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Any opinions on the New Patch now that it's been up for a while?
Jim Welte June 16, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Hi all - Thanks to Susan for starting this thread as there are a few issues that should be addressed and this is as good place to do so. As I understand it, one of the largest concerns the Novato community has had with the redesign is that what we call the "comment stream," or the auto-updating scroll of recent comments on the home page, went away. That concern has been heard loud and clear and will be returning to the home page in the coming weeks. If there are other specific concerns about the redesign, please share them here and I will be happy to respond. To be clear, however, this is a Patch-wide redesign – its components were not chosen by any one individual editor – and the design of the Back Bay site is nearly two years old and simply reflects the fact that the Boston area sites have not moved to the new design yet. As for our coverage of Novato since Brent left, we have admittedly gone through a few guest editors as the hiring process for the Novato site has taken a bit longer than we would have preferred. I am the editor that oversees all of the sites in Marin – and yes, I do live in Marin – and I have more of a presence on the site than I did when Brent was the editor. Although our guest editors have worked very hard in the interim, we hope to have a full-time editor in place soon, and that person will be as dedicated to covering Novato as Brent was, with the obvious limitation that they will be just one individual who can't be everywhere at once. Given that, as always, we rely on you, our users, to keep us on our toes and informed about where we are falling short - we know we can depend on you for that. Lastly, as for issues like Plan Bay Area, I strongly disagree that we have ignored this topic. In addition to hosting a bevy of blogs and op-eds on the subject across all of our sites in Marin, we have covered every single event on the issue over the past several months, including: http://sanrafael.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/frustrations-abound-at-latest-one-bay-area-plan-meeting http://sanrafael.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/marin-residents-slow-down-plan-bay-area-housing-plan http://sanrafael.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/minds-appear-made-up-about-plan-bay-area We appreciate your patience during this period of transition and promise to work hard to cover those issues that the broader Novato community deems important. Thank you. Jim Welte
Susan Clark June 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Hi Jim. Thanks for clarifying . Most of us assumed you were the new Novato Patch editor.
Jim Welte June 17, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Which is a fair assumption since my name and face are on it for now. Sorry for the confusion. In the interim, I am more than happy to answer questions or address any concerns about the new design or our coverage of the community.
Tina McMillan June 17, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Jim What is the best way to reach you with questions and offers of help? If there is a way to personalize each Patch to its community that would make a huge difference. Brent would post news articles as the primary focus. The comparison to a "penny saver" is the biggest problem with the new design. It does not favor news which is what many people are interested in. If San Rafael Patch is hosting the Plan Bay Area articles then doesn't it make sense to cross post them to Novato's front page too? Looking for news was never a problem with the old Patch, now finding the news in the middle of the garage sales, ads for businesses and announcements is where many people are stuck. It's unfortunate that Back Bay is the old design. It means corporate is throwing out what was the best of Patch. Is there anyone to write to, to suggest that the changes in format are not supportive of a online news source?
NovatoAVID June 19, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Would love to know who the "guest editors" are and their connection with the City of Novato?

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