A couple of brief things and a longer one after the fold:
– I’m looking at some possible changes to commenting, like threading and the dreaded registration step. More on that as it happens, but we’re being (we believe) hand-attacked by comment spammers trying to get past that (sometimes annoying) spam-check box that has foiled them entirely since Dave Pease shared it with us. Dave Pease, by the way, awesome, and his generous donation made it dramatically easier to run the site.
– I’m working on fixing a couple of back-end things. If you notice weird site behavior, I’m probably being electrically shocked behind the scenes. Please don’t hit reload repeatedly.
– We’ve been thinking about upgrading our hosting for a while. It would mean much faster response times, better availability, none of the weird database errors you get sometime when Mr. Corcoran posts two different comments at once, causing the server to choke, and so forth. But this requires money, which leads me to…
… this part.
Many people have suggested that we ask for donations, which I’m loathe to do for a number of reasons.
I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing USSM T-shirts and stuff. I tossed this out in yesterday’s game thread late, and people reacted well. We could help defray hosting costs, while USSM readers get swag they can wear while helping the cause. There are two problems with this-
1) It’s kind of a pain and
2) None of us are any good at designing those things, which means snappy text or leaning on readers for help on design. Not sure how that would work.
In particular, I’ve been thinking about doing some basic USSM gear and then limited-run shirt-of-the-month stuff that would be cool and super-rare. But I’m just kicking that around.