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What do you love, what do you hate, about RiotACT?

By Jazz - 19 September 2007 71

Yes Really! I thought i’d let you all know that we’ve been working behind the scenes on a couple of improvements to The RiotACT you know and love (or love to hate) which we hope to roll out on our upcoming birthday in November. This time they’ll be far more visible changes that the back end code base issues that we’ve been working on until now.

To that end NTP & myself sat through a discussion with some ad people a couple of weeks who promised all sorts of wonderful focus workshops at an exhorbitant cost with the intent soley to determine whether we should keep calling the site RiotACT or not. Personally i think we’re a little past that, but the idea of some focus workshops still struck an accord with me.

With that in mind, welcome to the first RiotACT Online focus group workshop.
Specifically we’re interested in knowing a couple of things.

Where did you hear about The-Riotact.com?
What image does the title conjur for you?
What do you love about riotact?
what do you hate, is there anything that is confusing?
What feature have you seen on other sites that you think would rock here?
What feature that we currently have do you use the most (eg. recent comments, archives)?

What’s Your opinion?


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What do you love, what do you hate, about RiotACT?
Jazz 1:06 pm 19 Sep 07

great stuff all & certainly some of it along the lines of what we have been looking at as well. Keep it coming

oh, and feel free to pay out on someone elses suggestions. The boob a day feature we’ll reserve for special subscribers.

Gungahlin Al 12:53 pm 19 Sep 07

Oh – and the logon and password reminder functions!
Ever wondered why some of us end up with changed names? For me anyway it is because the logon name and the user name aren’t actually the same, and if you logon at home too and have a few different email addresses, it/I can get messed up to the point where you give up and just go create another ID…

Geoffco 12:51 pm 19 Sep 07

Where did you hear about The-Riotact.com?

John posting questions about linuxy stuff to the CLUG list.

What image does the title conjur for you?
Who cares? It’s catchy and it’s working.

What do you love about riotact?
Love it for what it is.

what do you hate, is there anything that is confusing?
Not a fan of the header montage.

What feature that we currently have do you use the most (eg. recent comments, archives)?

Front page.

jemmy 12:39 pm 19 Sep 07

I heard about RiotAct on usenet, I think. The layout doesn’t bother me, it’s quick and simple to use. Graphics, meh, we don’t need no stinkeen graphics.

Hate?
No edit button.
Love?
Topical, irreverent, eclectic, humorous, angry, interesting, fun comments.
Pool room quotes.
Changes?
Alter comment structure so it is less blog-like and more forum-like: BBCode, poster has ‘ownership’ of post to edit, delete, search.

Johnboy used to include quite a bit of political editorial comment, which I found quite interesting. Perhaps some more of that, although where from I don’t know.

I’m with astrojax on an easier way to see current posts, that would be great.

I also vote for boob-a-day, or some other interesting piece that likewise has boobs as its main feature.

Swaggie 12:35 pm 19 Sep 07

>Where did you hear about The-Riotact.com?

via Google looking for something I can’t remember and spending the rest of the evening here

>What image does the title conjur for you?

A voice for the people

>What do you love about riotact?

The plain speaking, local nature and the accessibility where even a simple soul like me can
make a point.

>what do you hate, is there anything that is >confusing?

Nothing / Nope

>What feature have you seen on other sites that >you think would rock here?

More local recommendations/Polls but ranking of posters by posts made to identify for instance the Motor repairer who jumps on the board to recommend his own business etc.

>What feature that we currently have do you use >the most (eg. recent comments, archives)?

Recent Stories/Comments and Interviews when available.

Gungahlin Al 12:34 pm 19 Sep 07

It’s good that you guys are continuing to work on the foundations of the site – congrats you.

Yeah the design could stand an upgrade, and the over-reliance on HTML skills for embedding.

Make your RSS updates more regular – I try to use Google Reader to quickly monitor new comments, but it seldom gets an updated feed from RA so is always way behind…
A tag cloud might give a quick indicator of hot topics?

Leave the name alone, but the masthead could be replaced.
Some things like the email interviews are getting dated.
Formalise the FAQs rather than them being just another (messy) thread.
Regular patrons may wish to have personal profiles and links???
It could still be faster to load, or even just to go Back without complete reloads.

poptop 12:32 pm 19 Sep 07

Where did you hear about The-Riotact.com?

An acquaintance who linked me to the site see something she thought was opinionated and rude. I was hooked!

What image does the title conjur for you?

Legal Civil Disobedience.

What do you love about riotact?

Opinionated coverage of local issues. Frankly, so called balanced coverage bores me to death.

What do you hate, is there anything that is confusing?

The mechanics of the site – using the HTML functions and the like. I can’t imagine actually submitting an article under the current arrangements.

What feature have you seen on other sites that you think would rock here?

Ability to edit my posts.

What feature that we currently have do you use the most (eg. recent comments, archives)?

The front page.

TAD 12:18 pm 19 Sep 07

I know, change the name to something much too long and unmemorable (I suggest “Concatenate”) and try to get people to pay a subscripion to read your links to government media releases and nerdy game reviews.

astrojax 12:15 pm 19 Sep 07

riotact is a great name!

what i’d like to see, though, is mebbe an easier way to see current posts, even if they started dyasd/weeks ago, rather than have to trawl through the ones that may generate little discussion… i know ‘recent comments’ does this in its way, but it seems ‘clunky’ to me, and also a bit too abbreviated sometimes to get a sense of what’s gone on…

i love the topical and local nature of the discussions and, if you’re asking, was introduced to the site by a former colleague who is a regular poster…

another site i visit has a quick link above this box to the formatting hints with explanations for dummies like me, so i can hit that, copy the bits i need to make a link a link, or a pic, or bold/italicise, etc, or whatever, and click back to my text and paste in the formatting. dunno if that would be useful..?

Skidbladnir 11:49 am 19 Sep 07

Where did you hear about The-Riotact.com?
Google, a great many moons ago, while looking for fireworks.

What image does the title conjur for you?
Policeman shouting “Our Sovereign Lady the Queen doth strictly charge and command all manner of persons here assembled immediately to disperse themselves and peaceably depart to their own homes. God save the Queen.” before charging into a crowd swinging their truncheons.

What do you love about riotact?
Local content, generaly more informative than the Canberra times webpage.

what do you hate, is there anything that is confusing?
Layout looking like it was designed by GenX-ers in the dot-communist boom and hasn’t been updated since.

What feature have you seen on other sites that you think would rock here?
Live-action strippers. I’ve seen those on other websites.

What feature that we currently have do you use the most (eg. recent comments, archives)?
Recent comments, but the link to articles could be easier differentiated from the actual comments… Would make it easier to read, too.

hingo 11:35 am 19 Sep 07

Love everything about the site except for the very dated design. Definately do not change the name.

Ralph 11:17 am 19 Sep 07

Bring back the polls and voting.

grundy 11:16 am 19 Sep 07

Dont really care about the first few questions except that you should definitely NOT change the name.

Hate?

The design and layout of the site is ugly and reminds me of the internet in the 90’s. 😛

Love?

The relevant, local news that mainstream media don’t even consider touching. Keep it up!

Most used feature?

Front Page, which is why you really need to update and redesign the site.

Jazz 11:02 am 19 Sep 07

I should add that you should feel free to answer those bits you want to, and provide any other feedback. (that is reasonably relevant).

Cheers
Jazz

RandomGit 10:55 am 19 Sep 07

Where did you hear about The-Riotact.com?

The 2004 Australian Blog Awards, ACT section.

What image does the title conjur for you?

An ACT based site that is free and rambunctuous.

What do you love about riotact?

Local news of actual interest with ‘usually’ insightful editorial.

what do you hate, is there anything that is confusing?

I hate how the comments blovk on the right can’t handle a long unbroken string. It should be reading by character and not by word. Or at least know how to recognise a URL from a word.

What feature have you seen on other sites that you think would rock here?

Boob-a-day

What feature that we currently have do you use the most (eg. recent comments, archives)?

The front page.

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