Status update

I’m hoping to resume blogging shortly. Unfortunately, as readers will have noticed, the site has been plagued by performance problems, and I need to resolve these first. I’m pursuing this actively, and hope to be back on air soon.

Monday message board

Although I’m still on break, it’s time once again for the Monday Message Board. As usual, civilised discussion and absolutely no coarse language, please. Any topic at all, but I imagine people will have something to say about the David Hicks case.

Registration

I’m implementing a registration requirement for comments. I’m hoping this will help to kill off spam, and also help me in troll control. Please tell me if you find this requirement too burdensome, and I’ll try to find another way around all this.

Testing

Hi everyone. I’m testing a bunch of things, and this is an open thread where you can discuss them if you want. Among other things, I’m looking at different themes (=skins/designs). If you’re interested there’s a lot to choose from here. I’m imposing the following constraints
(i) Two-column layout
(ii) Widget ready
(iii) Fast loading (not too much Javascript etc).
The current theme, which is fairly bland, is Aqueous-lite and meets all these criteria. I may be able to do a little bit of fiddling with fonts and similar, but please don’t just say “change the font”, give me some idea what you would like.

On point (iii), I apologise for the technical problems with the site lately, including breaking of the RSS feed for some users. I am looking into all this.

I’m trying to minimise hand-coding stuff and am now working with widgets like the Active Discussions at the top of the sidebar. Suggestions for good widgets gratefully accepted.