Incremental upgrades to Flayrah
Recently I've found the time to make a few changes to Flayrah. If you're reading this on another site, you might want to drop by to see them.
As always, I'm interested in your thoughts as to how we could make Flayrah a better resource, from a technical, social, or content standpoint. The site's been up almost a decade, and I'd like it to remain relevant for the next ten years – so if you want something, speak up!
A few months ago, I added tags to over 2500 archived posts from 2001 to 2009. You can see them in our tag cloud; and now, on our header. Why there? To help visitors grasp the focus of the site and browse popular topics. (Art would help, too, and I have a few designs in mind.)
The new header makes better use of space. Margins have been trimmed, and our LiveJournal, Twitter and Facebook links are now icons, leaving more room for search and content. Font sizes should also be more consistent; in particular, body text is now more readable in IE.
The style and functionality of comments has been refined over the past few months, thanks in part to a few involved discussions that pushed the limits of the default layout. Comments are one of Flayrah's greatest strengths, and I intend to do more to highlight our best in the future.
Images can now be uploaded in association with a news post. Sometimes a picture can speak a thousand words, and it's a lot more compact.
Related links are provided at the bottom of each story. The selection is determined by attached tags, starting with the most recently-created, which also tend to be the most specific – this story should link Flayrah-related stories by date, then those about other websites.
I've also added an author pane, drawing information from user profiles with code developed for our list of contributors. If there's nothing there for you, now's a good time to say something about yourself!
We now have a news chat on the front page, intended for discussing interesting one-line tidbits that aren't quite on topic or which you can't expand into a story. (Of course, if it is enough for a story, please submit it.)
I've also updated our list of news sources. Unfortunately alt.fan.furry has been overrun by spam, and the Furtean Times has gone offline, but we have new feeds from Furry Reddit and Red Furros (a Spanish-language furry portal which has several interviews in English).