It’s amazing what he has been able to accomplish in so little time. Mungofitch has already posted on the BRK.A board and I look forward to learning more from him over there.
For those that would like to join over there, c’mon over.
I hope that we can take METaR over there as well. Thoughts on this @WendyBG ??
(I see that manlobbi has already created a METaR board on the new platform. I did not post there. I think it would be great if Wendy were to create the first post there as a tribute to all of the hard work that she has done to maintain this board for all of us).
So Wendy (and all of us) can stay here, associated with The Fool, along with the user base and eyeballs and input that comes along with it. Or migrate to an off-board run by a few people who don’t like change. Sorry, that new site will become an echo chamber of a small number of people. I’m staying here.
Dear Wendy, an SSL certificate will be added shortly so that warning will go, don’t worry. I have had to do all extremely quickly.
Until then you can sign up with a random long email.
The email feature is only needed for the “reply to email” feature that was with TMF and I have carried the feature over, as people like to feel they can send their posts privately to authors sometimes. We also don’t want other random people (this is NOT you) creating lots of sign-ins for spam.
Accounts are not checked for email validation at this minute as I’m releasing feature on a priority basis, and they will be validated later. So your email in any case needs to be added later (see Personal Settings link) once the SSL certificate is arranged (browser will show https instead of http).
Everything that you guys want (collectively) we can add. You have this freedom now. The first milestone it to ensure stability and refine the easier things (including SSL for WendyBG for example). It is a long term 40+ year project and I have had others running over decades already, so I guarantee all will be well.
Apparently emails are not yet validated. I created a test account using email@example.com. I was able to post without validating the email. I’d assume that feature is a work in progress.
Email validation will be added but it doesn’t make a lot of difference long-term as all accounts with invalid emails will be deleted. Accounts that are created authentically, even without a real email (but having a normal alias and normal posts) will certainly not be deleted! So WendyBG creating an account without an email for now is perfect.
The test account you created (with the alias ‘test’ for everyone to see, and with a ‘test’ message posted to the Falling Knives board, will be deleted along with the message.
Do not worry about the costs. The ratio of cultural value produced per dollar is enormous, I can’t even measure the cultural importance for people in dollars. If you follow my career as a composer, which involves astronomically more efforts than this, then the context for why I’m helping you in this way will be more clear.
Wendy, when the browser says a site is secure all it means is that it has an SSL certificate (HTTPS vs. HTTP) but that only secures the communication between the site and the browser, it does not guarantee the site is safe or secure. That needs a lot of good coding practices and management procedures. Even with the SSL certificate hackers can steal personal information and hack the site with malware — add malicious code.