Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Home page coming together!

Our lead developer (Toby) has been putting together the homepage for the new site over the last couple of days.
You're welcome to take a look and tell us what you think (click on the headline for this post).
What doesn't work?
What doesn't work the way you thought it ought?
What else should be on there?
What shouldn't be on there?
What do you like?
What don't you like?

Please post below

Friday, November 10, 2006

New site launch date: November 30

Well, that's what we're working towards now.
Testing continues. Our developers got side-tracked by the work they've had to do around the pesky US elections (hence the delay).

Every thing should be on track now.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Back on it full time!

Many thanks for your efforts so far - and to those of you who have recently expressed an interest in trialling the new site, a very warm welcome.

Our numbers are steadily rising and what you've been able to tell us has been extremely useful in honing the community to suit its users.

We're still fixing some of the bugs you've helped uncover. I'm now back from a brief break helping out another part of the business, and our developers are back full time on the LRO project.

Just as well really - we're committed to a mid-November public launch!

Please do come and have another try on the test site. Blogs in particular are worth persisting with as we're going to retain much of the content you've created in the blogs on the new site (obviously we'll get rid of the tests and errors) but we're now in a position where you can start building a strong blog to give yourself a great head-start when launch happens. Make sure you rate each others work, too!

Hope to see you soon over at:

Best regards

Friday, October 20, 2006

Bugs and fixes - and a brief break from me!

New site development is continuing well.
We're pretty much into bug fixing and things like data imports, creating the news archive and admin functions now.
There's no doubt, blogs and forums took longer than Toby estimated. So the reality is the launch is going to be rather later than I had led you all to believe - for which I apologise.
We're now looking at middle of next month for everything live and online.
My understanding is that this is a cast iron certainty - further drift ain't likely to get tolerated by any party!
What this also means is there is a short lull in the requirement for my full-time focus on the new site development. For this reason I feel I am able to answer a call from MCN (I am officially still on secondment from to bail them out of a pretty deep and unavaoidable hole. From Monday I'll be heading up the production team on MCN.
I've agreed to help out for just two weeks, to give them breathing space to re-organise.
I will be staying in minute-by-minute contact with the LRO new site development via all the usual routes. I may not be able to update the current site as often as I'd wish (but it won't be entirely neglected, I promise).
In the meantime, please keep testing the new site, I will see, and make the most of, all feedback you have to offer. And I'll still be looking in here, too.
The worrying thing is how little you might notice I'm gone!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Forums ready for testing

Click the headline above and you'll be able to trial the new LRO forums.
Currently I see one or two errors - the most critical of which is the fact that the jump-to drop down doesn't work.
Names/passwords are also a bit jumbled up after a recent import.
To test them you'll need to set up your own temporary registration on the test site.
Have a go and let me know what you think here - or by posting on there in the general forum.

There's no guide yet but you can do pretty much what you can with the blogs - ie add pics, links, html snippets (and therefore video hosted online) and you can rate poster, report abuse, send private message and other good stuff.

I also note we've drifted again on a finish date - best estimate now is end of next week (approx Oct 27)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Share function added to blogs

Those of you who have been following developments re the new site will be pleased to know we're close to completing the blogs.
We've now added a 'Blog Watcher' function which allows you to invite friends and colleagues to read and contribute to your blog.
They will get an email alert when you add new posts, so they'll never miss something you think they might be interested in.
A few tables seem to still be breaking but the developers are on that.
We've extended the range of categories and keywords you can choose from when creating your blog.
Let us know if there's something you think we are missing.


Monday, October 09, 2006

Now you can test video!

We've made it possible to show videos on your LRO test blog now.
There's an explanation of how on my 'how to use these blogs' blog.

Please give it a try and let me know what you think.

Start here:

Many thanks