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Read+Comment: The fixed-price platform for hasslefree public commenting on your documents Autumn 2010 Steph Gray, Helpful Technology | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


Getting public feedback on policy • There are various ways to enable public comment online on your documents: • Wikis and detailed inline commenting e.g. via Digress.It, Write To Reply • Hosted document services e.g. Scribd, Google Docs • potentially enabling comments on your own site, if technically possible • In general, recent UK public sector initiatives have been in three main groups:

1. Collaborative drafting and detailed commenting on a document

2. Crowdsourcing, reviewing and prioritising ideas

3. Ongoing engagement around a strategy | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


2009: Commentariat 1.0 18 months ago, we pioneered an approach - ‘Commentariat’ - using low-cost tools to enable comments on sections of a document: • A different site for each document • Focussed on the document structure, rather than wider engagement • Flexible and accessible, but took some fiddling with for each new project | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


The brief for Read+Comment

A revamp of Commentariat, offering a WordPress-based service to provide flexible ‘hubs’ to support online engagement around policies and strategies 1. Social & CMS functionality: blog, document download, comments, links, feeds, email alerts, tweets, embedded content… 2. with a look-and-feel that can be tweaked and repurposed for many different projects… 3. by a non-technical team, without editing CSS, modifying databases or theme files, or installing WordPress each time. | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


2010: Commentariat 2.0 • Designed to be able to deploy quickly, for lots of documents • Layers: comment quickly or in detail, publicly or privately • Position the document alongside other channels for engagement (blog, email Twitter etc) • Keep it accessible and flexible, but make it possible to change the look and feel without coding skills | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


One bunch of code, lots of different-looking documents | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


So what’s Read+Comment? • Ready-made software, hosting and support for online engagement around commentable documents

WordPress 3.0 + Commentariat 2.0

+ Plugins, Hosting + Configuration

Your own subdomain address, and the basic site setup done for you

UK cloud-based, scalable Ubuntu Linux hosting. Software tested, maintained and ready.

+ As much support as you need

Fixed price or flexible

12 months, fixed price, standard T&Cs, no ongoing subscriptions or lock-in | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


Out of the box, a new Read+Comment site Soon after you’ve signed up, you’ll get emailed with the login details for your new site: • Comes set up with some demo content showing how you can organise the pages • Is password-protected, for you to share internally, until you’re ready to launch | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


A new Read+Comment site • Drag-and-drop to layout the homepage • Edit content using regular WordPress WYSIWYG editor • Moderate (spam-filtered) comments before they appear -- or not, you choose | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


A new Read+Comment site • Customise the look and feel to upload new backgrounds, choose colours etc • Change layout to suit the project - two columns or three, fixed or ‘floating’ comment box • Add your own CSS rules and analytics code if you want | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


A new Read+Comment site • Drag-and-drop ‘table of contents’ to build an online document easily: | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


Government-friendly • Low cost (from £450+VAT, plus as much help as you need) • Quick: can have an attractive, professional-looking site up and running in hours • Transformational Government & COI standards compliant: • Designed for time-limited sites, with functionality most CMS don’t offer • Subdomain can be mapped to your chosen subdomain or as a simple redirect ( or • Indexable by search engines and The National Archives - add to your sitemap • Easy to track cost and usage data if you want to report on it • Cross-browser compliant - yes, even IE6 • Ready-made Privacy, Accessibility and Moderation policies and T&Cs for you to tailor • Core templates and functionality accessible to WCAG Priority Level 2 (AA) | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


A sales pitch in three flavours (kind of)

Off you go

Keys to the site


Happy to help

Jim’ll Fix It

Something Else

A bit of help tweaking it and getting it right

Whatever you need: help with inputting content, tweaks to design or functionality

A private version of Read+Comment on your own servers, or customised to you


From £1,950+VAT

Let’s talk!

Traffic limits apply. Costs for 1 site for up to 12 months. | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph


What’s next? • Find out more about the service: • Check out the public demo:

Email or call for a chat about the options: • • 020 3012 1024 | | 020 3012 1024 | @lesteph

Introduction to Read+Comment  

An overview of Read+Comment, a service for getting public feedback on strategies and documents online without the hassle

Introduction to Read+Comment  

An overview of Read+Comment, a service for getting public feedback on strategies and documents online without the hassle