I don’t make a habit of pre-announcing products, but this time I’m making an exception, because I’ve been working on something for a while which is an important new direction for Slope.(more…)
Slope of Hope Blog Posts
This is the heart and soul of the web site. Here we have literally tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. You can also click on any category icon to see posts tagged with that particular category.
From time to time, I get the opportunity to just spend some time with the site and look for little things I want to improve. Today, I decided it was high time to jettison the “quick start” video for two reasons:
- It was WAY too long;
- The audio was just horrible; I sounded like I was in a cave.
Thus, here’s the new 59-second, easy-to-understand-my-voice video:
In the midst of doing Cool New Projects, we here at the Slope Headquarters (at least here in the North Towers of the sprawling Slope compex, where development is focused) also attend to boring, simple stuff that makes your experience better.
The latest is the “@” function. This allows you, in the comments section, to have your comment emailed directly to the person just to make really sure it gets their attention. We have made this feature literally TEN TIMES FASTER (it was miserable before), so i encourage you to give it a try next time you want to make sure someone sees your comment!
I recently did a survey amongst you folks so we could collectively assess how much of a “bubble” each of us lives in. I was pleased just how many of you took the survey. Here are the collective results; I have highlighted the “winning” answer for each question. Thank you!(more…)
I trust everyone had a safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve. I’ll be doing posts throughout the day, principally with more “Best Of” recaps.
Over the past week, my crew and I have been hard at work optimizing and speeding up Slope to try to deal with our ever-increasing popularity. The LiveCam of our efforts would look something like this:
I have sad news to share with everyone. Our beloved brother-in-arms, Bruno de Landevoisin, has passed to the eternal realm. For those of you who don’t know to whom I’m referring, Bruno was a very long-time member of the Slope community, writing more posts here than anyone except myself, and doing so with a fastidious attention to detail. He went by many names – – Idiot Wind, BDI (which meant “Bob Dylan Idiot”, since he was a huge fan) – -but we all knew him as the loveable Frenchman, descended from royalty, who was a tireless and lovingly combative member of this community
Just a quick note to say we’ve spiffed up the “Home Page” for premium members. The idea is that when registered users go to SlopeOfHope.com they get a very simple, easy-to-understand launch point where the most important links are. As before, the menus items still work, but this hopefully will allow people to focus on the key stuff.
I wanted to interrupt your market day with a brief update on Bruno, whom is well known to old timers here. He has been silent for weeks, and I’ve been trying to figure out if he’s OK or not. During my early morning dog walk, I called his number (I steadfastly avoid intruding on personal lives, so I had not done this until now). After many rings, his girlfriend answered, and we spoke for a while.
The good news is that he’s still with us. The bad news is that he’s in pretty serious shape. He’s on a ventilator in the hospital. He’s able to communicate, so I asked her to tell him that we’ve been thinking about him and worrying about him. She was very moved by this, and I’m sure the collective sentiments of those here will cheer his spirits. I just wanted you to know.
I am absolutely thrilled to unveil another improvement is the ever-improving Slope of Hope. As proud as I am of the many components of the site, particularly SlopeCharts, this new page we’re launching is the most aesthetically-pleasing in nearly 14 years of history. Here’s the new menu item to get there: