Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New State Website Leaves Out Important Easy Links


By Jon E. Easter
Founder

The new state website has just been rolled out, but, if you want information on anything but the executive branch of government, you have to look for it.

On the old state website, it was very simple to get to the Supreme Court's portion and the General Assembly's portion of the web page. You just clicked on a link, and it took you there. I have looked all over the front page of the state's new website, and I cannot find a link there that takes you directly to these sites.

So, what have they done? The powers that be have combined two branches of government into one drop down menu. I think the General Assembly and the Supreme Court deserve their own links...just like the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State have on the web page. Of course, that just makes too much sense, doesn't it?

I wonder how much control Governor Daniels' office had over the construction of the new site. Whomever designed this new state web portal should be taken to task. The legislative and judicial branches are separate and co-equal branches of government. They should be treated as such on the state website.

One thing I find sickening is the hero worship of the Governor on the website. His picture is prominently displayed on the front page of the site just as it used to be. Why is this? We don't need to see Mitch's mug every time we need to go the state website for something. After all, this isn't Mitchiana.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jon, just went to the website via your link and went right to General Assembly. Off on the right is a column that labels Judicary and Legislative. If you click the arrow, the links drop down. Just an FYI

Your good buddy, Phil Hinkle

Jon E. Easter said...

Thank you Rep. Hinkle, but that's my point. Like the old site, I believe the Judiciary and General Assembly deserve their own links. Especially if the Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary of State get them.

Those are not separate co-equal branches of government to the executive branch. The site is now executive branch heavy in its links.

I know it's nitpicky, but I think it's something to explore.

Louis said...

Jon,

I'm pretty sure the website is designed by the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT), which if I'm correct was an office created by the governor to consolidate all the IT people from different departments. All departments used to have their own independent websites designed in-house, but IOT eventually designed websites based on the same design for most, if not all, the departments (not the most appealing design and, in some cases, worse functionality -- such as DWD's). I wonder if they will be re-designing all of the department websites again to match the new look of the main site (and if so, how much taxpayer dollars will that cost?)

A good friend of mine, who is a Republican, told me a while back he was sick of seeing the president on television all the time. To me, the same can be said for seeing the governor's face on EVERY executive department's site and other places. At DWD, his picture was even on what I call the "propaganda posters" in the hallways, and his picture is always on "The Torch" employees' online newsletter that is sent-out by email touting the great things going on in Indiana and how the governor was responsible for all of them (you should read some of those rosy stories, they're a real hoot).

I would tell my co-workers that with Mitch's picture everywhere, it was like we were dealing with Marshal Stalin or Chairman Mao -- who of course also loved to have their pictures everywhere and used in association with their agendas.

Louis said...

Jon,

I'm pretty sure the website is designed by the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT), which if I'm correct was an office created by the governor to consolidate all the IT people from different departments. All departments used to have their own independent websites designed in-house, but IOT eventually designed websites based on the same design for most, if not all, the departments (not the most appealing design and, in some cases, worse functionality -- such as DWD's). I wonder if they will be re-designing all of the department websites again to match the new look of the main site (and if so, how much taxpayer dollars will that cost?)

A good friend of mine, who is a Republican, told me a while back he was sick of seeing the president on television all the time. To me, the same can be said for seeing the governor's face on EVERY executive department's site and other places. At DWD, his picture was even on what I call the "propaganda posters" in the hallways, and his picture is always on "The Torch" employees' online newsletter that is sent-out by email touting the great things going on in Indiana and how the governor was responsible for all of them (you should read some of those rosy stories, they're a real hoot).

I would tell my co-workers that with Mitch's picture everywhere, it was like we were dealing with Marshal Stalin or Chairman Mao -- who of course also loved to have their pictures everywhere and used in association with their agendas.

Marycatherine Barton said...

Maybe all this face-showing indicates that Daniels does want to go on, and be president.