We’re off and running…

The new Weird Universe seems to be off to a good start. So far we have around 25 official contributors (not counting me, Chuck, and Paul). Thanks to everyone for being so supportive of this new direction for the site.

To add a small element of competition to the site, I've added a "top recent posts" box in the sidebar. So if you post something that proves very popular and generates a lot of comments, you'll see your post floating to the top of the leader board.

The leader board only includes posts from the previous two weeks, which should prevent a post such as my "this is the end" post getting permanently stuck at the top.

I'll probably be tweaking the site in a number of small ways during the next few weeks to adapt to the new reader-contributed format.
     Posted By: Alex - Tue May 05, 2009
     Category: Weird Universe

Good question, Wayne. I hadn't thought about that.

One option would be to configure the email form to forward the message to all the new contributors. But many of the contributors may not like getting a bunch of new email (a good portion of which tends to be spam).

Option two would be to have the email form post people's suggestions directly on the page below the form, kinda like a regular comment page. That way, anyone could look at the suggestions and post the best ones to the main page.
Posted by Alex on 05/05/09 at 01:11 PM
I feel so loved.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 05/05/09 at 05:48 PM
I was absolutely surprised by the ammount of new material up today. It was all great stuff. Maybe we should work out some kind of system where people try to post on certain days, just to keep a regular flow of weirdness.
Posted by Matt in Florida on 05/06/09 at 09:58 AM
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.