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TOPIC: Constructive Suggestions for Improving the FQXi Community Page [refresh]
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Blogger wrote on May. 30, 2008 @ 14:25 GMT
FQXi welcomes your constructive suggestions for how we may improve our Community website. Thank you!

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Kenny wrote on May. 31, 2008 @ 18:26 GMT
Hi,

I love the articles here and this site is obviously growing. Perfect for the informed non-scientist who reads a lot.

Where do I register? I looked all over the forums, which only let non-members post where there already is a message.

Keep up the good work!

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Marty Tysanner wrote on Jun. 4, 2008 @ 20:18 GMT
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I think the fqxi community site has real potential, being sponsored by an organization that focuses on foundational issues which are important but largely outside the mainstream of "hot topic" research. That motivates my comments...

It seems the crucial question that must be answered before any other is: Who forms the community; what is the target audience? I think you...

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Steve Esser wrote on Jun. 9, 2008 @ 15:06 GMT
It's a fine site for a worthy organization. In terms of suggestions, I would enjoy the articles more if they were moved a slight bit higher on the "difficulty" scale, while still being accessible for the eductated and interested layperson. This is a site which is interesting to people who really want to engage the hard problems.

Best regards,

- Steve Esser

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Steve Esser wrote on Jun. 9, 2008 @ 15:14 GMT
P.S. I'm sorry for the unintentional humor of misspelling "educated"! Last suggestion: add a "preview" window for comments:)

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Ann wrote on Jun. 12, 2008 @ 15:21 GMT
yeah, why do you approve garbage posts?? for examples, see some of the blog entries for one of Garrett Lisi's posts 'Pieces of 8'? i was having a lot of fun reading all the discussions from different scientists to Dr. Lisi, but now, at least one of the blogs for E8 is full of trash comments that were approved. really disappointing to see this kind of stuff pemeating science blogs. also, Lisi hasn't commented in a long time - guess he's busy, but someone should still remove the obvious garbage. i only have a masters in math and i can easily tell what's trash and what isn't!

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Florin Moldoveanu wrote on Jul. 31, 2009 @ 13:57 GMT
Hi Kirsten,

I am having trouble navigating and keeping track of the different discussions on the blogs. I have three suggestions: 1. Make the Recent Blog Comments box variable size and display all the new entries in the previous 24 hours. (Maybe add another one for the previous week) 2. Close the blog lists with no entries in the past 2 or 3 months and create an archive section for inactive older blogs. 3. Allow regular users to propose new blog topics. A lot of the time the discussions inside a particular blog take off in a completely different direction and are best to be branched off in a separate thread (just like creating another baby universe, ha, ha).

Thanks,

Florin

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Georgina Parry wrote on Aug. 4, 2009 @ 22:39 GMT
I would really like to have a brief summary of the weekly discussions on the members board. Or to have the ability to access their forum, without the ability to post comments there. It would then be possible to carry over discussions to the community and perhaps raise the level of the discussions on the community board, or to utilise the knowledge and experience of members to refine current thinking and argument.

Perhaps the grass is always greener on the other side. There is next to no input or response to comments on the community board from members. What ideas do they currently consider worthy of discussion or pursuit? Is there a thriving members only community or is it as sparse as the non members?

I can see no useful purpose in the community other than entertainment and PR. I am coming to the conclusion that it is currently a big waste of time.

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