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PLEASE REVIEW “GUIDELINES FOR PICKING A FEATURED THRU DATE” AT THE END OF THIS PAGE!

This report looks at all the posts for the last 90 days. It shows which posts are featured on which days (starting with today and looking ahead forever) so you can be sure we have enough but not too much to feature on a given day.

You can also check for these other errors:

  • A Featured post that has no dates
  • A post that has a date but is not marked Featured (once you enter a date, you can never go back to “no date”)
  • A post that is not Featured, but should be. 

ERRORS TO FIX IMMEDIATELY: Marked as “Featured Post,” But No End Date Present!

…therefore, these posts will be featured forever.

ERRORS TO FIX IMMEDIATELY: One or More Date(s), But Not Featured

…therefore, these posts will NEVER be featured.

Feat StartThru Title
false null General Election 2020 Candidate for Executive Councilor

CURRENTLY FEATURED, or Will Be Featured Soon

The first eight are currently showing; the rest will move to the top as currently-featured posts reach their end dates.

Feat StartThru Title
true 1/24/21 East Andover Village Preschool Welcomes New Director
true 1/25/21 Proctor Launches Three Off-Campus Winter Programs
true 1/26/21 Maintenance Adds Lights to Proctor Pond's Skating Area
true 1/26/21 New Book Pairs Historical Photos with Inspired Poetry
true 1/27/21 Bachelder Library New Acquisitions January 2021
true 1/27/21 Andover Fire Department Seeks New Volunteers
true 1/27/21 On-Campus Quarantine Follows Return of Students to Proctor
true 1/28/21 You Can't Be Serious! Ice Fishing without a Hole?
true 1/28/21 Wilmot Library Presents Program on the First Amendment
true 1/29/21 Andover Service Club Begins 2021 Scholarship Process
true 1/29/21 Winner of Deer Pool Bags 233-Pound Eight-Pointer
true 1/30/21 Walter Walker is Wilmot's New Boston Post Cane Holder
true 1/31/21 Climate Change Leadership Academy 2021 Solicits Applications
true 1/31/21 Andover Fish and Game Club Schedules Ice Fishing Derby
true 2/1/21 Sand for Andover Residential Use Is Available at Transfer Station
true 2/1/21 Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Hosts Wild Winter Walks
true 2/2/21 Town Meeting 2021 Date and Logistics Not Yet Clear
true 2/2/21 Black Heritage Trail Makes Andover Its Latest Stop
true 2/2/21 Chapin Senior Center February 2021 Program List
true 2/3/21 Beacon Seeks a Volunteer to Help with Social Media
true 2/4/21 New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Seeks Candidates for Board
true 2/4/21 Andover Post Office Receives Gratitude For Service
true 2/5/21 The Hub Continues to Organize Virtual Programs and Events
true 2/6/21 AARP Offers Income Tax Preparation at the Hub
true 2/7/21 Through the Reading Glasses - February 2021
true 2/8/21 Library Newsletter Updates Readers on Best Books; State Library
true 2/9/21 Andover Library New Acquisitions January 2021
true 2/9/21 Andover Libraries Offer Congratulations to Raffle and Reading Winners
true 2/11/21 Andover Sisters Wake Up With America
true 2/13/21 Local Real Estate Markets Remain Strong Into 2021
true 2/15/21 Dr. Mishcon of Tilton Medical To Retire After 42 Years
true 2/15/21 Hub Sponsors Virtual Presentation About KCOA
true 3/9/21 Andover Rec Basketball Keeps Kids Active This Winter
true 3/11/21 Andover Real Estate Transactions November to January

FEATURE AGAIN, If Necessary

These posts were featured once … if the content is still “fresh,” you could feature them again.

Feat StartThru Title
true 1/23/21 Barred Owl Spotted by Andover Resident
true 1/23/21 Library Announces Temporary Relocation of Entrance for Patrons
true 1/22/21 Andover Conservation Commission Minutes - November 11, 2020
true 1/21/21 COVID in Andover Rises Significantly in Two Months
true 1/21/21 Wilmot Ladies Aid Society Presents Merit Awards
true 1/20/21 Andover Police Department, December 2020
true 1/19/21 Andover Police Department, November 2020
true 1/18/21 Hub Raises $5,000 to Help Andover Families
true 1/2/21 Frank Baker Jr., December 18, 2020
true 1/1/21 Andover's Snowfall Makes the Boston News!
true 12/31/20 2020 Was a Year of Changes at the Town Clerk's Office

NEVER FEATURED and Never Will Be

Be sure there’s nothing in this list that should be featured!

Feat StartThru Title
false Petitioned Warrant Article Requests Support for Medicare for All
false Andover Parent Makes Case for Return to In-Person Learning
false Dr. James Wilton Graves - December 27, 2020
false FNRT - MC Meeting Minutes - December 16, 2020
false Andover School Board Minutes - December 1, 2020
false School Board
false Andover Planning Board Minutes - December 22, 2020
false Andover Planning Board Minutes - December 8, 2020
false Andover Planning Board Minutes - November 24, 2020
false Andover Planning Board Minutes - November 10, 2020
false Andover Conservation Commission Meeting - December 9, 2020
false Nicholas Norris - January 5, 2021
false Nathalie (Bodak) Dailey
false Betty Lou (Evans) Putney - January 13, 2021
false Donna V. (Voss) Toelke - January 8, 2021
false Frank Arthur Sturtevant - December 28, 2020
false Kenneth Earl Reid - December 30, 2020
false Janet N. (Newcomb) Corliss - January 2, 2021
false Theresa May (Barry) Bennett - December 29, 2020
false Therese L. Wells - December 27, 2020
false Jared E. Parr - December 16, 2020
false Nancy R. Rodgers - November 11, 2020
false Theodore Houston Jr., December 1, 2020

Guidelines for Picking a “Featured Thru” Date

Don’t Feature

In general, these types of articles aren’t worth featuring. But any time you think an exception is justified for a particular article, that’s fine!

  1. Letters, Op-Eds, and Minutes of any kind
  2. Candidate profiles at election time
  3. Events in the past that didn’t happen in Andover
  4. General news from organizations that aren’t in Andover or closely associated with Andover
  5. Obituaries of people who never lived in Andover (unless the service is in the future and is in an area church)

Inflexible Dates

Articles that are about an event, a deadline, an effective date, etc. that is in the future should always be featured, and picking the Featured Thru (FT) is pretty much inflexible:

  1. If the article is about an event, etc. that takes place in the future, then the FT date should be the date of the event. But if there’s a “sign-up-by” date for the event, then FT should be the sign-up-by date instead of the event date.
  2. If the article is about multiple events in the future, then FT should be the earliest date (or sign-up-by date) of all the events.

News

Anything that’s interesting and/or important to our readers, but whose interest and/or importance will fade as the days go by, should be featured sooner rather than later. And the more interesting and/or important, the sooner it should be featured. Examples: Results of Town Meeting or elections; changes at the Town Hall; interesting new plans or ideas from a committee or org; etc.

Flexible Dates

Everything else that’s not covered above can be featured, but you’ll want to pick each article’s FT based not on anything in the article, but based on the current array of FT dates in this report. (In other words, these featured articles act as “filler” to keep the front page of the website looking fresh.)

The goals in selecting flexible dates are:

  1. To have at least one article assigned to every day over the next couple of weeks so that we know the front page of the website will never be exactly the same two days in a row.
  2. To have no more than about 3 or 4 articles assigned to a given date (if possible), so every featured article gets to appear in the featured section for at least 2 or 3 days.

That said, there are a few things to consider that will help you pick the best date for a given article:

  1. If any days in the next two weeks have no articles featured, then assign this article to the first date that has no articles.
  2. Otherwise, if the article is about an event in the past, assign it to the first available day that doesn’t already have 3 or 4 articles assigned to it.
  3. Otherwise, if it’s early in the content cycle, pick the day that currently has the fewest articles assigned to it.
  4. As it gets later in the content cycle, consider selecting the next day beyond the most distant day that currently has an article assigned to it.

Problem Solving

  1. If you’ve already got 3 or 4 articles featured on a given date, and now you need to add another because its FT is inflexible, then look at the others for that date. If one of them has a flexible FT date, then change it to a different flexible FT date (click the article’s link; change the date; Update; refresh this FT report). If they’re all inflexible dates, then consider moving the least important one a day or two later (or even earlier, if you have to).
  2. If you need to “unfeature” an article, for whatever reason, you can’t just delete its FT date (long story … don’t ask). Instead, change its FT date to 1/1/01, which means its window to be featured has passed (years ago!).