Evolt History (FACT CHECKING & SUGGESTIONS WELCOMED) 1998-2000 Evolt was established December 13, 1998, as a breakoff group from Hotwired's Monkeyjukies mailing list. THE LIST In March 1999, after months of planning amongst the initial breakoff group, evolt.org launched its main mailing list, thelist at lists.evolt.org. Although the list started off small, word quickly spread, and hundreds of web developers from around the world were soon exchanging information about the web development industry on a daily basis. Evolt's "the list" is fairly general as far as web development lists go, covering everything from server operating systems to nuances of designing with CSS. The list has been historically characterized by its strong sense of community and its self-moderated style. The list continues today as the heart of the evolt community. EVOLT.ORG SITE The first iteration of the evolt.org site was pastel-colored, and launched in the spring of 1999. On June 1st, 1999, evolt.org re-launched its website as a place where web developers could see up-to-date and relevant news content about the web industry in general. The most applauded feature however, was that anyone could post an article in one of several "centers" or sections of the site that related to a specific area of web development. This 1999 site, generally known as "evolt 1.0," featured a distinctive dark blackground, with flat, bright, 8-bit fonts, and a "switch" button designed to pull up a reversed, printer-friendly page. Influenced by late-90s "hotwired style," evolt.org provided a sleeker, geekier, and more accessible version. (put something here about the browser archive) 2001-2004 In December 2000, evolt redesigned to a "skinnable" site featuring an all-black bar across the top of each page, different colors for each site section, and CSS used for visual design elements. Site layout was still done in tables. This design was created by Isaac Forman, with potential themes created by various evolt members. 2005-2008 In 2005 we decided to migrate our datebase and CMS to SQL/Drupal. Once again, Isaac Forman provided the front end design, which evolt's front end team worked into Drupal templates. 2008 Evolt is once again in the midst of an upgrade/redesign process. Evolt CMS Our original CMS was built in Cold Fusion over an Access database running on Window NT; later we migrated to MSSQL/Win2k and Oracle/Linux (which was first?). Our home-rolled CMS was maintained by coders in different parts of the world, with the occasional community-building "code-fest" get-togethers (link to Matt Warden's article). Eventually, concerns about the accessibility and longevity of our system led admin members to choose a more powerful open source system: Drupal. We now host our site on Linux-based servers running drupal and an SQL database. Process Over the years, evolt has experimented with different ways to structure our admin process, from electing leaders, to establishing committees. Ultimately, movements toward a formal leadership process have given way to a more informal, consensus-based style, similar to that employed by sites like wikipedia, but on a smaller community-oriented scale. Just as evolt's lists are self-moderated, the organization is self-led. Direction for the organization comes from the collective consciousness and is steered by credible individuals who are willing and able to step into leadership roles. Some offices are held by single individuals (for example, the office of treasurer, currently held by David Kaufman) while other offices may be shared. Evolt has had to remain flexible with leadership, seeking a balance that works for us. Direction of the organization happens in theforum. Those who have been involved for some time on the list or the site, and who are interested in taking a more active role in the organization may request a membership in theforum. Evolt is only as strong as our members, and we are always open to having intelligent, energetic additions to our ranks.