On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, the Sci-Fi And Fantasy site is going to have a recommendation chat event. The only problem is that I think that only regulars will know about this event, because they are the ones who enter the chat rooms.

I'm proposing that below the list of chat members in the front-page chat widget, we add a link with the time and title of the next chat event. That way non-regular users can see that there is an event coming up and they can click on it to see what's going on.

Chat widget now:

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Proposed Chat widget:

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I guess the only draw-back is that the right-bar is longer, and the widget is less concise. But I think those negatives will probably be offset by increased community involvement.

  • Do we need those glasses? – random Mar 20 '11 at 16:46
  • @random: I'm sorry could you be more specific? – Mark Rogers Mar 20 '11 at 16:52
  • "Now in 3D!" (Popcorn comes extra. Avoid the "butter") – random Mar 20 '11 at 16:54
  • @random: lol I see what you mean, I just used the existing link text from the chat event page. So as to not complicate the issue. – Mark Rogers Mar 20 '11 at 16:56
  • Ironically, because it says "3d" it complicates the issue. Sometimes I just can't win :). – Mark Rogers Mar 20 '11 at 17:08
  • And as you get closer to the event things become flatter – random Mar 20 '11 at 17:10
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    I changed it to "5d", hopefully that will be more pleasing to the eye. – Mark Rogers Mar 20 '11 at 17:15

Since you already have the floater on SFF.meta, you can juice it with that tag and have that show up on the main side where it should get some more eyeballs.

  • Yeah, I was going to do that, but I never got around to asking the other mods about it. I guess I'll do it and let them roll it back if they don't like it. – Mark Rogers Mar 20 '11 at 17:44
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    Do people ever read those featured Meta posts? I hardly ever pay attention to these, even on the sites where I do regularly participate on Meta. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Mar 20 '11 at 18:23

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