Over the past weekend, The Daily Gazette got a new look.
This revision marks the second site change for the Gazette in the past 18 months. Our first update introduced comments, RSS, and individual article pages, changes which have been enormously popular. The Gazette has had more than 2,000 comments, and circulation has risen markedly.
Most of the changes in this second update are cosmetic. Every page of the site has been rebuilt in response to reader feedback. There are more stories on the front page, and more photographs directly related to our articles. Many readers told us that our archives needed work, so we changed our whole approach.
The biggest change is to our commenting scheme. Starting yesterday, comments are placed on the site immediately after you click the “Submit” button, instead of hidden from view until approved by a member of the Gazette’s staff. We’ve implemented a community moderation scheme—our readers can vote to hide comments they believe are inappropriate.
The Gazette has also taken over responsibility for the Reserved Students Digest, as we announced, here. The new Digest is fully automated, with forms for announcement, event, and job submissions. Just as importantly, all of our Digest issues will be available online in our archives—you won’t have to save Digests in your Inbox just to know what is going on at Swarthmore.
The newest revision was created by Gazette Technology Director Dougal Sutherland ’11, building off of the popular internet framework, Django. In the long term, this revision will make it easier for the Gazette to create specialized tools like our restaurant guide (which will be returning shortly), or the Screwdriver.
For the Class of 2009 especially, it’s exciting to think about the changes the Gazette has undergone in the past four years, from a basic one-day, one-page site to something much more dynamic. Take a look:
If you have suggestions, comments, or critiques, we’d love to hear your thoughts.