> From: theforum-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:theforum- > bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of William Anderson > Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2013 12:34 PM [...] > > Here's my idea of how we celebrate 15 years: > > > > 1. Convert evolt.org to a static HTML site. Turn off submissions, > > commenting, and sign-ups. Take the site as it stands now (when it is > > working), spider it to flat HTML, and keep it out there as a part of web > > history. At that point, it can really be hosted anywhere. > > Interesting. I doubt we'd need to spider it since everything's in the database. > See comments below. True, but sometimes a spider tool does a good job of gathering all the assets and creating a simple flat file structure. I still spider stuff all the time (most recently when Posterous shut down), but I understand that a technical discussion is premature. Even though I just had one. > > 2. Approach some of the names in the industry (folks like Christian > > Heilmann, Eric Meyer, and so on) who were evolters or had worked directly > > with evolt.org and ask them to write up a missive for the 15th anniversary > > (with a 6 month lead time). > > Like it. If others like it then we should gather names. For example, Stephane Deschamps does a good job of finding other evolters at conferences, Martin seems to have a good handle on many, and so on. They can all help identify folks to approach. > > 3. Approach evolt.org contemporaries of the time (Webmonkey guys, > > Zeldman) and ask if they'd like to say a few words about our shared history. > > Anyone have contacts at WIRED? :) Is anyone still at Wired? > > 4. Gather it all and put together a nice anniversary piece on the home page, > > while gracefully announcing the permanent mothballing of weo, all links still > > intact. > > weo as-is, unless there is a massive upswell of support for retaining evolt as a > web developer community and support site, should definitely be > mothballed. I think it would be nice to wrap the *content* in a pleasing, > simple, modern HTML template, leaving it all Google-friendly and reader- > friendly at the same time. Mike is looking at various Drupal upgrade-locally / > sidegrade-to-the-cloud options to make lives easier. I think carving it out of any CMS is a good idea if it goes static. I still think the evolt.org blacktabnavbarthingie template that Isaac put together is the most iconic of all the layouts we've had. But I also have no interest in trying to make a go of that or any other re-templating effort. > > I think the lists and beo can continue on, assuming there is enough use to > > warrant. > > Hence my thought of expanding the mission of evolt.org from web > developer community to simply community. I'm not sure I'm articulating this > part well. I like the idea of people sharing things with people they like, and > commenting on them. I'm aware people do this already on Facebook, > Reddit, Hacker News, et al. I think we could join in the fun. I'm not sure. > Wibble. Meh. I don't mean to sound dismissive, but there are so many platforms, so many networks, and so many ways of doing it that *I* wouldn't want to play in that space. Whether or not I would be interested should have no bearing on the future direction, however. Otherwise we'd be selling evolt.org cheeses. Which I would buy.