#editorial | Logs for 2014-09-02

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[14:03:24] <Woods> Azrael: What is up with the bold text on the current story?
[14:03:56] <Woods> "New HTML Element..." reads "How a :" at the beginning.
[14:05:26] <Woods> I am going to remove it.
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[14:36:17] <Azrael> Woods: I don't know what you meant, but thank you :)
[14:36:51] <Woods> I think it was just an artifact left over from the merging.
[14:38:37] * Woods stares off into the middle distance
[14:38:45] <Woods> The great merging of stories.
[14:39:24] <Woods> Back in 13:11. Times were tough, but we made it through.
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[15:16:47] <janrinok> hi guys
[15:27:24] <LaminatorX> Hi there.
[15:28:35] <janrinok> Hi LaminatorX how was your Labor Day w/e?
[15:29:50] <LaminatorX> Busy. Attended two concerts, worked an all-day festival, grilled-out with the family, and dodged a late-night tornado.
[15:30:44] <janrinok> and what did you do for the rest of the time? LOL
[15:30:54] <LaminatorX> The tornado was last night. No harm in my neighborhood, but it took a while to get everybody settled back down to bed.
[15:31:22] <LaminatorX> (myself included)
[15:31:29] <janrinok> what do you have to do for a tornado - hunker down in the basement or just hold tight
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[15:32:39] <LaminatorX> Basement, yep. We thankfully have a den down there, so we got everyone snuggled on the couches with the weather on the tv, ready to retreat to our windoless laundry room at a moment's notice.
[15:33:27] <janrinok> almost party-like if it wasn't for the threat outside
[15:35:22] <LaminatorX> Right. Thankfully there's a tv broadcast tower just around the bend from us, so it takes all the lighning.
[15:35:49] <janrinok> well, I'm pleased that everyone is OK.
[15:35:56] <LaminatorX> Thanks.
[15:36:09] <janrinok> Any idea where all the editors are - we seem to be thin on the ground again
[15:37:09] <LaminatorX> I think n1 is on another field assignment, if I recall correctly.
[15:37:25] <janrinok> zizban?
[15:38:38] <LaminatorX> No word. I assumed at first he was occupied with new school-year business, but now I'm leaning towards his being the 50% attrition sample balanced against Azrael sticking around.
[15:39:15] <janrinok> yep, its a pity. I don't know about you but I am feeling pretty stretched at present.
[15:40:40] <LaminatorX> Yeah, we've accounted for 32 of the last 40 stories.
[15:41:26] <janrinok> If you don't mind me asking here - was that story just rushed on Saturday or would you rather discuss it elsewhere?
[15:41:33] <LaminatorX> We can do it for a while, but quality starts to slip. (cough Fired teacher story cough)
[15:44:01] <LaminatorX> I did post that as I was going to bed, but I also seem to have less of a problem with submitters opining than a majority of the community (at least as measured by comments) seems to expect. The learning experiences never stop around here.
[15:45:27] <janrinok> The shame of it is that it was not 2nd edited - seen, but no action taken - which might have avoided the situation. I was surprised by the reaction but I couldn't see the relevance of the last paragraph. But, there but for the Grace of God, as they say....
[15:48:16] <LaminatorX> Part of the concept for the summary, to my mind at least, is for the submitters to give a piece of their mind on the subject at hand for the rest of the community to read. Just the same, if any of you think I've misjudged where to draw the line, feel free to act. My posts aren't sacrosanct.
[15:49:25] <LaminatorX> I'm glad marty took action, given what was going on in the comments.
[15:50:21] <janrinok> Well, that is basically what I told Bytram. We are all editors together and have equal responsibility for what goes out, but I think he was a bit reluctant to cut the paragraph. But when the complaints started, he carried out the edit, while I emailed you, and we all had a discussion with NC and MrC too.
[15:51:39] <LaminatorX> I'm not super bent out of shape over the few "this is my last time visiting this site" comments, somebody like that would've been rubbed the wrong way by something sooner or later, but the vast preponderance of the commetns were negative, and that's not to be ignored.
[15:52:22] <janrinok> Chalk it up to another lesson, as you have already said. We 'think' that we may have lost 1 or 2 members (literally, no more than that) but I have made several comments in the thread since asking people to be patient why we work out what went wrong. The lack of eds means that stories are not being checked as rigorously as we might want them to be.
[15:54:04] <janrinok> NC was keen (on Saturday at least) that we follow up with our 'findings' and let the community know what we have done to prevent an occurrence. We've already issued apologies and the regulars seem to be happy at that.
[15:54:58] <janrinok> I can put a short piece together explaining the shortage of staff leading to the correct procedures not being followed, if you want?
[15:58:11] <LaminatorX> Hmm. I think a response in the thread itself might be preferable, rather than a seperate story. I hesitate to draw further attention to it beyond those who have already read it.
[15:59:18] <LaminatorX> It would be a good topic to discuss with the community in a broader sense at some point though, as we work out where our lines are, especially as people start writing more original content.
[16:00:11] <LaminatorX> It might be good to have an "OpEd" or "Rant" category, that people who don't want that sort of thing can just block from their feeds.
[16:01:40] <LaminatorX> I should probably do the adressing inthread. Mea culpa, after all.
[16:02:17] <janrinok> all good suggestions - but I'm going to have to go for an hour or so - I have to feed S, who is making slow but steady progress.
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[16:02:43] <LaminatorX> Any progress is progress. I'll keep things moving.
[16:02:51] <janrinok|afk> thx cu in a while
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[17:58:28] <janrinok> welcome Tachyon
[17:58:49] <janrinok> ...just botting through?
[17:59:16] <Tachyon> hm?
[17:59:39] <janrinok> Ah - I've seen you log on and log off many times, but never engaged you in conversation. Hi
[18:00:28] <LaminatorX> He's moving faster than we can properly perceive.
[18:00:35] <janrinok> lol
[18:04:36] <janrinok> not very talkative, is he?
[18:17:45] <janrinok> That's today's posts taken care of - I'll might have time to start on tomorrow's later.
[18:18:09] <janrinok> sry - I might*
[18:18:23] <LaminatorX> Cool, thanks.
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