Comments posted organically
My philosophy behind the creation of The Post

By Curt_Anderson
September 1, 2021 11:05 am
Category: Philosophy

(0.0 from 0 votes)
SelectSmart.com SelectSmart.com SelectSmart.com


Share
Rules of the Post
Rate this article
(5=best, 0=poor)
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
0 Stars

My original thought in creating The Post was that I wanted to emphasize the opening posts, aka articles. Therefore the OP authors would be rewarded with a few extras such as the ability to display videos, display images and to edit their articles.

I felt there was too much kneejerk acrimony in the back and forth replies in the old forum. It seemed too much like a shouting match rather than a discussion. Too minimize that hostility, I reasoned that if it were not possible to edit comments, commenters would by necessity be a bit more thoughtful in their comments. That's also why I gave these pages a more journalistic name and appearance. I also believe it's typical that on news sites like the New York Times that commenters are not able to edit their comments.

There were other reasons that I decided to retire the old forum in favor of this format. One big one is that I wanted the possibility of improving and modifying these pages. To satisfy my own creative impulses, I wanted a forum that could evolve. I have managed to make incremental improvements often in response to suggestions.

Today Donna wondered about displaying YouTube videos in the comments. I actually spent some time this morning seeing if I could reprogram it. I wasn't successful, but it's probably possible. It's something I am willing to consider at least. But as I indicated, I want to encourage the creating of new articles. If there is a video worth displaying it probably justifies its own new article.

In the past, the old forum got a boost in traffic and participation when there was a presidential election. That's why I wanted to make the change to this forum in December of 2019. I was dissuaded to not make the change then. With advent of SSL (the secure website thing) it became a necessity finally. The private messaging function, for example, on the old forum was security risk and for me a potential liability risk.

The old forum was an unsupported, proprietary canned program apart from the rest of the site's programming therefore it wasn't integrated into the rest of the site.

Now it is integrated. The Post's article headlines with links appear on the site's political pages including the 2024 Presidential Candidate Selector results page and under the Commentary button on this page, http://selectsmart.com/categories/Politics.html/. Additionally, these articles can be rated so they appear with the ratings of the selectors, quizzes and polls on the front page and elsewhere on SelectSmart.com.

Could The Post be better? Sure, and that's the point. It can be made better.



Cited and related links:

  1. selectsmart.com

Comments Start Below


The views and claims expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of SelectSmart.com. Not every statement made here can be assumed to be a fact.
Comments on "My philosophy behind the creation of The Post":

  1. by Donna on September 1, 2021 11:38 am
    I appreciate all your efforts, Curt.


  2. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 10:14 am
    Ditto, Curt.

    That said, it would be nice to be able to post pictures more easily. Or at least have them appear bigger than a little icon.


  3. by Curt_Anderson on September 2, 2021 10:29 am
    Ponderer,
    I just commented to you about that on HtS's "Uncle" thread. Click the little enlarge image buttons on the lower left corner. See this example...


  4. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 10:36 am
    I know. Same thing happens when you click on the thumbnail itself.


  5. by Curt_Anderson on September 2, 2021 10:40 am
    Also thanks to all for your kind comments and ongoing support.

    Speaking of images, you might recall in the old forum people would sometimes post an image that was so big some of it would be unviewable on the right side.

    As I've said, this forum isn't perfect but at least I have the possibility of improving it. Yesterday for example, I enlarged to box where people write their comments. It makes it easier to proofread. I had anticipated shorter comments than we are seeing here.


  6. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 11:01 am
    I get it, Curt.

    I had gotten so used to how to set up my posts and images in the old forum that I lost sight of how tricky it was for others. If you recall, it was very rare that I would post an image that was too big. Having a little graphics background, and possessing Photoshop, I could edit an image to not be too big before posting it.

    I do sadly miss being able to a post or parts of it center justified. And being able to have different sized text.

    TESTING.....


  7. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 11:02 am







    HUZZAH!!!!!








    .


  8. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 11:02 am

    Now about the different sized text........


  9. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 11:04 am

  10. There's got to be an easier way to do these hyperlinks...


  11. by Curt_Anderson on September 2, 2021 11:18 am
    Ponderer,
    Some tricks of the trade, I don't want to advertise, lest these pages look like a poster for a circus. However, you can use standard html markup language to modify...



    your posts



    Just be sure to close with a < and > around your /b /center and /font etc.


Comment on: "My philosophy behind the creation of The Post"

* Anonymous comments are subject to approval before they appear. Cookies Consent Policy & Privacy Statement. All Rights Reserved. SelectSmart® is a registered trademark. | Contact SelectSmart.com | Advertise on SelectSmart.com | This site is for sale!

Find old posts & articles

Articles by category:
SelectSmart.com
Report spam & abuse
SelectSmart.com home page


From our contributors:
Display Order:

Trump: 'Itís not theirs, itís mine'
Humor by Donna     August 16, 2022 7:14 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by: HatetheSwamp (13 comments) [188 views]


Trump labeled "flight risk"; passports seized
Crime by Donna     August 15, 2022 2:58 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by: HatetheSwamp (6 comments) [75 views]


NPR interview from rural Afghanistan illustrates why our presence there was a fool's errand.
Military by Curt_Anderson     August 15, 2022 5:08 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by: oldedude (11 comments) [128 views]


What distinguishes a cult from a religion from a philosophy?
Philosophy by Curt_Anderson     August 14, 2022 5:08 pm (Rating: 5.0)
Last comment by: oldedude (15 comments) [326 views]


DOJ Seizes Trumps Passports Illegally, offers to return them
Government by oldedude     August 16, 2022 1:11 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by: oldedude (2 comments) [96 views]


President Biden Sad To Hear That Nice Blonde Nurse Who Always Follows Him Around Has COVID
Medical by HatetheSwamp     August 16, 2022 5:39 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by: oldedude (1 comments) [18 views]


There was nothing stolen (passports or anything else) during the legal search of Mar-a-Lago
Law by islander     August 16, 2022 2:28 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by: oldedude (1 comments) [70 views]


Tulsi Gabbard Fills In For Host Tucker Carlson On Fox News
Media by HatetheSwamp     August 14, 2022 2:46 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by: oldedude (17 comments) [223 views]


Let me ask... It this Republic run by a Union? or the Constitution?
Horror by oldedude     August 15, 2022 7:24 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by: oldedude (12 comments) [115 views]


DOJ opposes making public details in Mar-a-Lago search warrant's probable cause affidavit
Crime by Curt_Anderson     August 15, 2022 7:17 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by: oldedude (1 comments) [26 views]


Philosophy selectors, pages, etc.