Just Completed it; My Comments Below.
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Recently Commonweal made some changes in its online design. What is your overall reaction to these changes?
What are your primary reactions, positive or negative, to the new site?
The site is very difficult to navigate. In the old site I always could see immediately what was old and what was new. So I would check the website every day. Now I don't.
I liked the blog and the comments. They were motivation for me to come every day and check the site. If there wasn't something new to read, I could at least check up how the comments were going on what I had read.
Options Excellent Good Fair Poor No Opinion
Ease of finding stories from the print edition Poor
Readability on a phone or tablet/iPad No Opinion
Search function Poor
Ease of navigation Poor
Ease of finding the newest content Poor
Ease of subscribing No Opinion
Ease of logging in Fair
4. Leaving aside questions of design, would you say that the Commonweal website has become more interesting over the last year, less interesting, or stayed about the same?
Less interesting than a year ago
Please provide any details or specifics about your answer to this question
Well I am not only reading less, I have no ability to comment. Reading the comments and joining in the conversation was a key part of my daily visit to Commonweal
Before the change I would say that Commonweal and America were the sites I checked most frequently and read the most because they both had comments; Commonweal had the most and the best comments.
This was followed by Crux, NCR, Religious News Service, all about equal. I would sometimes read Religious Dispatches.
Now Commonweal is somewhere between Religious Dispatches and the pack. By the way America dropped down into the pack largely because their site is difficult to navigate too, Did you both listen to the same consultants?
5. If you have any other suggestions about topics, articles, or features you'd like to see Commonweal provide online, please tell us about them here.
Restore the comments, and give commenters the ability to submit posts (subject to review0. My comments were often so extensive they deserved a post. I used to comment extensively at PrayTell during the "Missal Crisis" I submitted about 12 posts all of which were accepted.
I liked the idea of Commonweal local communities but we don't have one here in Cleveland. If we did I expect it would be too far to travel very frequent.
We need digit communities for area such as Cleveland where we can comment on articles, and make out own posts to talk with each other about local issues.
6. As part of our redesign, Commonweal eliminated reader comments as a regular feature. What is your opinion of this change?
I feel negatively about eliminating comments
As answered in previous questions, they were the main reason I came daily to Commonweal, to keep up with the comments. While I commented some, I wasn’t among the most frequent commentators. I had been one of the most frequent commenters at PrayTell , ranked about #6 according to Rita Ferrone. While the commenting at PrayTell was high quality just like Commonweal, they didn’t have many women. Commonweal had a far more balanced and diverse group of commenters.
They were a model digital community. You should have used them to help you found local digital communities, and a network of digital communities
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8. How often do you visit the Commonweal website? Once or twice a week