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Post May 01, 2007, 01:49:00 AM

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Nearly 2am this time. Slipping already.

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Post May 01, 2007, 02:42:34 AM

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Given the amount of work you've put in, Rob, I think we'll forgive you two hours.


This time ;).

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Post May 01, 2007, 06:27:09 AM

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Very cool Rob. All that panicking on the lettercol and you had it under control the whole time. Looks fabulous. I did notice that the Lettercol is undert the 'Forum' tab. Is that to avoid confusion for new people who don't really use the term 'lettercol'?

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Post May 01, 2007, 06:28:34 AM

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Grand stuff.

And Rob was in plenty of time. He was being California Sensitive.
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Post May 01, 2007, 06:46:27 AM

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Very cool Rob. All that panicking on the lettercol and you had it under control the whole time. Looks fabulous. I did notice that the Lettercol is undert the 'Forum' tab. Is that to avoid confusion for new people who don't really use the term 'lettercol'?

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Yeah, it was one of the suggestions someone made in the panic thread that just made sense. You'll note hte forum itself is still called the lettercol, but this way people won't be so hesitant to click on it, I hope.

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Post May 01, 2007, 07:17:07 AM

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Every revamp of Aphelion makes it look more professional and this one is certainly no exception. You guys did a fantastic job. I'm proud to have my work displayed in this zine, regardless of how it looks, but benefitting from its snazzing new duds makes publishing here that much better.


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Post May 01, 2007, 09:41:29 AM

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Annoying questions 'r' us ...

Will the 'Gallery' page be modified to match the rest? I realize that the graphics at the left of the screen might make this tricky. If not, the browser 'Back' button returns you to the (standard layout) screen from whence you came, but a 'Return to Aphelion Index' button wouldn't hurt.

Can the 'Forum' / lettercol screen be modified to more closely match the rest? This is trickier, since it depends on how flexible YaBB is about screen layouts and coding.

Will there be a 'Back Issues' page?

On the technical side of things, will archived material still reside on a different server (logically if not physically), or should Archive links to stories just point to the original locations? (poaching on Tao's territory, but I'm curious)

And finally, is there any way to add a Search function to find stories by author or title? (This function would presumably reside on the 'Archives' page.)

Rob / Dan, feel free to relocate or delete this post if it seems too much like airing Mafia business in public ...

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Post May 01, 2007, 09:48:14 AM

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I really hope their is a Back Issues page. I was just looking for it to critique the one story I hadn't gotten to in the April edition.
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Post May 01, 2007, 09:49:15 AM

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Annoying questions 'r' us ...
Will the 'Gallery' page be modified to match the rest? I realize that the graphics at the left of the screen might make this tricky. If not, the browser 'Back' button returns you to the (standard layout) screen from whence you came, but a 'Return to Aphelion Index' button wouldn't hurt.


I tried integrating it. It wasn't pretty. I may get back around to it, but in the meantime I will see about adding a "Back to Aphelion" link, or possibly even an entire navbar for it.

Can the 'Forum' / lettercol screen be modified to more closely match the rest? This is trickier, since it depends on how flexible YaBB is about screen layouts and coding.


This is on my list of things to investigate.

Will there be a 'Back Issues' page?


Goodnesss, I hope not.

On the technical side of things, will archived material still reside on a different server (logically if not physically), or should Archive links to stories just point to the original locations? (poaching on Tao's territory, but I'm curious)


Everything will now be integrated to one server.

And finally, is there any way to add a Search function to find stories by author or title? (This function would presumably reside on the 'Archives' page.)


Certainly possible. I'll add it to the to-do list.

Rob / Dan, feel free to relocate or delete this post if it seems too much like airing Mafia business in public ..

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Post May 01, 2007, 11:06:45 AM

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Rob..it looks good. Really good.
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Post May 02, 2007, 04:42:08 AM

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yes, it's great and thanks for all the hard work!

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Post May 02, 2007, 08:43:26 AM

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I like the new format.

Question: your issue archives: are past issues only available through your archives section, and then only indexed by author, not issue?



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Post May 02, 2007, 10:26:28 AM

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This is the plan going forward. TaoPhoenix has recently joined the staff as our Archives editor, and his first goal is to get the Archives into shape so that they are current. After that is done, we may revisit the idea of having back issues available.
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Post May 02, 2007, 11:11:27 AM

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Psst. Make sure you check out the Features section as well...

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Post May 02, 2007, 01:58:15 PM

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Lettercol and Gallery are now properly embedded into the main site. I love it when the pieces fall together.
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Post May 02, 2007, 10:08:35 PM

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I think you did a good job, Rob. Nice, clean look.

It will take a little getting used to, but I really like the ease of navigation, especially with the lettercol integrated.


Are there more improvements to come in future months?

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Post May 02, 2007, 10:54:31 PM

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I think you did a good job, Rob. Nice, clean look.

It will take a little getting used to, but I really like the ease of navigation, especially with the lettercol integrated.


Given that the last time the site had a major overhaul was in 1998 (not counting the 2004 switch to the new lettercol), there was a LOT of cultural inertia to overcome. To be honest, that's a large part of what took me so long to get around to it. There's a good two months of work in this. :)


Are there more improvements to come in future months?


Of course. We're always up to something. Just remember that we follow a magazine paradigm, which means things don't actually happen in real-time, for the most part, they happen in monthly installments. :)

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Post May 04, 2007, 05:01:02 AM

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we should keep it like a magazine. real time can be overwhelming while aphelion is like a delicious slow simmer.

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Post May 10, 2007, 09:14:10 PM

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Robert M. wrote:

"On the technical side of things, will archived material still reside on a different server (logically if not physically), or should Archive links to stories just point to the original locations? (poaching on Tao's territory, but I'm curious)"

I don't have any preference on the exact location of the file paths - that's still Rob's domain. Wherever he does declare they belong, my portion will be to make sure there actually is a nice crispy link with lemongrass sauce you can click on to get there.
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Post May 10, 2007, 10:42:37 PM

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Of course, Rob's dream is that all the old stories will be reHTMLd to match the new template and uploaded into a nice orderly folder structure. Not quite as inspiring as Martin Luther King's dream, but probably more attainable.

(Hey, as long as I'm not the one doing the work, I'm all for it! ;D)

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Post May 11, 2007, 08:21:48 AM

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Of course, Rob's dream is that all the old stories will be reHTMLd to match the new template and uploaded into a nice orderly folder structure. Not quite as inspiring as Martin Luther King's dream, but probably more attainable.


Actually, due to the way I designed the site, it's not actually dificult. It's just time consuming.

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