Caracas Chronicles 2.1

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We’re getting ever closer to the launch of our sister site in Spanish. Before we do that, though, we want to make sure the underlying software is just right, making for a superior user experience for people looking for serious, troll-free debate on the Venezuelan blogosphere.

As part of that process, today we’re launching a refreshed version of the blog – think of it as Caracas Chronicles 2.1. (Do let us know if you find any bugs!) The new software includes:

  1. An improved Recent Posts panel
  2. A Most Commented Posts panel
  3. A Best of the Fray (Highest Rated Comments) panel
  4. Numbering for anonymous posts
  5. An email-me follow up comments button so you can subscribe to comments threads
  6. A new layout on the main column to make more posts visible sooner.
  7. A new Donations platform so you can contribute to the launch of our soon-to-be-unveiled Sister Site in Spanish.

Juan and I have big plans for the Spanish site, which will fill a niche nobody else is filling right now for interesting, sane debate of current affairs in the Venezuelan blogosphere.

In time, we hope to create something like a Venezuelan version of Andrew Sullivan’s blog – a place updated many times a day with a heavy volume of links not to news stories (since Noticias24 already exists) but rather to the most interesting commentary on the web about Venezuela.

There’s a lot to look forward to, and with your support – both in clicks and dollars – we can do create something Venezuela genuinely needs, and does not yet have. 

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