Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Refurbishing the Wordhoard

With the help of my lovely and talented minion Nina, I've added a Twitter feed to the right that will cycle through the hashmark for #medieval. For the time being, I've also added #staffshoard (the official hashmark for the Staffordshire Hoard) to help us all keep up with the breaking news.

By the way, we've made a few other changes to the site. Let us know what you think!


  1. Anonymous7:43 AM

    It looks FANTASTIC if I do say so myself.

  2. I don't get the whole Twitter thing, I'll be honest. And watching the feed you've added doesn't help much. It's cool in its way. But it cycles through isolated comments that make no sense outside their contexts, like "I would like to know your opinion", "not quite sure why you're following me", "you mean in terms of its significance?", and "here's a pic of my first tattoo". I'm sure these make sense and have at least a mote of relevance when read within their conversation, but blimey! What am I to make of them?!

    The most (only?) useful thing is to see the tweets that pass along links. On the other hand, they sometimes disappear from your feed before I can click on them! :-S

    Just my two cents. I realize I'm in the Twitter-less minority.

  3. like the twitter thing but Jason's right. Is there a way to slow the cycling down?

  4. Anonymous4:40 PM

    Twitter is what it is -- it's useful to me, and I've both found new friends and actually made money with it.

    If you don't like it, go into your system HOSTS file and redirect "twitter.com" to "localhost" -- you'll never be bothered by anything Twitter related again. As far as your computer will be concerned, it won't even exist.

  5. CHANGE??!!!??!! NO, NOT CHANGE!!!!

  6. Andrew9:24 PM

    Honestly, as far as non-Twitter changes go, I liked it better when the comments were visible without a link. It makes the blog feel a lot more open.

    Perhaps the best way to describe it would be that, with visible comments, it felt more like:
    A blog by Professor Awesome, PhD, which is medievalist community-oriented
    As opposed to:
    A blog by Professor Awesome, PhD, which is medievalism-oriented. (Not that that is a bad thing, either....)

    Or maybe I'm just overreacting. I'm not exactly a member of said medievalist community (yet), nor a regular commenter; I just love to read the blog and am hoping to someday make it through college so I can go on to graduate school....

  7. Andrew,

    The visible comments was a long-standing policy that got changed on accident when we re-did the site. I thought about changing it back immediately, but then thought, "No, I'll wait and see what the reaction is." Looks like I've got my answer.

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