I wanted to start a thread to start collecting and discussing the initial feedback on the site.
It’s kind of a confusing layout.
Agreed: the forum software, Discourse is a bit of a different animal than the old wildlandfire.com format. We chose Discourse because it allowed us to scale quickly and we could extend it features like a maps and auto-reporting of incidents. It’s going to take a bit of time to start implementing these customizations. That said, please post any suggestions you have to improve the layout.
We need more instructions for new users.
Agreed: We are working on some help materials. If you would like to pitch in, please reply here.
A map would be really useful. I would like to see this added as one of our first updates to the site. There is a Discourse/Google Maps plugin built for goat farming which I am reviewing for possible use.
The site won’t make much sense until there is a critical mass of content. Our early group of users needs to start posting and using the site.
What other early feedback should we be thinking about?