First of all, we’d like to wish all of you who’ve stuck it out with us for the last year Happy Birthday. Indeed, GWC will be one year old tomorrow. We were saving the new design for tomorrow, but we ran into some issues that forced us to go ahead with it. So here ’tis.
You’ll notice a couple of quick advantages. For example, the new site actually works in Firefox, IE, and even Safari. (Yes, some of us have Macs, too. So we felt your pain with the old site.) And certainly the new site offers Sean a much better opportunity to show off his design capabilities.
You’ll also notice two tabs up at the top which don’t work yet:
For the first year of GWC we studiously avoided adding a forum. We felt like somehow we’d managed to attract such a great group of friends and participants that we didn’t want to do anything that might shift the balance or otherwise frack things up. As many readers have commented, this is an amazingly friendly and enjoyable group.
But recently we’ve begun to feel like not adding a forumhas sort of become the new adding a forum — like by not adding one we’re hobbling a community that could otherwise grow and become even more enjoyable for everyone involved. So we relented, and it’s coming very soon. We’re still tweaking the installation, but expect to see the forum tab live in the next week.
While we’re by no means planning to turn GWC into some kind of sales tool, we’ve also finally succumbed to the many requests for some basic GWC gear to help you share the fun here with others. Specifically, we’re putting together a little Cafe Press store full of T-shirts and trinkets complete with GWC graphics and listener/reader-only inside jokes.
GalacticaWatercooler.com’s redesign should give you some idea of Sean’s skills — remember, he’s a world-class sandbagger — so we’re excited about his creations for the store. Hint: start working on him now to do a full-sized poster for the store; they take some time. I have one over my desk that he created — it’s a “1 of 1” print — and it’s fraking incredible.
More To Come
There’s more, but we can talk about it later. For now, I just wanted to let everyone know that a) the site is back up and should stay up now, and b) we’re really, really happy that you’re here. You’ve made the last year incredibly enjoyable for us (and your fellow reader/listeners), and we hope that when the forum goes live it’ll give us all an opportunity to interact even further.