New Skribit widget

Skribit had shut down on 2011–04–19.

I really like feedback and critique for this blog. I even like to actually work on it and fix things . :)

Skribit One of my main pet targets is making Skribit (service for taking suggestions form readers) work. So far it was complete disaster. I hated widget for being 300+Kb in size and links to my Skribit page received no attention at all.

But! Yesterday I got email with instructions for beta version of new widget which I immediately implemented as you can see in my sidebar under Skribit Suggestions.

What was fixed and improved

  1. New widget’s size is 4.6Kb (14Kb uncompressed) which is sixty times less than it was.
  2. Comes as WordPress plugin , easy setup as WordPress widget.
  3. Completely CSS-customizable.

Code is bit rough (normal for beta) with some validation errors and customization is limited to writing CSS manually. Still totally worth all that waiting. :)

Why you should suggest something to me

  1. I will totally worship you for helping me to break ice of suggestion making.
  2. I will try my best to make good post on your suggestion (with link to your site or blog if you have one in profile you make suggestion with).
  3. You will get some visibility on Skribit.com home page that showcases suggestions.
  4. I can’t think of more good stuff so just believe me it will be fun and useful action. :)

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  • TechZoomIn #

    Hey Rarst, What is this Skribit? Saw the site and got it like a digg or something like this. Is this your project? but i don't see your name in Team of that. Concept looks to be good.But already we have many sites like this i guess.
  • Rarst #

    No, it's nothing like digg. It's not promotion service, it's service for bloggers to receive suggestion from their readers. Like 1. reader has a question 2. he punches that question in widget 3. suggestion is shown in widget and on skribit site - people can add comments and discuss it 3. blogger does post on that suggestion and reader gets email notification (if not anonymous) that his question was answered I am not employed by Skribit in any way, I simply like the idea. :) I think it's showing readers that you not only willing to listen, but that you actually want to listen and to solve their problems by your blogging.
  • TechZoomIn #

    Ha just read a moment back. Idea is cool.
  • Ky #

    I've put it on my blog too. Haven't customized it though.
  • Rarst #

    @Ky Customization is nice but I mostly wanted it to be lighter. :) It's weird when single widget is two times larger than rest of blog combined like first version is. Now it's only a matter of making readers use it. I don't lose hope - I mean I do get comments unlike first month or two. :)
  • Nihar #

    Nice concept. I will also try adding it.
  • Rarst #

    @Nihar Good luck with getting suggestions. :) The more blogs use it the more attention it will get. It's like RSS all over again - good stuff but hard to make people notice and use.