Thursday, November 05, 2009
iReport roundtable: Thursday @ 3 p.m. ET

Join us in our blog today at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly roundtable discussion. We are looking forward to talking to you.

 

We'll open comments on this blog post at 3 p.m. so you can leave your questions and comments and then members of Team iReport will respond.

 

We'll talk to you at 3 p.m. ET.

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November 5, 2009
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Hi everyone

November 5, 2009

hello all

November 5, 2009
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Hi David

November 5, 2009
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Hi all

November 5, 2009
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Hey, I have a cold I hope I don't give it to anyone!

November 5, 2009
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Greetings!

November 5, 2009

Good afternoon everybody

November 5, 2009
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@MarieSager - Bless your heart. Hope you're feeling better soon.

November 5, 2009
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I want to start by asking if we can get more assignments put up more frequently, seems the same assignments are up everyday. 

November 5, 2009

Good idea KCRep

November 5, 2009
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@davidw

Am I correct that the hits to the iReport section is down?

November 5, 2009
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Hi all! @KCRep we were just chatting about that at our weekly staff meeting yesterday. We'll try to have more assignments out more often. Our Sesame Street assignment is our top creative focus right now.

November 5, 2009
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@KCRep -- We'll look into freshening that up. Any suggestions on assignments you'd like to see?

November 5, 2009
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Hey everybody

November 5, 2009
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@Davidw: Thanks appreciate that.

November 5, 2009
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@david...nope lol, I'll leave that up to the staff.

November 5, 2009
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Ewillies, I would agree that hits are down as well. Thought it was just me...

November 5, 2009
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@katie...I've done 4 reports on sesame street.

November 5, 2009

I know there was an assignment related to Gourmet magazine, perhaps we can expand that concept and have a food/recipe category.

November 5, 2009
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@EWillies1961 -- We're not worried about page views. I think that will sort itself out as everyone gets used to the new CNN homepage and the iReport section.

November 5, 2009
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2 omekongo...your reports are fantastic, hope I haven't embarassed you with my comments.

November 5, 2009
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@omekongo

Getting on the front banner would normally bring several hundred to several thousand hits. Now I think people think is is just one mosaic as opposed to several stories.

November 5, 2009

I obsess over my page hits

November 5, 2009
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@jeffpickens -- We love food here at iReport, so I'm sure we'll be going back to food stories in the future.

 

November 5, 2009
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KCrep! Thanks so much! No embarrasment here! We're all family!

 

Ewiliie: I thought they were mosaics too

November 5, 2009

DO you have an estimate on when the back button will be working for IE versions?

 

November 5, 2009
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@everyone -- There's a lot of new stuff on the CNN.com page and huge amounts of amazing material for people to choose from. So i think people are still learning where all the material is.

November 5, 2009
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@TheWarden -- I'm not sure of an ETA. The developers are aware of it.

November 5, 2009
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@davidw: You are right because I AM still learning! It's so integrative, which was tough at first but now I'm getting it!

November 5, 2009
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Warden, the fix for the IE back button problem should go out late next week.

November 5, 2009
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on the sesame street thing, can we still do a letter once someone else does it?

November 5, 2009
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@omekongo

It is amazing, on my website one design change once dropped sales on a particular product by over 30%. I think this may be happening with some of the changes. I hope we find a sweetspot.

November 5, 2009
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Thanks for the save @pbethany

November 5, 2009
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I haven't had any trouble with the back button, I just don't enjoy having to log in everytime I close my browser.

November 5, 2009

Thanks:

 

November 5, 2009
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@ewillie: 30%? yikes!

November 5, 2009

It doesn't look like the new format has scared anyone away; that's good.

November 5, 2009

Are these same issues found on the cnn.com home page and the child pages from there?

November 5, 2009
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@EWillies1961 -- I do think that will sort out. There are a lot more spots on the new site for us to showcase iReports. Like you said, we're finding the sweet spots.

If you check out our Travel section, for example, you'll see that iReports are all over the page. http://www.cnn.com/TRAVEL/

 

 

November 5, 2009
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@omekongo We'd prefer if everyone took a different letter, but we'll try to showcase the best submissions for each letter. There are a lot remaining in the alphabet. And, of course, the creative, the better!

November 5, 2009
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@all, Topics, How do you spend your Thanksgiving?

November 5, 2009
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@MarieSager We've got some fun assignments coming up for Thanksgiving, including one about celebrating Thanksgiving overseas -- have you ever spent the holiday abroad?

November 5, 2009
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@katie: thanks! I can get very creatove lyrically but I don't have video editing skills to put letters in and stuff. I'll do my best though!

November 5, 2009
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Thanksgiving overseas?  That should be interesting.

November 5, 2009
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@ omekongo...leave B-M-K and C alone LOL...just kidding.

November 5, 2009
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@katie, Not Thanksgiving, but Christmas!  Christmas is a little more universal.

November 5, 2009

I've also thought the navigation of the menu's, even on the cnn home page were confusing. I'm guessing, the back button issues might be adding to that.

 

One thing I thought might help on the home page and perhaps other page areas, would be small icons to distinguish which stories are related to what source. i.e.: CNN stories get that icon next to it. MarketWatch get another, also iconing the sourse, and ireport with an ireport icon next to the link. This might help people find things when thier interest is in the source of the story.

 

In this way, people wanting to see CNN.com news and not be bothered with ireports could know the difference, and vis versa for many scenerios.

 

 

November 5, 2009
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@TheWarden - Thanks for the suggestion. We'll look into that.

November 5, 2009
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@TheWarden iReport stories do have an iReport bug -- you should be able to easily identify them on the home page

November 5, 2009
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@davidw

That is the one part of the site I had not seen. That is great. I hope the news->political and other sites would be more integrated so we can really get viewpoints.

November 5, 2009
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@EWillies1961 -- We're making inroads -- all of our producers work to include iReports in their coverage. We'll get our work flows sorted out soon.

November 5, 2009

katie: I'm not sure I know what you mean by "bug"?

November 5, 2009
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@TheWarden -- She's talking about the little red I or CNN iReport symbol.

November 5, 2009
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@TheWarden Sorry for the confusing lingo! The small, red "i" you see all over the Travel page, for example: http://www.cnn.com/TRAVEL/

November 5, 2009
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Hi all!  Just finished working, hope I didn't miss too much.

November 5, 2009

I though so, thanks for the clearification.

 

I guess I haven't seen that on the home page yet. I did just looked, but didn't see anything. Are there any current ireports on the home page?

November 5, 2009
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Hey EW, we have to organize that skype call!

November 5, 2009
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@davidw

I hope I am not coming across as complaining. I love this platform and given the volume I think you guys at iReport are doing a great job. I think potentially this platform is going to be the beginning of a great outlet mostly because it is managed to minimize flamers and keep a pretty even handed debate of current issues.

November 5, 2009
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Hi Alison...I'm off to work in 15 min. Wish it was the other way around lol.

November 5, 2009
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Weren't there some iReports on the front page on the Berlin Wall?

November 5, 2009

LOL. Katie: Not the lingo, just didn't know if you were talking about an actual technical "bug"...nature of the discussion I supppose...

November 5, 2009
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@katie, I should reword that, I've spent Christmas abroad.  Thanksgiving in another country is usually just another day.  But Christmas and the Jewish Holidays are universal.

November 5, 2009
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@alsionv: hi there!

November 5, 2009
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Sorry KC! But it 9:30 p.m. here and I've been at it since this morning!

November 5, 2009
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We have them on the front page all the time -- in fact, that's a big part of my job! Right now, there are some hidden in the Editor's Choice section if you click through ... usually they're much more visible. @sjunat55's Yankee's photos were at the top of the homepage for most of the morning today

November 5, 2009
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@EWillies1961 -- I didn't think you were complaining. It's also cool if you want to complain.

This redesign has been a lot of work for everyone -- especially y'all.

I'm convinced that it's going to pay off and that soon the new site will be second nature.

 

 

November 5, 2009
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Great, Katie!  I was pretty proud of "us" when I saw the Berlin Wall story. 

 

Hi Omekongo! Nice to see you.

 

And may I say, I'm very happy to have my star back!

November 5, 2009

OK I see the "bug" inside the image posting on the travel page.

 

I was talking about the multiple menu systems with simply titles and links. Some on top have a "Money" menu icon -- in wording -- after them. This was the area of navigation I was thinking of.

November 5, 2009
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@ david, well, this old lady is not having any trouble with the new format at all.  In fact, I've already forgotten what the old format looked like :)

November 5, 2009
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@TheWarden We used to have "iReport.com" before links when iReport was a different site -- now that it's part of CNN, there's no separation. Personally, I think that's pretty cool, because it help proves that iReporters are journalists just like CNN reporters.

November 5, 2009
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@Everyone -- As an example to illustrate my point. Check out the CNN.com Website from just 3 years ago.

http://web.archive.org/web/20061128120512/http://www.cnn.com/

 

This was the state of the art in November 2006.

 

And here's how it looked in 2005

http://web.archive.org/web/20051105094941/www.cnn.com/

 

November 5, 2009
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@alisonv

Yes we do. I will be in Panama for a week (father having surgery). I should be back the following Saturday so we can work on timing at your convenience.

November 5, 2009
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@davidw: wow! Talk about old school! Great way to help us put it in perspective!

November 5, 2009
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Wow, David! Those look so much less appealing and more confusing!

November 5, 2009

katie: yeah that is cool, I think most people certainly think so too. Just something I saw that I would have liked, BUt then again, I'm looking for ireports on the home page and can't really distingusih them in the category menu toward the bottom.

 

Perhaps more people would prefer not to know, or even see the difference if ti's all mixed in. I'm sure you guys will make the best call.

November 5, 2009
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@TheWarden Yes, we're figuring it out as we go along. We really appreciate everyone's thoughts and especially appreciate your patience! We're adjusting to a lot, just like you all are.

November 5, 2009
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@alisonv -- in our defense, some of the pages are jumbled because we had to take the images off, but yeah, it's amazing to think that that was the state of the art.

November 5, 2009
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OK, EW, I hope it is nothing serious. I'm going out looking for some old fashioned olive presses this weekend, so if I'm lucky, I'll be busy with that this week. Speaking of which, I found a cool site for music - free! http://www.taylorhayward.org/index.htm

 

At the bottom of the page, you see "this music is free"

It says...

The music on this site is: free to download and play, free to rebroadcast in any form for any purpose, free to play in public, free to publish for profit, and free to sample.

 

There is no copyright on this music.

 

If you can think of a creative way to use this music, you have my full support. If you would like a custom composition for a movie you're making, or to broadcast, let me know and I will be happy to create one for you for free.

November 5, 2009
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David, I imagine that does make a difference, but I agree, today's is cooler!

November 5, 2009
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off to work now, bye everyone.

November 5, 2009

Well, this change went down to the basica data base and was rebuilt from that point up, ever part, while intergrating ireport, changing ever function, every navigational flow system, all the possible and potential disasterous "bugs" that COULD HAVE shown up and the fact that all this in one step with far fewer issues than you should have had, in my opinion.

 

For such a large undertaking, it's rather remarkable it was so well done, went off so well, and with only your basic flow and functions remaining at large to address.

 

Remarkable! Honestly.

November 5, 2009
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@alisonv -- I agree that it's a lot cooler now and It's a tribute to the amazing content iReporters are creating and sharing.

November 5, 2009
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Off to take the 3-year old to dance class fellas. Thanks for a great discussion!

November 5, 2009

@alisonv: I got my star back this morning also!

November 5, 2009
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By Omekongo!

 

Jeff, didn't you feel good?  I did!

November 5, 2009

Absolutely!

November 5, 2009
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@everyone -- Thanks for a great week. We've got some breaking news. So we need to wrap things up a few minutes early.

Take care

November 5, 2009
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ok, bye and thanks as always

November 5, 2009
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Ryn

Loving the new changes!

Thanks iReport Team

You are appreciated

November 5, 2009
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sorry I got late I am having problems with someone and I will need help thanks Larena

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