Comment on Tangled Up In Blue by Stephen O’Donnell (Book Review) by Big Pink.

    Should have added that we have an open invitation to members and others to write blogs. More than happy to hear what folk have to say at length. 👍

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    Tangled Up In Blue by Stephen O’Donnell (Book Review)
    New blog up

    Tangled Up In Blue by Stephen O’Donnell (Book Review)
    Paddy Malarkey

    Thought it was an obscure but relevant cultural reference 🙂

    On reflection though frown


    Tangled Up In Blue by Stephen O’Donnell (Book Review)
    Lots of points there, but I will attempt to address the main ones;
    The frequency with which new blogs appear has long been considered adequate since in the main, the subject of blogs rarely takes over what is in effect chat room type situation. We have had a consensus on formats too, like whether to change to a forum, nested comments etc. That’s not to say that won’t change of course.
    I’m not sure it is relevant to activity, but in terms of the cost of running the blog, we originally wanted a self-hosted solution for security. Historically we needed a robust solution which protected us from the several attacks which took place, and of course we required moderators round the clock. In the absence of volunteers to do so, these guys have to be paid, since Tris and I can’t do it ourselves.
    Of course if the numbers were reduced on a long term basis we’d have to look at that requirement again.
    The site design looks ok to me (certainly cost enough to purchase the template and implement), but if you are seriously offering to redesign it, please PM me😊
    What you say about links to different content we probably should think about – and we will.

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