I have just returned from a weekend away with the 99FlipPointAble crew (which is the guys from 99Designs, Flippa, SitePoint and Learnable for those of you that wonder what the hell I’m talking about) for our Christmas party. We went to the beautiful Silverwater Resort in San Remo, Victoria and spent the weekend hanging out and generally misbehaving. I have come home a broken woman, but am feeling re-energized and I have some great new ideas for our community, as well as some highly entertaining photos and video footage. Check out our Facebook page in the coming weeks for those.
Speaking of Christmas parties allows me to easily segue into my next topic, which is forum related. The Great Holiday Photography Competition has just kicked off and the first set of subjects has been announced. If you enjoyed the Great Photography Challenge from earlier in the year then you’re going to love this. We have simplified things a bit this time to avoid any confusion over time zones. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to enter – anyone can join in. We want to see what the holidays mean to you and your part of the world. There are some great prizes up for grabs and we’ll be posting the winning pictures here and on our Facebook page.
While I’m talking about the forums, I should mention the upcoming 2010 SitePoint Community Awards. The nominations have been finalised and voting will open later this week. Keep your eyes on the News and Announcements forum for more information. We’re even offering a few small incentives for voting so you might just get your hands on some free merchandise if you’re lucky.
Hot Topics This Week
If any of you FBML geeks are out there, jump into our WordPress forum and help out a user who is having trouble with the width of the Facebook like box.
They are talking image reduction this week in the Graphics forum. How do you reduce your gifs?
In the Developing for Mobile Devices forum this week there is a thread about the development of location based services. Sound interesting?
And last up this week is one for the geeks amongst you. The conversation in the Ruby forum this week is about why Ruby isn’t as popular as PHP. Have you got an opinion?
And with that, I’m going to bed to recover from the weekend. More from the SitePoint Community next week.
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Formerly a developer in the corporate world, HAWK (known as Sarah by her mother) said goodbye to the code and succumbed to the lure of social media. Community Manager for the SitePoint network for several years now. If you're a member of our community you'll be familiar with ^hawk.