Spring eCleaning… in Autumn.

Sarah Hawk

Here in NZ the days are getting shorter and colder as autumn makes its presence felt. That might seem like a strange time to be spring cleaning, but sometimes the piles of dirt get a bit too big to sweep under the rug.

There is something about this time of year that always gets me in a cleaning kinda mood. It might be that the angle of the sun shining through my picture window in the morning shows up the dust in a way that just can’t be ignored. Whatever the reason, I’m harnessing that energy and applying it to both home and work. In my case, that doesn’t mean dusting down an office, it means cleaning up the SitePoint forums.

Aside from cleaning up some of the sticky threads that I go on about every week, I’ve also been culling some of the older sub-forums that don’t get used any more. So if you notice that things look a little more streamlined than they did, don’t worry… you’re not going mad.

SitePoint forumsOn the subject of cleaning, I have to say that the forum staff deserve a medal for the efforts they have been making at cleaning up spam and ‘fluff’ posts. We have implemented a quality standard for posting on the forums and posts that fall short of that standard are removed. In my travels around the forums I have noticed that reported posts are being cleaned up in less than 2 minutes in most cases. In my book that’s pretty impressive.

Aside from all of this cleaning, I’ve been doing some thinking. That I can do both of those things at once may surprise some of you and I admit that it’s taken some practice. The thinking relates specifically to ways that we can encourage you to think outside of the box when it comes to creative posting. A forum is good for providing answers to questions, but I want SitePoint to be more than good. I want it to be the kind of place that people choose to hang out at because there is lots of stimulating conversation and interesting people to bounce ideas off. So if that’s the kind of place that you’d like the SitePoint forums to be, get your thinking cap on and come up with a few interesting topics for discussion. If you like free books then you’ll be wanting to hang around in May… but that’s all I’m going to say on that for now. ;)

And since I’m talking about books I’ll take this opportunity to remind you of our current 5-4-1 sale on our electronic book library. If you have an eReader that supports Mobi or ePub formats then this is the sale for you! But hurry because there is only a week to go.

Hot Topics This Week

If you’re a FireFox fan you might be interested in the current discussion about changes in the way :visited is handled that is going on in the CSS forum right now.

A thread that I’m finding particularly interesting is the one in Business and Legal Issues about whether people are willing to give their clients FTP access to their site. Do you? I’m too scared…

In the PHP Application Design forum they’re talking about the pros and cons of the different version control software that’s available. What do you use?

If you have a recommendation for a good eCommerce solution then drop into the eCommerce forum and have your say.

And last for this week, if you feel like taking a break from all the geek-talk then drop into General Chat and tell us what you’d save if your house was on fire.

So that’s it from me. Over and out.

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