Again, with Style!

So, after a lot of trial and error (and swearing), I believe I have successfully managed to implement user-selectable styles for the site, even including the forums. So far, there are only two, but I may make more in the future if there are requests for specific changes. To select a style, go to the main page of the site and use the widget on the top of the left-hand sidebar. Just click the link, and that should do it for you. Your selection is stored as a cookie and should persist across sessions, as long as you’re using the same browser.

As always, let me know if you encounter any bugs, especially in the forums after this change. The css interactions were complex, and annoying. I think I’ve worked around all the major issues that came up, but I can’t be sure I’ve found everything just yet.

Site Update

As you may have already noticed, has just undergone a massive site update, removing the splash pages that formerly introduced the site and moving the site’s main content from the /wordpress/ subdirectory into the root directory. We’ve also introduced “pretty” permalinks, which should make URLs on the site a bit more manageable than the old “?page_id=123” structure. All old links should automatically redirect to the current directory structure. Please let me know if you experience any bugs or other problems with the site in its new form. Some errors are expected, but unfortunately cannot be anticipated.

Additionally, I’ve set up as a domain which should redirect to our forums. It will be a few hours before this can be tested, however, as the DNS change needs to propagate. Forums

So, I just realized that I announced this on Dreamwidth and Livejournal and Twitter but I never said anything here. Sure, you might notice the new tab at the top of the page, or the new widget in the right-hand sidebar, but just in case you haven’t: now has discussion forums.

I’ve made these forums for a few reasons. First, most of the otherkin message boards, IRC channels, mailing lists, and other online venues that I used to frequent have gone silent. The members are still there, but they rarely say much of anything. Rarer still anything with actual content. I am looking around at other forums, hoping to find signs of life again, and I have found a few with some promise… but I’m hoping these forums might attract discussion from some of the people who already know me who aren’t active elsewhere in the community anymore.

Second, even in the days when online otherkin venues were more active, there was a lot of noise and comparatively little signal out there. Once you got past the off-topic posts, the one-liner replies, the onlist conversations that would better be handled privately offlist, the downright silly and intentionally fluffy posts, the trolls and flamewars and harassment, and all the other obvious noise you would find there just wasn’t a ton of substance left. People were trying, and there were sparks of something Real, but very seldom did those sparks ignite into a blaze. In many respects, we never really moved past Otherkin 101, even on lists that touted themselves as dealing with advanced concepts relating to otherkin and magic. I’d like to work on changing that, on getting somewhere deeper and seeing what we can bring back to work with.

Anyone else up for trying?