Did you know that we had a Tip Line?
The Tip Line was originally intended to be a, um, tip line where we could receive, um, tips on news and other stories. It has been with us pretty much since we moved to self-hosting in June 2011.
There was a link in the navigation bar just below the homepage banner called “Tips,” and a link in the sidebar just below the log-in link, called “Tip Line.”
Over time, the Tip Line turned into more of a reader forum where readers could interact and share information with each other. It was like a never-ending, open comment section. In the current version there are over 7500 comments. (A prior version was archived long ago, with almost an equal number of comments.)
That said, most readers were unaware of the Tip Line. Because they thought it was only for tips, and they didn’t have any tips.
So we’ve renamed the Tip Line to more accurately reflect what it became, a Reader Forum. The link in the navigation bar now says “Forum” and in the sidebar “Reader Forum” (we’re working on a sidebar graphic to draw more attention to it).
The other big change we’re still waiting on is the new “Quick Take” (or whatever we end up calling it, the name is still open to discussion) section. I don’t have a definite ETA on that, but hopefully soon.
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