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2007-05-09 14:52
Guo Juan We added 'Lecture categories' and changed the 'Available lectures'. Do you like it better this way? If you have any suggestions or ideas, please feel free to send us a feedback or reply it here. Thank you very much!

2007-05-09 21:49
VeniVidiCogitavi These are a nicely-done couple of features. Both will make things easier to find, which is becoming more and more important since the site is getting to have so much content.

A suggestion: as it stands, when you sort the "Available Lectures" table using columns other than the date, they don't actually sort on what you see on the screen (I'm presuming that it's sorting on some internal index?). It would make these more useful if they would sort alphabetically, according to the text that shows in the column. That way, if someone wanted to specifically look at, say, one of the "Thickness Attack" lectures, they could sort on the "Lecture" column and pretty easily browse to the "T"'s.

Also, I think that both of these screens would benefit from adding something that was discussed a while back... in places where a lecture is listed, it would be nice to have an icon or note next to it that would tell you its status: "Purchased and still open", or "Purchased and expired". Maybe for "Purchased and still open" it would also display the number of days left before it expires. With so much material on the site now, this is getting more difficult to keep track of.

Again, just some suggestions for when there's a chance. The site's getting better all the time.

2007-05-10 01:12
bobbacon Hi, Sir Bowen:

You have access to some subscription information already. If you go to My Account, User Info (Login) and log in, you'll see a My Account User Info page which lists your current and expired lectures. In order for your suggested association of the current master listing with your personal history to work, it'd take some hefty lifting, programming-wise. Would it be worth it? I don't know... I'm quite happy with the current setup...

2007-05-10 20:27
VeniVidiCogitavi The summary on the home page certainly is better than nothing, but I don't think it really fills the full need.

As of this writing, there are now 291 lessons on the site, and my personal list has 198 purchased items on it. This is getting to be a LOT to try to correlate manually, flipping back and forth between two pages - particularly since the displayed names of the lessons don't match between the two pages (!). And it's only going to get worse as time goes on.

I end up keeping a separate spreadsheet where I try to keep track of things, but this is a fair amount of overhead and, as hard as I try, it still gets out-of-sync and I have to put in extra work to straighten things out. The server already knows this information; why not just have displayed right there in front of me?

I certainly don't know the particulars of the code on this site, but I've done numerous similar things in my projects and the effort should only be modest. I realize that the site doesn't have full-time developers to put things in right away, but I think that the cost/benefit ratio of this feature should be worth giving it a spot pretty high on the to-do list.

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