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Making the most of Niners Nation in the offseason and beyond

As we head into the offseason, things will quiet down to a certain extent for the next few weeks. We'll have plenty of 2013 analysis and 2014 preview type content to keep you occupied, but the news really starts picking back up in late February. We'll have the Combine, followed by free agency, both of which provide plenty of random tidbits of news.

I have strived to make NN into as comprehensive a site as possible for 49ers fans. We have plenty of work to do to become the best, but we've made good progress over the last year, and of course beyond.

Earlier this week, a user emailed me about the volume of content on the site. We post a whole lot of content, and while it will decrease some during the quiet of the next three or four weeks, we'll still be posting a lot. Sometimes good conversations can slip down off the front page, potentially stifling the discussion. That's the last thing we want to do, but obviously there is new content out there.

As we head into the offseason, my plan for the next few weeks is to try and pin up a given post or two in the cover for at least a day, rather than just let it continue to crawl down the front page. These will be anything from big news items to a big All-22 piece, to a good draft discussion, to one of socalisteph's often thought-provoking pieces. We have the ability to pin articles to the top of the page, so we might as well take advantage of it.

Additionally, there are a couple of tools that can help you keep track of older content. For the front page content, we have an ARCHIVE of everything ever posted on the site. If you go to the archive page, you'll see all of 2014's content. On the left side, you see each year the site has been in existence. You can go back to previous years' content dating back to day one. This is particularly helpful when you're looking for something from a given time when a big event happened.

As we gain more users, more people feel inclined to post FanPosts. I am pretty sure you will not be interested in every single FanPost that gets posted on the site. Speaking of which, please read through our rundown of what makes up a good FanPost and FanShot. Not every thought should be a FanPost.

That being said, if you were engaged in a FanPost discussion that has slipped off the front page list of ten FanPosts, bookmark THIS PAGE. It serves as an archive for every FanPost ever posted at Niners Nation. You can sort by the most recently posted, or the mostly recently commented on FanPosts.

I highly recommend bookmarking both of these pages. You can still enjoy the front page of NN, but these two pages operate as useful tools for keeping track of older content.

If you have any questions about how the site operates, feel free to post in the comments. I'm always looking to improve how we do things. Suggestions and questions are always welcome in the comments or via email to me at The site is far from perfect, but as Coach Harbaugh has said, we strive for perfection. If you think we're missing out on some kind of content you'd like to see, feel free to let me know. I'm always on the lookout for new ideas for content, so I'm all ears.