(October 15th, 2002, 5:08 am)
We at Contemplicity wanted to know if you guys want to do a link exchange. We put your button on our page and vice versa. But I cant find any other buttons(links) on here, so maybe ya'll dont have that. Anyway, let me know if you want to.
(October 15th, 2002, 5:32 pm)
Probably a button exchange thingy would be a damn good idea.
Why didn't we think of it before?
Oh well...I'll look at setting up links to some other sites on the front page...
any suggestions from anybody? DA, obviously, Epilogue.net would be nice too...utro's Contemplicity...um...guys? :P
(October 15th, 2002, 9:26 pm)
I think I might get the guys at N~@ along with it, althought we don't have much with sci-fi to do. ;-)
Perhaps I'll manage to dig up a few more, but don't hold me to it.
(October 16th, 2002, 5:42 am)
I DID mention this before - no one ever listens to me! :D
Anyhow, MT is good about linking to those who link to them. Thinkgeek maybe - but they are such a high-traffic site and a bit OT then that might not be a good idea.
Another idea is the Amazon.com store options... We can link to them, offering the titles of certain writing books that we have read, reviewed, and find useful. We get like 10% of the sale, and they link back to us when others search for that sort of book.
Note that this will need a bit of a redesign of the current front page. :) I guess you can handle this on time, Cruise? :P
I'm seeing a long-narrow table on the left-hand side, with all our major links and buttons; a wider and shorter table to the left giving a brief overview of what we are, and the current news in a table below.
Or, we keep it like it is and just add a links section. But, another advantage to the new home page is that we have a place to introduce new users to our admittedly unorthodox layout.
And while I'm here, I think I should mention that a user guide would be helpful, or redesign the settings page. Or something. You have to admit that the entire layout, while highly practical and useful, it's not exactly intuitive.
Anyhow, Link exchange is a REALLY good idea. :)
(October 16th, 2002, 7:47 am)
I've been thinking for a while now that a redesign of the front page would be the best thing to to when the issue is up. I didn't flesh it out though, thinking I'd get to it once the issue's ready. If you're interested in hearing about it right now, though, I'll think about it some more, crystallise the idea, and let you know.
(October 16th, 2002, 11:22 am)
Please...I'd rather have it /before/ we go live than after :P
(October 17th, 2002, 7:18 am)
What I mean was, when we're ready to go live: just before, definitely not after. :p Right, I'll have the details to you soon enough.
By the way, Cruise, the empty subject lines are really irritating. Weren't you going to get them to default to the previous subject?
(October 17th, 2002, 5:55 pm)
Maybe there could be a setting whereby anyone can set empty subject lines to either be empty or to display as containing the previous subject. :)
(October 18th, 2002, 9:50 am)
I did try and get the subject to show up on the reverse thread listings...but for some reason my initial attempts didn't work, and I haven't had the time to explore...
I'll get round to it eventually...
(October 18th, 2002, 3:59 pm)
Ack, the joke's ruined, nevermind. :)
(October 18th, 2002, 4:12 pm)
I was talking to NB...
(October 19th, 2002, 6:52 am)
Okay, here's what I was thinking about the front issue page:
First, change the navbar (and the site organisation to go with it) to something like "current issue / previous issues / oeuvres" to make the sections a little more balanced and bring the current issue all into one place. Right now, all sections except Fiction have hardly a couple of submisions.
In the front page of the current issue would be an intro to what TsfE is all about, giving the new reader an idea of how the site is organised. Then the list of stories in the issue. Actually, short one- or two-sentence descriptions of each would be much nicer than just a plain ol' list. And finally, the non-fiction section, which - even though it contains three categories in one - would likely be smaller than the fiction section.
If I may hijack TsfE's forum HTML (I love being an admin!), here goes:
So, what exactly is this site all about? Transference is the meeting place of a small group of science fiction and fantasy writers. It is also the site of a very active and fun discussion forum on not only fiction but almost anything interesting. Finally - and this is probably why you're here - it is an online sci-fi and fantasy magazine carrying exclusive and original stories, editorials, reviews, and editorials by the writers here. The first issue of this magazine is out, and the contents are below!
Blah blah blah... We'll think o what to write here when we're done.
Other, older material by the writers is available in the Oeuvres section. This area contains any articles that have been posted on other sites or aren't sci-fi or fantasy. Either way, they couldn't be included in te 'zine, which has only exclusive sci-fi and fantasy content. Still, that doesn't mean they aren't good work, so you might want to check them out!
(October 20th, 2002, 3:10 am)
I like it so far. On a side note, perhaps you might include how to pronounce our ridiculous word, "oeuvre". Heh. I can't even remember how to SPELL the blasted thing.
Anyhow, for those of you who speak French, you need no explanation. For the rest of us "gajin"-types, in Anime-speak, it goes something like this:
"OOv-reh" Fairly straightforward, really. Saying it like that, even with a bad southern accent will get you by. If you want to fine tune it though...
The "oeu" part is pronounced on the back end of your tongue, with an extremely slight "r" emphasis. Think of it as starting to hiss with your mouth in an "a"-vowel shape, but then say "ooo" - like in "groovy".
The "v" is drawn out into something like a sharp "ph" sound, but if you say "OOf-reh", it's different. Keep that "v" hum going along with the "f" lip noise. ("F", for those of you who don't know, and care :) is pronounced by making wind noise with your lips. You don't use your vocal cords.)
However, the real trick is that the "-re" is more of a breathy "whe" sound made with your lips, but not actually using your vocal cords. On the tail end of the breathy "v", just form the "reh" consonant with your lips, but don't actually say it. If you are still breathing out from the "v", then you should get it.
Now, for those of you who know how to pronounce French (different from actually speaking it), this should not be too much of a trick to manage, especially if you speak a romance-derived language. However, if languages is not your thing, if you think "nuclear" is pronounced "nucular", or if you can't follow my admittedly difficult instructions, then you'll just have to find a french movie, watch it, and HOPE that they use "oeuvre" somewhere in there. :)
(October 20th, 2002, 5:31 am)
Okay, now we gotta have an FAQ too. For the sole reason that this whole explanation /must/ be put in it! "Question 13: How the heck do you pronounce 'Oeuvre', anyway? [br]Answer 13: [Paste Semi's post here...]" =D By the way, I know how to pronounce (but not speak) French. Comes in handy when I do French accents for fun. =)
(October 21st, 2002, 12:27 am)
we're pimpin you guys' site on the next twelve issue :) check it out. should be out in a day or two.
(October 21st, 2002, 12:28 am)
did i post this in the wrong forum? sorry. =/
(October 21st, 2002, 2:38 am)
Utro, we can't stay on-topic for more than a few posts. If the thread gets longer than about 8 posts, it starts going wacko. :)
This is the right place. Well, nearly ANY thread would be the right place, come to think of it... :)
(October 24th, 2002, 5:50 pm)
Sooo true :P
Thanks for the pimpin...we appreciate it.
Damn, NB...that's a hell of a re-org just before we go live...especially when we're exceptionally busy at work too. I'll see what I can do.
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