So I think the time is approaching for a serious overhaul of this website. First, there’s that new particle, which very much resembles a Higgs particle, though we’re not sure if it is of the simplest type; clearly many of the older pages on the website have to change to reflect this new information. Second, the website has grown organically and now resembles an out-of-control thicket; it is difficult to navigate and to manage. Moving pages around on a website, with all of their cross-links, is a major challenge and not necessarily advisable; one option is to provide a map or guide of some sort, with advice about which pages are devoid of technicalities, which are a bit more advanced and suitable for anyone with freshman physics background, and which ones are rather technical. And after July’s big success at the Large Hadron Collider, August seems like the best month to get some of this work done.
But well before I start, it’s time for me to get advice from you. The current purpose of the website is to help you answer your questions about particle physics and related subjects, including wider questions about how science is done. I am curious to know: what are the things about the website that make it difficult for you to find what you are looking for, and what are the things that you feel might help the most? Please, in answering, consider letting me know what your level of background knowledge is, and perhaps some insight into your goals. This information will help me understand your suggestions in proper context.
During the overhaul period I suspect blog posts will be somewhat reduced in quantity, but I’ll keep you posted on especially important issues. And I’ll be producing my “How the Higgs Field Works” series, as well as tying off some loose ends on a couple of other incomplete series.