An email exchange this morning:
An email exchange this morning:
I’ve just finished the new Slope of Hope introduction video, and I’d like you to watch it. My main motivation in doing this is to make sure I haven’t missed anything big. This thing was way more work than I imagined (particularly the voiceover), so I’m really hoping I’ve covered the bases! But if I’ve missed anything, please tell me, because I want this to be informative, instructional, and interesting…………..and I really hope even long-time Slopers learn one or two new things! I look forward to your feedback.
I could use a bit of help, and I’m willing to pay for it (kind of).
A few days ago, when I sought to test out the new “sharing” feature in SlopeCharts, I did something I haven’t had a need to do in years – – – created a new profile. After all, if I wanted to test out a system meant for sharing, I had to have a second account to use. So I logged off my normal account, went to the home page, and entered the information to create a new account:
Yesterday, I let my Slope PLUS subscribers know about a feature in SlopeCharts that I built exclusively for them. Specifically, the ability to publish and subscribe to the watch lists of other users (and the charts therein, including the drawn objects for each chart). You can learn all about it on this page.
Here are a few relevant screen shots below. if you’ve been on the fence about subscribing to PLUS, this might just be what convinces you, since it’s just about the coolest thing ever. Again, you can learn all the particulars on this page.
One of the core features of the Slope of Hope (besides – cough cough – SlopeCharts – cough cough) is its custom-made comments system. Having been online since 1981 myself, I am acutely sensitive to the online community experience, and I’ve tried to build a comments system that reflects those values.
One rather unique feature in it is the ability to ignore anyone. This has improved the social atmosphere here tremendously, since people are spared reading the thoughts or those who, for whatever reason, rub them the wrong way. For all these years, if a given individual was ignored, then their comment would not appear, although their name and a blue line would:
There are a lot of newcomers on Slope these days (the vast majority of them lurkers – – that is, folks that don’t participate in the comments section but, as with Playboy, are here just for the articles). I thought I’d mentioned a few features here on Slope that some of you may not be aware existed……
SocialTrade – see that continuously-flowing banner of images at the top of the blog? Those are the latest entries from SocialTrade, which is sort of like a Pinterest product I created for financial information. The best place to start is the Browse Stacks page, but you can access any SocialTrade features from that dropdown menu at the top. There is even an iPhone app that lets you access the many thousands of items people have stacked over the years. Finally, there are some videos I put together that make SocialTrade easy to grasp.
A carton of eggs. The product of the first three factorials. Units of time. The number of months in a year. The largest number with a single-syllable name in English. Twelve is a many-wondered thing.
It also happens to be, as of today, the number of years Slope of Hope has existed. As I’ve explained before by way of Patton Oswalt’s brilliant routine, not every birthday should be celebrated. Twelve doesn’t make the cut. Thirteen will.
I will, however, as an homage to what we’ve all built here over the past dozen years, offer up a few relatively obscure links you might not have known about: