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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

No self-respecting website designer would omit an FAQ page, and Tris refuses to be the exception on this matter. Not in any traditional sense, of course, but because it affords him the latitude to be lazy/efficient, and kill two birds with one stone.

The original plan was to omit this page entirely, and write a dedicated "About" page that detailed the site's history, later development and future plans. But the more notes that were written on the subject, the more it looked like a dedicated FAQ page in its own right.

This unplanned development allows for the requisite feedback (by using the contact form at the bottom of this page) to make this site as user-friendly as possible, without restructuring great swathes of carefuly articulated blather in an "About" page. That said, there are plans to introduce such an "About" page, but that will be more relevant to Tris personally than it is to questions directly regarding the site.

As a "new build", these questions are not user-generated. So until the time it is "live", and new users are exposed to the interface and the content? Yes. This Q&A is here to deflect your more mundane complaints, so Tris can get on with producing great content for you, and on a website that is easy to navigate, fresh and engaging.

The questions are grouped into the following categories

About the site
Plans for the site
Comments policy
Newsletter
Questions for you

About The Site.

How many times has this site been redesigned?

Too many to count. It probably runs into the dozens.

So, what's different this time? Well, this time I am giving it a v2.0 attribute (I did once have another succesul blog) to try and force myself into more incremental change, and overall better habits.

Why no menu?

I honestly don't think I need one. Yet.

As stated above, this is a glorified blog, so the most important and up-to-date information resides in the front page slider. Links of secondary importance sit beneath that, and at the end of each of those lists are links to "category" pages where all of the articles are listed. Together with the Google SiteSearch function at the top of each page, navigation should be breeze.

All the other content is more personal, esoteric and particular, and is probably best served by my writing down the relevant links for each individual who requires them. If they are relevant to anything within the regular content, I can simply link to it from there.

Plans For The Site.

This website is basically a blog. What more can you do?

Loads.

While the primary function of the site is a glorified blog, my increasing frustrations with social media and intrusive advertising means I am looking into ways to use the site as a social media tool in its own right, and what little advertising you see here will always be relevant to the subects I discuss.

With specific regard to social media, I am looking into largely abandoning my personal presences in favour of posting a daily report to each of them to drive traffic to this site. To leverage this increased traffic, I hope to offer secure personal accounts with private logins to those that wish to see and share that content. As a benefit of being a registered user, you will not be bothered by any advertising beyond what the site's content dictates (affiliate Amazon links, for example)

Until such a time as this is possible, there will be a small amount of advertising in articles only, to try and recoup the costs of running the site.

I see you are going to introduce RSS. What sort of content should I expect?

The best of what interests you.

The thing about RSS is, that you only need to subscribe to those categories that interest you. Here is a list of the proposed categories (these will be linked when released):

  • All
  • Counter Apologetics
  • Cornwall
  • Technology
  • Skepticism

I have also written a comprehensive instructable here if you'd like to know more.

Comments Policy.

Do you have a comments policy?

Oh, yes. 'Ere t'is.

1. Don't be a dick.

2. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in an article should be addressed using the contact form at the bottom of each page, not in the Disqus comments system. Such reports are welcomed, but redactions will only be discussed through the appropriate channel, and Disqus comments on this matter (while likely actioned regardless, and without credit) will be deleted. The highlighting of factual errors is welcomed on the Disqus comments system, as are important caveats.

3. If you want to reply to someone's comment, click "reply" to that comment and continue the thread. Responding anonymously in a new thread will result in your comment's deletion, regardless of how obvious it seems that it was related to another thread. If you don't understand how Disqus works, learn.

4. Stay on topic. I can't stress this enough. If a thread is started that doesn't directly relate to the article's subject/content/theme, it will be deleted. I understand that certain threads are prone to disappearing down rabbit holes, and this is fine as long as the overall thread has a coherent flow. Use your judgement if you don't want to risk a curmudgeonly metaphorical fist-shaking.

5. Simply telling someone to "Google it" or "Do your own research" is evasion, and I will not let you get away with it. If you make a positive claim, and don't back it up when requested, you will be blocked after 24 hours.

More to come, I'm sure.

Newsletter

I'm suspicious of signing up for the newsletter, because I don't know what will happen to my email address.

It's a reasonable concern.

While it is true that I would like to make a small income from this website, the idea that I would do anything as nefarious as sell-on your details goes against everything this website stands for. For me, trust is an intrinsic aspect of my relationship with the end-user, and betraying you in such a manner runs counter to that end. I don't suppose my merely pointing this out is going to allay your deepest fears, but there it is.

I use the Mailchimp service to deliver my newsletter, so there is the additional concern that their servers could be hacked, but I have been familiar with them for a number of years with no good reason to suspect they are any more susceptible to hacks than anyone else. They also appear to offer clear, simple and effective "opt-outs" for you as standard, which is encouraging.

Do you have a copy of the newsletter, so I can see what I am signing up for?

Not yet, but I am working on it.

I don't, at present, have enough content to warrant the time on producing one. But once the initial shock of going "live" has waned, I shall get right on it.

Questions For You.

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