Hey folks, beginning Thursday, there are going to be big changes coming to Roanoke.com and the blogs on it. Everything is going to look different, pages are supposed to load more quickly, and much more. We’re changing over to an entirely back-end system, and things are going to be different on the front end, too. Along with all this are some new rules on comments.
Here’s a snippet from a post on the Times Square blog by Roanoke Times Editor Joe Stinnett:
Now, a heads-up to our frequent commenters on the blogs and stories: We’ll be requiring you to use your real name when commenting, and we’ll use Facebook for all comments. The comments can appear on your FB wall, or not, as you desire. This is a philosophical change, reflecting my belief that if you say something in public, you ought not to be anonymous. I know not everyone will agree with that — so comment away on this post while you can. I’ll have more to say about the new commenting system as we launch or right after.
Just fyi this is going to be a challenge for many of us to get used to. You’ll probably have many head-scratching moments on this blog soon after the the new launch. So will I, until I get used to the new software.
Anyway, take a look at the link above for a more complete understanding of everything that’s coming. And you if you want to comment on those, please do it there. It’s the place where your feedback is most likely to be seen by the powers that be.