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Welcome to the Discussions & Ideas page. This is an open forum for discussing anything about Netflix, or anything about this blog. Feel free to ask questions, make suggestions, share information, offer opinions, even rant if something is bugging you.
The body of this page will be used to keep everyone updated when there is blog news, and to ask for feedback about improvements/changes/additions, etc. Of course, your participation is always optional and voluntary.
New Page/New URL
This is the new April - May Discussions & Ideas page. It has a different url than the previous D&I page, which is now archived, so if you have that one bookmarked, please replace it with this one. (This will happen every month or two [or three]; it is the only way I could think of to introduce a new Discussions page when Comments begin to build up.) The D&I page tab beneath the blog title is updated, so it will always take you to the current Discussions page.
News and Request for Feedback
You already know that titles on the Home page are now linked to the Netflix info pages. I'd like to reiterate my thanks to Larry G. (since the note on the Home page will be taken down after a week). Not only did Larry create Excel tools that made having links a viable option, he's been patient and supportive while I got up to speed with them. We are all in his debt.
You have also most likely noticed that I reorganized the sidebar a bit, hopefully to make all pages optimally easy to find.
A recent addition to the sidebar is a new open discussion in anticipation of the Netflix subscription price increase, with some good information about how that's going to happen (see the newest comments), and other interesting general info about what's going on at Netflix.
I experimented with a What's New on the Blog page, but people didn't seem to need it, so I've retired it. I know from the page-view count Blogger provides that a lot of you regularly check pages to see if there's something new, especially the Discussion page and the We Recommend page. And I believe some of you subscribe to a feed that lets you know when there are new comments. Let me know if finding what's new on the blog could be easier, and feel free to make suggestions.
The current way this blog is set up for making comments is called "embedded" comments, meaning the comment box is part of the page. Apparently, that can create problems when someone who is commenting has one or more filters for third party cookies on their computer/in their browser. I don't feel comfortable asking everyone to enable (stop filtering) third party cookies, which seems to be the preferred solution.
The other solution is to change the way comments are made. Instead of the comment box being part of the page, you would click on a link that would open a Comment page, where the comment box would be. You could still see all the posted comments on the actual page, and also on the Comments page. You could still post as Anonymous, or any of the other ways offered now. You would just be typing your comment and publishing it on the Comments page.
How do you all feel about changing Comments to a full page system? I'd especially like to hear from anyone who would be unhappy about such a change. We could change back if it didn't work well (but then we'd have to deal with the cookies issue or have disappearing comments).
If you're not familiar with full page Comments, here is a sample blog I threw together to show you what they look like: What full page comments look like
* * *Please note that earlier, ongoing discussions can be accessed at the top of the sidebar, and previous months' Discussions & Ideas pages are also in the sidebar, under Other Archives.
My goal: A blog that looks polished and feels complete, and that offers helpful content for all, without detracting from the sacred mission of giving followers as much lead time as possible to watch expiring titles.
Thanks to the many contributors who share their time, knowledge and expertise to keep the blog interesting, informative, and fresh in a variety of ways. It is truly a collaborative effort, and I'm honored to be part of it.