Just to keep everyone in the loop, I wanted to let you all know that Agonist.org has a new owner.
There will be some technical improvements coming soon, primarily to make the site more responsive and mobile-friendly, since web access is increasingly being done via mobile devices.
The editorial policy will not change. We will still be free to post & comment as we always have.
In preparation, I will soon be simplifying the existing site, removing unnecessary clutter.
We would like to solicit feedback from bloggers and readers and a feedback form will be made available for that purpose.
Once the site is repackaged for better service and functionality, we will explore ways to attract more bloggers and blogging.
For over a decade of ups and downs, chaos and dedication, arguments and agreements, The Agonist has earned a place in the blogging community. We have had some marvelous writing, outstanding posts and spirited (to say the least) conversations.
We are contemplating compiling a Best Of Agonist ebook, to be made available free of charge.
We are investigating several distribution methods and will pick whatever provides the widest availabilty.
To that end, we hereby invite all members to submit their favorite posts/writers and let us know via the site Contact Page, since relying on comments here might result in overloading the comment system and emails are easier for me to keep track of.
Once we have assembled a reasonable list of posts, I will copy/paste/edit them by hand, since all the software I’ve seen to automate this process creates a very ugly and nearly-unreadable product. It will therefore take some time to put together.
If there are those who specifically do not want their own posts to be included, we will certainly respect their wishes.
Furthermore, we will only publish comments on an Opt-In basis.
Your comments will NOT be included unless you specifically give us permission.
Nota Bene: There may be posts whose names you recall and which show up in a search but turn up missing when clicked on. (We have an issue in the site database). I may be able to retrieve some of these posts from the clone site, as the export/import seemed to have resolved the issue on the clone site. If your favorite post doesn’t display, note it anyway and I’ll try to track it down.
In addition to providing the posts/comments, we may also ‘blurb’ the writers if requested, so that those who blog or write elsewhere may get a little ‘boost’ in visibility for their non-Agonist world. If that category includes you, feel free to provide us any bio or links you would like us to include.
The site changes have been in effect for a week, with minor tinkering here and there.
If there are questions not addressed in Rules or FAQ, comment here or via Contact or Messages.
Beyond that, now that we’ve all had a chance to get used to it, please feel free to suggest any additions or improvements you would like to see to content or functionality.
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Our fearless Agonist editor steeleweed deserves kudos for his weekly explorations of bacon – More to Life than Bacon. It carries some significant risks, as indicated below.
Manchester Evening News 15 Jun 2013 11:58
An IT contractor claims an off-the-cuff remark about a bacon butty cost him a dream £1,000 a week job.
Clive Hunt, 58, says he was offered the eight month contract with the NHS after attending an interview set up by recruitment firm Reed.
But he says he lost out on the job he should have started last Monday after he told a recruitment consultant he would ‘get the bacon sarnies in’.
The married dad, from Heywood, said he wasn’t aware he had offended recruitment consultant Sharika Sacranie, 29, who he met at the firm’s offices in King Street, Manchester, to finalise paperwork, until he received a phone call from a senior manager. Mr Hunt said: “After we shook hands she said that she would come over to meet me on site with the other contractors and take us for breakfast. My parting words to her were ‘I will buy the bacon sandwiches’.
Images: WTF? Stay Cool We’re all in the same boat
Now that the dust has been stirred up and most of it has settled, I would like to solicit ideas from the entire Agonist community, from the top to the bottom.
I am seeking thoughts on how best to administer the site, keep posts flowing and serve both our writers and our readers going forward.
If the thread gets too long it will be closed to comments and new thread started, so feel free to let your creative juices flow.
BTW: With a Nor’Easter headed my way, my access to the ‘Net might be interrupted, so don’t panic or be offended if a response is not immediate over the next couple of days.
I am not happy to read this on The Agonist Facebook page:
Ever since Diaries were never turned on, obviously a sign of distrust of the community, and some serious old vs new posters cock-fighting, I have felt that The Agonist had lost a great deal as a vibrant open and accepting community.
Some answers from the new owner/s would be appreciated. Thanks, Graham.
Responding to pressure from regular readers (o.k., from moley) here’s an update on the state of play with the ongoing upgrades at The Agonist.
We’ve decided to keep the current comments interface in place for now, until and unless we find a better plug-in. It’s a bit buggy in some browsers, especially the “reply” function doesn’t always work – but it’s still better than having to do everything in html. We’ve added some color to links, in headlines and on hover on internal links, to make it easier to identify hyperlinks in the text of posts. Two longstanding members of the backroom team took the opportunity to step out recently, and we’ll sorely miss both Tina and the other, anonymous, moderator. They were both awesome team members I valued greatly, but both had their reasons for stepping out and I am not one to argue with someone who has decided its time for a change. We’ve added a couple of new authors and contributors to the team but I’m still looking for one or maybe two editorial authors who can contribute regular opinion and analysis posts for the front page as well as a more regular Newswire post-maker to back up Raja.
The two main issues going forward remain the missing Forums and the way member Profiles don’t synch up. We believe this is a problem with the Buddypress plug-in not liking our imported data and we’re trying to fix it, but it’s not going to happen overnight. A fix will certainly involve de-installing Buddypress, re-intalling it, and seeing what else breaks. We’d rather that not happen to the actual site so it’ll be done on a test site. It also requires Bob “polizeros” Morris’ active involvement as our WP tech, and unfortunately Bob is busy on a couple of database transfer projects for his day-job, which make him actual money. he’s giving us all the time he can, but serious progress on these items will have to wait a couple of weeks.
That’s the current state of play. Over to you, Agonists: tell us your opinions, report bugs we don’t already know about from previous bug-catching threads, or just lambast me for poor management. This is an open thread.
Use this post for testing the comments widget, reporting bugs in the site and so forth. I’ve closed comments on the original “Welcome” post.