What's this? Content? Here? At penciljack.com? Well, yes! But first, a bit of backstory ...
There are a few loyal members who have stuck with us for the whole ten years (plus!) who will no doubt remember that old classic "Penciljack.com is getting ready to launch any day now."
Some slightly less crotchety and elderly members will likely remember the old refrain, "Okay, no, for real this time" and the ever popular "REALLY for real this time, I swear!"
Members who joined more recently will probably be more familiar with "......... hey, anybody ever hear from PJ these days?" or the now famous "Hey, is PJ down? I haven't heard from Terry in ages."
Sorry about all that.
However, it's a true testament to the quality of this community that it has persevered despite all the trials, tribulations and neglect that it has suffered. Hopefully you've noticed that Penciljack.com has gotten quite a bit more lovin' lately. We've had our fair share of outages, but we've been able to pick up and recover from them and keep things rolling.
To build on that momentum, I wanted to share with you some things that you may notice happening soon.
- First up, you'll soon notice this here Content Management System (CMS) section is open and available. Nifty, right? This CMS is the primary reason I invested in VB4. In one fell swoop, it made available a whole suite of tools that I had literally been waiting on for years. Eventually, the CMS will expand with a cavalcade of new material, and maybe soon, more than ten years after this site first popped up on the Interwebz, I'll officially declare the site "launched." Honest
- Next, you'll notice that the Blogs will soon be open for business again. I believe this will become an important part of our community and at the moment I intend to replace the "sketch blogs" forum with this feature. I expect this section of the site will grow at a fast clip.
- I'm also exploring options to simplify the existing forum layout. It's been a few years since we did this, and some of you may remember it was quite confusing the last time around. Even so, I believe we can consolidate and simplify and make things easier to use. Don't worry - your opinions will be solicited, and 'leaving things as is' is not entirely off the table.
- Lastly, I'll be simplifying the existing usergroup setup. This should make it easier to manage forum permissions as well as more clearly document post-count based features.
Some of this is purely logical and organizational and you may be wondering why any of this matters to you. Some of it may not. In fact, I hope at least a few of these points will be fully transparent to your experience here at Penciljack.com.
Here's to a new age at Penciljack.com. No really