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biochem belle
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 10:53 am CDT
I think there's actually a dichotomy. There are folks like Evie who came here for the science news, and then there are those who came for the writing/blogging. Based on the about page and some exchanges with Brian, I think his focus is really about driving discussions-both about the culture of science and science itself and both within the scientific community and with outsiders. I have no desire to interrupt Brian's vision, and I think that bringing together the two distinct features of LS-the news and the blogs-could really contribute to supporting and even expanding that vision. Perhaps we should be thinking about the best way to integrate the two vs. placing one over another. I, for one, have not been very involved in the discussion of science news, but maybe by bringing our voices to those discussions, we can bring the two aspects together.

Evie
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 11:09 am CDT
@Biochem "I, for one, have not been very involved in the discussion of science news, but maybe by bringing our voices to those discussions, we can bring the two aspects together." -- Sounds great to me! :)

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 11:42 am CDT
I will be expanding on vision in a blog post later today. I have a very strong opinion about what this site is, and where I would like to see it go. The news isn't going anywhere, that's what made this site what is today, but I have no problem sharing the space with the bloggers, obviously...

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 12:42 pm CDT
Hey guys! I made a pretend front page to show what I was thinking about the layout. The news is still prominently featured!! The colors, fonts, and names of sections are basically meaningless (insofar as I don't care if we call a section "writers" or "bloggers" etc). Let me know what you think of the set up, and tear it to shreds if you hate it, seriously.



Odyssey
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 12:59 pm CDT
I like Dr. Becca's mock front page. I would however suggest swapping the Music and Videos section with the "Most Viewed, Most Commented..." section. That way all the blog stuff is in one column (other than the writers' bios). LabSpaces was founded on the news and should keep that prominent on the front page.

Dr. O
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 1:18 pm CDT
I like it Dr. Becca! Agreed with Odyssey's point on swapping the music/video with the most viewed/commented sections.

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 1:20 pm CDT
Thanks, guys! I also agree about swapping the music/vid box with the superlatives. When I put the superlatives there they didn't seem quite right, but I just figured I'd throw it up and see what you all had to say. That's the perfect solution!

Evie
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 1:22 pm CDT
That looks pretty good @Dr Becca, and I agree w @Odyssey about swapping the two.

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 1:33 pm CDT
Looking good, I do love you guys, you know that, right?

Lady Scientist
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 1:34 pm CDT
I like it a lot. And agree with everyone else on the swapping of the two.

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 1:50 pm CDT
Here's my manifesto.

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biochem belle
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 2:56 pm CDT
I'm with the rest-I think Becca's mock page looks great, and I like the idea of moving the videos section as suggested.
Also kudos on the manifesto, Brian-maybe that will clear up some misconceptions and promote some more participation in the discussion :)

Kelly Oakes
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 3:53 pm CDT
just wanted to chip in and say what everyone else said, pretty much... mock up looks great! and i agree with swapping music etc.

it's good that you've outlined your vision clearly now, brian. whether other people agree or not at least they'll understand your reasons behind keeping the news. :)

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Thu, Aug 05, 2010, 8:27 pm CDT
I really do like that design a lot. I think the videos/music section is fine in either spot. I also don't have a problem swapping the Blog and news sections to make the featured blogs more prominent. The news doesn't have to be the first thing people see, it can definitely have its own section "at the bottom of the page" :P I'll mock up a few designs this weekend and let you all pick one. Thanks for all the great ideas :)

I think I'll do away with the text profiles on the main page. They take up a lot of space, I do like having those on the main blog page though. We can also redesign the blog page layout if you'd like.
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