Good morning, Buffalo Bills fans:
It's been a while since we've had a METATHREAD, our (conventionally) weekly open thread dedicated to discussing the specifics of our blog. We do this for two reasons: to keep those discussions centralized so that they don't dominate football-related discussions, and to give folks a chance to converse/opine/vent about the state of the site.
We've got a few things to cover this morning, and then we'll turn it over to y'all in the comments section.
Upcoming sidebar changes
Ever since switching over to SB Nation United, one of the more vocal complaints remaining unaddressed has been the coloring of the FanPost and FanShot sections. As explained in this post, that will soon be changing (as in probably this week); rather than the dark blue color you see here, the FanPost and FanShot sections will be dark text on light background again, making them much easier to read. Click that above link for a more detailed explanation of what's changing, and for a screenshot of the new sidebars.
If you don't follow us on Twitter (@BuffRumblings), you should. If you already do follow us on Twitter, be advised that we'll be tweeting a lot more from that account now. We'll strive to keep our Twitter endeavors unobtrusive to your timelines, but we're looking for more conversation on that platform. Even if you don't follow us on Twitter, you can keep up with the latest by checking out the Twitter sidebar on our home page (down below FanPosts and FanShots).
We've seen an uptick in Buffalo Sabres talk on our blog since the NHL's lockout ended and local folks started thinking about hockey again. Your hockey observations will be much better served over at Die by the Blade, SB Nation's home for all things Sabres. Those are some good dudes over there. If you're a Sabres fan, be sure to drop them a line!
Also, one of the more popular complaints of late has been about ads. Put this email address in your contacts list: firstname.lastname@example.org. When there are ads displayed on our site that are obtrusive to your experience or, more importantly, hinder site performance, it is infinitely more constructive to send a quick note to that email address than it is to post a comment about it. We can't do anything about the ads here, but the folks at that email address can.
Our first several METATHREAD postings appeared in the FanPost section, and they were quickly buried. From this point forward, then, they'll be appearing on the home page for increased exposure and better participation. This (hopefully still weekly) post is a staple of our community experience, and we want as many people to see it as possible so that you're always kept abreast of the latest about our blog.
What else have you got this week?