6:27PM

Draft controls in @Squarespace, dustbinning posts

from a feature-request just submitted to squarespace

Dear Squarespace,

It would be ideal to have on-page, direct control of the draft items that collect in the dustbin of a blog. I just noticed I had a pending post from months ago going through the comments section. I have a problem with having thoughts sometimes, which is to say I have the thought, I commit it to a draft post, then I forget about it and it gets folded into the default post order (in order of publication date). For instance, I have been meaning to post about that Bullshit Bulletproof Coffee propaganda (and how not factually based it is, going into the actual brew-chemistry, etc) for awhile but totally forgot about that draft item.

 Yes, there is the item control section in the dashboard (which would be hidden from some users), and it's nice and powerful. But; it would be rad to have a head's up interference with my preview/WYSIWIG that creates motivation to publish. The dashboard and the preview are two distinct habitats for the user; dashboard is control, preview is content. Having a modicum of the control afforded to the dash integrated into the preview would be great the same way the save and draft features are.

 Ideally, you could have, say, fifteen items in draft; [and the WYSIWIG screen is up, and you want to put up a new post, and the [create new post] is still floating at the top], OR [and the WYSIWIG screen is up, and you want to put up a new post but you want to get rid of some of those draft items and you [publish it], [demote to date], [archive], [do-something-else-that-gets-the-draft-off-your-preview]]. One way to do this would be to introduce some kind of story-view, where the user is presented with [create new item], [clone old item], [pending items], [old items]; this approach would integrate nicely with the architecture set up, as it would allow the user to shift around the order these items.

 This would be a working feature if it allowed the user to not only control the content to some extent (i.e. push draft items into the nether, or onto their front page), but also could allow  drafts from being demoted by default to the date they were created/first-saved.

 It would be ideal to have on-page, direct control of the draft items that collect in the dustbin of a blog. I just noticed I had a pending post from months ago going through the comments section. I have a problem with having thoughts sometimes, which is to say I have the thought, I commit it to a draft post, then I forget about it and it gets folded into the default post order (in order of publication date). For instance, I have been meaning to post about that Bullshit Bulletproof Coffee propaganda (and how not factually based it is, going into the actual brew-chemistry, etc) for awhile but totally forgot about that draft item.

Yes, there is the item control section in the dashboard (which would be hidden from some users), and it's nice and powerful. But; it would be rad to have a head's up interference with my preview/WYSIWIG that creates motivation to publish. The dashboard and the preview are two distinct habitats for the user; dashboard is control, preview is content. Having a modicum of the control afforded to the dash integrated into the preview would be great the same way the save and draft features are.

Ideally, you could have, say, fifteen items in draft; [and the WYSIWIG screen is up, and you want to put up a new post, and the [create new post] is still floating at the top], OR [and the WYSIWIG screen is up, and you want to put up a new post but you want to get rid of some of those draft items and you [publish it], [demote to date], [archive], [do-something-else-that-gets-the-draft-off-your-preview]]. One way to do this would be to introduce some kind of story-view, where the user is presented with [create new item], [clone old item], [pending items], [old items]; this approach would integrate nicely with the architecture set up, as it would allow the user to shift around the order these items.

This would be a working feature if it allowed the user to not only control the content to some extent (i.e. push draft items into the nether, or onto their front page), but also could allow  drafts from being demoted by default to the date they were created/first-saved.

Ok. So I'm just busy and I never forgot about the Bulletproof Bullshit, I just cared more about getting a few dozen contracts signed than blah-blah'ing some gimmick. And actually, I don't often 'forget' about my posts, but I do typically need to search my own site when looking for them, which is more convenient than dealing with the aforementioned dashboard control.

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