the friend online
29 July 2005


A new Friend website - preview
Just in time for Britain Yearly Meeting at York we've given our website at www
  • thefriend
  • org the Trinny and Susannah treatment!

    There's a new layout, and to emphasise the extra features which will give you more of The Friend than ever before, we've rebranded the site as your Friend
  • You can now easily comment on articles on the page they appear, and you'll be able to see at-a-glance which articles are catching the most attention
  • You can also keyword search all our previous issues back to May 2003
  • An RSS /XML feed from the site means you can now include articles from The Friend automatically on your own website, and if you have the right software (called an RSS Aggregator, popular with many users of internet weblogs) the articles can come directly to your desktop, again automatically

  • simon gray, website editor

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    Helen, 23 August
    The site is looking superb. I really like reading peoples comments.
    I liked having the paper edition but this is even better. I can always print the articles I want to read away from the computer. Well done everyone!

    David Laverick, 18 August
    A great improvement. Well done.

    Gerry Guiton, 13 August
    Brilliant idea, Simon, this August gift. Send it to me do, pls.

    Gerry Guiton

    robert steele, 29 July
    Just want to reinforce what Ian Jackson has said about the retention of the paper version of The Friend if for the selfish reason that I would find it hard to read the 'on line' version in bed! I just hope that the availability of the 'online' version will not cause a reduction in the uptake of subscriptions to the paper version so that subs have to rise greatly to keep the paper version viable, for as has been said elsewhere, - no subs, no paper.

    That said I welcome the opportunity for more interaction with The Friend and editorial staff. I would hope to see a 'discussion community' grow on the site moderated by editorial staff with the proviso that what is posted may be used in the paper version. This would, I hope, be a self regulating mechanism to help ensure a Quakerly 'right ordering' about material posted. Though, as webmaster Simon will be only too aware, discussion forums are open to all and thus it might be sensible to put in an access 'gate' by means of registration and password. It would be a bit mean [and self-defeating?] I suppose to restrict access to subscription holders only!!

    Perhaps a prominent and clear link to this site on the BYM home page would be in order?

    Love the new site and look forward to seeing it develop and grow to be a source of information and inspiration both to Quakers and non-Quakers alike.

    Clare, 29 July
    Thanks Ian. There has been a lot of discussion amongst the team and trustees and there is no doubt at all that the paper version is here to stay (if enough subscribers want us of course!). We hope that Your Friend will become the interactive add-on to the magazine, giving people much greater opportunities to engage with the editorial team, tell us and everyone what's going on in the Quaker world and take advantage of all this new technology to be more involved with The Friend.
    We do appreciate that there are plenty of readers not online and we won't be leaving them out, we just hope that if they do venture online there is a friendly Friend waiting for them!
    We will be using as much of the BYM coverage from the special edition as we can in the magazine, but we think (and hope) that you might have more to say than will fit into 20 pages...

    Ian Jackson (Woodbrooke Librarian), 29 July
    I do hope you'll think very carefully about the new web-only content, including occasional special editions. Not everyone has web access or wants to read the Friend online, plus paper is still more permanent -- think about researchers in libraries like Woodbrooke's in twenty, thirty ... a hundred years' time!

    All the same, I wish you every success with the new website.

    Clare, 28 July
    Glad you like it! But I would (of course) recommend that you make use of the £10-only add-on sub rather than switching, then you get the best of both worlds :)

    Clare Ewins, 27 July
    Well done all of you - it looks stunning! And very easy to find navigate and use. I've been a paper subscriber up to now but will be changing to the website edition.

    Clare, 27 July
    ... and I for one think it's looking marvellous! What do other people think? Anything we should be adding, changing, doing with the site? It is, as the logo says, your website so please tell us what you think!


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