Say hello to Project Q Atlanta’s new features

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We rarely toot our own rainbow colored vuvuzela around here — OK, except here, here and here — but we’ve made some improvements to Project Q Atlanta in the last few weeks and think it’s about time we formally introduce them.

Forum

The biggest addition is one that our prolific commenters will like best — another place to do what they do, say what they say and offer their take on anything that strikes their gay fancy. We’ve added a free range Forum where you can hold court and stray off topic, start your own conversation and respond to an ongoing discussion.

It’s your own space outside of our moderated posts for discussion, news tips, spirited debate and even personal rants on any topic. Bitch much? We get it, welcome it even. We still reserve the right to moderate the comments, but adhere to some pretty basic rules and you’ll be just fine: Attacks on us or other commenters are likely to get the ax, as will disparaging ethnic groups, hate speech, spamming our readers with links and commercial product placements.

If you’ve got constructive criticism to offer us or others, that’s fine. Just be articulate and support your point with facts. Basically, don’t be an asshole.

The Forum offers a couple of bells and whistles, too. You can post using your name, which allows you to share your comment on Facebook and Twitter. Or go rogue and post anonymous comments.

Want to illustrate your point? We’ll take it. You can share images — PG-13 and avoid copyrighted work, please — and YouTube videos along with your commentary. Snag a pic of that hottie in the park? Show it to us. Catch your favorite drag queen with the perfect look during her show? Share it. Come across a video clip of drag queens singing about waffle fries and the Baby Jesus? Post it.

Options to add an image to your comment or share it on Facebook and Twitter appear at the bottom of the dialogue box when you begin typing. To post a YouTube video, add the long link to the video or the URL to its YouTube page in the dialogue box with your comment. When you post the comment, the photo or video will show as a thumbnail. Click on that to view fullsize.

Photos

Last year we added more than 14,000 photos and 344 albums to Project Q. So far in 2012, we’ve added more than 60 albums. To make it easier and quicker for you to enjoy our photos, we revamped our Image Gallery. That change allowed us to include the photos with a post, so no more need for clicking from the post into our photo gallery to view it. The change also means photos open in a lightbox, so no more waiting while the entire page loads to view each one.

And we don’t mind if you share our photos. In fact, we like it. Click on image permalink while viewing any photo — it’s at the end of each caption — and you’ll get a URL for that specific image, which in turn can be shared on your favorite social media outlets.

For one stop photo viewing, visit our Photos page. It includes every post in 2012 with an image gallery. For photo sets from 2011 and earlier, we’ve got a place for that, too.

Events

We now offer a preview of the biggest and best LBGT events each weekend in a single Gay Agenda post on Thursdays. Read, choose and plan your gay weekend accordingly.

Facebook

That Facebook timeline is all the rage, whether you like it or not. We’ve made the switch, so stop by and check out our page. Like us if you haven’t already and join the nearly 5,600 people who already do.

And that leads us to …

Connect with us

We already mentioned Facebook. But there are other ways to interact with us online.

Twitter. Nearly 2,800 people follow us, receiving our updates, snark and sass in 140 characters or less.

Google+. We’re warming up to this, too, so add us to your circles, and we’ll feed you the best of our content.

YouTube. We beefed up our use of video, and our YouTube channel provides one stop shopping for the latest. You can also click on our Videos page for a rundown of which posts include video.

Need more options? Add our RSS feed to your newsreader and subscribe to our eblasts.

We’ve even made it easier to Contact Us and Submit News.

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