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--Audre Lorde

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Submitted by alycia on Sun, 05/26/2013 - 15:21

This post is probably just for me, or perhaps more a record, but I wanted to note that I spent some time today (my first official holiday weekend I've had off in some time) working on this site. A real let's-sit-down-and-do-this afternoon, which hasn't happened in some time. Really it's hard to say that I worked as much as my partner-in-Drupal (I tend to imagine what I'd like to happen and then he figures out HOW), but together we did some theme altering that I'd wanted to change for some time, and some cleaning up of a lot of lingering weirdnesses.*

I've been having a lot of problems with bots and spam, also, and since really the folks who comment here tend to be people I know anyhow, and since I've opened up anonymous comments I've gotten so much spam that I would never have been able to find the legitimate needle in that haystack), I've turned all the commenting/account-creating features off. If anyone has anything they'd like to comment on or would like an account, there's a link to the contact page that should show up on the left hand side of each page now. I'm pretty accessible via this page and various emails that I'm sure are on the web too, so I hope that this change on the site doesn't stifle any conversations that could happen or make it less inviting.

I wanted to write about this here to keep a small record of all of the pruning and thinking that goes into maintaining even just a small site that takes up just a small corner on the web, like this one. Ideally it would get more affection and content/updates than it does, but whenever I tweak it to be closer to what I want it to be, it's pretty exciting.

Oh and thanks mjg for all of your help today!

*If you're really interested, here's a few things we changed:

  • we made it so that when you click on a post it loses 2 columns (which you may have noticed if you clicked through to read this whole post)
  • I updated information about The Borough is My Library--its ordering buttons and also the information about issue #1, which is now in its second printing and thus is an entirely black and white experience
  • We also made it so that the comments are more visually separated from the post they are associated with
  • Along with a lot of other smaller things I can't even recall now (tiny things like remembering the Lorde quote on the upper left is part of the site info (admin/settings/site-information/mission), so that I could edit it and make it better spaced out--talk about details!)

Looks great!

And reminds me that I should do some maintenance on my site, too.

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