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Eventually, this page will list recent changes and updates to the site. In these early days when the list of changes would need, well, its own wiki, this page will hold a meta-discussion about what's happening here, where various parts of the site development are going, and what's planned for currently unfinished areas.

1. Site Content

The content of the old site has largely been transferred to this one. The current goal is to get as much new and basic information into this framework, including material that's years overdue for presentation.

I am particularly proud of the overall "Shows" structure, which lists for the first time all Max Headroom shows, in their correct order, with verified air dates and increasingly complete information about show content. In all this, especially in re-establishing (possibly for the first time in the internet era) that there were three seasons of show produced by Channel Four, I am indebted to Simon Kelly.

The show listings themselves are increasingly complete - I have most of Season 3 still to fill out, all of Season 4 (Cinemax) and a few of the ABC series episodes. Getting there. It's slow, painstaking work and I do it amid other stuff.

2. Site Organization

The current site organization and navigation is increasingly finished, but is still subject to revision as the infobanks get closer to completion. I want to make it easy to browse and connect from one item to other relevant ones, but without linking every keyword in every paragraph - that gets distracting and counter-productive. I think I'm past major rearrangements now. The goal is an overall site structure that permits a natural, organic connection and cross-reference strategy - every "wiki walk" here should be a pleasant one.

Some of the index/cross-reference pages like Actors and Characters are still an incomplete mess, but others are approaching their final form and are hopefully interesting and useful.

3. Site Design

This site in no way resembles what I envision for the final look. The MediaWiki platform allows some style and design changes at a simple level, but resists the major reskinning that, say, WordPress has come to permit. So I am tinkering a little with the basic big-wiki look as I go, but expect to drop in one day and see a dramatic change - something, I hope, much like the old site but adapted to a modern platform and perhaps a little less aggressively retro. M-Max look... but not Max era.