Back Online - launch updates
By Greg Schnippel, January 19, 2015
Just over a month ago, I flipped the switch and launched this site before embarking on a long holiday overseas (the launch itself a self-imposed pre-condition for getting on that first flight). I suspected it would be a quiet period with a few visitors and lots of googlebots, a ‘soft beta-launch’ that would give me plenty of time to catch up in the new year. The actual response has been very humbling and I’m grateful for everyone's interest and comments on this project.
I’m back online now and have worked through many of the bugs and performance issues that came up, thanks to everyone who reported these and for your patience as we work through them. I’m also working out some new functionality that I came up with over the break. I never bring a computer with me but had my notebook and a stack of law review articles for those long train rides and have pages of notes to implement for the new year.
One of theses new features is a restructuring of the various objects (ex. arguments, quotes, citations) to reflect major shifts in the debate. For example, in the UNCLOS debate, we should be able to separate or distinguish arguments made before UNCLOS was amended in 1994 from those made afterwards. This will likely have more application for other topics that have more frequent milestones (for example, the debate over the Iran agreement) but I hope to test this out here shortly before launching on these other topics.