our_planet_screensaver_28631It’s been a fantastic week here at The Planet, we’re now over 100 members! So many great and different voices here, it’s becoming an embarrassment of riches.

A big ol’ thanks to all of those who have joined The Planet recently and to those out there who are reading this but haven’t signed up to be a member yet, thanks so much for your visits here and I guarantee a warm welcome awaits you when you join (and a two for one Quiznos coupon…hurry, this offer expires soon!)!

Let me be very clear about who’s welcome to join The Planet…everyone. Progressives, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Northerners, Southerners, Yankee fans and Dodger fans…even Indians fans! There is admittedly a liberal/progressive sensibility to the site but conservatives and Republicans who want to discuss and debate issues with the same thoughtfulness displayed here by the current members are very welcome here too.

There is a strong desire by the majority of this nation to return to a place where people on different sides of issues can talk constructively with each other and even seek consensus. Free Expression is highly respected here, those with minority opinions will be treated with the same respect as those in the majority.

The Terms of Use will be used fairly and equitably with all members. The guidelines here are pretty minimal but firm. Basically, all members, whatever their perspective must be treated by their fellow members with a modicum of respect (what happens at HuffPo, stays at HuffPo). No trolls, snide put downs of fellow members, basically all that juvenile, petty and hateful behavior that has been allowed to take root there will not be tolerated here.

With that said, let me get to my other point, a constructive one.

With the continuing growth in membership and hearing just a bit here and there from members, it seems an ideal time to ask you for your thoughts and suggestions on the feel, functionality and features of the site. As mentioned on the Home Page, this is a site by and for bloggers so your opinion is sought and valued.

Until we’re bought out by a hedge fund, arms manufacturer or SnugWow inventor, resources are limited (contributions towards the expense and development and of the site via the PayPal section on the Home and other pages are gratefully accepted but never expected of any member) so there is only so much we can do at a time but we are constantly working on updating and evolving The Planet.

To kick things off,  I’d like to ask for everyone’s thoughts on the comment system here since several members have already mentioned that as something we could improve.  If you’re fine with it as is or you feel it’s only a matter of your acclimating to a new style of comment system, please let me know that as well. If you have suggestions on any other aspects of the site, I hope you’ll also share those with me.  There are some things we can and can’t change on functionality and appearance but we’ll cross those bridges when we come to them.

Thanks so much for your valuable participation at PlanetPOV. With your help, we hope to make this site and the blogging experience here the best it can be.

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javaz
Member

I have one complaint.
This site is addicting!
I must force myself to log off to spend some time with the husband and dog.
He caught 2 fish today, btw, but too small to keep.
Hope to see you all, and more, tomorrow on the Planet!
Good night all!

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Javaz, I’m logging off too…have a great evening, take care, all of you…was great talking about our dogs….see you tomorrow..

javaz
Member

HELP!
LOL

My image attached, but it’s at the bottom of my post!
We clicked on the “center” as per the instructions.
Is it something we did wrong or is it a glitch?

I apologize for not doing this correctly.
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

javaz
Member

Not sure if it was my computer, but had major problems logging into the Planet.
Kept getting some very strange messages about certain errors and contacting the provider.
Hope everything is okay now!

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Yeh, I tried to get on and got the same message, must have been a glich someone, maybe maintenance on the site…

Are you going to post something today?

javaz
Member

I am going to try, but the husband has left and gone fishin’!

I’ve been working on a post about Lou Dobbs being shot at, which the police dispute, and how our wonderful self-proclaimed ‘toughest sheriff in the west’ has picked up on the Dobbs story and somehow how now he feels threatened.
Sheriff Joe loves media attention, and every couple years he does outrageous things but he is loved by the voters because of his anti-immigration raids.
Not sure if any other people would enjoy reading or commenting on that though, unless of course they’re folks from Arizona and aware of the Sheriff Joe madness.

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Ah yes, Mr. Independent and Sherriff Joe, I think it would be interesting since I just qickly scanned the article, maybe you could give us more insight into the story.

From what I have see on the Dobbs show, Lou is quite enthralled with Sheriff Joe…and I’m a little suspect on the Dobbs shooting.

My husband fishes too, he’s probly out today also, nice day here in CT, but the weather doesn’t really stop him anyway!

Obama20082012
Member

Please post, I would be interested in reading it. I do not like Dobbs or Sheriff Joe. He is a hater.

escribacat
Member

Hi J, I’ve read a little about that sheriff and his love for attention — please do write about him. He and Lou seem like two peas in a pod. I think Lou’s “shooting” story is just him trying to jump on the Beck bandwagon. He’s probably been smarting ever since Ted Turner quipped “Have you ever watched Lou Dobbs?” The implication being it was like watching a pet rock (my metaphor).

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

My hubby watches Lou for a laugh, gets his decoder ring out when he watches, because in midsentance Lou will change his stance if the person on the panel know their stuff and stands up to him. Very funny to watch….I can’t stand the man, and he gloats when he reads his adoring fan mail at the end of the show…Mr. Independent my ass!

escribacat
Member

My mother used to watch him obsessively. She was a CNN addict — an old liberal. Much to my horror, my liberal mother gradually became obsessed, like Dobbs, with how the “Mexicans were stealing our country.” She was very old by then and not thinking too clearly any more — he had insidiously turned this elderly progressive into a racist.

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Well I can see that it could happen to someone if you watch long enough…he does have an engaging smile, when I watched him a few years back, he was far more ‘fair and balanced’ and yeh, the illigal thing was getting out of hand in parts of the country, but you have to balance that with the companies that were employing the illigals and the treatment and wages they were getting. It seems the MSM never really tells the whole story…

Corgi Lover
Guest

For all you people interested in the great Sheriff Joe Arpaio, here’s a really good concentrated source of stories. The Phoenix New Times and Joe go back a long ways.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arpaio

I also live in the jurisdiction of the sheriff of Nuttingham.

kesmarn
Admin

Oh, God! Poor Monk!

SeeknDestroy
Member
SeeknDestroy

This will be my only comment regarding this situation. For the most part, the whole thing was an attempt to mend fences between myself and someone who attacked me the night before. The whole thing was an attempt at making peace, and Ladynaga was only a point of reference, not the subject of the conversation. The vast majority of this (99.9%) was about 4 bloggers, and this wasn’t about bashing anyone. I deleted 4 accounts in attempt to make others feel more comfortable, and the others did as well. I’d really rather just move forward, and put this in the rear view mirror.

SeeknDestroy

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Afternoon, Seek I saw the attack, the attacker seemed very young and his emotions seemed to running very high at the time…did not see the mending of fence process…but have seen this morning the continued discussion of the situation….lord this sounds like a soap opera…will respect your wishes to put this in the past..

SeeknDestroy
Member
SeeknDestroy

Thanks.
I wish to move on..

escribacat
Member

Hi seek. I was somehow privy to much of what went on, including the business that happened beforehand. I for one hope you all stick around, at least over here if not there.

nicole473
Member

What she said. 🙂

SeeknDestroy
Member
SeeknDestroy

Hi Escribacat..
I plan to make this my new home.
I like the freedom here…
I’ve always enjoyed your posts..and have had lots of fun with you…I hope to keep it that way..
Thanks, Escribacat…You’re very kind..

KevenSeven
Member

Suits me fine.

Pepe Lepew
Member

Hey, Seek, from what I read it definitely appeared you were mostly an innocent bystander to the whole thing…

SeeknDestroy
Member
SeeknDestroy

I only wish to do this site justice.

Moving on, Pepe.

nicole473
Member

My two cents on the events of last night in the hope of putting the matter to rest.

I read the entire Gosselin thread prior to any scrubbing or deletion of ids.
I will not go in to all that was said on it, but suffice to say that it appeared to be a private matter between several people, and the efforts of others who wandered over from the main to intervene were at best, misguided.
Lady Naga was only mentioned by initials or as “Naga” in 2 or 3 posts by one individual only. The remarks were observations, not really terribly derogatory (had they been said about me, I would have laughed it off), and resulted in a whole bunch of people being harmed, but not by the remarks themselves.

Gotta go. Back later.

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Much to do about nothing, as I suspected…see you later

escribacat
Member

Good morning. I read the thread too. They were clearly having a very personal conversation on an obscure thread and made the mistake of thinking they were alone. Some posters on the main thread made comments about the conversation and it quickly took over the main. I don’t know if LN already knew about it or heard that way.

nicole473
Member

LN posted a “goodbye” post on the main thread, and did also post the thread title to which she was referring.
My impression was that she happened upon it (or was told about it) prior to posting on the main.

Honestly, as BDM said, much ado about nothing. But, someone seems to have gotten what they wanted, as a number of people are gone, and in spite of her posts to the contrary, LN is still there.

escribacat
Member

And much fun was had at their expense.

nicole473
Member

yes.

HITO
Member
HITO

Thank you all for not judging us.

It was never about Naga, it was about our concern for Brown who had some issues, and we were trying to help him. He’s only 22. We are half-century adults.

We were well aware that anyone could read our posts, but the things we discussed were actual events that had occurred on the main over the last month, also in clear view, and we were being truthful with each other in order to stop the conflicts.

When we read the ugly comments that many “friends” had posted, we knew there was only one direction to go.

We were not banned. The three of us were on the phone as we each deleted our accounts. 10 in all. Brown deleted himself after a futile attempt to post on the main. I watched his profile disappear seconds after posting that he would in fact do that.

Now, the heresay, rumor and lies are out of control. We just want to put this behind us.

It was time to move on from HP. That’s why Seek and I registered the other day on here. Too much personal stuff on hp these days.

I just want a place to post accountable insights, where I won’t get attacked, and where there aren’t clear lines of power-posturing in evidence by a select group of posters.

nicole473
Member

HP would be so much more enjoyable if people would refrain from publicly using it as a social network.

That said, it is probably inevitable on any large site. It turns me off, however.

And, no prob on the “judging” thing. I just call it as I see it.

escribacat
Member

The response quickly became far worse than the original transgression.

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Since I’m not part of that group, I was just wondering where you all stand on LN…if you don’t want to take sides, I’m ok with that.

I was just at Huffpo when the planet was down, maintenance?, and a lot of LN’s groupies where still talking abount what happened…not for nothing, but me thinks she doth protests too much…and so do her fans…

Obama20082012
Member

What happened? I am late to the party. I heard LN left, and I noticed that some of my fans are gone what gives? I am obama20082012 on the ‘other’ site.

nicole473
Member

Grab, LN didn’t actually leave. At least her profile is still there.

Obama20082012
Member

Well whatever happened. I just like getting along with people. And it getting very nasty over there.

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Not sure, only saw some remnants of the saga here and over at HP this morning…but, I will reserve my judgement and respect Seek and HITO’s request to let it go…

nicole473
Member

I am not a part of that group either, and LN has never done anything to me. I don’t know her, so will reserve judgement.

I do think like yourself, that it was much ado about little/nothing.

escribacat
Member

I do have my opinions on the subject (of course!) but would only feel comfortable discussing them in a private forum. The whole thing is a “teachable moment” as Pres. O would say.

nicole473
Member

Ha ha…..for sure.

I am considering putting up a private forum, or at least partly private, where this kind of stuff can be discussed.

I don’t think that the Planet should have a private area, and I do think that it would be useful to have one.

Your thoughts?

EDIT
to be perfectly truthful, i am already in the process of setting up said forum…….just trying to figure out if i should continue with it.

escribacat
Member

I agree. I was just thinking about that. I’ve never set up anything like that. Do you know how? I use Skype a lot for conference calls and I’m assuming the chat feature can also be conferenced…

EDIT: Hey, an EDIT feature. I didn’t notice this before. How cool. Anyway, yes, do continue…what platform are you using?

nicole473
Member

Done. I used a free site, since I’m viewing it strictly as a public service sort of thing and don’t intend to turn it in to something more commercial.

I like the Planet as it is, and having reading the comments of AdLib earlier, I tend to agree with him on this topic.

http://huffpostextended.proboards.com/index.cgi

kesmarn
Admin

Was always a little uncomfortable with the relatively small circle of apparent “gatekeepers,” but not enough to make an issue of it. LN pretty much completely ignored me (and somehow, I survived), so, as they say: I don’t have a dog in this fight.

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

They ignor me too, Oh well, say la vie…

My dogs are trained to hunt and track, but alas their Mom doesn’t…

kesmarn
Admin

Ain’t it fun to be a grownup? :o)

KevenSeven
Member

Well, I am glad that it apparently was much ado about nothing, but there certainly was ado and from people that I trust and respect.

And I couldn’t imagine why LadyNaga would sign off like that if there was not some fire behind the smoke.

I asked for an explanation. I got one.

I’m good.

Kalima
Admin

Well I was just climbing into bed when I remembered I had forgotten to include this “Breaking News” email from the BBC.

Hi wts and goodnight, I’m pooped!!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8337832.stm

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Thanks everyone who suggested that I use Fire Fox, hopefully this will help this poor techno illiterate person that I am…I like it already, it looks like it will easier for me to use…

kesmarn
Admin

Morning, BDM!
I’ve used FireFox for a while and am very happy with it. Hope it works out for you.

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

I love the spell check feature, I was one of those kids in the ’50’s that they used in a study to teach spelling with words be flashed at you in repetition at a high speed…it didn’t work

escribacat
Member

I also use Firefox. I do have to restart it now and then because the memory usage gets out of control.

nicole473
Member

I’ve used Firefox for years now, can’t stand to use IE for anything, it is so ridiculously stupid, lol.

Firefox rocks. Enjoy.

whatsthatsound
Member

Wow, I leave this place for a short while and it seems this planet has had its very own Cambrian Explosion! Congrats to AdLib, and all who work tirelessly at this!
Omedetou gozaimasu!

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Morning, AdLib and the gang are doing a bang up job with the site….I like to call it a breadth of fresh air…

whatsthatsound
Member

Evening, for me. Like Kalima I’m in Tokyo.

Oyasuminasai, BigDogMom

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Evening to you, I’m in CT, on EST, so there isn’t a lot of traffic here at this time of day for me, but have started to go to this site first in the mornings to see what took place the night before…

escribacat
Member

Good evening to you (morning here). I’m in Colorado. I am also checking in here every morning now! See how easily addicted I am.

javaz
Member

Good morning everyone!
I’m going to try this again – making a post and attaching an image.
I’ll try to attach the image before writing anything this time, and will wait for my husband to get up to help me!

Wish me luck!

Kalima
Admin

Good luck javaz and goodnight. You are all getting up and I’m going to sleep. Silly time zones.

Hope that you all have a good day.

Goodnight. Gute Nacht and Oyasumi nasai.

javaz
Member

Good night and sweet dreams!
Hope to see you later on the planet!

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Morning javaz, You and I seem to be on EST, where as the others seem to be CST…looking forward to your post, will check back in later to read…

I wish you luck, heck I haven’t even tried to put an avatar here…doesn’t look too hard, just need to read the instuctions…I’ll check back later

nicole473
Member

I am also on EST. And, good morning!!

javaz
Member

Good morning BDM!
Just got back from walking the husband and the little dog.
We’re in Phoenix, but I’m an early riser normally, and early to bed always!

Kalima
Admin

I see that AdLib is atweaking behind the curtain, as we now have reference to the posts with the comments. Thank you my friend! 🙂

KQµårk 死神
Member

My only suggestion is KISS (keep it simple stupid). I love the clean layout without all the bells and whistles on the front page. I like the main column approach with only a few extra columns with some easy navigation features. Using the tabs at the top is definitely the best way to go with navigating to different pages and features and they too should be relatively clean.

Also I have to give props to AdLib on the logo. I think it’s one of the best on the net and goes along with the color scheme we picked perfectly.

Kalima
Admin

I second that emotion!

javaz
Member

I always feel so left out – sniff 🙁 – when people post youtube videos because we don’t have DSL available in our area, and we’re pinching pennies, so we do not have cable or satellite.
So, we have the 20th century dial up along with 20th century television sets with the HD converter box!
Thankfully though, there is a live chat available here, and hopefully we will have live chat Friday night!
That should be much fun!!! 🙂

Kalima
Admin

*Sniff* Tell me what you want to hear and I’ll post them for you if I’m awake and here at the time. 🙂

KQµårk 死神
Member

😆 great Motown oldie.

Kalima
Admin

Lovez me a bit of old Smokey, what a voice.

nicole473
Member

Me too.

javaz
Member

I’m a bit intimidated about adding the image to an article.
I tried it earlier after writing an article about the media and somehow I managed to lose it all!
Next time, I’ll ask my husband because he’s really good with all this computer stuff. 😉

Kalima
Admin

I wish that I could say the same about my hubby, he has just learned how to email me from his mobile when he is out of the country. Bless his cotton socks. 🙂

As for the images, practice makes perfect, this from someone who can get an image into the post but not onto the Home Page. I’m a total technofart!! 🙂

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Well guys, I’m outta of here, I have not gone to Hufflelumpost today and don’t intend to….thank you everyone it was lovely chatting with you…have a wonderful afternoon or evening…

javaz
Member

Have a wonderful day and look forward to seeing you tomorrow on the planet!

KQµårk 死神
Member

Have a nice rest of the weekend.

kesmarn
Admin

Bye, BDM!
Sorry that just when I get home, you’re leaving. But have a great evening.
This has become the first place I log on to now, and it’s looks as though today the joint has been jumping! It’s exciting to watch the growth of PlanetPOV just over the last week.

Stopped briefly @ Hufflelumpost earlier this a.m. and it was very ho-hum. Getting pretty stale over there.

KevenSeven
Member

I’m thinking that we could have a page one and a page two.

The authors would be asked to discern if their submissions were more page one or page two. (There would need to be a box on page one listing the titles on page two)

Page one being debate and analysis of issues of the day, page two being humor, gossip, political snark, etc.

Thoughts? We would need the “editorial board” to occasionally weigh in and say “this really is more of a page two column”. It would be up to the author to move it or not.

And that would really all be about traffic. The fact is that we have a very satisfactory surge in traffic here. And some of it is more weighty than is other bits.

Either that or the “editorial staff” could have a “permanency rating” say one to five, and weigh some articles as more durable and therefore more worthy of remaining on the first page, and others to be less so, and to thus slip more quickly off the first page.

I don’t like that suggestion as much for a number of reasons. Not as voluntary for the authors, and a lot of work for the “editorial staff”, who, let’s face it, have a sex life to keep up with.

But I would be less pleased if someone spent a few hours researching and writing a column, only to have it pushed off the page because Hairyanna did something else outrageous and six of us felt the need to author a column excoriating her. (We all know she is a butthead.)

escribacat
Member

Hi AdLib, I have to say I’m already spending too much time here! I have a few usability suggestions. (I do this kind of thing for a living so I’ll probably over-do it, so don’t be too annoyed).
–The New Comments section is nice — I’ve been checking that first to see who said what. But it doesn’t tell you what thread each comment is from. Is it possible to get a list of “active” threads (with recent comments). Then you could click on a thread and see a list of new comments.
–When you scroll through a thread looking for new comments it gets a bit unwieldy if the thread is long. A smaller font size and less white space between comments would help with this.
–I’m not clear on the left column’s default layout. Sometimes there’s a list of topics and sometimes it’s a single topic and its comments. It would be less confusing if that column showed a list of recent topics so we could click on the one we want to read — instead of one main topic and the rest hidden.
–If you want to reply to the original story, you have to scroll down to the bottom to get to the reply button instead of just having it up there at the bottom of the story.
–Okay…I’ll shut up now.

KQµårk 死神
Member

Don’t sell yourself short. I for one have enjoyed reading your posts.

Some good ideas as well.

Kalima
Admin

Oh no, please don’t take my font size away, I’m as blind as a bat and have problems reading what I’ve written in the comment box.

“My font, my font! My Queendom for my font!!! 🙁

nicole473
Member

Kalima, I don’t know if you’re aware, but you can change your font size on your computer. 🙂

Kalima
Admin

Yes Nicole I know that but I have to change it every time I log on or want to read a news email and go into Safari. I keep a magnifying glass on the table next to me and changing back and forth gives me a headache, I know I’m such a pain. 🙂

I have one bad right eye since I was a kid and since 2 years ago after a haemorrhage in my left eyeball, a very unfocused left eye but if it is annoying to many people here, then I would surrender because I think that Adlib decided on the size just for me and it wouldn’t be unfair to be selfish if it poses a problem for others.

Kalima
Admin

Oops,there I go “wouldn’t be fair….”