Author Topic: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon  (Read 15739 times)

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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2018, 05:26:40 PM »
Personally, it's crazy to think of how different my life might look had I not been Googling for information about Peyton's Big Idea or the Club Paris opening or whatever it was that day.

Wow, so something good actually came from the opening of Club Paris?? Well, besides the top of Mayor Peyton's chest...

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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2018, 11:57:56 PM »
Congrats on the new opportunity!

I understand from your article that all the threads, post(er) histories, passwords, etc. will carry over transparently to the new site, correct?

What about links to posts by other posts and MJ pictures (internal links), and links to MJ articles linked externally (e.g. Facebook, etc.)?  Will they still work? 

Will  the MJ page stay up for some overlapping period to forward the uninformed to the new site?

Will threads and posts still follow the MJ format of being updated on the face of the home page?

Will all the forum categories be maintained?

MJ has done a great job of building out the functionality of this site and many users find comfort in it like sitting in a favorite old lounger :).  Will we have to learn a new way all over to post and reply?

How about the search function to find posts/articles?

What would be nice to add are "like" or "thumbs up" buttons to show support for comments by others.

Thanks for your responses.
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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2018, 02:54:50 AM »
Have you considered making "A Taste of the Town Center" a regular feature of the new site?
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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2018, 07:27:25 AM »
Congrats on the new opportunity!

I understand from your article that all the threads, post(er) histories, passwords, etc. will carry over transparently to the new site, correct?

Correct. The forum isn't going anywhere.

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What about links to posts by other posts and MJ pictures (internal links), and links to MJ articles linked externally (e.g. Facebook, etc.)?  Will they still work?

Yes, they should still work.

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Will the MJ page stay up for some overlapping period to forward the uninformed to the new site?

The MJ front page won't be around anymore but the articles have been archived and will be available from the menu bar of the Jaxson.

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Will threads and posts still follow the MJ format of being updated on the face of the home page?

No. The front page of MJ won't exist anymore.

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Will all the forum categories be maintained?

Yes.

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MJ has done a great job of building out the functionality of this site and many users find comfort in it like sitting in a favorite old lounger :).  Will we have to learn a new way all over to post and reply?

No. How the forum operates will remain the same.

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How about the search function to find posts/articles?

You will be able to still search for old posts and articles.

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What would be nice to add are "like" or "thumbs up" buttons to show support for comments by others.

Thanks for your responses.

Right now, the forum will remain the same but we'll take this into consideration.
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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2018, 07:28:31 AM »
Have you considered making "A Taste of the Town Center" a regular feature of the new site?

Lol, we'll leave that niche to Glenn to take advantage of!
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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2018, 07:29:34 AM »
Will we keep our post totals? I want to still be able to call people out for being n00bs
Lol, yes, your post counts will still remain.
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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2018, 02:48:51 PM »
Woo-hoo! Found this website just in time to see it get shut down!
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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2018, 03:23:24 PM »
Woo-hoo! Found this website just in time to see it get shut down!

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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2018, 08:39:35 PM »
Stoked!

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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2018, 03:47:58 PM »
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Will threads and posts still follow the MJ format of being updated on the face of the home page?

No. The front page of MJ won't exist anymore.

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Will all the forum categories be maintained?

Yes.

Sad to see this feature go.

For years, the "Latest Discussion from the Forums" section of the MetroJax homepage has been one of the best go-to spots in the city for finding breaking news, often before it's reported anywhere else. You load it up, and within like 5 seconds you can see everything that's being discussed that day. I'm sure there's a good reason for not carrying it over, but there's just so many categories and sub-categories on the forum proper that I worry usability and discoverability will take a big hit without that aggregation piece pulling everything together in glanceable way.

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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2018, 04:50:59 PM »
We'll keep this in mind. It may be a feature we'll bring back when full integration is complete.
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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2018, 05:49:47 PM »
Agree with KenFSU.  In this day of A.D.H. D.-like  internet surfing, you may only have seconds to grab readers' attention.  Having headlines generated by threads, etc. is a must to maintain eyeballs in my opinion.  Just check out almost every news website.  Heck, that's all Drudge, CNN  and Google News do on their lead pages and their web pages are among the top most-visited websites.  Nothing wrong with doing what is proven to work :).

Looking forward to the new era.  All the best.

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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2018, 06:32:25 PM »
Lake, one other question/suggestion:  I went to your new website.  Looks great.  But the Forums are literally pushed to the side :).  I looked at the reply/comment mode for articles and it does not seem to be part of the Forum function anymore.  Are we expected to toggle back and forth between two groups of threads?  If so, is there a way to unify that at some point?

I also note the article replies/comments do not appear to have the functionality of the Forum for posting pictures or using the word processing formatting features.  Will any of this change over time?
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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #28 on: July 08, 2018, 07:06:56 PM »
We're actually in the midst of working on things now and will be for the next few hours. Modern Cities and the Jaxson currently use the Disqus commenting system. It's actually much easier to use and post images but it is not integrated with the MJ forum itself.

Feeding the existing MJ forum with the Jaxson is a new component that was not originally a part of the plan. Although MJ is going away, we're working to save and continue the forum itself as a community resource. In the upcoming weeks, we'll look into alternatives to enhance the functionality between them.

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Re: Metro Jacksonville to shut down, The Jaxson coming soon
« Reply #29 on: July 08, 2018, 08:13:10 PM »
^To add to that, it only recently became an option for us to take on the forum, so we so we're still working on how integration with The Jaxson will shake out. Thanks for the input, y'all, we'll have more updates coming in the future as things progress.
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