"Climate Progress 5.0: A New Comments System"
As Climate Progress approaches its 5th anniversary, we are (slightly) upgrading the website one more time. We are restoring Word Press commenting — and all of CP’s original comments.
The site redesign and merger with Think Progress on May 31 brought a great number of improvements to CP. Our content could be more easily shared and promoted by TP, which gets 10 times our traffic. We got the benefits of some terrific design improvements from CAPAF’s outstanding IT team — including the ability to feature stories at the top of the page as well as the retweet and “like” buttons, which have been a big success.
In the weeks and months since the merger/redesign, however, readers kept raising a number of issues. Most of those concerned the commenting system, which many suggested was non-optimal for sustaining the unique community dialogue — almost a salon — that had grown organically over the past few years.
UPDATE: “Preview” has been enabled!
Readers also wanted an easier way to sign up for my RSS feed. Now that is much simpler. Clicking on the icon in the upper right hand corner. You can also join the 6,600 people who get my e-mail every day at 1 PM EST by signing up on the right.
Finally, people tell me they’d like easier access to my archive of posts on climate science and the like. I promise to set up posts that are mini-archives of core issues like “ocean acidification” and “food insecurity” — as well as one grand archive when I have completed the mini-archives. This will take a while, but I hope to finish by year’s end.
Bearing in mind that further changes to website design are exceedingly unlikely in the foreseeable future, comment away!
NOTE: It may take some hours to iron out all the kinks, so please be patient. Also, in the posts from May 31 until today, we have saved the comments for the posts that received the most comments in the body of the text.