If you're wondering why Nuketown's been pretty quiet for the last few weeks, it's because I've been continuing to work on the beta. I've got a design that I like -- it needs some tweaking, but it accomplishes my goal of changing up the site enough to be different while retaining enough for it to be familiar.
I'm playing around with some variant home pages for Nuketown, and I've come up with one I really like: it uses a large photo/image/graphic on the home page, and places the content beneath it. It feels more webzine-ish, and less bloggish, while retaining interactivity (or rather adding it, since there isn't much here now).
After a few weeks of internal debate, I've decided to get rid of the Nuketown-hosted forum. I don't have the time needed to keep the topics there current, it hadn't reached the sort of critical mass it needed to sustain its own conversations, and the stupid spammer accounts were wasting too much of my time.
I'm looking for a few patient, curious readers (and listeners) to help me try out the beta site for the new Nuketown. The testing is pretty straight-forward -- I need folks to login (yes -- you can have actual accounts on the new site!), surf around the site, post some comments, fiddle with the forums.
You've got to love it when a minor lunchtime update turns into an evolving disaster that plunges ever deeper into the abyss of total chaos. That pretty much sums up my Nuketown Forum update yesterday, in which I thought I'd be clever and do a quick update while I had a few minutes, and succeeded in pretty much just destroying the entire thing.
Nuketown's forums have been up since late August, and have been slowly gathering momentum. I'm still experimenting with ways to drive traffic to the forums, including linking to them from some of the articles on the main site, highlighting them in the newsletter and now this: a weekly round-up of notable conversations. I'll be doing one of these round-ups every Tuesday for the next month as an experiment; after that I'll assess how well it worked and adjust accordingly.
It's been years since Nuketown has published fiction, but with its redesign approuching, its time to ask the question: should the ol'thermonuclear start publishing short stories again?
Nuketown's much-discussed, oft-delayed online message forum has officially launched.
Nuketown is switching hosting providers, and that could result in some strange errors as the DNS servers switch over and I figure out what I forgot to move from the old site to the new one.