Very nicely stated - I mean on the "ephemeral wholes" - am going to quote that when I get around to fulfilling my promise of a post in reply to Mr. Bath's comment.

Could you be more specific about what you mean by the "current update." Am always gratified by positive feedback, but I'm not clear what you're feedbacking on in particular.

...and may your giving be givingful.


Check your inbox.

Now that we've gotten the attention of Rtod, we'll see how it goes, but OT suffers from absentee sitelord syndrome, which's why it's so hard to get the radiator fixed or the hedges trimmed, or why saving it, if possible at all, might require a revolt or takeover - or mass exodus. On the other hand, many sites whose founders or key bloggers are still active on site are also very poorly kept up, so it's not just a governance problem.


Anyway, one place to begin would be the email I sent you via the contact form. I made a copy:

Browsing around the site yesterday, I noticed a number of formatting and display errors. I get the impression you don't have anyone willing and able to keep the site updated, but these are simple problems that mostly would not require any great expertise to solve. If no one else will or can do what needs and ought to be done, I would be willing to do it for you during the spare time I don't have.

1. The Twitter widget is dysfunctional in Firefox and Chrome, though displays well on Safari. Probably should be replaced with Twitter's own widget if it cannot be easily updated.

2. The blogroll page does not have a blogroll. Instead, it shows a piece of shortcode, likely for a plug-in that is no longer functioning. Either the plug-in needs to be updated or different one used in its place. (I'm guessing that the blogroll itself is full of dead or senescent blogs, but updating it, assuming you want to have one at all, is a different problem that would be more time-consuming to address.)

3. Guest Posting Policy has a broken link to a missing image at the top. Obviously, it should be restored or the code should be deleted.

4. Same for Commenting Policy

5. On mobile devices the Site Header Image (bicycle/Ordinary Times) is displaced offscreen - about 50% on my Android phone, for example. Fix: probably one line of code, maybe a handful.

I'll refrain from a full critique of site aesthetics or further suggestions, except to mention two other very simple changes that would make the site more readable: It's very easy to add author by-lines or other "metadata" (like number of comments, and direct link to threads) to your front page template. It's also easy - or not hard! - to format comments so that they're more readable on small screens (not squozen into narrow columns), but remain unchanged on desktop displays.

Of course, it may be that you like things just as they are. If so, carry on!


Hi RTK - ain't got no record of no reaching out. If I'd been reached, I'd for sure not have written this post! Who would've reached, under what heading, and by what means? (If it was an email that happened to use "Open Enrollment" or "mobile TV" in the subject line, it would have gone into the spam queue.)