As an experiment in curation and collaboration that ran until 2014, American History Now relied on community participation to identify and highlight the posts that best achieved our goals of experimenting with new models of publication, building a community of interested participants, and capturing a broad, interdisciplinary snapshot of the history of vinyl on the open web.

There were three ways to offer feedback on the content and methods of AHNow.

  1. Comments: We encouraged a lively and respectful debate of each piece submitted. Public comments were moderated for civility and pertinence by AHN’s editors.
  2. Rankings: Users could submit a star rating on a scale of Thought Provoking to Uninteresting on each piece as well as a Thumbs Up (Agree) / Thumbs Down (Disagree) on individual public comments.
  3. Feedback Form: There was a slightly more extensive form to provide feedback on the site itself, our methods, and the content. You could fill out the form more than once. Comments submitted via the form were not published.

All feedback methods were taken into consideration by the Curator and Editors in selecting pieces for highlighting in the Curator’s Selections in addition for inclusion in the production of the ebook exhibit.