NOTE: I need help filling in names of admins... I think it would be nice to run a fairly comprehensive list of current and alum admins. I also didn't have a lot to say about the Drupal transition... I wasn't around, and visits to the archives have not been very informative except that it seems to have been a fairly stressful time for some... I think that we have yet to realize the potential of Drupal or even feel comfortable with it. Hopefully that will change. E ----------------------------------------------- EVOLT.ORG HISTORY 1998-2000 evolt.org was established December 14, 1998, as a breakoff group from Hotwired's Monkeyjunkies mailing list. (Read more links) 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. "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. (Read more list info) The list continues today as the heart of the evolt.org community. ADMIN Admin are a nebulous but tightly-knit group of individuals who contribute time, energy, and skills to evolt.org. Current admin include: Alumni include: EVOLT.ORG SITE The first iteration of the evolt.org site (aka "w.e.o." for web evolt.org in evolt-speak) 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 embodied late 20th century geek sleek. 2001-2004 In December 2000, evolt.org redesigned w.e.o. 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. "Centers" were renamed, more intuitively, "Categories." Original evolter and long-time admin Adrian "aardvark" Roselli wrote in-depth about processes and concepts behind w.e.o 1.0 and 2.0 designs in the book <link><cite>Usability: The Site Speaks For Itself</cite> (glasshaus, 2002. Holzschlag and Lawson, Ed.)</link>. 2005-2008 In 2005 we decided to migrate our database and CMS to SQL/Drupal. (link to martin's article) 2008 evolt.org is once again in the midst of an upgrade/redesign process. OUR CMS Our original content management system was built in Cold Fusion over an Access database running on Window NT; later we migrated to Linux/Oracle/Cold Fusion, and then to Win2k/MSSQL/Cold Fusion. The evolt.org CMS was developed and 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 over SQL. OUR BROWSER ARCHIVE Original admin Adrian Roselli's obsession with cross-browser testing led him to collect an archive of browsers, which he donated to evolt.org. Featuring goodies from Lynx and Mosaic to iCab and Opera to standalone versions of Internet Explorer, browsers.evolt.org (aka b.e.o.) has been an a popular destination place for web developers and curiousity seekers since the evolt.org 1.0. Enjoy, and download and install at your own risk. OUR PROCESS Over the years, evolt.org has experimented with different ways to structure our admin process, from electing leaders, to establishing committees. Ultimately, attempts 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 our lists are self-moderated, the organization is self-led. While some offices are held by single individuals (for example, the office of treasurer, currently held by David Kaufman) other offices may be shared. We have had to remain flexible with leadership, seeking a balance that works for us. theforum at lists.evolt.org is where we discuss the direction of the organization. This list is open to all evolt.org members. evolt.org is only as strong as our members, and we are always open to having intelligent, energetic additions to our ranks.