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19-Jun-2008 Changes to CoolRunning

Thursday 19 June 2008 Leave a comment

Note- this was posted to my old blog and I am just moving to over here.

It was funny the other week that southaustralian noticed some new emoticons and posted a thread about it (whilst I was composing one also). I had barely even finished uploading them. I think I browsing anotherinvisionsite and saw some different icons and thought that we hadn’t added any new ones for a while. checked out the usual suspects that gave some free downloads so add them. Total time from initial thought to all done was maybe 20mins or 30mins.

Most people have passed comments about our homepage for a while, a bit cluttered etc. It is in the same software as wikipedia and so we are limited to a degree as to how it will work. Wombatface is a bit like the resident interface gatekeeper – he checks it out and passes judgement (he is generally right) and we try to improve it – usually simpler or less heavy in kb. I know he’d bee fiddling with his own version of the homepage but was surprised to see him whack it onto the homepage. however “happily surprised” as he’d done a good job and getting other people to make their own changes is something that I am personally keen on – I don’t want it to be “my site”. Most people think it is an improvement. We will be putting more and more onto the wiki system.

We do need to update our forums to the very latest version (not many changes) and we can now upgrade mediawiki to the very latest version (and the bridge software between the forums and the wiki – allows use of the same username/password). We were waiting for our server to upgrade to php5 which we need to run the latest mediawiki. Hopefully their won’t be any instability or outages (no dates in mind yet – whenever I chase Mick).

People are using the chatroom a bit more now. I added in a few extra chat rooms, as when I was in there it seemed that some people wanted to talk about running, some about dogs, and some about punk (guess which was me) and rather than talk over each other it would be good to change rooms. I suspect we need to upgrade to the latest version of that software also, sounds like there were a few intermittent glitches etc.

The other change – made the week after six foto back in March that no-one has commented on (plu ? wombatface ? were you asleep? or what ?) are the new favicons. I use the inks bar in my browser and try to have no text just the favicons – refer this image:

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There are 2 new favicons, one for the forums and one for other parts of the site eg the homepage. I would like to get a bunch of different ones as I am sure that people link to different parts.

We also changed the photogallery – read this – I think that was around March also. It’s really good but I must work out how to move the old photos to the new gallery and tidy it. I am expecting to get torrents of emails saying they can’t find their photos now.

Other than that we haven’t changed much – behind the scenes we have dumped our old ticket system and gone for a simpler gmail interface (coolrunningaus@gmail.com – however best just to contact us via info@coolrunning.com.au). Our main helpers there are sook and colin townsend – they can also deal with ad requests, news postings, forums issues etc as not everything is done by me (yippee ! or is that yahoo!)

Adios.

As this was posted to my old blog I did get some comments :

Plu – Hi Kevin, I was on the ball for the Gallery changes but stalled when I did not know how to get all the photos across.  Also I was not sure  what to do with the photos in the Forum. I still remember your comment on people voting with their feet and using Picasa and photobucket – still think about the effect of those  types of galleries.  Completely missed the  favicons – not  sure how to get them but I want them. cheers  Plu

Sook54 – I reckon the new homepage look is great! Thanks to wombatface, Kev and whoever else was involved. One thing that will be good to get fixed when we have a chance is the weird extra menubar for the wiki, which is on the home page and confuses new people when they click the Login/create account link (which doesn’t take you anywhere – would be good for it to take you to the standard forums register page)

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15-Jun-2008 Moderation, Pink & Running

Sunday 15 June 2008 Leave a comment

Note- this was posted to my old blog and I am just moving to over here.

The rudi stuff quietened down after we merged a couple of threads and closed it to posting,  in theory allowing people to calm down and cool off. it’s open again now. We were between a rock and a hard place. Thomo was vehemently for rudi and spammed the moderators every time someone posted something negative. RonnieRennen did the same (but in public) any time there was a positive post. arrrggghh.

Thomo made it clear to me that all moderators should be sacked for failing to do their duty. I received a bunch of emails from moderators who wondered if they should quit or what, given they often leave nasty stuff for me. Colin (The Colin) has also – often – expressed his opinion that the moderators (likely just me) are inconsistent and not up to scratch. I spend a lot of mental energy worrying, thinking and analysing these sorts of jedi-mind games and it gets me down. I like thomo and colin, and suspect if we were face to face all would be ok, but I don’t feel it’s been said like that. It feels like a lot of needle & aggro. I am only venting here as its prime position in my mind.

I don’t think we do a bad job (given my overall lack of qualifications) and as its meant to be a part time hobby!

I went to the Wild Endurance Awards night on Thurs as Sean was MC. It was a good evening. Sean did a good job. I felt a bit of a fraud for going to the awards drinks but not competing in the event! Saw a few CRs, most commented that shutting the thread off was the best thing to do.

I am sitting here watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall. If you remember the scene with a burnt out Pink in a hotel room – that’s how I feel about CR, Six Foot etc and most people don’t realise I am not some megalomaniac I am just a little boy trying to offload this monkey (or plural) that jumped on my back. I would like to disappear back into obscurity. Maybe I shouldn’t post to CR, but if I continue to moderate I will be seen as a faceless nazi wanker if I just edit but not give any reasons why.

On the running front, my mind was also occupied with the upcoming running of the billy bushies run in Bundeena, where I had had been dobbed in as ranger for the run ie set the course and lead it (like AT THE FRONT). I did a decent route round Maianbar and back to Bundeena last weekend – took 3 tries to really get it right. I ran most of it with Dawn on Monday. Anyway we did the run today – bit of bush, bit of road, some very narrow, wet, gorse stuff, some firetrail and then some sand. the tide didn’t work quite as the website suggested so it was with some horror that the tide was much higher than expected. We waded / ran / walked round from Red Jacks to Yenabilli point, where everyone just said – we either swim for it or go on the trail the long way. 90% opted for the swim – the bushies are very hardcore. I was told to say Go so everyone races back and I was left for dead. A Great 2h 15m run. VERY cold at the finish though. The swim was only about 10metres, but approx 50+ metres of wading, in parts waist deep. A great honour to set the route and most people seemed to like the route. I was impressed that I stayed at the front until we said Go without embarrassing myself and collapsing in a heap halfway round and going short back home. I should go out more frequently with them. The contrast with Striders is quite stark ie at bushies you get extra credits if you lose everyone else. I contemplated taking a map of the route but figured that was against the rules (you betcha!).

Unfortunately it meant that I missed the Poor Man’s Comrade’s that was also on today.

Next up – keep the training going, Cities Marathon and 12foot hopefully.

As this was on my old blog I did receive some comments:

Plu – Hi Kevin, I can only just imagine the emails/PMs you would  have got.   I got my own fair share as well after my blogs posts on the issue. Many were distressed Cool Runners.  Also there are a lot of CR  who did not what – if anything had happened.   Perhaps having a monkey is not necessarily a bad thing.  If it is not Cool Running it would be something else – at least now you have the lifestyle you love. Having said that you can stop if you want I feel the same way with some of the professional things I do like web pages that no one has the  skills nor inclination to do anything about.  cheers  Plu

Me – plu – quick response – ta. I made it clear to the missus that WHEN I am not RD of 6ft or chief janitor @ CR then it would be replaced with other stuff. I am still doing the running shoe recycling, and would love to spend more time on the australian running guide and …. yes there will be other monkeys for sure.

Loubee – I think you do a great job. :)

Tynomite – Not collapsing in a heap, either on CR or the run. Five stars!

MissZ – Hi Kevin, As a silent observer of the recent fracus, I just wanted to say that I really, really appreciate the work you and the other moderators do on CR. Its not easy and you are only human, you can’t be perfect. No one should expect that.  I love CR and it brings a lot of pleasure to my life. Thank you very much for that.

StellaBella – Kev, Miss Z pretty much summed up what I wanted to say. Things have gotten ridiculous and ppl are being unreasonable and I think you moderators are doing a great job under the circumstances so thank you :)

AMK – I agree with the girls you guys do an amazing job keeping this site going. This site helps so many ppl it would be a disaster to lose it because of a few.

Ellie80 – Seconded! (seventhed?) Many times I have started typings posts and deleted because I am not truly sure what my problem with those few threads is. I think it is mostly my discomfort with the level of aggression. You don’t deserve to be copping both sides of it so I hope it dies down soon. And I think you would be well within your rights to shut those threads down permanently. And then wait for the cries of censorship? :)

WhippetGal – All I want to say is thank you for CR. You (and the other moderators) do a good job. I really appreciate this site and depend on it, not only for information, race calendars etc., but for motivation and encouragement. Don’t get disillusioned by the sh*t fights – your job is damn hard.

Didge – I agree. I’m a relatively new runner and most of the advice I have received is from CR. I don’t know if i would have improved as much as i have already without CR. Keep up the great work Kev & Co. Don’t let the minority spoil it for the majority.

Serena – This is a great site, Kev. You and the other moderators do a sterling job. I know being a moderator is an often thankless, unpleasant job. SJ

Colsy – You guys do a great job here, without CR I would have accomplished half of what I have so far…if that! It can sometimes be draining enough just reading negative posts or getting caught up in controversies, let alone the job that you and the Mods do. Well done.

 

4-Jul-2007 Holiday ! Running !

Wednesday 4 July 2007 Leave a comment

Note- this was posted to my old blog and I am just moving it to over here onto WordPress.

Well, its school holidays and part of trying to be an “equal opportunity” parent I have taken some time off work to be wiv the kids. We went to the central coast for a few days and just spent sometime relaxing. Get up late (7am ish) went running for an hour 15mins each day, breakfast, hang around the beach reading books. Kids got a lot of fresh air and scootering. Went to a few skateboard parks (Umina has a good one) and even indoor climbing at Kincumber. I am a total wuss as I can’t stand heights but Dawn was sooooo good. one of the kids takes after her the others after me.

The good thing is we went running together and although she is heaps better than me, we had some good runs. Did a ton of reading and went to bed early every night (10pm). Squeezed my efforts on CoolRunning into 30-45mins daily. a real break.