While we believe collaboration on the content side of the blog is highly effective, collaboration on the design often led to conflicts that were difficult to resolve. The net result is that the design process stalled in 2009 and because of time limitations we have not attempted to move the design forward since then. Over the next year that is going to change. However, in order to provide a design consistent with the core open philosophy of the blog that process will be centrally controlled, at least in the short run (meaning that at the admin level the blog has been locked down). That does not mean community input is not welcomed. It is essential.
Today we implemented a menu bar at the top of the blog. This was actually part of the design process in 2009 so it will still require some work to bring it up to date. Ideally we planned to put this through a full beta test before deploying, but since two years have passed we feel it is best to deploy the menu bar and beta test it directly on the blog.
We need you to provide feedback on any technical problems generated by the menu bar. If it causes a problem leave a comment below describing the technical issue encountered and include:
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Note that for now, since the links in the menu bar are two years old we fully expect some of them will not work and those should NOT be reported as "technical issues", We want to focus the beta process and discussion on functional elements of the menu bar as they pertain to how your browser renders the Web page itself.
Thanks for your cooperation and we sincerely hope the risk we are taking here does not inconvenience you in any way. Live beta tests are always tricky but we think in the long run it will move things along much more effectively.