Earlier this year we overhauled the appearance of isocentre and made it more simple for everyone to join in the content creation process. At that time the admins (me, nikhilesh, indranil, ayan, pramod and abhishek) had felt that the present way isocentre is being run is limited. There are two main issues that we face in terms of day to day running.
- Our user database is not under our direct control - so essentially when our users register we dont know them .. the present two step process was designed to let us know who registered when. Over the past four months we have seen a steady increase in readership and without a dedicated membership drive we are now averaging 4-5 new members each month (no twitter / facebook but not bad)
- The content is scattered and not accessible : The forum based structure is not really helping matters here - plus the content is being placed on an external wiki hosting system called wikidot. While wikidot people are great we have no way of controlling the actual data.
There are other major issues I will highlight but to come to the point we had decided to see if we could move isocentre to a completely new way of managing information and add more value to it so people come back and take a look. The way to go about this was to bring in what is called a content management system. Yes a heavy word but in the end what it means is a way of managing all the little blurbs of information that is being put in various way and structuring it so that finding it and displaying it for you becomes easier and more intuitive. Over the past 3 months I and abhishek (who goes by radtuxabhishek) have been working to make this migration possible. However before we shift isocentre to this new system we need your feedback and for that we need few intrepid oncologists who are not afraid to tread new ground. Your work would be to stress test the news system and tell us what is missing and what you would like to see. Indicate your interests below and we will send u the link.
Isocentre is your community and we have lots of new things in the new version. So please help us help you. It has no risk for you essentially.
Hoping to see you in the new Isocentre.