August 8, 2018 at 2:55 pm #89789
I would like to see if there is anything I can do to be helpful with the new forum/website.
Nothing security sensitive, but it sounds like there is a ton of work still left to be done.
For example, the CSS on the forum just doesn’t make the text entry boxes visible at all.
That has to be hurting participation if things like the title box just are not visible.September 30, 2018 at 1:10 pm #90888
Please reply directly to the moderators for direction on how to help with the system. My response in a reply I made in Forum Admin judging that after the election people got busy may have been incorrect. We may have had a group leave, some key people in Oathkeepers who gave up on us for various reasons when Trump won.November 25, 2018 at 9:34 am #91951
I have been discussing with some other members, not national yet.
I have two very important points I would like to get out. I’ll make a second post about another issue.
One point I heavily object to is this WordPress. I think a really valid objection is that it is not acceptable for those with visual handicaps from age or injury.
I have self-hosted always, except when I first started out, when I hosted for a few months with Godaddy. I did that until I learned enough XHTML and CSS in order to make my sites acceptable to those with visual handicaps. Proper usage of colors matter to those who are getting dimming vision with age and especially someone with one of the several kinds of colorblindness.
Those who are blind use speaking screen readers. A proper layout of headers and paragraphs are essential for them to be able to navigate the content.
WordPress is not letting everything be navigable. I’m even getting a little lost at times. If WordPress stays, and that’s not for me to decide. I think this issue really needs to be moved up as a priority. I have found the voices of the really older vets to be invaluable. I also saw a documentary about Hitler’s rise to power from the perspective of ordinary German citizens. Very eye-opening.November 25, 2018 at 10:09 am #91953
Another issue is how to host. Self-hosting versus hosting on someone else’s equipment. If you don’t understand this, just think of it as using your own laptop in the public library versus using their computers in the library.
If the library decides to suddenly cease to exist, you suddenly can’t use either their computers or their internet access. Crap. You are completely dead in the water until you find another library with computers and you get yourself up and running again. This can take a long time.
If you have spent a little bit more money up front, you already have your own laptop. With the library’s WiFi gone, you can do an emergency procedure and whip out your phone’s hotspot and be a bit crippled, but running again very fast. Which buys some time for a proper fix.
The same situation applies with hosting. You can rent a server and use someone else’s Internet access. You can buy your own server and place it where you can use their Internet access. You can do neither and hand over the reigns to someone else and hope for the best.
All three choices have their good points and bad points. It is a decision that needs to be thought out carefully. It is also something that can be changed at any time, too.
Here is what happened to me. It was pretty bad, partly because I hadn’t downloaded my backups while traveling outside the US, partly because all of a sudden I had to figure out where to go for a new server to rent.
I rented a server and Internet access from Core Networks. Good price and service. Later another company Everstream bought them. No changes, no problems. Suddenly, Everstream decides they didn’t want to do the server thing anymore and WITHOUT WARNING just shut them OFF!
I just wanted to point out that even with the benefits (pretty good ones) of not owning any hardware, there are also big risks. What would happen if suddenly OK went offline for a month?
Alright, that’s just my two cents, but this sort of problem does happen and it hit me pretty hard and was completely unexpected.
But these decisions are very hard to make. None are necessarily wrong and everything can be changed at any time, so whatever works right now is going to be the most important.
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