Developing the Communities section
Are there plans to make it possible for unregistered users to browse by Community in future, making it more publicly visible and searchable? Those remembered here experienced the war as part of a community, and this will help put their lives in context rather than as one of many isolated records. Also there’s an educational value in users of this site being able to search by community, be that a village, occupation, event or battalion etc. Finally, this would help to emphasise the scale of things and the many different ways in which people experienced the war. Thanks.
You can search Life Stories & Communities from the home page without creating an account.
However by signing up, you can Remember Life Stories and improve them, and create Communities.
Steph Collinson commented
Hi I agree that a facility to search by and view communities is needed.
Echoing Steve Clifford's comment below, communities where several users can contribute would be very valuable as it would encourage the development of knowledge by combining info from different sources.
Heather Collins commented
Please can we have either an index of communities or the ability to search for them? I'm trying to find one that someone else has created and don't know the "exact" name so can't find it!
Steve Clifford commented
This is an excellent suggestion. In addition it may generate connections between users of Lives of the FWW and/or lead to new information being discovered about a soldier. For example, I'm not researching every soldier in the 16th Battalion (The Canadian Scottish) but I do have some interesting material related to them. If I was easily able to locate a 16th Battalion community I might be able to help someone else researching a particular individual in that community. Of course we would also need communities that more than one user can manage or contribute to (and I believe this is a feature you're working on). Thanks.
Hi Nick. It's probably fair comment that we haven't communicated this feature very well, but to clear up any confusion, viewing a community should be possible by any site visitor (and also Google spiders!). Here's one I made for members of my family for instance https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/114
Do let me know if the site doesn't let you see this or others.
There are other things that we hope to introduce to in the coming weeks to make the discovery of communities easier. Putting them into our own site search is one obvious change, along with a module of the latest created ones, or "community of the week" for instance. If you have any specific improvement ideas, I'd love to hear them
Hi Nick - absolutely; this is something we're hoping to develop in future, for exactly the reasons you've mentioned. We agree! Watch this space; we'll keep you all updated when we add new features.