Site relaunch (4)
Corrente is almost absurdly rich in authoring tools, but from history and the nature of open source, the user experience of those tools isn't necessarily consistent for writers or for readers. I've tried to address that with the coming upgrade -- and also to toss in a few more kitchen sinks! So herewith:
The green arrows point to features that authors use when they are creating content. The blue arrows point to features that readers can use (and which I hope will connect writers to readers, since that's one thing all writers want, after all). Some exist today, other are new, all have been improved in one way or another.
Clockwise from the top:
User help: Because we will now have more content types (incident reports, for example), each type is now documented for users.
Bible links: I'm not a believer, but that doesn't mean that I can't cite scripture for my own purposes, not only because the King James Version is a foundational text for English today, but to epater les Christianists.
Tweet URLs: Paste in a tweet URL, get the full tweet, and permanently archived at Corrente. (At twitter, tweets disappear from public access in a few months)
Footnotes: Enter text like
[fn]This is a footnote[/fn] , and the site will automagically add the footnote numbers, move the text to the bottom of the post, and create the two-way link between text and note.
URls: Paste in a URL, and the site will turn it into a link, and shorten it so a long link doesn't break the page layout. (Personally, I believe that all links should be intergrated into the exposition using HTML A tags, but not everybody does, so....)
Up rating: People can say they especially like a post. (All posts, of course, are presumed to meet a baseline of excellence, which is why everything is front-paged. There's no way to say "thumbs down." This is not Kos, gamed by gangs of downrating enforcers.
Social media sharing: Lots more of it, consistently formatted, and including the newer Pinterest and Tumbler, as well as the stalwarts twitter and Faceborg.
Personal donation link: This is a reincarnation of the existing "Buy me a beer" link. I always intended this to be for everyone, but ran into an implementation problem. In the new site, I've fixed it. (People don't have to accept donations, but and they can direct the donation where they want, based on their user profiles.)
Subcription: Readers can now subscribe to a post, an author, or a content type (like all blogs).
Other functionality: Printing, messaging, bookmarking, marking as spam, etc.
NOTE If you want to play around with the post from the screen shot, here's the link.