Come and talk media with Media UK
We're trying to make Media UK's discussion area the most constructive place to discuss media on the internet. Here's what we've done over the past few weeks.
Where you're logged into a Google Account with simply a username of your email address - which does happen for some users who aren't yet Google+ members - then we'll now hide the domain-name part of your username.
When you post a comment or a discussion, the "mail you replies" box now remembers what you last selected. So, if you'd rather never get any comments via email, if you uncheck the box, it'll stay unchecked.
Responses to comments should now thread in Gmail.
One for the geeky: comments in discussions include a rel=author link (along with the original post). If you add a link to www.mediauk.com in your Google+ Profile (under "contributor to" seems most sensible), your friends and business contacts will find your posts easier when they search in Google.
We also now have RSS feeds in our discussion area. Your browser should discover them automatically, or you'll find all our RSS feeds listed here. One early beneficiary of this is the @radioforum Twitter feed, which carries both our posts and DigitalSpy's (where you can compare the quality vs quantity angle!). We also have our own @mediaukdiscuss twitter feed too.
Finally, we're being clear and open that we will edit and delete messages where we think it will make for a better editorial experience in our Posting Policy. Thoughts on that would be welcome.
In other areas of Media UK, we've removed our use of Google's Social Graph API from our 'people' pages, before Google closes that API later this year; this has sped up those 'people' pages considerably. We've made a few more tweaks to the view of the site you get on smaller mobile devices; and also corrected the mark-up of our breadcrumbs. No, wake up.
James Cridland is the Managing Director of Media UK, and a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business.
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Dave Hedley asked for support for bold, italics and
strikethrough (well, he didn’t ask for strikethrough, but we thought it might be fun). That’s done in the same way as Google+ does it… surround words with the star, underline and dash characters respectively.
In addition, we support quotes by surrounding them with the word ‘quote’ in square brackets.
We should probably have a formatting page explaining all this, shouldn’t we?