Announcing: New Features on sikhchic.comEDITOR
We are most grateful to you, our readers, for the frank and honest input you provided us on The Roundtable Open Forum - Round Five (Dec 2 - 8, 2009), wherein we had asked you: "Where do we go from here?"
We have been busy since then.
We've spent a lot of time studying your comments, suggestions and criticisms, and we have gone through our seasonal session of introspection and self-examination.
We are cognizant of your likes and dislikes, and the direction in which you would like us to move.
And - keeping an eye on our very limited resources - we have started moving forward, step by step.
We therefore have the pleasure of announcing a number of new features which we've been working on during the last few weeks - some that you've already seen on our pages, some you will see for the first time now ... and some that are still in the works!
1 Close on the heels of a very successful weekly Roundtable Open Forum (which was initiated less three months ago), we have added the weekly Talking Stick Colloquium (Convenor: the most able and insightful Ravinder Singh Taneja), which allows readers to participate in a string of progressing, week-long conversations on Gurbani.
2 A special, permanent spot has been allotted to each of The Roundtable and The Talking Stick forums at the bottom of the page, where the original banner stood.
3 Two new Icons - Roundtable and Talking Stick - for easy access to the current and past discussions for both weekly features have also been placed at the top of the page, on the second row of icons.
4 We have added a new icon titled "Our Mission", which will lead our readers directly to those editorials which spell out our vision and dreams for sikhchic.com.
5 Since we are a highly illustrated magazine, we've added new, state-of-the-art illustrative spaces around the existing homepage, to showcase special people, places and events.
6 We've added a weekly "sikhchic.com online POLL" feature which will allow us to canvass you on a regular basis on issues that will either help us to serve you better, and/or inform all of us of current trends and preferences. This process will be a transparent one and will allow you to view the results of each poll as it progresses through the week.
7 We've almost doubled the space on the HomePage which allows us now to showcase a total of 18 articles on the HomePage at any given time ... in addition to our regular features such as the Book of the Month, Today's Photo, Today's Quote, and SikhPark.
8 There's added ‘notice' space to keep you abreast of community happenings around the world.
Please scroll down the HomePage slowly from top to bottom and see the new features for yourselves.
There's much more coming, some sooner, some later.
We totally agree that the ideal service on our part would be to advise you if and when article submissions have been rejected, for whatever reason ... even if it is without the reasons. And we are cognizant of your concern when some comments posted on specific articles do not make the cut, or are edited for the sake of focus, clarity, brevity, etc.
Unfortunately, our limited manpower resources do not allow us at this stage to do as much as we would like to, in terms of much ongoing contact with our contributors.
However, we are working on plans to add staff ... and once we are able to, we will try and improve our line of communication with you on these two issues, in accordance with the highest standards of journalism.
In the meantime, particularly relating to comments, please do follow the guidelines closely, and try and be short and succinct, to-the-point, etc. We continue to reserve the right, however - out of respect for our wide readership - to edit anything which is offensive, derogatory, unnecessarily repetitive, or inappropriate in any way, etc.
We'll keep you posted as we move along on our extended and extensive plans.
Thank you, once again, for all your support ... without which, truly, we wouldn't even be here.
And finally, please tell your friends, relatives, colleagues, acquaintances and contacts - anyone who is or may be interested in the Sikh world-view - about us. Just send them a link - it‘ll take you no more than a few minutes - and we are confident that, if they visit us once, they will be back!
January 15, 2010
Conversation about this article
1: Gehna Kaur Singh (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), January 15, 2010, 4:37 PM.
Great updates. The best part about this site is that it really is constantly evolving, adapting and responding to user feedback.
2: Navi (Pennsylvania, U.S.A.), January 16, 2010, 10:06 AM.
Great upgrades. Onwards and upwards, sikhchic.com! Chardi Kalaa, always!
3: Kiranjeet Kaur Dhillon (Shah Alam, Malaysia), January 20, 2010, 9:03 PM.
Thank you, sikhchic.com, for all your tremendous effort in bringing the Sikhs all the over world closer together. Keep up the good seva!