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Some site news:

Now that summer is upon us, Casual Fridays is going to take a little hiatus. Don’t worry, it will be back next fall, but it’s pretty much impossible for us to keep Casual Fridays going in the summer since we’ll be traveling quite a bit. We can schedule regular posts in advance, but Casual Fridays require us to respond in real-time.

Also, over the next few days, I anticipate doing a little design work on the site. If things don’t look or work quite right, please let me know in a comment on this post, or you could also e-mail me using the “Contact” link above.

Update: A question — I want to make a distinction between traditional Cognitive Daily posts where we report on a peer-reviewed journal article, and posts like Casual Fridays or the Ask a ScienceBlogger replies. We could call the “serious” posts “peer-reviewed,” but would that create confusion? Our posts aren’t peer reviewed; the articles we’re writing about are. Another possibility is a “Just the Science” category, like PZ Myers used to have on Pharyngula. Or how about just “Research”?

Any other ideas on how to highlight the posts where we report on peer-reviewed research?


  1. #1 hugh
    May 12, 2006

    Titling the section on peer-reviewed research “Peer Reviewed” might be misleading, I suppose. I think I would have understood; on the other hand, there’s plenty of precedent indicating that I’m easily confused, so maybe not.

    So call it “CD on Peer-Reviewed Research.”

    Or “Re: Peer-Reviewed Research.”

    Or “Research (that should be) in the News.”

    Of course, Occam’s Manual of Style would support just plain “Research.”

  2. #2 Jonathan Dobres
    May 12, 2006

    I think perhaps you’re looking at it the wrong way. All the Casual Friday posts are clearly labeled as such, and it wouldn’t take much to label the occassional Scienceblogger post appropriately. I would assume that anything else is a commentary on peer reviewed material. You could even explain the system on your About page, if you really felt the need.

    Oh, and web design is a huge hobby of mine. If you run into any strange problems, I’d be happy to lend a hand to one of my favorite blogs. 🙂

  3. #3 Dave Munger
    May 14, 2006

    I think I’ve settled on “all the latest posts” and “just the research” tabs. You can see what it’s going to look like here. I’m still having a little trouble getting the CSS to behave, but the basic concept is working.

    Jonathan, if I don’t figure out this CSS thing within a few hours, I may take you up on your offer to help!

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