'How’s that revamp going?'
Very well, thanks for asking.
Rachel has been working very hard going through the wireframes with Isotoma. Wireframes are the blueprints of the new website: the structure, layout and connections of the various pages all laid out on paper. Lots of grids and lines and arrows and notes, basically. They allow us to visualize how everything will look and work and fit before the really expensive coding kicks in.
These wireframes introduce lots of new features as well as retaining many of the things you have told us you like about Authonomy. Over the coming weeks we will share some of these new features with you.
We have also had our first look at the proposed designs. These are looking really good, far more vibrant and interesting than we currently have, and we will share some screen shots and other images once we have fine tuned them.
Suffice to say things will look quite different and while we know whatever we come up with won’t to everyone’s taste (that would be impossible!) the speed and improved features of the site will, we hope, please all members.
As I have said, the forums drive me mad but I recognize they are very popular with a number of users. Rest assured, forums will remain in the new Authonomy and we plan to add improvements to them. The task of migrating the old content over to a new platform will be a bit of a hefty task and we may ask for your help in identifying old threads that can be left behind nearer the time.
Every now and then a book appears on Authonomy that some members take issue with. This may be due to content that some have found offensive, specific legal concerns around copyright or another issue altogether. As you would expect, we have certain guidelines about what can and cannot be hosted on the site and when these guidelines are breached we will, where appropriate, move to remove the book from the site.
However, just because a book is deemed offensive by some doesn’t mean we will remove it. There are many works of literature that have caused offence over the years, and many of these have been banned in different countries. Some people still don’t think Catcher in the Rye should be taught in schools, others consider such censorship to offensive in itself.
Of course, if we had a book with the potential of Catcher in the Rye on Authonomy and people were complaining about it then that would be a high class problem to have. In reality, the books that raise issues tend to be viewed as racist, misogynistic or of dubious sexual content. When these are brought to our attention we will do out best to look at them but if they are not in breach of our guidelines, no matter how much some of you may dislike them, then they stay up.