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An Assessment of the New Iranian.com

Balatarin

 


First of all I would like to thank Said for all his efforts in upgrading Iranian.com. The quality of the posted material and the participation of the bloggers indicate that we are all committed to see that Iranian.com succeed and remain an important part of our community.

The upgrade and the re-design of the site has created major trade-offs for the bloggers and the viewers. I will mention some significant ones here.

Ease of Use – While posting items such as video clips, pictures and news items have become significantly easier, finding material has become cumbersome. One has to constantly scroll down to find new items. For example, this morning and just by chance, I saw Rezaei’s Shafaf Sazi clip which was buried at the bottom of the pile. His clips are always funny and of the highest quality, but because of its positioning it received minimal viewing.

Layout - In the past, the featured blogs on the main page only had the title and the blogger’s name associated with them. Therefore, one could squeeze a couple of days’ worth of blogs in a small space for quick viewing. The “disadvantage” of that arrangement was that you needed to open the item and see what it was all about and if you wanted to read it and make comments. In the current setup because you see the picture/video and the beginning paragraph, you can almost say what the blog will be about and whether you want to open it or not. This has also reduced the number of clicks on the blogs.

Another key difference is that in the previous arrangement the significant items were at the very top. They generally reflected the “Editor’s Choice” and they stayed up there as long as he wanted to. In the current environment we don’t have that and one could argue that it is more democratic! Also gone are the Iranian of the Day and the Iranian Prisoner of the Day which I believe were both very important and significant.

Comments and Toops – In my opinion, the single most deficiency of the current set up is the elimination of the Recent Comments section. The arrangement allowed us to quickly glance at what was being discussed and see if we wanted to jump in and contribute to the conversation. That feature, at its core helped us to get to know each other better and form a community, even at times a disjointed and a hostile one!

The introduction of “Toop” is also a mixed blessing. While it allows us to quickly show our pleasure at a certain post, it has resulted in a significant drop in the number of comments. In the past, if we liked a post, we would take the time to not only thank the blogger but also by saying something relevant (!) add to the conversation and invite additional comments about the post and the comments. Now, in most cases, we just “Toop” the blogger and we are done. So in a way, we have become passive readers than active participants in the subject matter.

In all, I hope that through rigorous participation of the bloggers and some fine-tuning by the owner/administrator, Iranian.com could be more like a community of people who share thoughts and ideas about our culture and politics, rather than an aggregator of items about Iran, something like Huff Post Iran or BBC Farsi.


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faramarz

Faramarz

Thank you dear Red Wine. I am waiting for your next recipe since the last one not only talked to my taste and my eyes, but it also talked to my heart!

Soosan Khanoom, Dokhtar-e-Daryaa,
The "Blue Eyes" is taking some time off to write his memoirs, but I am sure that he will be back on occasions to write about romantic encounters. So you have to do with "Blue Man" for the time being!

Said Jaan,
Again, I would like to thank you and your team, and JJ and his team before you that did and are doing a first class job. You guys have raised the expectations so high that every time we login we want to see not only new things, but good new things. Thanks.

Jenab-e-All-Iranian,
Thank you for your comment and a "Toop" from me to you for all your great work over the years!

DavidET

DAVIDET

I am so glad that the Velayet Faghih of JJ is gone and it has given its place to The People choice. There were no rules except what JJ felt like that day. It gave room to favoritism and unfairness. In fact that is the reason I am back here at Iranian. Com after nearly 2 years.

ShazdeAsdolaMirza

Shazde Asdola Mirza Iranian.Com is not a place for freedom of expression anymore, therefore, I have stopped commenting here. My archived stories are at: http://iranian.com/main/member/shazde-asdola-mirza.html

To Edit or not to Edit ... that is the question.

The old Iranian.Com was a web-magazine, but the new IC is much less organized. As the editor-in-chief, JJ was the most important asset of IC. His high-quality editorial role had created a strong, competitive and sustainable flow of high-quality user generated content.

Lack of active editorial leadership - in terms of presenting and highlighting the content - can become a major weakness in comparison with the old IC. Contributed "artilces" will be missed by the more serious and loyal readers, who value quality over quantity. Little gems can get lost in the heap of rubble.

In the past, most of us writers and contributors of the old IC were working hard to gain IC's (JJ's) editorial trust and attention towards our Writings, Poems, Videos and Photos. That had created a strong competition for blogs and news items to improve and get Featured, for Videos to be picked up for the 1st page, and basically for the "content" to reach the top spots of the IC.

The same competition can be created in the new IC, perhaps even without a full-time editor. Mr. Amin has talked about an algorithm to promote the "quality" material to the top of the page. This will hopefully be followed up IN EVERY CATAGORY (link, blog, video, audio, photo).

alborz

alborz Alborz

Well said Faramarz jaan.

I am bewildered as to why this site took on the form of iroon.com, though. Others have commented on this and there is no question that if we took a vote now to see how many people would like the old site be resurrected and enhanced with some of the features of the new site, the vast majority would ask for it.

I miss the old site and the best thing would be to wake up one day and see it there again !

Alborz


Rea2527

Rea

Ufff, definitely not my cup of tea.
It looks to me like one of those sites my daughter is a regular visitor of.

So, as I intend to finish off my not very prolific commentator's career, I'd like to thank all those with whom I've exchanged words in the past. You Faramarz, in particular, for I've always enjoyed your witty comments and your diplomatic, yet clear, stand on many issues.

All the best to IC.
Greets from Guadeloupe.

faramarz

Faramarz

C'mon Rea!
Ever since you were exiled in Guadeloupe you have been unhappy. Please move back to France and start contributing here. You have a unique perspective on things that will surely be missed.
p.s. I have friends who used to do work over there and it sounds very depressing.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

Come on Rea ! Don't be such a party pooper ! Is it that bad?

Hope, you reconsider it and stay !

: )

RedWine

شمیرانزاده Researches (reporter & tv journalist) and presents information (Social,Art) in certain types of mass media and also working in diffrent european tv channels

جنابِ فرامرز کامل،بی‌ عیب و بی‌ نقض فرمودند،کاش جنابِ امین پاسخگو باشند و مارا بی‌ محنت که دیگر درین شرایطِ دشوارِ غربتی هیچ حوصله‌ای نیست.

با سپاس از فرامرز خان،فرزندِ راستینِ ایران .

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi


Faramarz,

Could you also please bring the cute Avatar back ! I missed those sharp blue eyes ... : )

Now .... you brought up a good point here ... that is the lack of " recent comments section " but that feature also caused lots of unnecessary fightings and sidings ... People would just see who is commenting and without even an interest in the blog or the blogger they would jump in to beat the hell out of the other ... and sometimes to just support the other regardless. That way a blog would have gotten the " most commented blog " award and would have stayed on top forever.... but hardly that was ever due to the subject of the blog but rather more about the commentators who chose to stop by only to say " I love you " or " I hate you " and since the amount of hate were more than love .. it was all a mess !

I personally appreciate the vanishing of the recent comment section !

I can now metadate & breathe in and breathe out " Peace " ! Ahh ,... Finally !

I also agree with the TOOP thingy .. it is like txting people instead of to actually call them and hear their voices ! But ... it is still a good idea !

: )

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

and for sure one thing that is missing is the " editing option on the comments "..

metadate ... wow ... where that came form ! lol

damn autocorrect ! NOT !

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

i really appreciate the feedback; some really good for thought that i will certainly give more thought to. btw, a "recent comments" module will hopefully be up this week.