It's even worse than it appears..
Thursday November 30, 2023; 11:18 AM EST
  • It's been five years since I re-did the Scripting News home page. It was overdue. The new version isn't all that different on the surface from the previous version, here's a list of things to look at.#
    • Blog, the first tab, becomes Dave. #
    • The News tab now is named Bloggers and it does something different, more on that in a bit.#
    • The tabs work better, the pages aren't reloaded when you click on one of the tabs, but the URL in your browser's address bar changes, so you can bookmark it and go directly to the page you're interested in. And the browser Back button works as you would expect. #
  • The big change under the covers is that it hooks into FeedLand on its own. When you're reading the Bloggers tab, you're reading content that came directly from the new Automattic-hosted FeedLand server. #
  • The list of feeds behind the Bloggers tab right now are just placeholders. We're going to work with other sources, using reading lists, to create a news flow from blogs that we think are interesting, along with what other people think are interesting. How this will develop is not yet clear, but we are going to work on this. When I say "we," I mean Chuck Grimmett and myself and others at Automattic. This is the kind of stuff they do for WordPress users, so it fits right in imho with our respective skills.#
  • Speaking for myself, I want to engage with more bloggers. We used to have something, and I think we can again. #
  • We're putting a lot of development behind this. FeedLand has been in development for almost three freaking years. This last year has been spent turning corners, and building out features so they can scale to Automattic-level flow. And adding one major new kickass feature to the world of feeds -- reading lists. The ability to subscribe to lists of feeds. We're going to use that in a lot of places. I wanted to get that in the product before we started using it. And it's in, and it works. There are still a few glitches to work out, you know -- software can always work better than it does. 😄#
  • All I can say is we're getting there. Today's FeedLand does a lot more and works a lot better than last year's. #
  • And now Scripting News is part of that. So we'll be able to make the new stuff more visible, by using it here in this site. #
  • Still diggin!#
  • As they say. #
  • I'm trying to think but nothing happens!#
  • PS: is still there and updating as before. #

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Last update: Thursday November 30, 2023; 3:31 PM EST.

You know those obnoxious sites that pop up dialogs when they think you're about to leave, asking you to subscribe to their email newsletter? Well that won't do for Scripting News readers who are a discerning lot, very loyal, but that wouldn't last long if I did rude stuff like that. So here I am at the bottom of the page quietly encouraging you to sign up for the nightly email. It's got everything from the previous day on Scripting, plus the contents of the linkblog and who knows what else we'll get in there. People really love it. I wish I had done it sooner. And every email has an unsub link so if you want to get out, you can, easily -- no questions asked, and no follow-ups. Go ahead and do it, you won't be sorry! :-)