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The X Factor

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4 members have voted

  1. 1. Should the blog function be used more?

    • Yeah!
      3
    • No.
      1
  2. 2. How should blogs be used? (Pick as many as apply)

    • Personal blogs
      2
    • Things related to debate only
      2
    • Things related to debate combined with other types of blogs
      3
    • They shouldn't be used, the forums are better
      1
    • Other (comment below)
      1
  3. 3. What kind of formatting should the blogs have?

    • No "recent blog posts"
      0
    • "Recent blogs" should be on top of the list
      0
    • Blogs should have different text or customization features from the rest of the pages
      4
    • It's fine as it is
      0
    • Other (comment below)
      1

So I'm not sure if it's just me, but the fact that the sidebar-thing shows all recent blog posts seems a little weird. Hopefully this feature will be more utilized and will grow, and should that happen the showing of all recent posts could get very confusing very quickly. Perhaps it would make more sense to show recently active blogs? Or the feature could be done away with entirely and that way you would just see all of the blogs, but the most recently active ones could be on the top like how the forums are organized. Things done by the mods or heads of cross-x could be stickied to the top just like in threads. That could make the blogs more manageable and more intuitive.

 

Also, I see some real potential for the blogs to grow with the more community-centered redesign. Cross-x has always been a community, but with the addition of Facebook-like options on personal profiles and a more overt placement of the blog option, I think the blogs could really take off. I know that I personally don't like visiting a ton of different websites, as I would prefer to have most of my things that I like to do or check in the same place. The convenience of the blog feature could be a driving factor to make people use it more, and it could grow into another way that the community of cross-x could be manifest within the site itself without needing external sites to follow, such as tumblr or blogspot.

 

Am I the only one seeing real potential for this under-used feature of cross-x? What do you think would be a good way to organize blogs? What do you think the blog feature should be used for? I'm interested in what you're thinking about this, I know I only just recently figured out that this exists thanks to the cross-x remodel.

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