Thursday, May 29, 2008

Important Vote ---Ballot form on its way

For those not on the mailing list this is to notify you that we are conducting an important vote within Blogpower during the next week. It concerns the issues in the post below plus several more raised in the discussion on the mailing list. You should receive an individual email immediately which includes the form and using the reply function you will easily be able to fill in your preferences and send it back to be tallied.

Please let me know if you do not receive the form and I will send it to you immediately.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Important Issues

We apologize for the delay in addressing some of the issues which arose recently in the mailing list, surrounding the vote for membership for acceptance of some new blogs.

It seemed to Ian and JMB that there was some considerable support for a limitation on the number of members in Blogpower from those who spoke up and obviously this has to be put to a vote of the general membership. Something that also ties into this is establishing who are the current members of Blogpower.

Since the beginning of the year we have had some formal resignations but while others did not officially resign we are not sure that they are still members since they are not displaying either the banner or the blogroll in their sidebars. So we have decided to include in the vote for limiting the membership a request for a reconfirmation of membership, so that we can reconcile the blogroll with the actual membership. We will not remove anyone who does not contact us for the moment, since we want to be sure that we reach everyone, including those who are not on the mailing list and not everyone has an obvious email address, but we do hope to catch everyone with this.

We would also hope that the membership would agree that anyone who has been a member of Blogpower could rejoin on application without another vote required. So if we were to decide on a restricted number of members it could be merely a guideline, since we might have more than that number at times. Should there be a decision to restrict it to a number lower than the current we would not accept any new applications until the number had dropped to that level.

A voting form will be sent to all members in a few days time. We encourage you to discuss this on the Yahoo groups mailing list for Blogpower since comments will be closed on this post.

Some members have not joined the mailing list and we encourage those who have not to register with Yahoo Groups and follow the link below and ask to become a member. You will be confirmed as soon as possible so that you can take part in the discussion.

Link to Blogpower Mailing list

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

News on the Blogroll Front

You may have noticed that Thunderdragon has redesigned his blog and moved to Wordpress. In doing so he found that our blogroll now works with Wordpress, probably as a result of their recent update which is excellent news. He also has used a different code which actually shows the names moving upward continuously. This code allows for a change in width and height and also background colour and the scroll speed. You can see it by clicking the link above to his blog.

I played around with it on my practice Blogger blog, Somebody Important, where it works but I could not find a great colour to change to. Probably because I didn't know what colours were available. I tried red and blue but they did not look good, so for me that needs further exploring. However what I did do, which I quite like, is I combined the clickable small BP banner and this moving blogroll into one page element. You can see that by clicking on my link above. So that's another possibility which is probably best with the no-colour background that I am using there.

If you are interested in this new code please contact me or Ian Grey or Thunderdragon.

This is crossposted in the mailing list.

Update: Thanks to Ian, we now have an option with a border which also appears on my practice blog and I have found a suitable background colour. Could be tweaked a little more I'm sure.