Aug 24

Scheduling

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

Welcome to a brand new day.

We’ve arrived at some common consensus about the fact that we’re going to strive for some goals in our Front Page postings.

Front Page posters will remain active for 90 minutes to respond to comments (with mulligans)

I can see I’m going to have to explain mulligans for the golf impaired.

Umm…  When your $5 ball shanks into the water you tee up another and say “mulligan.”  Negotiation of mulligans is a very important part of the game.

If you can’t you can’t but if you consistently abuse your priviliges why do you have them?

Every Front Pager has committed to at least 1 diary a week.  Some are prepared to do more.  It’s not a lot to ask really, two and a half hours (not that I’ve ever thought I could compose anything diary worthy in an hour).

We’ve kinda sorta decided on a stucture for the day.  Jerome a Paris has advocated a Morning News Diary.  A bunch of people thought it would be nice to have a daily schedule.  I have decided to combine them and put that up around 7:30 am Eastern.  My diary discussing that is here.

Turkana suggested a Best of the Blogs/Top Comments post.  Evening is a good time for that.  9 pm ET is 6 PM PT, just when people are getting home from work.

Hmm…

I think we’ve started an outline-

* 7:3O/4:30 AM Morning News Digest/Upcoming FPs (for lack of a more original title)
* 9:00/6:00 PM Best of the Blogs/Top Comments Round Up

These are critical, bi-coastal times that represent when people get ready for, arrive at, leave work, and when they are looking for entertainment.

dK reserves them and programs them all and so should we.

What are critical times?  I say morning, noon, and night so in outline here they are-

* 7:3O/4:30 AM Morning News Digest/Upcoming FPs (East Coast Pre-Work/Early Work, Insomniacs)
* 12:00 Noon/9:00 AM (East Coast Lunch, Left Coast Work)
* 3:00 PM/12:00 Noon (Left Coast Lunch)
* 9:00/6:00 PM Best of the Blogs/Top Comments Round Up (East Coast Bored, Left Coast Home From Work)
* 12 Midnight/9:00 PM (Insomniacs and Bored People)

If you want to attack dK 6 am is a perfect time, the recs are all old and people are desperate for novelty.  Ask Jerome.

So you see how it goes.  As a site we’ll have to decide how to program the three slots that are empty-

1. Noon
2. 3 PM
3. 12 Midnight

But this is not really about that, it’s about you as Front Page Diarists fulfilling your commitment.

Site content should be fresh every 2 to 3 hours.  The above level of activity represents the bare minimum of an active site.  In reality there are at least 12 time slots a day without crowding.

In reality some are less attractive than others and Front Pagers can easily share because the attention is really unlimited.

We are encoraging regular time slots to build traffic on a low traffic blog (at least at first).  People need to know when they can expect their ekitude (the correct answer is all the time).  We are going to co-ordinate that the way they do with the Rescue Rangers- a private blog.

So say we all.

Let’s look at that on a typical day (all times EDT)-

1. 6:00 AM EDT Early Bird Front Page (Lucky you)
2. 7:30 AM Morning News Digest/Upcoming FPs (Site, shared already)
3. 8:00 AM
4. 10:00 AM
5. 12 Noon (Site, could be shared by a Promotion or an FP)
6. 2:00 PM
7. 3:00 PM (Maybe Site, shared already)
8. 4:00 PM
9. 6:00 PM (East Coast Go Home, Left Coast Mid-Afternoon, could be shared by Site)
10. 8:00 PM (Olbermann!!!, don’t expect me)
11. 9:00 PM Best of the Blogs/Top Comments Round Up (Site, shared already)
12. 10:00 PM
13. 12 Midnight (Site, could be shared by a Promotion or an FP)
14. 3:00 AM (Site- Insomniacs)

Midnight to 6 is pretty Wild West, and I suppose I owe you something for suffering with me this far-

So are all our holsters limbered up?

There are 10 slots each day, 70 for the week.

I want to develop an idea of who wants what when.

Subject is not so important, I want to know if you are willing to commit to a time.

Remember that 90 minute response time before you answer.  Remember that it’s every week unless you get a mulligan.

There is lots of slop in this schedule for enthusiasm, but as we grind it out over the long term are you willing to march with me?

buhdy asked me to post this-

Contributing Editors

* Armando
* breathingstill
* Cronesense
* exmearden
* Jay Elias
* Jerome a Paris
* kestrel9000
* ksh01
* LithiumCola
* melvin
* Nightprowlkitty
* noweasels
* occams hatchet
* On The Bus
* OPOL
* pfiore8
* pico
* pinche tejano
* srkp23
* Unitary Moonbat

Admins
* buhdydharma
* DDadmin (On The Bus)
* ek hornbeck
* soapblox
* Turkana

So Say We All.

Aug 24

Moderation ….a proposal

I have gone around and around on this and then finally it struck me why I could not write the FAQ on Moderation.

Under the roughly Anarcho-syndicalist community consensus system I have envisioned, it is not mine to write!

I see this place as somewhere where we all have a voice in what happens, where we all decide where we are going. Decide TOGETHER….as much as is humanly possible….a government by consensus. It might work, it might be chaos, but I think it is worth a try.

So the decision on how to moderate the site is not mine. It is all of ours. I have to set the structure….but the details are up to all of us! So consider this the beginning of the Moderation Wiki, which just like the rest of the blog is an ongoing experiment is community and consensus.

Here is my proposal for the structure.

I am the final arbiter, the court of last appeal, the breaker of ties. The top of the Pyramid. The buck stops…after a no doubt long and arduous and much debated journey….here. The community is ‘The Decider’ not me.

If the community is divided I will step in and make a decision…and take full responsibility for it.

So….that is one part of the structure. But we can discuss that too! It is MY (How Conveeenient!) opinion and observation that there needs to be someone who utters the final word when all other conversation has broken down. So proceeding from there….

Here is what I can see working.

A dreaded Hierarchical System.

The other end of the structure is ALL USERS.

‘Above’ that is Trusted Users.

‘Above’ that I propose a case by case Committee of Trusted Users, selecting ….if possible….folks who seem to be neutral on the current controversy and thus the most objective.

If consensus can still not be reached and the situation calls for resolution, I step in as Zen Dictator ( I like nifty titles, sue me) and render a verdict.

And that is how I PROPOSE we deal with stuff like trolls, banning or any other issues that divide or inflame the community. Polls and vigorous debate in essays and Open Threads, finally leading to enough of a consensus to be clear.

OK……it feels lame…but that is the best I can come up with besides stuff like…

Be Excellent To Each Other. Don’t Start No Shit, And There Won’t Be No Shit. Live And Let Live. There Is no Crying In CalvinBall.

The floor is now open for discussion!

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Aug 24

Pooties

Ek said we have to have pooties. It’s time this blog got serious.

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Feral cat warming itself on a spotlight at Trajan’s Markets on a frigid winter afternoon.

Aug 24

Comments about Comments

Use this thread to report issues with comments. 

The AJAX system is still having problems.
Where we stand with the AJAX Update

It looks like some of the bugs have been fixed but some SoapBlox sites have turned off AJAX until there is a fully functional version.  So it is a cause for concern.  We may have to do that too if it isn’t working properly before we launch.

I would like to get an idea of what problems, if any, people are seeing. 

pfiore8 reported strangeness with Safari.

just trying to leave comments but can’t… don’t know why and, fyi dear admins, there’s a black box following me around here… seriously i mean…

I’ve found some issues with getting my Comment Preferences to stick.  There is a checkbox to turn off AJAX at the user level but it doesn’t seem to work. 

I’ve been trying out some things with the comments and not sure if it is working correctly.  Can you try a couple things?  Go to your user profile–> Comment Prefs.
First see what happens when you turn of the Ajax.  Click Save and then go to a diary to make a comment.  Does it still work the same way?  On my browser (I’ve tried firefox 2 & IE 7) the setting doesn’t seem to take effect.  When I go back to my profile the box is checked again.

The other thing I would like you to try is the Comment Display. You mentioned somewhere else about having the comments minimized.  Try changing the Comment Display mode to Minimal.  Go to a couple of diaries and see how it looks.  Does it work?  I have had the issue where the first diary I go to looks minimized and if I open a few comments and go out to a different diary the setting reverts back to default.

If you answer yes to the poll, please post a comment with what is going on.  Please include your browser version and OS version…Mac, Windows, etc. 

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Aug 24

Huh?

So what is this place, and why are there dragons and tigers and horses on the banner?

And I’m looking at the folks here and I find this is a motley crew of sarcastic overly enthusiastic over the hill kossacks (and armando) and I see this slogan about “blogging the future” like maybe someone has a time machine or something?

And we have to use html and there’s all this talk about schedules and times and mission statements and rating systems that are all ponies and pies and hidden secret stuff.

Well I dunno.  I’ll write some stuff if I can.  My thought is to do a kind of round up of blogs that are outside the “whitosphere” — and not one essay with seven jillion links, but one profile per essay.

I could do that once a week.  Fact is, the blogland we inhabit is very limited, I think, when it comes to points of view.  We may write about a myriad of subjects but the view is not always that different.  I hope to explain that by writing essays profiling blogs that are very unlike the ones we all quote over at Daily Kos ad infinitum.

Not about what our heritage is.  It’s the point of view.  So that’s my big fat idea for DocuDharma.

Ta ta.

(Did anyone else know that I had the power to edit other people’s diaries?  I didn’t – Jay Elias )

(P.S. NPK rocks the house!)

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Aug 23

The Morning News

Please don’t promote or Recommend this diary.  It will last long enough anyway.

I think we have pretty much all accepted Jerome’s idea about having a Morning News Open Thread as a signature anchor diary each day.

As far as I know budhy has volunteered Turkana and I, as well as Magnifico if he can be recruited, to get the ball rolling on this project.  Here are my thoughts at the moment.

I think the best time to schedule this is 7:30 am EDT.  Why is that?  Early enough so you can look at it before work, late enough so that it will still be close to the top if work is where your broadband is.

I realize the time is not ideal for left coasters and expats, but though it may turn out to be a C&J style mojo fest for regular members YOU DON’T NEED MOJO.  You have better than mojo, you have a direct line to the boss.

One thing I’ve noticed with my style OND diaries is that they are big.  If posted entirely above the fold they would hijack the Front Page just as sure as lolligolli (whom I’m relieved turned out to be a troll).  Also they take a long time to scroll from bottom to top.

Magnifico’s summary presentation is clearly far superior in this regard, but it also makes the diary harder to write.  Original summaries are more time consuming than cut and paste, at least for me.

Along the same lines, melvin has suggested that we categorize the news for easy access.  This is very good for readers but also makes the diary more difficult to write and can make story selection harder.  Some days there aren’t any good Godzilla rampages for your ‘Pacific Rim’ section.

I also quite like the idea of including a list of the day’s scheduled Front Page posters and time slots.  Can’t tell what time to tune in without a TV Guide.

This is about as far as I’ve gotten in my thinking about it and now I need to eat and maintain my secret identity as a mild mannered kossack by day.  Your thoughts and contributions are welcome below.

Aug 23

Rating America’s Next Top Model Cycle 8 or so

This is something that maybe only me and Melvin care about, but meet the next hopefuls for America’s Next Top Models!

Didn’t mean to have that on the front page, we should look into changing that button.

Looks like another boring cycle for the Blondes, with only one of interest being Smallface leaning over in the middle. Though I think Blonde on the lower left has pretty facial features, I don’t think she can suck her stomach in for an entire season.

Looks like they also went with more Eastern Europeans this year, hopefully their broken English like a certain Russian from the last cycle will continue to make my prose appear to Shakespearean. I have never understood this girl’s obsession with pulling their hair back to expose Fiveheads.

The girl front and center is my early favorite, with the the redhead to her right being cute as a button too. But the long black hair and almond eyes of Elven queen in the middle just reminds me of the kind of woman you can throw up into the air and she turns into sunshine.

Kudos to the girl in the middle far right and left of nailing down two of Tyra’s favorite poses. Only thing you need to do is cry and you will find yourself deep in the competition!

I am also glad there are no stick-thin heroin-drug-addled looking girls this cycle, that shit was more tired than Miss J’s act.

Anyone else got any favorites? Melvin?

Aug 23

Rating America’s Next Top Model Cycle 8 or so

This is something that maybe only me and Melvin care about, but meet the next hopefuls for America’s Next Top Models!

Looks like another boring cycle for the Blondes, with the only one of interest being Smallface leaning over in the middle. Though I think Blondie on the lower left has pretty facial features, I don’t think she can suck her stomach in for an entire season.

Looks like they also went with more Eastern Europeans this year, hopefully their broken English like a certain Russian from the last cycle will continue to make my prose appear to be Shakespearean. I have never understood these girl’s obsession with pulling their hair back to expose Fiveheads.

The girl front and center is my early favorite, with the the redhead to her right (our left) being cute as a button too. But the long black hair and almond eyes of Elven Queen in the middle just reminds me of the kind of woman you can throw up into the air and she turns into sunshine. Or breaks your heart for shits and giggles.

Kudos to the girls in the middle far right and left for nailing down two of Tyra’s favorite poses. Only thing you need to do is cry and you will find yourself deep in the competition!

I am also glad there are no stick-thin heroin-drug-addled looking girls this cycle, that shit was more tired than Miss J’s act.

Anyone else got any favorites? Melvin?

Aug 23

Promotion and Roll Out

Please don’t promote or recommend this.  It will last quite long enough anyway.

Things that are pretty much settled-

Target Launch- September 3rd

budhy is going to write the initial welcome, all of us who care to may write and xpost welcoming essays of our own after that.

Now some topics for further discussion-

1. What blogs are we going to target for the Roll Out.

2. How are they going to feel about that?

I’m hoping we don’t run into any problems, but Booman pretty much already considers me an assclown because I don’t participate more at his place.  Frankly it’s been dealing with the anti orange sentiment that’s kept me away and I have the same problem at MLW except that MSOC seems to tolerate my neglectfulness a little better.

Because it could be viewed as poaching I’d like to suggest that there be no more than 1 “Hey check out DocuDharma” per site per day.  Even less if the site is not heavily trafficed.

I don’t have any problem at all with keeping up this campaign for a month or more though.  In fact I think it’s a good idea to pete and repeat the message for maximum exposure.

I guess what I’m looking for in the comments is a list of target blogs we can all agree on (as well as identifying any that are too sensitive to touch) AND some volunteers besides buhdy and myself who want to help out in promotion.

I’ll have to write one, at least for dK, because I’m a full disclosure kind of guy, but if you’re not comfortable doing it, that’s ok too.

Aug 23

Team Meta Meat

A request!

A suggestion!

A toothless demand!

A threat to hold my breath!

But NOT a rebuke!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can we keep non meta essays (yay to essays replacing ‘diaries,’ btw) off the FP for now? I know everyone wants to play with our new toy….but….

I am still recruiting, so new folks are still coming in. We have a LOT of meta stuff to work out. So I would LIKE to keep the FP focussed on that kind o stuff and keep the non meta stuff in the recent list.

There is a box under other options on the essay writin’ page to determine if it is an FP post or a recent list post.

But that’s just me. I have a bit of an anti-TOO much chaos fetish. It is a weakness you all will need to beat out of me. I am almost always willing to be overruled.

What say you?

We are trying for consensus decision making here. Which brings us to …

POLLS

Polls will be very important here and I URGE folks to put them up and to vote in them as much as possible.

Even if you just barely care please vote in as many as possible.

Jefferson was the first one to say that representative govt. only works if people show up….so show up!

Polls

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Aug 23

Braveheart

(brought to you by Cobalt6)

William Wallace: It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom.

Sir William Wallace (c. 1270 – August 23, 1305) was a knight and Scottish patriot, who led a resistance against the English occupation of Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence. He is considered to be the greatest hero in Scotland’s history.

Wallace was the inspiration for the poem, The Acts and Deeds of Sir William Wallace, Knight of Elderslie, by the 15th century minstrel, Blind Harry. The 1995 film Braveheart is based on the poem.


William Wallace: Ego sum hominus indomitus.

From the Book Of Days:

He was hung in a noose, and afterwards let down half-living; next his genitals were cut off and his bowels torn out and burned in a fire; then and not till then his head was cut off and his trunk cut into four pieces.
Matthew of Westminster, on William Wallace’s execution on August 23, 1305

… I would relate
How Wallace fought for Scotland; left the name
Of ‘Wallace’ to be found like a wild flower
All over his dear country; left the deeds
Of Wallace, like a family of ghosts
To people the steeps rocks and river banks
Her natural sanctuaries, with a local soul
Of independence and stern Liberty.

William Wordsworth, English poet

William Wallace: There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.

23 Aug 1305:  Sir William Wallace (born c. 1270), the Scottish nationalist, was hanged, drawn and quartered at The Elms, in Smithfield, London. His story was loosely told in the 1995 movie Braveheart.

  Wallace’s head was stuck on a spike on London Bridge, his right leg taken to Berwick, and his left to Perth; his left arm was taken to Stirling and his right arm hung above the bridge at Newcastle-upon-Tyne over the sewer. Sir John de Segrave earned 10 shillings for conveying Wallace’s dismembered body in accordance with King Edward’s wishes, “for terror and rebuke to all who pass by and behold them”.

  “There is a local tradition that when the flesh had fallen away, the monks from Cambuskenneth Abbey went at dead of night to collect what remained of the left arm. This they buried in the Abbey ground, the hand outstretched and pointing toward Abbey Craig, the site of Wallace’s superb victory.”  Source

William Wallace: [last line he is able to speak before he dies – and in spite of agonizing pain under torture, he shouts this:] FREEEEE-DOMMMMMM.

Aug 23

hello

just trying to leave comments but can’t… don’t know why and, fyi dear admins, there’s a black box following me around here… seriously i mean…

so this seemed the next best thing
as we are still in test mode (see buhdy, i said we…)

but happy to see old friends here and just wanted to say hellooooo to everybody except ek, who is ignoring me at present

i don’t have any ponies, but i do have a cute joke

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN GUILTY OF LOOKING AT OTHERS YOUR OWN AGE AND THINKING, “SURELY I CAN’T LOOK THAT OLD?”

WELL… you might relate to this woman’s tale…

I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his DDS diploma, which bore his full name.

Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school class nearly 40 years ago. Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then?

Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate.

After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Morgan Park High School.

“Yes. Yes, I did. I’m a mustang,” he gleamed with pride.

“When did you graduate?” I asked.

He answered, “in 1968. Why do you ask?”

“You were in my class!” I exclaimed.

He looked at me closely. Then, that ugly, old, wrinkled, bald, fat, gray, decrepit son-of-a-bitch asked, “What did you teach

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