The CDNews team will be away from the internet for most of the day on Thursday & Friday of this week, resulting in a rare miss of scanner reports for those days. If there’s any members out there that have a scanner and are interested in filling in, please let us know and we’ll give you the special keys to be able to create posts in the interactive scanner format.
And if there’s anyone else out there with news or interesting discussion topics, please don’t hesitate to jump in and create a post to fill the void. We will still be monitoring things and will promote interesting stuff up to the front page.
And one quick note about site policy. Some of you may have noticed that there’s a kind of post that usually doesn’t make it onto the front page. They tend to fall into the category of “there’s an event next week” type of stories, with a good example being today’s Neighborhood Association Meeting post. The reason is not because we don’t like the content (for example, we’re big supporter’s of Elvis’s efforts), but because the front page is generally reserved for current news, not the distant-future-news that the event-themed posts usually represent.
We added the event calendar back at the beginning of the year specifically for this reason. Some people are planners, and like to lay out what’s going on in upcoming weeks. The calendar is there to serve them. But I think a possibly larger group of people are more seat-of-the-pants types who aren’t immediately interested in a story about something a week away. If it’s on the calendar, you can still catch those people because your event will show up on the front page, above the fold, in the “Upcoming Events” widget.
And I’m not suggesting that people stop doing those posts. We’re glad to have them, and people who are interested can still find them from the stories tab. But I want to be clear that they usually won’t make it to the front page and that it’s nothing personal. Those that pass a qualitative level-of-interest threshold will only be bumped up on the day of or the day right before the event. But whatever you do, make sure and add your events to the calendar. That will guarantee that we and other planning-oriented people will see it and make it a part of their plans.