Welcome and Pardon Our Dust!

SUNDAY UPDATE: We’re continuing to add many new features to the site in response to reader requests. Over the weekend, we’ve rolled out several long-requested functions, like editing of comments (allowed for one hour after posting), and restored popular features from Soapblox such as a tag (*New) to identify new comments in a post. We are looking at implementing other suggestions, and encourage readers to keep posting them.
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We’re making our transition to our new website powered by WordPress! We’re excited to roll out significantly enhanced capabilities at Colorado Pols, both immediately and in the future as we continue to settle into our new home.

IMPORTANT: To best preserve the security of all existing user accounts, it will be necessary for all users to reset their passwords by clicking the “Forgot your username and password” link on the right side of the page. This will only be necessary once, but requires access to the email address you originally used to create your account.

Naturally, once we’re switched over, there will likely be a day or two of working through launch-related kinks. Please contact us at webmaster@coloradopols.com to report any bugs or problems accessing your accounts, and thanks for your patience during this transition.

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  1. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    It works! Or it will when I see this comment.

  2. Dabee47 says:

    Sweet new digs, Pols.
    I mean, I hate it! This sucks! :P

    Hope everyone is doing well. Now…back to lurking…

  3. EccentricRepublicanEccentricRepublican says:

    Happy with the upgrade so far!

  4. Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

    Different. Lost my old account, but I’m back with a “1″…

  5. The realistThe realist says:

    I came through!

  6. Dan WillisDan Willis says:

    I seem to have survived the transition

  7. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    This doesn’t look like Kansas…

  8. PERA hopeful says:

    PERA Hopeful reporting for duty.

  9. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Hey, it’s working. Congrats all.

  10. AristotleAristotle says:

    Looks like I made it, but I noticed that I could not read my comments from today’s daily open thread – my name was there, the responses where there, but the body of my comments were not.

    We’ll see what happens here when I click the “post comment” button.

  11. VanDammerVanDammer says:

    purple? not tru-blue and it will never go red (shudder to think) but is settling on a middlin’ purple trying to appease the GOPers amongst us?

    ignore tag?

  12. exlurker19 says:

    Trying to get my old identity back. Already emailed alva, using the link for Arvadonian above.

    Like the new site, s-h-i-n-y.

  13. It’s a bit clunky looking up top for me. Bunches of text overlaying each other.

    But we’re off of SoapBlox. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not…

    • Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

      If you’re seeing what looks like a formatting error, please take a screengrab and send that to us. If you can identify what browser you’re using, that would help.

      We have quite a bit of work left formatting the display of pages, side columns, etc., so please suggest changes freely and be patient while we implement them. One significant advantage of this move is much greater flexibility to change things than we enjoyed with SoapBlox, so we hope to accommodate reader wishes wherever possible.

      • I figured out my problem…

        I use NoScript in Firefox and it was blocking the Font object from googleusercontent. This is separate from a normal site block so I missed it.

      • Theo says:

        My two cents is that the new layout has lots of dead space that requires lots more scrolling than OldPols.

        It feels like the line spacing is almost 1 1/2, for example, and there is a lot of extra space between comments, on the east and west sides, and the like. There is a lot of real estate that could profitably be used.

  14. Is it possible for users to customize their layout?

    I don’t particularly care about the “Posts about the Colorado House/Senate” sidebars, especially not at the top – I want my recent comments and recent diaries and I’m not at all impressed in the way the current layout compresses the older FP diaries down into a narrower column to make way for dueling sidebars.

  15. Dan WillisDan Willis says:

    I do like the option to have an avatar

  16. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Can we post images?
    Let’s see

    • davebarnesdavebarnes says:

      It appears not.
      Now, I really don’t like it.

      • Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

        In fact, the new site does have an image upload capability for posters. We are looking at rolling that out to verified users soon. Our front page editors already have access to it.

        • Can we get ul, ol, and li added to the HTML allowed list for bullet lists?

        • VoyageurVoyageur says:

          If we have that access as FPEs, I haven’t figured it out. In fact, am not sure how to “promote” a diary any more. When I log in as Voyageur I no longer get the stuff I got as an FPE. Did that authority survive my new password or is it seeing me as a new guy? Maybe it just needs a little time to sort it out.

          • Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

            You should have access to the category called “Front Page Posts” when you edit any post–editing being another function you should now have access to. Adding that category promotes a post to the home page.

            In addition, there is a simple “star” selection to make a post “sticky,” which allows it to occupy one of the two wide-column Featured Post slots at the top of the homepage. Note that this function is distinct from the “Front Page Posts” category, it works best if a post is only one or the other. When a post’s time as a featured item is done, generally you’ll “unstar” it to remove it from the top, but add the front page category to make sure it stays on the homepage.

            Remember, posts not appearing on the homepage can still be found on the “Recent Diaries” page, as well as any category index pages it is assigned to. The “sticky” Featured Posts function should only be used for the most important posts, and we reserve the right to change that content at any time.

            We will be rolling out comment controls to the FPEs, a major requested item, very soon as well.

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          Can you block Russian music videos?

  17. Seems to be a problem with the Recent Comments – possibly an import thing.

    I’m seeing subject lines instead of usernames. (BY: isn’t showing a username, it’s showing a link…)

  18. Gray in Mountains says:

    Don’t like that the “Recent Comments” includes diaries as old as ’09

  19. Wanted: return the [new] tag to new comments.

    I live and die by that tag; it’s on my Find bar when I’m reading Pols or Kos or most other blog sites. I will not weed through 100+ comments trying to figure out which ones I’ve already read. I’ll cut short my reading and move on to another diary before suffering through that mess.

  20. ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

    Good job. Nice site. Now you just need to do something about the ideological one sidedness around here.

  21. Gray in Mountains says:

    I’m really liking the “highlight” for new posts. Makes scrolling faster.
    Can you put a “post comment” button at the top as well as the bottom so one does not have to scroll down to bottom in order to post

  22. Gray in Mountains says:

    ? … left that off the last post

  23. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    How about a primer on the new interface? How to, FAQ, etc.

  24. Is there an artificial 5-level response depth limit? I wanted to thank CP for adding the new tags, but I can’t reply to the comment in which they announced the change.

  25. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    So where are all my old diaries? Why are some in color and others gray? Does the yellow number at top right mean there are new posts.

  26. Diogenesdemar says:

    ВЎYo quiero . . .
    . . . my sig line!

    ВЎГЎndele!

  27. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    I had no idea the site was going to change as I’ve been out of touch for a few days. The cold that’s going around caught me. I like the new look. it. I think it’s more…professional? grown-up? anyway, it’s cool! Well done

  28. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    My suggestions for what is needed:

    1. Preview mode for comments
    2. YouTube embedding
    3. [new] (I know you are working on this)
    4. Better editor for comments – this is a step backwards
    5. Number of new comments on each post on front page
  29. cybersoul says:

    Wow! Congrats on the new site!

  30. Gray in Mountains says:

    where is the jail?

  31. MileHighMessiah.com says:

    OMG I’m freaking out man!

    I don’t like change and I’m scared and my eyes don’t know where to look because of the changes.

  32. Dan WillisDan Willis says:

    Couple of points that could be improved if the software allows it.

    1. It would be very helpful to see up front what (if anything) is new since my last visit. Saves a lot of time going through all of the threads for new info.

    2. I would also like to have the link back where we can see a list of our own posts, so we can see if thre are any responses to them. In an arena such as this, it is very easy to chime in on a topic and then forget you did it, so you miss if anyone asks you a question or provides more insight.

    I think the rest of it is just a matter of getting used to it. But I do have to say I liked the simplicity of the old format better. This one is awful “busy”.

  33. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    Well, if I can’t say anything nice about the new stuff, I won’t say anything at all. Except, “Later, dudes.”

  34. AristotleAristotle says:

    Okay, let’s talk about what’s RIGHT with the upgrade.

    One thing I really wanted was something much more smart-phone friendly, and this new site is much more smart-phone friendly. That’s awesome.

    The filing of diaries by topic is pretty cool. For me, personally, that’s something I can’t picture needing now, but maybe I will if I have to search for some past diary.

    The layout, which does need some tweaking (it’s a bit crowded and busy as it is), looks more modern. But it does need tweaking. (I’d like to see responses indented out more – if we can’t click on “parent” to see the original comment, indents will make it easier to follow the line, especially when there are lots of lines.)

    Avatars are great. I’d like them to be bigger – I tried uploading a couple but they were too small to appreciate.

    Giving us HTML tags is cool. I’m with Phoenix Rising – I’d rather have code to use.

    There was a lot of functionality lost, which was expected. Soapblox had lots of neat features, and I’m honestly surprised other platforms hadn’t found a way (or possibly the interest) to incorporate them – the [new] tags, the ability to see one’s own diaries, comments, and responses, etc. I’ll add my voice to the chorus and ask that, if possible to plug those back in, they’d be great to have. But I’ll add that soapblox apparently was not doing any work upgrading their own platform, and it wasn’t sensible to continue working with it in that case.

    Basically, I think the ability to use this site on a smartphone friendly format makes the upgrade worthwhile. It was my chief complaint with the old site for the past two or three years.

    • Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

      I agree with all that, Ari. Particularly about the smartphone stuff…If the Guvs can put back in some of those old conveniences, that would be sweet, if not…eh. my notes were only that. Not bitchin’…

      They coulda just stayed with the old software and milked it for all it was worth, but I give ‘em props for taking the risk. I hope all we marginally cybernetic people will be able to keep up. I am sure we can all get through it together…big family that we are.

  35. James Doddjadodd says:

    May I suggest that you go over to Firedoglake and look at their comment box for buttons to do html text formatting. I am suggesting this because it is a WordPress site also.

    Why reinvent the wheel?

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