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During the last 18 months, we've been relaunching parts of the Radio 4 website, redesigning for the wider page template now in use at bbc.co.uk and taking advantage of new technologies on offer.

The last programme website to move across is one of our most popular - The Archers, which consistently receives more 'listen again' requests per month than any other BBC radio programme. A site tour takes you through the features page-by-page.

Where should you start?

If you're an Archers newbie who has always been intrigued by the happenings in Ambridge but never taken the plunge, then start with our short introduction, kindly read for us by Archers fan Stephen Fry. And then listen and explore the links from the latest episode panel on the homepage, to find out more about the characters and locations in the current storylines.

Lighter or lapsed listeners can quickly get back up to speed with our timeline and a series of summaries of selected storylines, listed beneath.

And I hope that our regular users will adjust happily to the new layout for familiar content, and enjoy the regular news from the Archers blog, edited by our web producer and Archers scriptwriter Keri Davies. The blog will include a regular round-up of conversations and opinion from Archers audiences on our messageboard and on social networks - there are now more ways than ever for you to talk with, and be entertained by, your fellow listeners.

As always, we welcome your feedback, which helps us to continue to improve what we do - so please leave your comments.

Leigh Aspin is Interactive Editor at BBC Radio 4

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Lilith

    on 21 Nov 2010 18:51

    The first image of the homepage Serendipitous Llama shows in #26 is the one I see on my iPad.

    There is no way to access the rest of the site from the homepage. I can only download the latest episode, read a synopsis or see the 'who's who' section.

    I had to google to get to the messageboard.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by The Llama of Forbidden Delights

    on 21 Nov 2010 18:18

    I've just wandered over from The Archers discussion.

    I am using Firefox 3.6 on Linux. With the default user-agent, this is the website I see:
    http://tinypic.com/r/dnil47/7

    However, if I chage the user-agent to IE8 and reload, I see this:
    http://tinypic.com/r/2cmpzc/7

    This is the same computer - all I do is change the user-agent string.

    I haven't seen this sort of UA-dependent degradation for years. Why???????

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Spartacus

    on 21 Nov 2010 17:34

    If you're tweaking the basic templates, can I once more add a plea for a "Subscribe/Unsubscribe" link on every thread page? Please? Pretty please?

    I can't think of any other message board system where users are trading URL hacks that allow them basic functionality.

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by Russ

    on 21 Nov 2010 17:30

    Jem - concerning the centre column (the "bogroll") widths, there is not much room for alteration, given the state of the stylesheets - here is the comparison between Mustardland and Radio 4 bluey (and POV) centre column widths. Please note however the Radio 4 blueys are currently (since Friday, I believe) breaking their page structure container widths, whereas POV boards are not.

    Host posts on Mustardland break their message border containers, and the page navigators are inconsistent in style, and they break their format containers where the page numbers are more than one digit.

    The stylesheets are in a dreadful state, and I remain of the view that all new-style messageboards should have an identical basic template for structure, layout, font-size, kerning, line-spacing etc.

    Russ

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by David Williams

    on 21 Nov 2010 17:27

    Jem has pointed me to this issue about the central column width. The CSS for the archers board overrides the base template on that column width at the moment, however, this will be changed and the default width will be applied. This will be applied tomorrow.

  • Comment number 22. Posted by Jem Stone

    on 21 Nov 2010 08:44

    Russ: Appreciated. Its certainly clear in your screenshot about the differences between the old and new boards. Thanks for going to the trouble to illustrate that. I accept that much of the feedback has been about box width and clearly there is a little more that we can do, even given that some of this is down to browser, OS etc. I'll have another look.Watch out for announcements from Tayler over there.

  • Comment number 21. Posted by Nemo399

    on 21 Nov 2010 07:28

    Perhaps a distinction needs to be drawn between comments on the new Archers website and comments on the new messageboards. My comments are about the website as a whole.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Russ

    on 20 Nov 2010 23:19

    I am astonished Jem Stone can assert that the appearance of the font size on the messageboards "should be no different than before".

    This combination of screenshots clearly shows the difference in font size between the old-style and new-style boards.

    Russ

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by DracoM1

    on 20 Nov 2010 17:30

    It had nothing to do with their negativity or lack of it - though as you quite rightly point out, given the level of unanimity elsehwere you have to admit that being robustly positive about the changes was likely to make them stand out just a teeny bit.

    It was more a comment on the suddenness of their arrival simultaneously on many of the various Archers / R4 access sites as if from nowhere - i.e. AFAIK never having been present on another Archers platform in any shape or form [ apparently].

    Enviably uncanny timing, just as the slurry hit the air-conditioning. Ah well.

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Smilie Minogue

    on 20 Nov 2010 11:25

    Thanks Jem, I appreciate that David and his team are rather busy at the moment. :-D

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