Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Two new features: Location search and archiving comments

Location search. The search page now allows you to search the locations users have entered on their profiles. As with everything else, providing your location is totally voluntary, but many users have entered on. It is also unstructured, rather than a zip code or something like that. For that reason, you may find it necessary to search once for “Massachusetts” and again for “MA.” Here are the results for my home-away-from-hometown, Boston—39 users!

This feature is fun now. It will be more fun when I get forums, and users can swap bookstore suggestions, etc.

Archiving comments. I don’t know about you, but I have a million comments.* So I added an “archive comments” link, so you don’t need to delete a comment to get it off the page. There a link to view your archived comments.

I’m weighing revamping the profile page, to put the comments on a separate page. A even bigger revamp would be to provide LT users with an ersatz reading blog. Reviews could—at your discretion—appear, as could independent blog entries. I’m not sure if this would be on the main profile page or not. Probably not. Reactions?

* I beg pardon for still working my way through these and the emails occasioned by the crash. I find it physically impossible to answer comments for more than a few hours at a stretch.

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