How Can We Improve This Blog?

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It’s hard to believe, but this blog is almost ten years old. Google Analytics reports that thousands of people use the blog every day, and as far as we can tell, the community seems to be a great mix of citizens, officers, lawyers, magistrates, and judges. We sincerely appreciate everyone who reads the blog, and we’re grateful for the many thoughtful, substantive comments that we receive. But please take a moment today to let us know how we can make the blog even better. What would you like to see more of, or less of? What kinds of content that we don’t currently offer would you value? Is there anything about the structure or format of our posts that isn’t working for you? Of course, we are open to this kind of feedback anytime, so if you are busy shopping Prime Day today, that’s OK. But I thought it would be good to have a post and a comment thread specifically focused on how to improve this blog.

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9 comments on “How Can We Improve This Blog?

  1. Four cents (two, two cent thoughts):

    Searching for past topics is a good way to find answers to questions one has on any given day. Currently your search feature is keyword-oriented which is good for a majority of searches. However, sometimes the exact keyword eludes you or you want to narrow down the search results. Having some way to filter search results would be nice. For example, you could have a drop down from the search button that provides a date range for articles, civil vs criminal, author, etc. I’m sure you can think of other distinctive and distinguishing filters.

    Other 2 cents: I have written and received informed, thoughtful responses to a number of questions over the years and I expect you see plenty of similar correspondence. You likely get a number of such questions and possibly a number of the same questions asked by your readers. Have you considered some sort of FAQ (frequently asked questions) section where you take your top questions and lay out the best answer(s) for them?

    As always, appreciate the blog and the work that goes into it.

  2. I would like to say thank you to all the contributors to this blog. I cannot always tell just from checking the NCGA website what I need to know about new legislation but I can count on NCSOG to help me out and keep me up to date. I (perhaps with few exceptions) read every blog post.

    A few things I would like to see discussed (and if I missed a previous post, would be happy to receive the link)

    I dont think NC has a firearms protective order (like a DVPO) that has been enacted in other states. Is this a possibility? What are the implications?

    Not long ago, I saw some legislation in process about making a law for expunging civil no-contact orders under certain circumstances. Any word on progress or what the implications would be across the state?

  3. I would say create drop down box that would help with searching for thoughts, opinions and dissections of certain cases/case law (please make it correspond with our mobile devices).

    More higher level court opinions, especially in how it pertains to law enforcement.

    In addition, I would like it if you’d take unique cases and creatively dissect them (like you have already) but, hmm, simplified in a way one not familiar with the law would understand ( I say, “Expain it to me like I’m a six year old”).

    Disregard if you are already doing any of what I’ve pointed out. I have this bookmarked as an app on my phone so I’m invested. Great blog.

  4. Make sure you don’t allow Trolls like me on your blog, LOL

  5. Your Blog is as excellent as your Law School, # 1 in USA !

  6. The blog is great, I like the FAQ part or maybe a section where you can ask a question and it can be shared with others.

  7. Overall, I think that the SOG sends out a bit to many posts. I can’t keep up with them all. I would like to see fewer and stick to really important topics. Most of them are good posts, but some are sort of fluff. I could do without those.

  8. Abolish the comments section or at least have every comment approved by a moderator. I would venture that half are: (1) barely relevant postings from family members of incarcerated defendants, especially when reviewing older posts/topics, specifically seeking legal advice; or (2) personal attacks on the blog poster, the School of Government, etc.

    Have an email address for the blog writer more easily accessible for followup questions or comments (perhaps the rare compliment?!). Clicking the name, the photo, the author archives link on the side, etc., does not reveal any direct contact information. Or is this by design?

    I’ve enjoyed your polls in the past. I wouldn’t mind more of those.

  9. I don’t think the posts are too frequent AT ALL. Something like that can easily be solved by the individual by unsubscribing and checking the blog periodically on their own time.
    I would like the ability to ask questions directly to the authors. This in turn might lead to future blog topics instead of posting them in the comments.

    Keep up the great work!

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