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Well, gents and gams, here it is. The love of over two weeks of labor. Headaches involving such arcane essentials as CSS, MySQL, PHP, and .htaccess files have all been hammered together to create this new and, I hope, attractive ranting platform.

I am very proud of this beast. Too proud. I should be locked away, I’m so proud. I am especially tickled that all the old Wren Forum posts are here, as well as the comments. This took a lot of work, and I want to thank Ben Lee for his help on this. He got the dates properly converted from one data type to another, which was challenging.

New and exciting features include: A Forum-only search box (it won’t find who wrote something, though—use the Wren Writers area for that); RSS feeds for new posts, new comments, comments to specific posts, or posts by specific authors; TrackBack, which allows you to create a link to and from your own site; Permalinks, so you can link to a post for good; Archives by day, month, author, and more; Multiple pictures per post; and on and on.

ANYONE can comment on posts, but the new format requires that anyone wanting to write actual posts register for an account. Really, all this requires is a user name and an e-mail address, and you’re good to go. For now, as soon as you register and receive your password e-mail, you can post. If security becomes an issue, I may have to add an approval step, but I hope to not have to do this.

If you see your name in the Wren Writers area, it means you already have an account and can write posts. (Click on your name to see everything you’ve written!) I’ll be sending out info with how to log in later today—if I have your e-mail address. People like Rodney, who I know only through the forum, will have to ask me for their info or create a new account and I’ll port all their posts to the new account (though this is hard to do, so please e-mail me). You can e-mail me at if you want to get the info privately. (Put [The Wren Forum] or Groovy in the subject or it won’t get through!) If you want to write posts and have not written before, just click Register in the Wren Control box, and you’ll be done in no time! You can change your password and all info once you have an account. Your e-mail will never appear anywhere on the site.

Many other topics are covered in the FAQ page. The link is under the Wren Forum banner logo.

I have many things to tweak yet, but the Forum is good to go. Have at it! Have fun! Try it out! Put it through its paces! And please let me know if you have any comments, issues, problems, or chocolate.


Steve Expounded Thusly:

What a difference 8 hours makes. Note the following wonderful improvements to The Wren Forum since it went live earlier today:

Line spacing returned to comments. (As you can see.)

A monthly archive pull-down instead of that cumbersome list.

Authors below a certain level do not appear in the Wren Authors list. (A good way to keep the list smaller.)

An exit link provided in the light blue Archive and Search banners (though you can always click on the Wren Forum logo to get back home…).

All photo flowing problems in old posts fixed.

All missing font character call-outs fixed in posts (not in comments, though).

What’s to come? Hopefully, a way to order the Linky Links links, fixing the intermittent calendar title line break problem, removing the days of the week from the calendar (they’re useless!), getting the Previous and Next buttons to appear at the top of the page as well as the bottom, and… a thousand more things.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 • 6:59pm • Permalink

SAMerica Expounded Thusly:

What a wonderful new site, Stevo. I am seafoam lime green with envy.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 • 7:11pm • Permalink

Mom Expounded Thusly:

Well! I am dutifully impressed! Now I know why your poor Mom has not heard from you in weeks and weeks (could it be even since you returned from Lake Powell?) I do hope I can find the time soon to learn how to navigate this marvel of creation. Aaaah – I learned you well. (?)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 • 7:30pm • Permalink

Xena the SSneaky Princess Expounded Thusly:

Tastes great! Less filling!

Thursday, October 6th, 2005 • 9:09am • Permalink


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