On Veterans Day last year, we launched VAntage Point to help VA better communicate with Veterans. When we were in our development stages, we kept reader interaction at the top of the priority list. The outcome was a commenting system that allows readers to respond to individual posts without moderator approval. Further still, we accepted guest posts from anyone willing to write about issues relating to Veterans, whether they’re a Vietnam Vet going through the claims process to a national cemetery caretaker to a student on the GI Bill. Many have been critical of both VA and the government, but an honest discussion trumps all. Poke around other government blogs and you’ll see what you find here is pretty unique.
Still, what we designed wasn’t perfect. Folks had trouble entering codes that helped fight spam, and comments weren’t viewable until after they were posted. Our blog developer has worked to improve the look, feel and usability of the site by taking comments and suggestions from our readers into account. So I’m happy to announce that version 1.1 has launched and is now live. Among the changes you’ll find: an improved commenting system with preview capability, a full archive broken down by post type, a tag cloud on the right sidebar that filters posts by subject, and a neater presentation all around.
Take a look around the blog to see for yourself. Did we miss any fixes or updates that should go into the next version?