Active threads will return soon, but first comes getting list and profile comments into the comment stream, then a chronological past-comments section that we can page through, both early this week.
I like the idea of deputizing editors, there are some issues, the most obvious being that I'd have to build the tools. But maybe eventually. We have internal bug tracking, and I have my own mixed-up-files style tracking. But a user-editable bug wiki, separate from the site itself, might be a good idea.
Later today I'll be adding a shortcut for linking directly to comments pages from within comments.
John, how about delegating some of the clean-up to longtime users? If you gave them superuser powers, they could search out (given appropriate tools) the remaining problems with character conversions and fix them. This would mean allowing the superusers to edit other users comments.
I suspect that it might me somewhat hard for John to track all the different bug reports and suggestions (and multiples thereof), as they are legion and scattered. Perhaps someone from the Wordie–Wordnik team (John himself?) could set up a launchpad or a trac to alleviate this problem, if indeed it is one.
Mollusque hit on a great point: We should have a strategy for when/if there's a massive conversation flood happening, which can be very possible if there's indeed hundreds of regulars posting. We can set-up something to facilitate and encourage growth this way--I believe the Wordie method would put a lid on this by making conversation threads difficult to track. Because the nature of the site is a scrolly-comments form (which I like) rather than posts-on-forums, the little quips seem kind of...disjointed. Now, I'm sure there's plenty of people that like this quality so maybe it's best to keep.
I guess the potential problem is that when there's a STORM of comments, it's really easy for conversation threads to fall through the cracks, ya know? This means that the site's very design itself would become the conversation killer.
Not sure how to do it. One idea might be to have a "Follow This Thread" feature (editable from our Profiles? and perhaps addable from a Word's dropdown menu near the top) where we can track the conversation of select words (or lists?). ThreadTrack or something. What do you think?
I like the idea of more Profile/user features, all small things. Like choosing which of one's own lists to display on our profile page, we could also have a configurable selection for the Favorites listing, thus pimping the best of the best in general, not just more-recent.
Also, frindley points to the idea of more user-to-user interaction. We've discussed and (mostly) dismissed the idea of personal messaging on Wordie, however a "search" feature might be good. In general, the Profile questions need to be re-thought with the change, too... Location seems like a good field. The I AM A/SEEKING A___ question was a ha-ha funny but I feel that a more fill-in-the-blank approach would be better (ever-mocking the notion of 'Profiles'-as-personal-ads gets old)... I'll brainstorm up some possible new profile questions later today.
On the right, there is this “Be the first!” link to create a new list... What are the chances that some word inspires someone to create a complete new list for it (not too low, I own, but wait for the second part of this sentence) in comparison to the probability that someone just wants to add it to an existing list? A little AJAXy interface, summonable with a single click, as on Wordie emeritus, would be more called for I think. And I like frindley’s novel idea of moving the comment textarea to the top. :-)
Oh yes, whichbe, I think that was me (re user preference for going straight to "comments" when you click on a word).
I've since noticed that if a word has comments you can click on the comments link and thus go straight to the bit you want, so that's a useful thing to know, but if it's a virgin word you still have to go via the definitions/reference area first.
Someone made the suggestion that a user-configurable preference to set the "COMMENTS" section be the default (if so desired, rather than 'Definitions') would be good for some of the conversation-heavy Wordie users. Seems like a good idea.
Probably a bad time to make a suggestion with today being a Wordie-to-Wordnik transfer day, but: I like the "Lists" list at the top right of our profile. It would be even cooler if there were some way to select which 8 lists appear on that column, as to point profile-perusers to Prominent lists of ours. It would also give our profiles us that personalized, representative sparkly touch.