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18 June 2010
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Joe
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Hi all. I thought I'd start a thread inviting suggestions on how to improve The Beatles Bible. I have ideas of my own, but I'd like to hear from you.

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First of all, the forum's getting a bit cluttered, with various duplicated threads (that's OK, I don't expect everybody to search through all the threads before posting, but it does suggest it could be managed a bit better). I was wondering, therefore, whether it'd be worth having separate threads for John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, so people could post in/ignore them as they wish.

Obviously if there's a more general topic about the solo years that isn't about one particular person it can go in the All Things Must Pass section. Thoughts? And is there anything else you'd like to see to make the forum work better?

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Here's my to-do list, roughly in order:

Finish the history section up to 1970
Finish the worldwide discographies
Add loads of photos and videos
Write book and film reviews
Consider doing the solo years' albums/songs/history, though probably not in as much depth as the Beatles stuff

At some point I want to look again at the site's design. I'm not a web designer, but I coded the theme myself one weekend last August. I think it looks a bit cluttered along the right-hand side so I'm going to be looking at ways to present all the stuff better. I'll probably remove the song of the day, and also think about having a better banner - I don't really like the logo or the faded images all that much. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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18 June 2010
6.11pm
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Does the update let you merge topics? That would help with the duplicates I think.

So each of them would get their own thread, where people could dicuss anything related to George, let's say, old or new? And this would replace the JPG&R and All Things Must Pass threads? It would take some shuffling, but I think that could work. Songs, movies, albums and Yesterday and Today could stay. The book section could probably split between the individual Beatle threads and musicology.

An update for the banner would be nice, but I'm not sure how I would change it.

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18 June 2010
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19 June 2010
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Joe
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mithveaen said:

Are you already changing things here right Joe? I checked the banner and it looks nice.

I've got a question. The rating thing went out right? That's ok if you decided to leave it out. I think I was the only one using it though.

And about adding the solo years... I think the news fill that gap. I mean, after all you're folliowing Paul and Ringo's solo career in that section right? a-hard-days-night-john-3


Yeah, I've been making a few design changes but I got a bit bored and gave up. I'll leave things as they are for now.

I took out the ratings as I didn't see very much use at all, and they cluttered the page a bit. Seems better to keep things simple.

The solo years are documented to a degree in the news section, but I only really cover the big stories. I don't really have time to do the "Paul spotted doing his shopping" or "New concert date added!" stories that some sites do.

I've got a couple of books which list around 30 key dates for each year 1970-2000, so I'm thinking of doing that. It's how I did the Beatles history before going back and filling in the gaps. It'll cover release dates, film premieres, births, deaths, court cases and stuff like that. And I'd like to write about some of the better-known solo songs like Live And Let Die, Jealous Guy and My Sweet Lord - that'd be fun and interesting.

Polls: I hear they might be added to the next release of the forum software. At the moment they're not available and, again, I don't have time to set them up manually each time someone wants one. Be patient and I'm sure they'll be here soonish.

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