A couple of ITH related notes that we feel compelled to pass along, after the jump:
+ Commenting: As the Disqus service continues to evolve, the commenting system here at ITH continues to improve. You’ve probably noticed some changes in the look and feel of comments, but the core elements are still intact. If you’re not signed up with Disqus, we highly encourage you to do so. The option to comment with Twitter, Facebook or an OpenID account is also available.
A couple of tools we’d like to see utilized more often: 1. If you enjoy a particular comment, use the “like” button. This helps commenters build a reputation for posting solid comments. 2. If you notice a comment that you feel is inappropriate, use the “flag” link. This will not remove a comment, but it will alert us to review it.
As we get closer to the season, we’ll be seeking your input on whether you’d like to see the live blogs continue or shift back to a traditional game thread with real-time commenting.
+ Twitter: Our account continues to grow as we recently surpassed the 1,000 follower mark. This is an excellent resource to pick up interesting links and/or comments from us that might not make it on the site. We’ll also have some prizes to give away throughout the season via Twitter.
+ New Design: Initially, we had mixed feedback on our new look, but now that everything has been ironed out, the “new” ITH is more user friendly and is also more friendly for your Web browser to load.
+ Advertisers: We would like to thank Joe’s Bar on Weed Street in Chicago and T.I.S. Bookstore/IUGear.com for their continued support of Inside the Hall. If you’re able to support either of these businesses in any way, we encourage you to do so. For our readers in Chicago, we hope to put together a gathering this season at Joe’s. Additionally, we’d love to hear from you if you’re interesting in advertising on the site.
+ Ryan at ESPN.com: If you’re a regular over at the Worldwide Leader, we encourage you to do a search and read some of Ryan’s work on the Jock-O-Sphere. Or you can just click here.
+ Spread the Word: The best way to continue to grow our community is by word of mouth. Whether it’s passing along the ITH name to a friend in conversation or by sending an email to a friend with our URL, anything you can do to help spread the word is appreciated.
+ Donations: Thanks to everybody who has been able to contribute to the site. We do realize that donating is not realistic for everybody, but your support is appreciated. The site will continue to be a free resource as it’s always been, but the costs and time to maintain ITH are at times significant. We also made an effort over the spring and summer to make it AAU events like the adidas May Classic, Kentucky Hoopfest and the It Takes 5ive Classic and would like to continue to be able to make similar, if not more, trips in the future. To make a donation, simply click the “Make a Donation” button near the top right corner of the site.
Thanks for your continued readership and support. If you have any questions or thoughts, please sound off in the comments or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.