This weekend I'm working on the format and some other features.
The site may change or you might see test posts periodically.
Over on the left bottom, you will see an up/down arrow. This is a voting module. By default all blog posts go to the front page. Any blog post receiving negative points(votes) can be removed from the front page by user consensus.
Any forum topic that receives enough positive points will be promoted to the front page. If a post receives enough negative votes(points) it will be unpublished.
Comments are also rated and with enough negative ratings will disappear from the site. Positive ratings over time will give that user more site privileges.
The idea here is to generate a front page that are the best writings and the most reasoned blogs. Registered fellow bloggers determine the content versus just myself as arbitrary dictator on high.
There is also an abuse system in place, but I believe people blogging on this site are highly analytical, fair so we shouldn't run into some sort of abuse or popularity contest.
It's only to shape the main content of The Economic Populist by the actual site users. A bottom up decision tree.
I would especially appreciate feedback on the site look as I change it and hope you comment.
The blue site can still be created by switching your theme under myaccount->edit and selecting amadou. In other words, if you hate this site, just switch your theme to amadou in your account settings and wala, you have the narrower blue one. Everything should work the same. Who says choice isn't an option?
I'm working on making the current look, the default site layout.
I also am working on new features, such as the below where you can attach polls to your blog posts. This blog post is the first example of this.
Any bugs I hope you leave a comment.
You can also attach files to your blog posts and have them prominently displayed. This enables you to attach spreadsheets, large images and pdfs. This should help references large tables, spreadsheets, statistics in your blog.
Note, I'm also making more formatting choices!
Whew! I'm done playing web 2.0 designer for the weekend, I hope ya all try this, give some feedback. Right now there is no written "how do I?" for users of the site, beyond the FAQ and I know you need one. Anyone wishing to volunteer, let me know.