One of the best things that the church has done of late is their web presence. It really is fantastic (even if the Joseph Smith page is a little lackluster – too much Flash, too little content). But having all the Conference talks up along with the searchable scriptures is just so nice. Especially for linking from blog posts. However I’ve noticed that of late it doesn’t work as well as it did. Does anyone else notice this? For instance at the scripture search area I get an error the last few days if I do a search for a reference (i.e. D&C 98). Anyone else finding this?
I don’t bring this up to necessarily condemn. But to bring up a new topic. On some of the computer forums I frequent they often bring up applications (like OSX’s Finder) and ask what it needs to be better. In the spirit of that sort of computer guidance, what would make a better search portal for the church?
A few of my own thoughts.
1. Have a way to add and share notes and footnotes. In this day of large hard drives it really wouldn’t be that big a deal. The only downside I could see would be anti-Mormons using it to comment up scriptures.
2. Have your settings persist. I hate having the little subscripts to the old footnotes. When you cut and paste you end up with little extra letters. You can turn this off. But the program is too dumb to set a cookie. So you have to manually set the setting each time you go to the search portal.
3. Alternative formatting. i.e. break things up into paragraphs instead of just verses. Having poetry broken out would be nice as well.
4. Easy search by speaker. It’s a pain right now narrowing a search down to a particular speaker at conference.
Any other suggestions?