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Feedback and Fixes after a Day in Public View

We've had a huge amount of feedback from our community in the past 24 hours after releasing the new look Meedan.

First off, we have fixed the automated emails generated when you subscribe to another user, reply or send a personal message.

Users noticed the links in these emails were pointing to the development version of the site rather than the real live site. I'm glad to say this is resolved - but if you experience any further problems with automated emails do let us know by emailing feedback [at] meedan.net or @meedan on Twitter.

Also we've noticed that users posting links into the Links Page are seeing some urls rewritten with lower case. We're again working on this, but it's worth knowing that you can always repost your link directly into the Transbrowser header and click enter to see the translation happen.

Any translation edits you do will be stored to your profile page for other users to see, and also saved to a growing open source Translation memory of 3.2 million words.

One user asked why the site doesn't enable him to create a new event for discussion, only post a link or comment on an existing event. The reason is we are keeping editorial overview of events while we grow our community.

We want the content on Meedan to be built around a cross-language discussion of current events in keeping with our terms of use. But as our community grows we want to open up access to event creation. This explains why some Slashdot users are wrong to think we are 'unrealistic' about our aims; we have a practical plan for growing the right kind of conversation based on better listening.

Finally, we've heard that users want a clearer indication of the time and source of event leads.

Our editors (who you can see listed on the homepage) write the event leads on Meedan - often with original source information. You can see which producer created an event from the top of the event page.

But we'll also try to make the source and timestamp clearer in the event lead - so look out for this change.

Thanks for all your help - and keep the feedback coming. If you have any questions either check out our faq or send us a note.

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Comments on this post

2010-02-23 08:07:58 -0800
I, for one, am very excited about this website. I'm happy to see you are all really putting your best foot forward and trying to make this happen. It shows.
2010-02-23 16:07:58 -0800
I, for one, am very excited about this website. I'm happy to see you are all really putting your best foot forward and trying to make this happen. It shows.