Gone Elsewhere has gone elsewhereby Nick
As I told him; I was just checking out Wordpress, since no one was willing to do or say anything about whether or not to move to a new spot, when I inadvertedly reserved the "goneelsewhere" address there, and apparently now I can't take it back. This of course was a fucked up thing of me to do, so of course I thought, what the hell, let's see how much more damage I can do.
I've only been playing around with it for two hours or so and I have to say it's quite a bit better than Blogger from what I can surmise. It's more complicated, sure, and if we want to do any grand changes to it we'll have to pay money and learn CSS coding, but even the little stuff so far is better than what we have on Blogger. I think. I don't know. I still haven't found a way to get a sidebar for latest comments. Maybe that's one of those things we have to pay for.
But the fact that I could just import practically our entire blog over in less than five minutes is pretty cool.
Anyway, so after my screw up, of which I tried to do the best I could, I mailed Brian, asking if I should kill it or not (and if I did that specific address would be lost without way of getting it back), since if he's all right with it (him being unofficial copyright holder of the name and all) then I guess that that's all right then.
I think that if we gave this thing a shot it could turn out better and a cooler place to post stuff than the one we're using now. Anyway, you guys be the judge, but keep in mind that I don't know what I'm doing, and I've only been doing that for around two hours. A lot of stuff can be changed.
But to do so, you guys have to join Wordpress (you don't have to get a blog there to do so, by the way) and then mail me at kockum (*at*) gmail (*dot*) com, so i can send invites for you to do damage.
There are four options here; either I make you an administrator, editor, author or contributor. It's up to each of you to judge if you wanna help out structuring the site and editing posts/comments and so on. I don't know what the specific differences between them are, though. I suppose we could make all of you administrators in a spirit of democracy, but democracy has it's faults as well. Some might be comfortable just posting a review or news item from time to time.
Speaking of that, I don't think I'm alone in thinking that there are some setbacks to having a blog from having a forum. Reviewing and longer thoughts and articles work better than before on the old forums, but random bullshit less so. Blogs are so serious.
My suggestion would be having both a blog and a forum. Problem is I know even less about setting up a forum than I do a blog. If someone else knows more, speak out, man. I remember our old administrator Brian (Walker) offered to help us if we decided to set up one. Anyone feel we should get in touch with him, or could we handle such a thing by ourselves?
Anyway, here's the address for the Wordpress blog in progress:
Let me know what you all think, without saying 'it looks nice'. Some proper constructive criticism so we can make it a smooth place to hang out.
This blog hasn't always been as active as it was those first two months of March and April 2006, but nonetheless we've managed to post more than 340 posts and logged in over 2000 comments to those posts, and lately activity has been pretty good. Let's hope we can continue doing that in a potentially spiffier place.