It’s been a while since our last Meta update so thought I’d break the silence with the latest site addition.
Before I get into that, I’m going to quickly plug a few things that you might not be aware about if you’re not a frequent Nouse visitor, but otherwise feel free to gloss over them.
If you’re a mobile phone user, you’ll be delighted to know that Nouse has it’s own mobile website! Of particular interest is m.nouse.co.uk/recent-comments/ which will give you a clean breakdown of the 10 latest comments on the site – great if you want to keep track of discussion while on the move.
It may not be obvious, but that Recent Comments title in the footer also serves as a link. If you’re at your desk and would like to check up on recent discussion, this page lists the 30 most recent comments for you, with the ability to quickly show contents of any comment by clicking on the plus sign next to it.
Whenever an event is on such as Roses, you’ll have noticed a link in the navigation bar allowing easy access to our mini-site for that event, but what about after the event? If you’d like to visit any mini-site from the past, check out the mini-sites link in the About section of the footer.
A minor change, we’ve recently restyled the search bar, moving it higher up on the page. More importantly, the search provider was changed to Google, allowing in many cases much more useful results – try it out now to get a blast from the past!
A live blog allows updates to be streamed directly into your browser, without needing to refresh the page, and is useful for describing large events such as the Roses tournament or YUSU elections. Most recently, we’ve added a comments tab to the mix, allowing comments to slide onto the page in a very similar way to authors’ updates.
Which brings us back to the present…
The recommend button under the title is as easy as it looks – simply click on it and your Facebook feed will show that you recommended the article, and provides a link for your friends to visit it. Change your mind, and all you need do is click the button again to remove the recommendation (go ahead and try it out on this blog entry as a test). If you’re not logged in when clicking the button, Facebook will offer a login page for you to quickly log in with.
So that’s our latest change and a short list of other useful features in case you’d missed them. Remember, these features are all written for you, so if there’s anything you think the site is missing or which could be changed, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the suggestion. Credits to Andrew Fairbairn for developing the Mobile site and Live blog update.
Well I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add in a few old nuggets, so here are a couple from last year to go out on:
The scroller in the News section of the front page is interesting for one reason and one reason only – it can go back indefinitely all the way to the very first Nouse articles (trying clicking the right arrow a lot of times to test it).
News random archives
Tucked in at the bottom of the News page is a box listing a few articles taken randomly from the archives. Not very interesting technologically, but vast amounts of procrastination possibilities there.
Among many cool features developed by former Technical Director Chris Northwood is a map of York with Nouse restaurant reviews pinned to it – useful if you have a high end mobile phone and need to chow down fast.
That’s all, stay tuned for more updates as they happen!