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Now that I'm out for the summer and free to work on FSTDT more or less full time, we need to get down to srs bisness on several things. (And, yes, I know this is going to be long and a lot to read, but please try to read it anyway, and please contribute if you feel like it!)
As I've said before, I'm not going to make any further changes to the current server-side codebase unless it is an emergency (since it will all be for naught come Novemberish); however, there are still lots
of things that can be done — and some that need
to be done — that don't involve messing with the server-side code and will be incorporated into both the current site and the new one. And that's what I want us to talk and discuss in this post, that way when I work on them, I'll make something you guys are happy with! Since there are only four main points I want to tackle right now, I think we can discuss and work out all of them at the same time without the thread descending into madness.
First item of bisness
We need to decide what we want to put in the Friends of FSTDT section. I'm going to resurrect it and put it back up sometime this week after we decide on what should go there, so somments and suggestions plz. Rational Wiki, ReligiousTolerance.org, We Hunted the Mammoth, The Friendly Atheist, Southern Poverty Law Center, and The Skeptic's Annotated Bible are givens. Any other obvious ones I forgot? Not so obvious ones?
is another site I want to add that wasn't on the old list, and one that I think that most people will agree on. But I'll of course scratch that if I'm wrong and the majority of you disagree about including it.
I'm also on the fence about adding Feministing
, because I feel like we need something more informative and substantial than We Hunted the Mammoth to counter the cretins in SSTDT. Feministing is overall sane: they're anti-TERF, sex-positive, and generally believe males can be feminists. Every now and then, though, their articles straddle the fence between "The overwhelming majority of reasonable, educated people would agree with this" and what I'd describe as "A lot of people would see this as alarmist and overly sensitive, but it's understandable to me
and not really fundie either way." (But if I'm wrong on that and you have examples of brazen fundieness there, please correct me!) What do you guys think?
Additionally, to counter Tumblrinas, Tumblritos, and SJWs, I also want something social-justice related that is sane and informative for people who don't understand what social justice means and encompasses. Basically something that shows there's a line between social-justice advocates
and crazy-ass self-professed "social-justice warriors." Unfortunately, I don't really know of a good site along those lines. Any of you guys know one? (Or think this is a bad idea?)
I also wanna add the ASPCA and American Humane Society (plus their counterparts across the pond — and perhaps the other countries in the Anglosphere), but that's me getting on my own off-topic soapbox, so I won't do that unless a very large majority of you agree it's okay. I'd also group all those links into a drop-down menu if there are several. That will be very easy to do since I'm going to be coding the list of Friends of FSTDT links as a proper HTML list and using CSS to style it so it looks like other | groups | of | links | on | the | site.
(I might also work on doing the same for the top navbar sometime this week, but that's another topic.)
Second and third items of bisness
Second item of business: Right now the "About FSTDT" section link that I added to the right side of the front page is a dummy link. That's because I when I added it I wanted you guys to decide what should go in the "About FSTDT" section and how we should describe ourselves. So any ideas about that? And does anyone want to chip in and write the section once we decide on how to organize and what to put there? (You'll definitely get credit!)
Third item of business: I want to redo the FAQ. There are two things that need to be done. One, we need to work out how to improve what's already there: what needs to be reworded, reordered, otherwise changed, removed, etc. Then we need to decide if here are any new questions and answers we should put there. (A mini-guide on how to format submissions and comments and use YsCodes/BBCodes is already a must.)
Fourth item of bisness
After we get these first four points out of the way, there are a few other similar things that need to be done. But I'm not going to say what yet, because you guys will likely start discussing them beforehand, and then this thread will
become more than I can keep up with at one time.
...aaand one last thing, the Shy Says blog that I intended to make to supersede the old SSTDT (Shy Says the Darndest Things!) should finally show up by this weekend at the latest. If by then I'm still having trouble getting the code to run on the VPS I have now, then I will make a temporary BlogSpot account for it until I can work out any problems and get it running on the original code I wrote for it.
Improving FSTDT now, We can do it! 36 Comments
[5/14/2017 6:25:45 PM]
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