We're working with our good friends at SND to develop a permanent stable home for NPD, looking at development on two fronts. First, to add the features you want right here as quickly as possible. And second, to program the best, most flexible site possible for the long run.
Even if you don't post work here, signing up is a good way to stay in the loop as thing develop. So please spread the word. I'd like to get word out to our friends in South America, Europe and Asia.
Any and all help is welcome. Also, this is a good place to let me know what you'd like to have here, what you'd like to be able to do here.
Unfortunately, we weren't able to buy the original database from the Sun Journal. (They can claim ownership because of programming work that Eric did on company time.) The site certainly was worth what they were asking, but the amount was far beyond what we could raise. The best we could do was to start over.
Knowing that this could happen, I had been posting warnings since late November. I'm sorry to everyone who lost work that was posted there.
What does the Sun think it can gain from being so tight about the stuff people have uploaded for free? I just don't get it. There should be no business in this. Its content is really only inspiration for all of us, and as such invaluable …
Just for a little more background, the The Sun Journal kept the site going more than five years after I left the company, so we can't complain. If anything, I figure the SJ was wanting to recoup some of their expenses from the seven years that they supported the site. That's understandable and it doesn't negate what they did for us up to that point.
Sure, losing the old site is frustrating, but the way I see it, it's best to leave things on good terms and move forward. I hope this explanation helps a little.
I work on a weekly feature section that's focused on local content. I love looking through features pages, but there are so many of them in such a variety of topics, as compared to business or news pages (which have variety but are usually communicating information in a similar way).
Would there be any interest in breaking down features pages into additional categories? Even something as simple as an Arts/Entertainment versus Lifestyles type of split might be helpful. I get inspiration from all pages, not just features, but I find features pages pile up quickly and can be slightly harder to sift through in one sitting.
Not sure how easy this would be to do and if others find they have similar thoughts. Just figured I would toss it out there, since now seems to the be time.
Thanks Kate. Good point. Actually, you choose the category by how you tag your work. I can also add extra categories in the drop down menu. The drop down items give you the same results as doing a search for sports, news, etc.