What would you like to see on this site?

I'm thinking, sometimes early next year, of restructuring and redesigning the site a little, and would love readers' feedback on what they'd like to see. Let me know what you think of the following ideas:

  • Separating the core blog to a contributors' blog that would be open to a wider range of people (including, I hope, readers!)
  • Creating a forum — which I would only do if there are volunteers to moderate them.
  • Maintaining a news page, collating links to news stories about the region.
  • Doing weekly roundups of Egypt political news.
  • More translations from the Arabic press.
  • Creating an Arabic-language blog.
  • Closing the comments section (which is a pain to maintain spam-free) but allowing direct feedback by email, which I would curate and occasionally post (what Andrew Sullivan and TPM do, for instance.)
If anyone has strong feelings for or against this, do let me know in the comments or at issandr [AT] arabist.net.


Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.