve been reading. Again, a very small annoyance, but annoying nonetheless. Can’t think of any way to fix that, but thought I’d mention it.

    3. In your new placement of the comments policy, you spelled comments with three ‘m’s.

    All given in the spirit of improvement– thanks for caring!

  12. john fowles
    January 14, 2005 at 2:04 pm

    Kaimi, the fact that you now have an extra step in using a link to navigate away from T&S to another bloggernacle site doesn’t bother me too much, but the real problem with the drop-down menu on the bloggernacle links is that you can no longer see at a glance which blogs you are linked to. You have to enter each drop-down menu separately to find that out.

  13. Bryce I
    January 14, 2005 at 2:34 pm

    Ryan —

    Get thee a tabbed browser and use it! Free yourself from the tyranny of the back button!

  14. January 14, 2005 at 3:44 pm

    Netscape is a tabbed browser.

  15. January 14, 2005 at 4:27 pm

    I’m using tabs right now Bryce. Or are you suggesting that I should manipulate the settings to open a new tab when I click a link, instead of taking my current window to the new location?

  16. January 14, 2005 at 5:20 pm

    You can right click on the link and open the link in a new tab.

  17. TEST
    January 14, 2005 at 6:32 pm


  18. TEST
    January 14, 2005 at 7:10 pm


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