Hopefully many of you saw the email come through today about a new feature at drinkvine, called lists. This is an idea which is almost two years in the making, has taken quite a bit of development time, and something I'm hopeful provides some value to each of you. drinkvine has been a labour of love and a source of great pride watching it grow and hearing how its used all over the province. That said, shortly after it launched I had two children, a new job and a homebrewing obsession. That meant that updating drinkvine fell on the priority list. About two years ago we picked new volunteers - and our updates were better than ever before. Last year our main volunteer got a job as a brewer and his spare time tapered off as well. All of this to say that keeping drinkvine updated has been more difficult than we anticipated!
The good news is that lists are now a way for anyone to create content on drinkvine. Rather that posting new beers in the comments, you have the ability to maintain a list of the latest releases. The products you list, their icons and the descriptions are yours to craft. Other users can post comments on your list as well, giving you feedback about what they agree or don't agree with. Also, you'll be able to see just how many users have added your list to their account.
My hope is that lists will evolve on their own, and we'll see some interesting ideas about how products can be grouped together, and a new generation of contributors to drinkvine.
Please take a look if you already haven't and post here if you have some feedback about what you like, don't like or what you think could be improved.