Wed
Mar 6 2013 10:30am

Dear Readers, Help Us Redesign the Site

Here at Tor.com, we’re readying for an eventual nuts-and-bolts redesign of our site—but don’t panic, we want your input first! Listed below are a few questions we have about your user experience, and the technical ways you navigate Tor.com. Please feel free to list other suggestions, concerns, and questions, in addition to the topics below. Again, right now we’re concentrating on technical issues here, not content, so let’s stick to discussing what works, and what we can make better, in terms of site design!

Okay, here goes:

  1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
  2. How do you use bookmarks?
  3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
  4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?
  5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
  6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
  7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

Thanks again for your help and suggestions! We’ll see you in the comments....

126 comments
Ian1418
1. Ian1418
I likethe sidebar features. I use the latest comments feature to keep track of threads that I have commented in or that I am following.
james loyd
2. gaijin
1. I usually only log in to enter giveaways.

4. Don't subscribe to comment threads, just check back sometimes on my own.

5. Rarely view the front page, mostly follow Twitter links for new content, but also watch the RSS feed.

6. Series indexes do help.

7. Never really paid any attention to what content was actually in the sidebar until you asked that question. Now that I have, um no; don't find it particularly interesting or useful.
Marcus W
5. toryx
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?

I usually try to have the website remember my login. If I'm not signed in already, I only sign in if I think I'm going to leave a comment, which is rarer than it used to be.

2. How do you use bookmarks?

I very rarely use them. The last time was a couple of years ago, to keep track of a conversation that I was involved in.

3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?

I like to use my profile to check and see if there have been any comments made after my last comment, or to check on threads I might have otherwise forgotten about.

4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?

No, I don't.

5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?

I either type in the tor.com address directly into my address bar or I use a link on my igoogle page I have set up. I get the newsletter but very rarely read it, don't use RSS, rarely look at Twitter (and I'm not a follower of Tor there anyway) and only use Facebook for people I actually know.

6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?

I believe so. I've not had trouble finding the things I'm looking for thus far.

7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

I use the "Latest Comments" sidebar feature almost every time I visit the website to go catch up on comments to a post I'm interested in. If there are no recent comments to one of those posts I might check the Hot Bookmarks section. If I don't see it there, then I'll look in my profile. I occasionally look at the Latest Posts options but almost never use Tor.Com Bloggers.

Hope this helps!
Kit Case
6. wiredog
Log in to comment. Don't use the profile at all. Don't subscribe to comments. Have tor.com/blogs bookmarked. Like and use the sidebars. Really like the current clean look.
Jon Kane
7. jkane181
1. Only if I have to. Wouldn't mind seeing an easier sign-in process, like Mozilla Persona.

2. Don't use.

3. Don't use.

4. No. I try to check back, but . . .

5. Twitter and email.

6. Series indexes are great.

7. No.

Love the site. Glad you're investing even more in it.
Ian1418
8. TBGH
1) No - don't even have an account
2) I don't really use bookmarks, I just start typing in reread and all of the rereads I've been to pop up for me to choose from (because reread is in the web address) and I go to the most recent one to get on the site and navigate from there
4) No, if I really care about a discussion I'll check back looking for new comments regularly on my own.
5) See #2
6) Yes
7) Absolutely, they're the main way I look for updates on the series I follow. On busy days the latest posts might be outside the top five very quickly, but I can tell if it's been updated because there will still be recent comments. I would actually love for this to be expanded slightly.
Shelly wb
9. shellywb
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? I'm signed in automatically. I hate the captcha.
2. How do you use bookmarks? Don't.
3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? Don't use it, it's of no use to me.
4. Do you subscribe to comment threads? Rarely. Receiving all the comments is too much. I go back to a post I'm interested in and read any comments that look interesting.
5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? I type tor.com and read from the front page.
6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? Yes, I use the tags, the author names etc if I'm looking something up.
7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? No, I never use them.

I like simplicity in a site, so please don't overwhelm the front page with a lot of different sections and start dividing articles/posts into separate areas. I like having all the articles in one column so I can scroll through it each day from the point of my last visit. If this were made harder to do, I'd not read as many articles.
Fredrik Coulter
10. fcoulter
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
No, I sign in only when Tor.com forgets my previous sign in.

How do you use bookmarks?
I don't.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?
I'm not sure I've edited my profile.

Which features could go?
I'm not sure that there's anything that sticks out as glaringly got to go. I skip over articles I'm not interested in. I don't go to the forum at all.

Do you subscribe to comment threads?
Very occassionally.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
I go to tor.com directly.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
The article tags help me find other articles in the series. I've used the series index very occassionally. However, the series announcement is a good thing.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? Latest comments sometimes brings me to a post I skipped earlier, if the comment looks interesting.

A new feature: a spell checker? For those of us who are spelling challenged.
Becca Hollingsworth
11. bibliobeque
1. I sign in only when I want to leave a comment.
2-3. I don't use bookmarks or my profile.
4. I occasionally subscribe to comment threads, usually on rereads.
5. I mostly get here by loading the homepage, sometimes from my RSS feeds.
6. Series indexes are very useful. I don't much use the article tags.
7. I like the sidebar features a lot, especially the "Latest Comments" (which I use to check back on comment threads I haven't subscribed to). I also use the "Latest Posts" to navigate between articles without going back to the homepage, and the list of bloggers to find an article I remember by a particular person. I almost never look at the "Hot Bookmarks," though.
Ian1418
12. helbel
1. Don't sign in as have never created an account
2. What bookmarks?
3. What profile?
4. Had no idea you could
5. I follow the RSS feed exclusively, loading articles only if I want to read them later or possibly comment
6. Tags do help at times but sometimes I have huge problems finding articles that I accidently clicked past on my RSS on the site
7. Yes, to help me find popular items - latest comments especially so
Bernhard Fries
13. Iwan_Emmetowitsch
1.: only rarely, but the remember me function doesn't seem to work that well with my profile...

2.: also verys rarely, when I use them, then I often bookmark indexes, expecially if I try to catch up on a long running series!

3.: I don't actually use my profile page at all!

4.: No

5.: I check in on my own, sometimes I follow you from facebook over, seldom via Twitter, never from RSS, seldom from Newsletter...

6.: Yes, a LOT! Your Indexes and Series Overview Pages are great and really help me find the Things I want!!!!

7.: Never really paid any attention to them...

Thanks for the Effort and keep up the great Work!
Ian1418
14. LarryB
Never sigh in why should I?

I book mark Home page and sweepsteaks

dont use profiles

tryed threads for a while didnt work out for me on older computer

Most times I load to home page unless someone sends me a link I need to see

Yes tags are very help full

Have used the side bar feature (2) times maybe information there is not use full to me

Really love the rocket logo keep up the good work with the sight remember if its not broke dont fix it most of all keep on producing quality books
Scott Silver
15. hihosilver28
1. Yup
2. Bookmarks?
3. I check for comments in threads I've commented in...nothing much besides that.
4. Occasionally
5. Homepage directly
6. Yes, the tags are quite useful at times.
7. Yeah, I use the latest comments the most out of the sidebar.
tatiana deCarillion
16. decarillion
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
Yes, most times. My login/pw are saved in the browsers.
How do you use bookmarks?
I usually bookmark the first page of a read-through/reread, so I can just scroll down to the next unread post-link. I haven't really used the Hot Bookmarks, consciously, though I may have clicked through one time or other.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
I don't use the profile features.

Do you subscribe to comment threads?
I do, except for the sweepstakes' posts.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
Sometimes, I type in tor.com, and search from there; sometimes, I click through the emailed newsletter, sometimes, I click through a post in my FB feed.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
For whatever reason, I almost never use tags, on any site. I do like the series' indexes, though, and I tend to bookmark those I am interested in.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
They are useful if they happen to contain something I'm already looking for, or something I missed being notified about, in another manner (i.e. on FB or email).
Clare McBride
17. The Literary Omnivore
1. I only sign in to leave comments and enter sweepstakes.

2. I do not use bookmarks.

3 & 4. I'm rarely logged in, so I don't even know what features are available, heh!

5. I subscribe in a desktop RSS Feed reader and occasionally click through on Twitter.

6. Yes, they do—I'm particularly fond of Jo Walton's posts and Brit Mandelo's, and it's great to be able to have their series indexed so well.

7. I do not find the sidebar features useful.

I very much look forward to the redesign!
Jack Flynn
18. JackofMidworld
1. No, not manually, at least, I just use the "remember me" option
2. I don't use it much anymore, actually (I tend email myself a link to an article if I don't have time to read it on the spot), but will tag some articles (relating to writing, maybe, or a story to get back to) so I can find them easily again
3. I don't use it very often but I do go in to check on articles from people I follow if I don't get on for a while.
4. Heck yeah!
5. Load the homepage directly
6. Yes, especially since I don't have cable, I have to wait for shows to come out on Netflix or DVD and try to avoid some of the major spoilers, so it's nice to be able to, for example, search for 'Doctor Who' and get all of the stuff that I've missed
7. I use the shortcuts for the series' that I follow if I miss a couple of days but that's about it

Love the site and try to hit it almost every day. A tech change that I may suggest would be to make it so that if you get a shoutout, that I get an email to let me know (or, if that's already an option, make it easier to find it ;-)
Nicola Rossetto
19. Sarivar
1) I'm signed in automatically.

2, 3 & 4) I don't use bookmarks, profile features or subscriptions to comment threads.

5) I usually directly load the homepage (via browser bookmark). Sometimes also catch things on facebook.

6) I find series indexes extremely usefull.

7) Never used (or glanced to) sidebars.


Hope it helps!
Steve Downey
20. sdowney
1) I sign in to comment. Or I remember to check 'remember me'
2) Don't use bookmarks
3) Don't use profile
4) Rarely. I find email a poor way to keep up. If there were an RSS feed for comments, I would subscribe to some threads.
5) RSS feed primarily, followed by twitter and facebook. It depends where I notice something first. But I'm most likely to find something via RSS (Google Reader)
6) Tags not so much, but the series indicies I find useful. It makes it easier to find and re-read the older parts of, e.g., a reread, in order to understand better the current one. Or if I'm re-watching something and want to see if it was covered in a rewatch.
7) I don't think I've ever used the sidebar. I keep up with latest articles via RSS.
Ian1418
21. midnightblooms
1. only if I comment
2. I don't use bookmarks.
3. I don't use my profile.
4. no, I don't subscribe to comment threads.
5. How do you find our site: RSS feed, Twitter, and Facebook
6. Sometimes I use tags. Sometimes I do a keyword search. Sometimes I search by author. Depends on what I can remember about the article.
7. I use the "Latest Posts" and "Authors" sidebars. Not so much the comments links.
S Cooper
22. SPC
1. I sign in when I'm going to comment.
2-4. I do not use the bookmarks, my profile, or subscribe to comment threads.
5. I load the page directly, as I am usually at work. For that reason, less Facebook integration is better for me (Facebook is blocked)
6. YES I love the tags and indexes. I revisit older articles often and it's really helpful to be able to find them.
7. I use the Latest Posts and Latest Comments sidebars frequently, never the bookmarks one. I forgot the blogger list was even there.
Nathan Hall
23. nmhall
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
Nope, very rarely do.
How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
Kind of a big mash up of all of those.
Dave West
24. Jhirrad
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? I try and stay signed in on my desktop and laptop, but for some reason on Chrome it doesn't hold. It doesn't work at all on my mobile devices and I'm forced to sign in every page.
2. How do you use bookmarks? I do not use them.
3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? I only find myself using it to check on older threads which I have posted on, and even that I do not use very often.
4. Do you subscribe to comment threads? No, I do not.
5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? Everything except for the RSS feed. Most common are loading the homepage directly and through Twitter.
6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? They do, however, sometimes they become so overloaded because of the length of a re-read or re-watch that it can be difficult to use with the way they are setup.
7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? I love the Latest Comments and Hot Bookmarks, as they often help get me to where I want to go quickly. I'm not sure how Hot Bookmarks is populated though...
David Levinson
25. DemetriosX
1. Yes
2. I don't use the bookmarks
3. Mostly to see if there are new comments on threads where I have commented. Occasionally to look back at some of my older comments.
4. No, just look for new comments.
5. I go straight to the main page.
6. No and yes respectively. I use the series indices a lot; the tags never seem to take me where I want to go.
7. Latest Comments is useful, Latest Posts slightly less so, and I've never even understood what the Hot Bookmarks was supposed to be.
Ian1418
26. anotheralias
1. No.
2. NA
3. NA
4. No.
5. By directly loading the homepage.
6. Yes!
7. No.
Ryan Reich
27. ryanreich
1. Yes, and the login system is sort of broken for me. My password never seems to work, and when I manage to log in by getting an automatic reset, I try to change it and the change never seems to work either. Perhaps you could use an openID, link to Google, etc?

2. Don't use bookmarks

3. Don't use profile

4. I don't often subscribe to comment threads, but for those that I do: it would be really nice to be able to jump to the end of the thread when I click the link in my profile, rather than the top of the post.

5. I always come here via the RSS feed. Speaking of which, it would be really nice to be able to get a feed for individual blogs, i.e. just the Wheel of Time reread, rather than the entire site.

6. Don't use tags. I use indexes occasionally and they are useful, though sometimes it seems like the older links are broken as a result of, say, changing the series name behind the scenes.

7. I don't really care for the sidebar.
Dominick Saponaro
28. DominickSaponaro
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?

Almost never.

How do you use bookmarks?

I dont.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?

I referance my profile mostly to check back in on past conversations. I dont really use my profile for much more than that.

Do you subscribe to comment threads?

Sometimes

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?

I load the homepage from my browsers favorites but probably more often land there by following a shared link on Facebook. Occasionaly from the newsletter.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?

Never for Tags. Occasionaly for the indexes.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

I find the "Featured on Tor.com" section useful


While I may not be your typical visitor I am here primarily for all the great art. I occasionaly get lost in a story, news blurb, feature or revisit, but only after being drawn in by the great social media presence you guys have out there. This being said Any improvements to the image viewing experience would be very welcome. Click to enlarge a realy nice even higher res image would be great. In addition I LOVE that you devote a slot for "Gallery" in the main toolbar I just wish the actual individual artist galleries were spruced up a bit. No need for fancy zoom and fade effects etc... primarily just some larger higher res images. Im not sure the stats of how many high res screens are visiting the site but with all the Retina display iPads and laptops being produced I think its safe to say that the age of the 72 dpi moniitor is on its way out and low res images are only going to start looking worse on Higher res screens. And speaking of iPads... possibly a better designed mobile experience. Maybe a unified design so as not to have two differant experiences when visiting with differant devices. Ideally if this could be done without a sacrifice in user experience on either device would be great. Id be very curious to know How many mobile devices to traditional computer screens Tor.com gets each month.

Hope the feedback helps.
Sylvia Sotomayor
29. terjemar
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? Only when I want to comment or subscribe to a comment thread

How do you use bookmarks? No.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? Don't use.

Do you subscribe to comment threads? Yes.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? RSS feed.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? Yes, when they are consistent.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? Not really. "Latest Comments" is sometimes useful.
Irene Gallo
31. Irene
Since a few people have asked, we are definitely keeping it looking and feeling similar to what we have -- if anything, we'll be simplifying it, not adding to the home page. We're looking to streamline without losing content.
Mahesh Banavar
32. maheshkb
I hope you find my feedabck below useful. (If anything sounds harsh) it is not my intent to offend.

1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
Only when I have to leave a comment. I logged in for this. There does not seem to be any other benefit to me for staying logged in. The page stays exactly the same. One idea could be to offer customization on the main page (maybe something like favorite contributors/latest entry in a series, etc go on top) when logged in.

2. How do you use bookmarks?
I do not. The bookmark tab (of my browser) takes away real-estate, and I have therefore never used it.

3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
I do not use my profile. I am unaware that there are features. :(

4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No.

5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
I simply load tor.com. Even if it was not so nice and just 7 characters long, my browsers usually autocomplete to tor.com when I type in (at most) "to".
I am not on any social media. I have an RSS feed, which I do not find very useful.

6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
I use the indices indexes sometimes. I do not find the tags very useful.

Parenthetically, I have found the the site search engine to be very poor. I usually use Google with a site:tor.com handle to search the website.

7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
In many websites, sidebars are usually used for advertisements and social media. I ignore them completely. Unfortunately, I have migrated that habit to this website as well. I do not even notice them.
Kenneth Sutton
33. kenneth
1. I sign in using the "log in" button at the upper right only when I want to leave a comment or enter a contest. I don't use the social media logins.

2. I don't use bookmarks, nor 3: my profile.

4. I don't subscribe to comment threads.

5. I read almost entirely via RSS in Google Reader.

6. If I'm looking for something I use search; I find the series indices very useful.

7. Nope, I ignore them.
Dave Bush
34. davebush
1. Generally.
2. Don't
3. Don't
4. No
5. Basically RSS - otherwise Google site:tor.com search for old stuff.
6. Yes
7. No
Ian1418
35. jadenix
Hmm won't it be more convenient if you guys used a form or online service like Surveymonkey for this? Anyway, I honestly love the site's clean look, I'd hate it if it became cluttered.

1. I rarely sign in.
2. I use a browser add-on to save bookmarks.
3. None I can think of, since I rarely sign in.
4. Don't really subscribe to comment threads.
5. I get to your site by all means possible: loading your homepage directly, via your newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other sites, but mostly via newsletter, Twitter, & FB.
6. Yes, article tags and series indexes are helpful.
7. Other than the homepage headlines and the "Featured on Tor.com" side box there, I don't really look often on the side bar. I'm much reliant on #5.
Kate Nepveu
36. katenepveu
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? -- yes, I'm signed in with "remember me" on all my browsers.
How do you use bookmarks? -- don't.
If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? -- I have my profile bookmarked so I can see what posts of mine have new comments.
Do you subscribe to comment threads? -- no.
How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? -- RSS, profile bookmark.
Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? -- tags no, series indexes yes.
Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? -- not really.
Darren Kuik
37. djk1978
I am always signed in, but I've only registered to take advantage of some of the posting features that aren't available to guests. I don't use profile, subscription or anything like that. In fact I only have a favorite to the one series I follow regularly. I do use the Latest Comments sidebar a lot, it's a nice feature.

I like the site as is. Less is more.
Chris Long
38. radynski
1. No, but I always click remember me, so sometimes I'm still logged in. I only sign in when I comment.
2. I don't
3. I do not use the profile.
4. Only on rare occasions.
5. I'm subscribed to your RSS feed and through that I visit your site MANY times a day.
6. Indexes are nice for browsing, but if I'm looking for something specific, I tend to use the search feature. It usually leads me to what I want, but rarely is it ever the first hit that I'm looking for.
7. Not really, I tend to not follow the conversations. I just don't have time for that. I barely get through the articles in a day, and I've currently got 20 or so excerpts back-logged waiting for me to look at. Comment reading is just too much for me.

Extra: As I mentioned, I'm on your site a LOT every day, and I really love it. Your site is my primary source for book reviews, interesting articles, and a couple of re-reads which drew me here several years ago. I also get a surprising amount of "ooh that's interesting" news from here as well. I'd say I go to this site more than almost any other. But it's all through the RSS feed and then I go on my way, after the occasional comment.
Ian1418
39. Rancho Unicorno
1) Occasionally. I signed up, but I couldn't be bothered to keep signing in (especially since I just don't care that much about doing so). For some reason, I feel more interested in signing in at sites like Ars (which I would do, even if I could comment anonymously).

2) I don't and I've never bothered to find out how to use them

3) See 1, I don't use it

4) No

5) Directly - I go to the front page and navigate from there, to posts or comments (using the Latest Comments). If I'm looking for something specific in the archives, I'll use Google to get to the page directly.

6) On occasion. I use the index on the front page and when I'm wandering I might use the tags. I never use the tags for substantive reading.

7) Latest comments and the Index get used. I also use Latest Posts when I've read a long post (ST:TNG,WOT,ASOIAF) and want to reload to see the most recent comments. I do not use Hot Bookmarks.
Birgit
40. birgit
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
I remain signed in.

How do you use bookmarks?
I don't.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
I don't use my profile. The only time I look at any profiles is when someone mentioned in a post that they uploaded a picture that I want to look at (once I uploaded a graphic myself).

Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
I don't use Facebook or RSS. I go directly to the homepage to look for new posts. I keep a list of the latest posts in the rereads I follow in a text file with the last comment number I read.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
Series indexes are useful to look for older posts.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
I sometimes look at latest posts and latest comments.

Other suggestions:
Repair the buggy whiteout function.
In the Wot reread many people miss a like button for comments.
After posting a comment the page returns to the beginning of the comment section. It would make more sense to go to the end of the comments.
Irene Gallo
41. Irene
@ 32 maheshkb

You're not being harsh!

At the moment we're focusing on features that we aren't so clear on how (or if ) people are using. We're looking at the maybe-potentional problem children of the site. We appreciate the honesty.
Joseph James
42. wjames1204
1.) Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? Sometimes, but most frequently I access the site from work and don’t feel the need to log in. I do log in for giveaways and commenting on posts when I’m drawn to do so.

2.) How do you use bookmarks? I generally don’t use bookmarks.

3.) If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? I don’t use many profile features, but I do enjoy the ability to easily track comments and posts I’ve commented on through the User Profile funnel.

4.) Do you subscribe to comment threads? No.

5.) How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? I load your home page directly, or follow a shortcut link from my browser.

6.) Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? I find articles easy to locate when I want to revisit something I read before.

7.) Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? I probably enjoy the Featured on Tor.com section the most. It not only adds color and visual interest to the page with the image/text content but it allows for easy access to recurring articles I’m interested in. I rarely use the Latest Comments or Hot Bookmarks features.

Thanks for asking for feedback. I didn’t have much to add but I truly enjoy coming to Tor.com daily and appreciate the content and the ease with which I can find what I’m most interested in. Keep up the good work and good luck with your Redesign.
Jeremy Goff
43. JeremyM
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
I usually have it set to remember me, but if it forgets then I don't sign in unless leaving a comment.
2. How do you use bookmarks?
I have not used this feature.
3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
I'll be honest I didn't know there were features on my profile.
4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No.
5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
I usually just type it in my browser.
6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? I like the indexes especially when I have fallen behind on a series. It makes it a lot easier find everything.
7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? For the most part I ignore them. Sometimes I pay attention when I've commented on a thread, but usually I just go back to the article itself.

Any chance that there will be an ios and android app in the future?

Love the site. Thanks for all the hard work you guys do!
Christine Evelyn Squires
44. ces
Do not sign in.
Do not use bookmarks.
Do not use profile.
Do not subscribe to comment threads.
Find site by loading homepage directly.
Do not use tags and series indexes.
Do not use sidebar features.

Read articles. Do not read stories. Occasionally go to site referenced in article.
Ian1418
45. dwndrgn
I don't sign in for commenting because it got to be such a hassle. I visit via the home page by just typing in tor.com though I get twitter and fb updates, I rarely visit through those. I don't use my profile, only rarely the bookmarks and only subscribe if the comments are something I don't want to miss any of (like for the Rothfuss threads). I don't really use the sidebar much, I scroll through the articles on the homepage on a regular (several times a day) basis.

I do like the gallery - I find that when I just need an art fix, a scroll through there will fill the need.
Liz Bourke
46. hawkwing-lb
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?

Yes. I have the "Remember Me" thing set to on.

2. How do you use bookmarks?

To keep track of things that annoy me, generally. And that rarely.

3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?

It is difficult to say, since I do not use the profile much. The shoutbox feature is not useful, although the list of comments subscribed to and bookmarks can be.

4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?

Ones I'm interested in, yes.

5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?

Mostly direct to the homepage. Often through Twitter. Sometimes from linkage further afield. I receive the newsletter but rarely find it of use.

6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?

Oh, definitely.

7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

I use them all bar "Hot Bookmarks," although the "Featured On" often seems a little cluttered.

If I were to wish for something else to be on the sidebar, I'd wish for direct links to ebooks direct from the publishers. But, y'know. Is pretty solid all round in terms of useability around here!
Ian1418
47. WSaffron
1. No, and don't ever make me. I hate unnecessary sign ins.
2. I don't.
3. What profile?
4. If I'm participating, and it's a conversation (in other words, not this one) then I'll subscribe.
5. Strictly through Google Reader. I would appreciate the feed being split up into more feeds, by types of articles, so I can choose what not to follow, or what to focus on.
6. Never even see them.
7. Never even see them.

And seriously, recaptcha? It is a pain in the ass.
Matthew Schmeer
48. mwschmeer
1. Normally, I stay signed in. When I notice I'm logged out, I sign back in. Mainly so I can comment.

2. I do not use bookmarks.

3. Do. Not. Use. Do. Not. Care.

4. No.

5. RSS feed.

6. Usually. It'd be nice if there were ways to sort the results other than the default.

7. Only the "Latest Posts" item. This isn't a social site where I feel the need to keep up on the latest conversation or see what other people like.
Ian1418
49. ghost
1. No.
2. I don't.
3. NA - I don't have a profile.
4. No.
5. Homepage.
6. I don't use them often (no need). When I do use them, I find what I need quickly.
7. Nope.
Dean Tucker
50. StoryCottage
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
For giveaways & making comments

How do you use bookmarks?
I don't

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?
I don't remember using my profile

Which features could go?
I don't know

Do you subscribe to comment threads?
Sometimes

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
All of the above

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
Yes - especially if a link is bad or I can't rember if I have read all of the latest in a series such re-reads/re-watches.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
I don't use them
Colleen Palmer
51. arianrose
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
Generally only if I want to post a comment.

2. How do you use bookmarks?
I never have. In fact, I haven't ever looked into how to do so.

3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
Oh. I have a profile? I've never used it.

4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?
Sometimes, but rarely. Frequently, I'll keep the page open in my browser and refresh it periodically.

5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
I have Tor.com in my Google Reader feed. I browse the headlines, less frequently the abstracts. If it looks interesting, I click over to Tor.com to read the whole article. I will ocassionally also follow links on Twitter, if I happen to be browsing Twitter before I've seen the post come up in Reader.

6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
I find the series indexes extremely useful. It particularly helps if I come into a series after it starts, and want to read back entries. I don't think I've ever clicked-through on a tag.

7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
I rarely use the sidebar. "Recent posts" just shows me what's on the homepage, and seems a little redundant. I thought there used to be a sidebar that was similar to Making Light's sidebar of Interesting Stuff (TM) - didn't it used to be called something that was a play on Tor.com's tagline? It was interesting little articles I could read off-site if I wanted to click through, but not enough to merit a full blog post. I liked that feature. (Oops, that's kind of a content review. You did ask about the sidebar, though.)
David W
52. DavidW
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
Only when I need to comment and then I hit the remember me button and then it doesn't.

2. How do you use bookmarks?
I don't.

3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
Profile not in use.

4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No, but I would love an RSS feed for comment threads.

5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
Through rss and I'll click on links that look interesting.

6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
No, I find them inadequate when I need them and I'll go search Google using site:tor.com

7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
Nope.

As an aside, I would like a more sophisticated forum such as Discourse:
http://www.discourse.org/.
Maiane Bakroeva
53. Isilel
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?

On the devices I own, I am signed in automaticlly, otherwise only if I want to comment.

How do you use bookmarks? If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? Do you subscribe to comment threads?

No to all.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?

Load Tor.com page directy.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?

Not always exactly what I am looking for, but they are useful.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

I find them pretty essential, yes, all of them. And IMHO it is awful that iOS mobile version lacks them - makes it barely usable for me on smaller devices and I just load the web version on my iPad.
Ian1418
54. Rune Lai
1. No

2. Rarely, only when I want to come back to something for future reference.

3. Don't use profile

4. No

5. Twitter. I usually go directly to individual articles off various tweets.

6. A little. They could be better. Unless it's new book previews for the month I tend to have a hard time finding what I'm looking for with them.

7. I'll sometimes glance at Latest Posts and follow the links there if I see something I missed.
LT Tortora
55. Lucubratrix
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? Yes. I've noticed that I don't stay signed in.
4. Do you subscribe to comment threads? No.
5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? I load the homepage directly.
6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? Yes.
7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? I look at them occasionally, but generally I will scroll down through the articles to see what's interesting. I check Tor.com about once a day/once every couple days, so it's easy enough to make sure I haven't missed anything. If I've commented on a post, I'll go back to that one to see if there have been new comments.

I do like the banner across the top with the quick "table of contents" of new posts. If I know it's the day for a new reread/rewatch post, that's a quick way to get to that one first.
Bethany Pratt
56. LiC
1. For giveaways and when I want to comment, yes.

2. I don't use 'em.

3. Ditto.

4. Nope.

5. I generally check every so often, but I've got Tor in my Facebook feed too, so that redirects me here sometimes.

6. Yes. ("sweepstakes" and my fave authors)

7. I check Latest Comments sometimes - but not generally.

Features I'd like to see - I'd like to respond to specific comments in a nested/tree fashion. I hate this long page of 100 comments, it's annoying and hard to read. I can't keep track of a conversation without using my browser's search function, which frankly I shouldn't have to do.

I'd like SKIN OPTIONS. I'd like to pick a WoT skin, an Imager skin, a Recluce skin!!!! That would be SO FUN.

I'd like the formatting for the site's width fixed. Why are the blog posts inset so far to the right? And ditto the left, everything's centered. I'm not using a widescreen monitor or anything. Also the comment box is so narrow, annoying.
Kriti Godey
57. kgodey
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
No, it's not clear what the benefits are – it seems like you can do everything without signing in. Even comments aren't restricted to members.

How do you use bookmarks?
I don't.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
I don't use my profile.

Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No. Threaded discussions and upvotes might be useful here, so people could only subscribe to threads they were interested in, and it was easier to find good or useful comments.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
Primarily RSS, although I use Twitter sometimes. I'd like the ability to only subscribe to certain parts of the site via RSS – for example, posts about books coming out, a given series (Wheel of Time reread or Farscape rewatch, for example), something like that.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
Yes! They're great.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
No, not really. I see all posts on RSS, so I don't need to see the "latest posts", and there are usually too many comments for me to be interested in "latest comments".
Ian1418
58. dav
1. I don't usually sign in unless I'm entering something

2. I don't use them.

3. Don't use it.

4. No.

5. I load the homepage directly at least 3 times a day and also navigate from Twitter and Facebook for one off articles.

6. I rely on indexes for all rereads/rewatches. Essential. One of the best archives of any similar site.

7. I use Latest Posts occasionally but don't even look at Latest Comments (too many). I wouldn't miss this and would rely on RSS if it was gone.

Other: I hate Captcha!!!!
Ian1418
59. hapax
1. I only sign in when entering a contest.
2. I don't use bookmarks.
3. I don't use the profile.
4. I do not subscribe to threads.
5. I go to the website directly. (I mean, typing "Tor.com" is really easier than any of the alternatives!)
6. I greatly appreciate tags and series indexes. I also like the series links in the sidebar.
7. I also use "Latest Comments" and (more rarely) "Latest Posts".

In addition, I *desperately* want links to "next post" and "previous post", instead of having to keep returning to the home page (this would be especially useful to those of us who do not visit every day, but catch up in a batch).

I also hate Captcha, but I hate spam more.
Alexander Batischev
60. Minoru
1. No. In fact, I didn't even have an account up until now.
2. I don't.
3. New user, so no feelings yet.
4. Same as 3.
5. No.
6. I'm subscribed to RSS feed.
7. They definitely do!
8. Never paid attention to them.
Ian1418
62. WOL
1. No.
2. I don't.
3. Don't have a profile.
4. I'm not real into the rewatches and rereads.
5. No.
6. I use NewsFox and read it through my feed reader along with the other blogs I follow.
7. Not really.
8. Never pay attention to the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments.”

What irks the dickens out of me is the books you feature, I read about, then try to get hold of because they look really interesting, and then find they're only available in the UK. It's cruel, ya know?
Rowan Shepard
63. Rowanmdm3
1. Only when I want to comment
2. There’s a bookmark feature? Really?
3. I have a profile?
4. Sometimes, yes.
5. RSS feed
6. Yes; I love them, especially if I want to go back and re-read things, or when I have finally read something and can look at the commentary.
7. Never even notice them.

Ok, now I need to go explore what features are available when I’m signed in.
Jeff Youngstrom
64. jeffy
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? Only if I want to comment for some reason. Be nice to have more persistent login. Seems like I'm never logged in when I need to be.

2. How do you use bookmarks? Didn't realize there was an on-site bookmark feature. I see it in my profile now that you mention it, but don't see how to bookmark a page. Oh, there it is. If I wanted to bookmark something I'd just put it in pinboard with all my other stuff.(that's a long way of saying "no")

3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? I don't use my profile, but looking at it, I might now use the "My Conversations" list to return to stuff where I've commented... If that's what it does...
Which features could go? Not overly attached to any of it...

4. Do you subscribe to comment threads? Rarely.

5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? I read the frontpage RSS feed in Google Reader in Chrome on my computers or in Reeder on iOS and for articles I'm interested in either open the page on the site from the feed or save the article to Instapaper (Mostly for rewatch series. Easier to keep them in order.) straight from my reader if I want to read them. I'm a strong proponent of full text in feeds, but you guys do an okay job with having enough info in the teaser in the feed that your partials don't bother me too much (it helps that Instapaper can grab the full text via the excerpted feed directly from Reder). One thing I wish you'd do away with is the embedded feedburner source text in the target URL for pages visited via the feed. It makes it difficult to grab the link to the page for sharing (I prefer to share manually rather than using the sidebar buttons). If you could add another obvious way to access an article's permalink from the article page (like putting it behind the timestamp or the title or both) that might be sufficient if you can't stand to lose the tracking info. I subscribe to the email newsletter but I always archive it without reading it since I keep up on my RSS. I should probably unsubscribe. I don't follow your twitter or facebook (again, up on RSS)

6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? Series indexes are helpful. Be good to have an index to the index as the series page just shows links to individual posts so finding a particular series can be tedious especially if it hasn't updated in a while. Seems like tagging is kind of spotty. I've had problems finding things via tags before. Can't remember exactly what.

7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? Nope, never use them.
Ian1418
65. Reader
1. No. Didn't realize there was an on-site account feature, but wouldn't use it, anyway.

2. N/A

3. N/A

4. No.

5. Google search for "Tor.com".

6. Don't remember using them here, but they are generally helpful on blogs. I'm sure I'll use them someday (I may have already).

7. No. But I've never noticed them, either. (Looking at them now, I think I'm not likely to use them, but can see where others might – especially the list of bloggers.)
Ian1418
66. Megpie71
1) I think I do have a login, but I've never used it, and I can't for the life of me remember what it was. I should look it up some day. So no, I don't log in. However, I do find your anti-spambot measures interesting - I like that I'm not sitting there waiting for ages to find out whether I read the capcha correctly or not.

2) Site bookmarks? Didn't know you had them. I have some pages bookmarked in my browser, if that's what you're meaning - mostly individual pieces of fiction I want to come back to, and a couple of the reread/rewatch index pages, because they allow me to find what I'm looking for.

3) Don't have a profile, therefore don't use it.

4) No. I'll occasionally go back and look at one I was at before, but generally it's a pretty disposable thing. So much internets, so little time... *sigh*

5) I have the RSS feed for the site loading into my RSS ticker on Firefox. I also have the newsletter sent to me once a week, but I find the RSS feed much more useful in terms of rapid access to new stuff.

6) If I go looking for something, I'll tend to use them, yes. To be honest, I tend to regard the site more as a newspaper than a magazine, if you understand what I'm getting at here - the content appears, is present for a short time, and is superseded by something else. If I want to keep one particular article, I'll bookmark it, but most of the time, it's more a sort of "huh, didn't know that", and on to the next article.

7) Don't use 'em.
TW Grace
67. TWGrace
1- Only when I want to comment

2- I dont

3- Dont use it

4- No

5- I have the address bookmarked in browsers, have had it bookmarked in my browsers since before the redo to "tor-dot-com", back when it was basically just a calender of release dates.

6- Not really, Ive been around long enough, and check often enough, that they dont help that much.

7- I use the latest comments somewhat (as a matter of fact, it is how I saw this post), the rest not very much.
Pamela Adams
68. Pam Adams
1) Yes- to make commenting easier.

2) if this means favorites/bookmarks in my web browser, I have www.tor.com marked, but often just start typing 'tor' into my browser address bar to jump here. If 'bookmarks' means something specific to the site, I don't do it.

3) Don't use my profile.

4) I follow certain comment threads, but don't subscribe.

5) Homepage directly

6) Tags and indexes do help.

7) Latest Comments- yes, so I can see if there's new conversation on a topic I'm interested in. Hot Bookmarks no.
Ian1418
69. My Name is Already in Use
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
No.

How do you use bookmarks?
I don't have any Tor.com bookmarks.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
I have a profile?

Do you subscribe to comment threads?
NO. Rarely read them.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
I follow interesting leads from the RSS feed. Mostly to follow series articles, e.g. the Alan Moore Reread.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
Don't really use them. I occasionally look at a series index to be sure I haven't missed an installment.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

I don't look at the sidebars. Afraid that years of banner ads desensitized me.
Ian1418
70. SoCalJayhawk
1) No.
2) I don't.
3) No profile.
4) No.
5) Direct to homepage.
6) Don't use tage, did use index for WOT re-read to catch up to it when I started.
7)Occaisionally use latest comments, but not enough to really have an opinion.
Alan Brown
71. AlanBrown
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
My computer must keep me signed on, but I like being signed on as it makes it easier to make comments, and by clicking on my profile, I can find the latest comments in threads I have contributed to, which I find very useful in keeping up with the conversations.
How do you use bookmarks?
What is a bookmark? (please don't laugh)
If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? As stated above, I use it to get back to threads I have commented on.
Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No.
How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
I keep your homepage in my favorites bar, but also like having items from you show up in my Facebook feed.
Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
Sometimes, and it is fun to stumble on older articles or serieses.
Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? Once in a while something catches my eye, but not too often.
Hope this helps. Very happy with the site, and also with the well moderated and interesting discussions.
Rob Munnelly
72. RobMRobM
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? I typically stay signed in, but do so as needed.

How do you use bookmarks? Only as noted below.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? I like seeing the most recent comments in five of the posts that I commented and having the my last five comments listed as well in case the two categories aren't the same. Very common for me to click my profile ID to see what's been going on. Shoutbox too, occasionally.

Which features could go? Hmm.

Do you subscribe to comment threads? No.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? I bookmark the site on one puter and it auto-fills on the other.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? Yes!

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? Yes. I look at latest comments and hot bookmarks as entries to recent, cool articles. Very important features, IMO.
Ian1418
73. Darth_Katie
Make the comments nested, like a discussion board and not just a big long thread. I would love to really participate in the comments, but the format makes it too difficult to have a good discussion.
Brent Longstaff
74. Brentus
This is my favorite site on the internet, so thanks for making it! As for your questions: I sign in, don't use bookmarks (other than opening tabs for pages I can't read right away), and only use the login for commenting. I didn't know you could subscribe to comment threads, but I'm not sure I would do that very often anyway. I visit the homepage directly. Series indexes are very useful. I haven't used article tags much. I didn't notice there was a sidebar, I think my mental adblock thought it was ads so I never looked at it.
Ian1418
75. cjhuitt
1. Not generally.
2. I don't use tor.com bookmarks.
3. I don't use it.
4. No, but I've considered it at times.
5. Via twitter retweets, facebook, newsletter, and most commonly loading the homepage directly.
6. Tags sometimes, series indexes have definitely helped me find the previous one or two in the series that I sometimes miss.
7. The sidebar occasionally catches my attention, but rarely for anything I'd act on. (The latest posts are on the homepage, after all).
Steven Halter
76. stevenhalter
1.Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
I am signed in pretty much all of the time.
How do you use bookmarks?
Very seldom--although it is interesting to see what other people are bookmarking. This gives a kind of trending feel.
If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?
Sending messages to other users is nice, but the current implementation could be a tad better.
Do you subscribe to comment threads?
Very seldom. I just watch the community page for pages I am interested in.
How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
I load the homepage directly. I pretty much always have it open in a tab.
Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
The series indexes are useful.
Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
The Latest Comments section is useful in keeping track of people and articles. The Latest posts section is also quite useful as I leave the page on the community page but then can see new posts.

I would recommend keeping the comments section pretty much as is with, perhaps, some enhancement to the comments editor (easier white out and spell check). Definitely do not introduce threaded comments ala reddit.

An improved free form forum section would be a nice return--if the spam can be stomped on.
Tim May
77. ngogam
1. Only when I'm going to comment, which isn't often. (I do stay logged in after that, though, for as long as it lasts.)
2. I don't.
3. I don't.
4. I don't.
5. RSS almost exclusively.
6. Yes, particularly the series listings. And the author listings, if those count. Most often, a new post will remind me of earlier items in the same series, or by the same author, and I'll use them to go back and check for new comments.
7. A little. Sometimes I'll see something interesting in Latest Posts or be reminded of an interesting thread by Latest Comments.
Steve Taylor
78. teapot7
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?

Only when I decide to comment.

2. How do you use bookmarks?

I don't.

3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?

I don't.

4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?

A couple of times, but I haven't got much out of it. My problem - and I doubt it's one that has a solution - is that I check in infrequently and comment threads have often died down by the time I get to them.

5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?

I just go direct to tor.com.

6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

Series indexes are excellent. I don't pay much attention to article tags, though perhaps I should. Latest Comments occasionally catches my attention.

It might be interesting if the "My Conversations" links on my personal home page could take me to my most recent post on that topic - "where I'm up to" effectively.

My biggest navigation need is to be able to filter out categories of things I don't care about. For instance I never never never care about rewatches of old tv series, but I do like book reviews, interviews and articles about illustration.

Final comment: I feel peeved every time I see yet another contest which is valid only for residents of the USA. Does that really need to be? I'm sure I spend as much money on Tor books while living in Australia as I would living in America...
Alice Arneson
79. Wetlandernw
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
I usually set it to remember me, so I’m always signed in. When I get logged out for some reason, I generally log back in right away.
2. How do you use bookmarks?
I use bookmarks primarily to mark particularly good or memorable comments, like forkroot’s songs; occasionally I will bookmark a post to keep track of how far through the comments of a particular thread I’d gotten.
3.If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
I regularly (multiple times/day) use “My conversations” to check the latest comments on threads where I’ve participated; I use the Shoutbox frequently to carry on a conversation that I don’t think belongs on the current discussion thread; occasionally I use “My comments” to look up something I know I said; once in a while I use “My photos” for stuff I think others might find interesting.
4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No.
5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
I load my profile page from a link on my browser. Rarely, I catch something on facebook that I hadn't seen before, and will link from there.
6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
Yes. I don’t use them frequently, but I do use them.
7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
Yes; I sometimes use “Latest Comments” and “Latest Posts” rather than going back to my profile to see if there are new comments on subjects of interest.

Oh, and sometimes I’d really like to have a “Like” button for the comments… :) And please, please don't change to threaded comments within a post. I find that format extremely annoying, and I like the group discussions we have now.
Ian1418
80. Edward Avern
1) Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? No
2) How do you use bookmarks? I don't, really
3) If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? N/A
4) Do you subscribe to comment threads? No
5) How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? Mostly by RSS feed, sometimes directly to the homepage
6) Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? Sometimes
8) Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? Not really
Jonathan Levy
81. JonathanLevy
1. Yes.
2. I'm a bit embarassed to admit it, but I use bookmarks to remember those posts of mine of which I'm particularly proud, and which required a lot of effort to write. A few times a year I'll go back and re-read them. I don't see any other use for the feature. Also, if you've got 20 bookmarks and know you want one of them, it's not easy to figure out which one you want without opening them all.
3. I hardly use my profile at all.
4. No, I'm not sure what it will do if I subscribe. I'm only interested in one or two threads at a time (wot re-read), and I recheck them manually until the re-read moves on.
5. In my browser I have a bookmark saved to a search of Leigh Butler's posts. However, about 5% of the time I go to tor.com directly.
6. I'm not sure what article tags are, so I probably never use them. I do use one or two series index pages, but only rarely - for example, when there were many AMOL-related posts, I used its page to make sure I hadn't missed anything.
7. I find 'Latest Comments' useful as a shortcut to the most recent WoT post, because usually at least one latest comment is on the most recent WoT thread. When there are several threads up, I glance at the latest comments to see which recent thread is worth revisiting.

Apart from that, I do not feel I have a reliable way to contact other members privately. There's a shoutbox which I've used on occasion, but I'm not really sure how it works, it's full of spam, and I have no confidence that any message I send will be received, and that I will notice a reply. I may simply be ignorant, but it doesn't look like any private-messaging system I'm used to, so I don't use it.

And the equivalent of a "Like" button would be nice, along with the ability to sort comments by number of Likes.
Ian1418
82. Mike S.
I agree with the first commenter that sidebar features are nice. I also think that you should split up peoples comments by pages, as it makes your page less of a snake to reach the comment box! If you need some help, I am a professional website designer. Send me a message at www.msProWebsites.com
Ian1418
83. Dineke
1. No
2. I do not
3. -
4. No
5. Google reader
6.?
7. Don not use them

I love your site, in that I get lots of interesting suggestions for reading. My favourite is Jo Walton. On the othe other hand I find it impossible to find things on your site that are not on the front page. For example, if I only want to see Jo Walton's articles, I cannot. Or previous articles, and believe me I have tried. I am reading on a samsung tablet with 3.2 android, if that makes a difference.
Ian1418
84. Action Kate
1. Only sign in to leave comments. The captcha is a complete PITA.

2. I bookmark the front page only.

3. There are profiles here?

4. I don't subscribe to comment threads; I check manually.

5. I visit daily in the morning via a bookmark.

6. Series indexes and article tags are both great.

7. I have never really looked at "latest comments" in the sidebar.

I like the clean, simple look of the site. Don't overthink it. Don't be afraid of white space. I do really love the Morning Roundup threads. :)
Ian Gazzotti
85. Atrus
1. It set my account to remember me, so I only log in if the cookie expires

2. I don't

3. I almost never use it, I just check sometimes which threads I posted in or followed

4. Sometimes. I wish the "new comments" email would actually bring me to the first new comment, rather than just the page. Or directly include the text of the comment(s).

5. RSS feed

6. I use series indexes when I follow a series (duh), tags not so much

7. I never look at the sidebar
Francisco Guimaraes
86. franksands
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
I try to be always logged in for commenting

How do you use bookmarks?
I don't

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?
Almost never use my profile, sometimes to track old comments

Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
By RSS feeds

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
No

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
Never used.

One thing that I use but is a bit cumbersome and I don't know if it works properly is having separate feeds for columnists, for example a feed only with Faith Erin Hicks articles.
Eric Wyatt
87. SunDriedRainbow
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?

Usually when I want to comment. The Captcha system you've got is really not accessible, the letters are usually impossible to see.

How do you use bookmarks?

I don't, I'm not much of a comment reader so I usually don't go back to posts.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?

Not having to use the captcha to comment. Really, if you could only change one thing, please change the captcha.

Which features could go?

I don't use many of the technical aspects of the site. The captcha? Broken record much? I know, I can hear myself *hangs head*

Do you subscribe to comment threads?

No.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?

I load it directly. I have exactly zero idea how complicated this would be, but could RSS feeds of individual writers (like Leigh Butler, or Alyx Dellamonica, or Mari Ness, to name three completely off the top of my head *winky face*) be possible? Is it already and I'm just too RSS-ignorant to set it up?

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?

Series indices, somewhat. Article tags HAVE helped in the past, but I think they've been inconsistently applied, especially in long runners like some of the rereads. I would love to be able to track a certain author's output; last time I tried clicking their name went to a kind of generic profile that had their comments listed, but not their articles.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

I like the sidebar with all the long running series in it!
Alice Arneson
88. Wetlandernw
One thing on the "My Conversations" part of the profile: It would be really nice to be able to decide to drop a particular conversation. E.g., if I enter a giveaway, it pops up to the top of the list every time someone else enters, and I really don't care. I'd like to be able to stop following a conversation.
alastair chadwin
89. a-j
Sign in - yes
Don't use bookmarks
Don't use profile
Don't subscribe to comments threads
Go to site directly
Find article tabs and series indexes useful
Don't find the sidebar features particularly useful

Basically I sign in, scroll down reading articles that interest me and check comments on articles I've commented on. Once an article is about a week old, I tend not to look at it again.
I do like the ease with which I can just scroll down and see what's new.
Joris Meijer
90. jtmeijer
1) Only if I want to comment
2) I make them and forget about them
3) I don't
4) No
5) Direcctly to homepage
6) They mostly help narrow searches down.
7) Only the 'features list'
Deana Whitney
91. Braid_Tug
1.Half the time.
2. To flag posts or comments I really like. They’ve given me something to think about, or have funny content, like Filk songs. Wish I could see who bookmarked my post. It’s happened, and I’m as to who.
4. I do use it.
5.Like the shoutbox. Use the comment thread to jump back to post.
6.I try not to subscribe. It fills my email and I find that annoying.
7. Directly typing or bookmarked it.
8. Please keep the Indexes! That’s how I find what I need most of the time, especially on the mobile version of the site. Sometimes it’s fun to see what thread is getting the most comments. It’s lead me to click on stories I did not see otherwise. Same with “Hot Bookmarks”. But again, wish I could see who’s bookmarked me.

9.Other: I know it’s a FB thing, but could we get a “Like” button? On the WOT and GRRM threads, there are always comments along the “like what @34 said!” If we had a “Like” button, there would be less of that.
Ian1418
92. mcenal
1. I don't sign in simply because I don't know the benefits of having an account.
2. I use bookmarks to track many things including RSS feeds of stuff I like to know the latest and greatest.
3. I Don't use a profile.
4. I don't subscribe to comment threads because I don't have the time to read and review all 10000 comments on a thread.
5. Newsletter in my email. I like having a quick headline so I can choose yes or no. I might also use the RSS feed, but I like the one an done for this.
6. Tags and Indexes are always good. In the world of search that is the only way to find things anymore and there is too much data to find that proverbial needle.
7. Latest comment I haven't really noticed as I'm more here for the articles and less for the conversation.
Ian1418
93. Mira
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? no
How do you use bookmarks? I bookmark threads if I want an easy way to find them again.
If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?
don't think Ive used my profile since I found this site.
Do you subscribe to comment threads? no
How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? via the newsletter & Twitter ad sometimes facebook

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? yes the series indexes help alot
Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful?
don't really look at them.
Ian1418
94. Hakainokami
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?

No.

How do you use bookmarks?
I don't

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?
do not use

Which features could go?

Do you subscribe to comment threads?
no
How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
the daily email

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?

yes

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

Latest posts is very useful to me.
Ian1418
95. P.I. Barrington
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
No, permanently signed in.

How do you use bookmarks?
Mainly used to save important pages rather than actively going into them regularly.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?
Forgot I had a profile.

Which features could go?
See above.

Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No. Have too many coming in to me now.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
Via Tor newsletter.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
Don't use them really.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
Sometimes. But there are so many comments it's sometimes difficult to participate or even read them and I generally pass on commenting due to that.
Tili S.
96. venndiagram
1. Only if I'm going to comment, which isn't all that often.
2. I don't, and hadn't even realized this was a feature on this site.
3. I don't really use it.
4. I have a couple of times, but for the most part no; I don't have time to keep updated on comment threads, interesting as a lot of them are.
5. I use the RSS feed.
6. I find series indexes very useful when I'm looking through the site for short stories, which I don't usually feel like reading at the time when they update but sometimes go back for later.
7. I don't really pay attention to the sidebar.
Laura McDonald
97. bonnieclyde
1. not usually unless there is a contest I want to enter 2.I don't 3. don't use 4.no 5. link in newsletter 6. yes 7. not so much
Irene Gallo
98. Irene
Thanks everyone! Keep them coming. We're compiling all your comments and will be going over it in detail very soon. Feel free to add concerns we didn't ask for...It's all really helpful.
Ian1418
99. Kilian Metcalf
I have no problem with the site, but I think it would be a good idea to have a copy editor glance over it for spelling, punctuation and grammar before you post it. They are very distracting. Coming from a publishing company, they are also disheartening to lovers of the language.
Ian1418
100. Mary Beth
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? -- Occasionally, when I've grown very sick of captcha.
How do you use bookmarks? -- I don't.
If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? -- Don't use that either!
Do you subscribe to comment threads? -- No, but I do check back frequently on interesting threads.
How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? -- Loading Tor.com directly. It's one of my top websites, according to Google Chrome.
Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? -- I seldom use them, but they're helpful when I do.
Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? -- Yes, I use "Latest comments" all the time! I never use "Hot bookmarks," though.
David Greybeard
101. DavidGreybeard
1 Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
Sometime, but not usually.

2 How do you use bookmarks?
Bookmarks? Tor.com is pretty easy to remember.

3 If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?
I haven't looked at it since I registered. Why should I?

4 Which features could go? Can't think of any "to go". But I really really need one place to look at for all the Tor hardcover releases. And not just this week's or this month's. I want one page I can go to again and again that features all releases as far into the future as possible.


5 Do you subscribe to comment threads?
Not really, maybe on a rare occassion.

6 How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
The newletter by email gets me there and can prowl from there.

7 Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
Of course.

8 Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful?
If so, which ones?
Sure they're nice filler but not really that important.
Ian1418
102. Ireney Berezniak
More lense flare ...
Ian1418
103. reader951
1.Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? Not unless I am going to comment or enter a contest
2.How do you use bookmarks? to tag a particular article/thread - but rarely do so
3.If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? Never used
4.Do you subscribe to comment threads? No
5.How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? Newsletter usually but sometimes by loading directly - usually when I'm looking for information on a specific author.
6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? Sometimes. More likely I use them because of something else I have read has interested me
7.Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? Occassionally
Someone has already mentioned the "captcha". I concur it is seriously broken - hard to read. I have seen the system used on other pages where completely legible - yours often requires multiple attempts - on at least a couple of times I simply gave up after repeated tries.
Alice Arneson
104. Wetlandernw
And another thought... I miss the shoutbox notification feature. Once upon a time, there was a little message that popped up by your username and told you there was a new message in your shoutbox. Without that, I'm less likely to realize there's something new - and other people don't notice I've sent them a shout either. I've noticed a lot of us, lately, entering comments merely to tell someone to go check their shoutbox.
Pete Goss
105. pete6055
I usually don't sign-in or use bookmarks. I prefer loading your homepage directly and like that your latest stories are right there. I sometimes use your sidebar, and, as in this case, subscribe to a thread.

I like your site. Generally, "if 'taint broken don't fix it!"
A few suggestions, though:
1. Let us cut & paste in the comment box, and attach selected files to share.
2. Give a choice of formats to save your stories; html is easy but, epub, mobi, txt, and the dreaded pdf might be nice. I like to save things for latter reading and attribution.
3. Unhide your "hidden services" on the TOR network, and provide detailed instructions on how to use them. See Cory Doctorow's blog entry: http://craphound.com/?p=4633. If your own aurthor's are going to promote these services, you might as well do so yourself.
Nadine L.
106. travyl
1. I only sign in, when I want to leave a comment
2. I seldom use bookmarks
3. I usually check my profile page, to see which threads (that I've commented on) have new comments. / Occasionally use the shoutbox, and would miss it. / Have occacionally tried to use "my comments" but I tend to not find the comments I look for, so I don't do that so often anymore.
4. I mostly don't subscribe to comments, rather I comment myself, so I'll see in the profile page, if there is a new comment...
5. I load the side directly (mostly I tell my browser to open the tab's of my last session, and I usually keep the profile page open and go from there to the main page to check for new installments. Seldom via newsletter, never Twitter of fb.
6. article tacs: yes; series indexes: YES ;)
---------
- something like a "like" button for comments is worth considering, though I do see the drawbacks, (if someone's comment is never "liked")
- I find it a lot harder to use tor from my cellphone
- lately my browser refreshes the page to the top of the comment section - I prefered to have it refreshed to the comment where I've been, so I can keep reading the new comments that "popped up" since last refreshment, without remebering to which comment I've actually read.
Erica Collier
107. scifibard
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
Rarely. Usually I don't unless there is something I am going to comment on; then I sign in at that point.

How do you use bookmarks?
Abstractly, I use bookmarks a lot...but I don't actually have any bookmarks to Tor. I usually come here via the newsletter or type in tor.com which is easy and memorable and faster than finding you in a long list of bookmarks. If there were an article or resourse so incredible that I wanted to go back with some frequency I would certainly bookmark it though. I've done it on other sites; just hasn't come up here. If I wanted to refind an article on Tor I feel I could probably find it with keywords through google.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?
Don't think much about my profile.

Which features could go?
None I can think of.

Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No not generally. I suppose I could see doing it, but generally I will just check back for as long as I'm still interested. Threads usually run their course in a few days.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
Usually via the newsletter. Occationally loading the homepage directly. Even more rarely by google search or reference link from other pages.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
I definately feel like article tags help when I'm searching for something rather than just browsing what's new.
Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
I use them in a browsing / catch my interest kind of way. They're pretty much in my order of interest now: "latests posts" are the most likely to catch my eye. It's then kind of a toss-up between "latest comments" and "hot bookmarks" as to whether either will catch me.

Final comments:
I suppose if there was anything organizational I would add, would be a better way of looking back through past articles. For instance, an article comes out on the subgenre of Gaslamp...then I get thinking about subgenres...if there were a way to easily access archived past articles so that I could go "look, articles on Cyberpunk and and on Grimdark...what is Grimdark anyway?" and keep reading in the vein of subgenres. It is somewhat possible via Seach with the help of the tags, but I feel like a browsable index of some sort should also be possible.
Erin Brocker
108. osteophagia
1. No, unless to comment.
2. I did not realize this was available. If I want to read a short story, excerpt, or article I will use Readability to send it to my Kindle Touch. Usually the titles and authors for stories and excerpts show up correctly, but authors for posts do not.
3. I do not use my profile.
4. I do not subscribe to comment threads.
5. I have a bookmark button in Firefox (grouped with my other geeky news sites), but more often I've started clicking through from the newsletter.
6. I have used the tags and the series index by title (I'd prefer the default to be by title rather than date). There is no listing for the "Seven Norse Myths..." series, though! It makes me wonder what other mini-series might be hiding in the archives.
7. I don't pay much attention to the sidebar features, but Hot Comments have made me click through to another post.
Ian1418
109. SueQ
1. Sometimes.
2. Yes.
3. I like most of it.
4. No.
5. Newsletter.
6. Yes.
7. Yes.
I find the Captchan hilarious. When I was a kid I never had to prove I wasn't a robot. Some of the weird combinations make great prompts for storywriting, too.
Ian1418
110. NickM
1- I just about never sign in. A couple years ago I was having problems with password recognition and pretty much gave up on it when I saw I could read most any article and send comments without the sign in.

2- I will bookmark some articles when I don't have time to read them right away, or if I want to remember to forward them to friends by email or Facebook. A few articles, I copied the URL into a file of URLs I keep in a Word doc. Otherwise, I don't keep Tor bookmarks.

3- I don't remember what there was to my profile (again, hadn't used it in a long time). I don't want something that would take a lot of time to put together. But I'd be happy to put in some basic info about me, probably a Facebook or Twitter URL too. It would be nice if it could direct me to blogs on particular topics.

4- If I comment in a thread that's pretty active and I want to be able to read and follow-up down the line, I'll subscribe. But other times I just write my piece and let it go.

5- I usually come to the site from your email compilations, or if I had a bookmark saved from an article I couldn't read at a previous time.

6- Yes, I will sometimes use the Tags if I need to find a past article that I can't quite remember the title or author of. Or if I am reading on a topic and want to read some more on the same topic.

7- I'll look over at the "Latest Posts" to see if a title interests me, or "Latest Comments" to see if I recognize a post that I had read before.
Ian1418
111. R H S
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?

Not usually.

How do you use bookmarks?

Not applicable.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?

Not applicable.

Which features could go?

Not applicable.

Do you subscribe to comment threads?

No.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?

Newsletter or, rarely, direct homepage load.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?

Yes.

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

Not applicable.
Birgit
112. birgit
For those not in your time zone it would be nice if we could choose our time zone in the profile and get the dates of posts and comments in our time.
Andrew Barton
113. MadLogician
1. Usually only when I'm about to post a comment.

2. My only bookmark is for the site itself. Otherwise I rely on the site's own indexes to find things.

3. Don't use

4. Rarely subscribe, and only when I've posted to a thread myself.

5. Load homepage directly.

6. I sometimes find series indexes very useful. Tags less often. What I mostly do is just read through the latest posts each day.

7. Rarely use sidebars.
Amanda Klepper
114. dichotomy08
1. I only sign in when I post a comment.

2. I don't use bookmarks.

3. I don't use my profile.

4. I don't subscribe to comment threads.

5. I either load the homepage directly (probably 40% of the time) or go through the newsletter (60%).

6. Yes!

7. I use the "features" sidebar all the time. Also, you used to have a sidebar that linked to cool stuff on other sites, and I liked that. I don't use the other sidebars though.
Teresa Morin
115. tam9960
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
Not usually.

2. How do you use bookmarks?
I will bookmark an article or series if I can't finish reading it in one sitting (or want to come back to see future installments, like on the rereads).

3.If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?
Don't use it.

4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No.

5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
Bookmarked articles or the newsletter.

6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
Series indexes - YES

7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
Not really.
Joris Meijer
116. jtmeijer
bonus: for some reason the firefox spellchecker does not work in the commentbox, although it did at some point in the past.
Ian1418
117. akhenertai
1 - No
2 - I bookmark some pages that I find interesting, manly original stories.
3 - Don't use it
4 - No, just check back whenever I find the time
5 - homepage a few times a day
6- series indexes do help a lot
7 - Not really
brightening glance
118. brightglance
Biggest annoyance- site links don't all work on mobile site. Eg I have clicked through from feed and am reading a post by Jo Walton, I click on her name at the end which purports to link to www.tor.com/jowalton but instead shunts me to front page of mobile site.
1. Sign in - only when I want to leave a comment
2. Almost never use bookmarks
3. Almost never use profile
4. Don't subscribe to individual threads - on my mobile device it's too difficult to unsubscribe afterwards. (Problem is not from your site )
5. I get an RSS feed of the site and click through on the posts which interest me.
6. Tags etc. are useful
7. Occasionally use sidebar features - latest comments and blogger names.
Steven Cole
119. scole66
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
If the browser has remembered it, yes. Otherwise, only when I leave a comment.

2. How do you use bookmarks?
Once upon a time I did, to try and remember something, but nothing recently.

4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?
No.

5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
I have a bookmark that searches for the "sweepstakes" tag, which I load about lunchtime every day. From there I go to the front page. I also occasionally see a link from Facebook that piques my interest. I have the RSS feed fed into Google Reader, but there are so many articles published in a day that this quickly gets overloaded.

6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
I search for "sweepstakes" all the time. And I pay attention to the GoT read list. The rest don't mean much to me.

7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
Not generally.

Additional comments: Please add something that verifies good HTML for your articles. "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" still has terrible missing text at the end, due to a blown search/replace somebody at tor.com did.
Ian1418
120. Lemwor
1. Never sign in
2. Never use a bookmark
3. Don't use the profile
4. No
5. Twitter mostly, homepage daily
6. Yes
7. No
Ian1418
121. Zeugma
I never sign in, use bookmarks or my profile.

I follow the RSS feed and usually go to the website from there. The RSS feed is quite busy though and I find that I miss things I'm interested in sometimes because they get swamped by other stuff. I would find it useful to be able to subscribe via RSS to specific authors, or tags (or series of posts but I assume that should get covered by tags).

I do follow the twitter feed but may unfollow as mostly the articles it highlights aren't the ones I'm interested in.
Birgit
122. birgit
It seems that many people don't know what features exist on the site or how to use them. You should have a help page that explains all features. If that page already exists it's too well hidden.
david schwarm
123. davidgiven
1.Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?
yes

2.How do you use bookmarks?
nope.

3.If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?
make the avatar image upload accept larger files.

4.Do you subscribe to comment threads?
yes.

5.How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
rss feed

6.Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
no

7.Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?
nope
Vivian U
124. Viviannn
1. Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?

If I want to comment, I sign in. Otherwise I don't bother. Speaking of which, everytime I successfully log in to the site, I get a page blank but for "E_SESSION_TIMEOUT", and I have to back up to the first page and reload. You guys should do something about that. (I use Firefox.)

Another comment about logging in: I really dislike the popup login box. If I don't manage to instantly remember my password, it closes before I'm done. Plus of course you have to use the mouse, not the keyboard. Consider accessiblity. I would much prefer a login box that was integrated into the page.

Come to think of it, login issues are my biggest problem with Tor.com.

2. How do you use bookmarks?

Bookmarks? What bookmarks?

3. If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go?

All I've done is add an avatar.

4. Do you subscribe to comment threads?

Sometimes.

5. How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?

Usually I click on a link in the newsletter. I think I first heard of the site from Locus magazine.

6. Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?

If I'm following a particular series, I use the indices. I suppose article tags might be useful for finding other articles on similar topics. I don't think I've done that.

7. Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

I'll scan them and click if I see something interesting.

This is a pretty good site, other than the login problems. I would like to see comments threaded.
Katy Burnside
125. DarlinKaty
Let me preface my response by saying I am likely not your target audience. I do occassionally browse the entire site but I usually only visit the threads to which I am directly subscribed and then only when I receive an email.
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com? Not usually unless I plan to comment.
How do you use bookmarks? No
If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most? Which features could go? I don't.
Do you subscribe to comment threads? Absolutely. One HUGE improvement that could be made here. Please make it easier to subscribe to an entire series of threads. For example, a re-read series. I cannot find anywhere to subscribe to receive new comment emails for all threads in a particular reread and also, super important, to subscribe to new blog posts in a reread series. Some rereads are older and authors (mods, whatever) post somewhat sporadically. A way to know just when a new post up in a favorite reread would be awesome!

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? Via newsletter or subscribed thread emails, almost exclusively.
Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for? yes
Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones? I can't find the "VIEW LATEST" on comment sections from a laptop but it's easily accesible on my phone. A similar feature for non mobile devices would be awesome.
Chris Nelly
126. Aeryl
Do you sign in when you visit Tor.com?

Always.

How do you use bookmarks?

I don't.

If you use your profile, which features do you enjoy the most?

I like to use it to follow conversations I'm involved in.

Which features could go?

Do you subscribe to comment threads?

No.

How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites? Through a search engine.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?

Do you find the sidebar features, like “Latest Comments,” useful? If so, which ones?

Yes, I like "Latest Comments" and "Latest Posts"

In addition, I feature I thing would be helpful, is a way to navigate directly to comments from the profile page. Also, an option for threaded comments, with the possibility of replying directly. I don't keep track of which number is attached to my comment, and it would prevent having to jump around the page to read what someone else is responding to. But I know a lot of people hate threaded comments, so allowing the option of flat and threads would probably be best.
Aviv Karni
127. Sternreisender
How do you find our site: by loading our homepage directly, via our newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media/other websites?
Randomly via social media links and then following a series of posts I find interesting.

Do article tags and series indexes help you locate exactly what you’re looking for?
Yes.

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I came here because I'm looking for a way to save articles to Instapaper that includes comments. I'm going through the WoT Reread and I want to read them on my Kindle, but I want comments too.

Thanks. ^_^
Benjamin Gruver
128. Enofel
All I have to say, is that the registering captcha was absolutely horrendous, I came very close to simply giving up but the free 5 Year book download got me to try... one more time.

Honestly, these captchas are meant to weed out spam bots, not punish your user base or setting an extremely ugly wall into registering for your site.

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