Before I get to the big news, first I need to apologize to all of our members for a glitch that occurred yesterday that sent a batch of email notifications to our members for posts that weren’t accessible. We are very sorry that this occurred and have ensured that it doesn’t happen again.
Secondly, we have big news that is connected to that glitch. Maybe you picked up on the clue in the paragraph above. More on that in a moment.
As hard as it is for Kalima and I to believe it, next month represents the 10th Anniversary of PlanetPOV. Yes, we began PlanetPOV in Bill Gates’ old garage (metaphorically), just months into the first year of the Obama presidency. I’ll bet it seems like a long time ago to many people today…the last two years seems like a decade all by itself.
Kalima, KQuark and I founded PlanetPOV to create an open, friendly and thoughtful community where folks could express their opinions on whatever really matters to them in an environment that displayed a strong commitment to free expression. We had our experiences at sites that were heavy-handed with censorship, allowed trolls to invade and attack earnest members and held up the opinions of media pundits as superior to the opinions of real people (you wouldn’t want a typical pundit’s batting average if you played ball).
So as long as we’re talking about playing ball, now that I’ve done the windup, here’s the pitch…
…PlanetPOV is going to be launching a brand new website to celebrate our 10th Anniversary!
Everything you like about The Planet will still be here but there will be a new, modern look and easier functionality. Our re-launch will take place on Monday, May 27th and we hope you join us then to discover the new Planet. We’ll have an open bar and a soft serve ice cream station for the kids. Virtually, of course.
We are still working on the design of PlanetPOV 2.0, which was the cause of that accidental email barrage yesterday (once again, we’re incredibly sorry that) and no doubt we’ll be making some adjustments here and there even after it debuts but we think you’ll like the new look of The Planet.
We will also be adding a new quick start guide in the FAQ menu that will describe the new functions and how to do everything you want to do at the new PlanetPOV.
We’re very excited about bringing you our new site on our 10th Anniversary and looking forward to the next 10 years of thoughtful discussions, respectful debates and enjoyable chats right here at PlanetPOV.