Thursday, August 23, 2012

The APA Has Changed Its Website for the Better

In comments, anon 5:36 points out a stunning development:

Don't look now, but the APA's website has actually improved.


I had noticed this, too, and I have to say, it's really pretty nice. The menu items are easily distinguishable from one another and are not at all garbled. The drop-down menus work the way they're supposed to, and are not easily actuated by inadvertent mouse behavior. They've also finally implemented a way to pay your dues online (although maybe they did this a while ago and I just didn't notice), and it seems that they're collecting some demographic information about the membership, which I don't recall ever having seen before.

All in all, this is pretty good news.

--Mr. Zero

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

With any luck at the next APA meeting we won't be waiting in line for two hours as penance for not being willing to fax our credit card number! Who knows though, they are pretty inventive in finding ways to screw things up.

CTS said...

I might be a perennial optimist, but I do think this is a good sign. I believe the APA 'old guard' has gotten the message, or perhaps that OG has finally been supplanted by new people.

Anonymous said...

And it works with Safari and Chrome now! Very nice!

Anonymous said...

It's still the APA though... 'pay my dues' is hidden in the members only section, that you can access only if you are current on your dues.

Had to do the ole' print and fax with credit card info the other day.

Anonymous said...

Here's the short of what I have to say: don't be satisfied with a site that is not broken. It is, by any other measure, an extremely poorly done website.

Look, it's nice that the site is functional (or appears to be so far, though see Anon 8:23 PM's comment). But come on - this site is, by any other standards, a piece of shit. I mean, it looks like the site was designed about a decade ago. It's all text! What kind of website is all text nowadays?! There aren't even pictures of the board members on the site (not that I care to see them, but it's standard for a website). I wonder if the APA still uses PINE email.

And it's just not user friendly. In what section, for instance, is the JFP (the info that, I suspect, is the primary driver for traffic on the site)? Is it in publication info? But I don't want info on publications - I want a publication. And besides, it's not there. Is it in members only? Nope. Web resources? Nope. Now I understand the JFP isn't up yet, but it should be clear to people where they can find it once it is up. And this is just one example of a feature of the site that is not user friendly; there are many others. Here's another one: all the windows in windows on pages in which you have to enter information, and how much scrolling has to be done within those windows. It's all just so pathetically designed.

I want to know who designed/wrote the code for this site. A board member of the APA? A board member's kid? And who hired this person? Because, frankly, in any well-functioning organization, those people would be fired.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, no pictures?? I want pictures!

Some people will complain about anything and everything.

Anonymous said...

I think 6:53 is spot on. But the new leadership just came on board. Getting things working was really important. Let's look at some other academic society webpages to see how we compare.

History: http://www.historians.org/

Sociology: http://www.asanet.org/

Political Science: http://www.apsanet.org/

MLA: http://www.mla.org/

Chemistry: http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content

Physics: http://www.aps.org/

The American Philosophical Society: http://www.amphilsoc.org/

Math: http://www.maa.org/

African American Studies: http://www.naaas.org/

Psychology: http://www.apa.org/

Anthropology: http://www.aaanet.org/

Kinesiology: http://www.americankinesiology.org/

Religious Studies: http://www.aarweb.org/

And on and on....

I don't see one that is worse than the APAonline.org

Anonymous said...

Let me add Women's Studies: http://www.nwsa.org/

Oh, and the APA should have its own *money making* journal. We are totally missing the boat on that one.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 6:53 wrote:

"In what section, for instance, is the JFP (the info that, I suspect, is the primary driver for traffic on the site)? Is it in publication info? But I don't want info on publications - I want a publication. And besides, it's not there. Is it in members only? Nope."

I would expect the fall JFPs will be posted in the same place that the current and past JFPs are posted---namely, in "Members Only" under "Publications".

Anonymous said...

If I'm on a website learning about Monet, pictures are a lovely addition. But what the hell is the point of pictures on APA's website? Are we children who need picture books? All the pictures would do is make the site slower to load whenever one has a slow connection.

Mr. Zero said...

what pictures?