Great post CL! Agree especially with your comments about the color scheme - it has such a pleasing, “easy on the eyes” feel. I have a background very similar to yours, and getting just the right colors (that are not only user-friendly, but suitable to the “mood”, purpose, and, if applicable, company branding of a site) is a challenge to say the least.
That said, what do you think of the following feature suggestions? I think they would take LGF from “great” to “crushes the competition like Godzilla on steroids” ;)
1) “Liquid layout” for the main content column - that way, articles and comments would stretch out to take advantage of widescreen monitors and save wear and tear on one’s scroll wheel :)
2) Ability to save Pages-in-progress and publish them later. This would be especially useful for people who don’t have time to complete an in-depth page in one sitting.
3) Notification area in the top-left “logged in” box that tells you how many new comments are waiting on your Page, or a Page/Article you’ve previously commented in (or favorited, or otherwise “subscribed” to). This is the only feature common to other sites I find myself missing over here (New Comments notifications could also make it easier to stamp out the dreaded “dead thread” trolls)
I do hope #3 wouldn’t be an absolute nightmare to code given the site’s existing framework, because of all the items I listed above, it would be the one I’d most like to see.