Happy Birthday everyone. iBrattleboro is now 11 years old That means we’re all heading toward our exciting teen years, but still retaining our youthful charm and innocence, right?
Lise and I are your guides and enablers, but the site remains yours. You decide what’s important, you write the stories, and you provide the commentary. There are no reporters or editors.
In 2003, the idea of using the world wide web for a local purpose was almost unheard of. News came from the TV set and from the newspaper or weekly news magazines. There were few blogs, no Facebook, no YouTube, nor Twitter. News outlets did not let you comment on stories other than by sending letters to the editor.
Just a note to say Lise and I wish you all the best this holiday season.
Thanks for keeping Brattleboro interesting, and keeping your neighbors informed and entertained with news, stories, commentary, history, events, links, photos, and more.
Santa visits the animated calendar today... watch him touch down on Oak Street.
Just a quick not to say how delightful it is to see the return of the iBrattleboro Christmas Calendar, one of my holiday tradtions for several years now. I love the pictures of old Brattleboro, alhtough at first it took me awhile to realize that in Windows I could right click and zoom in for a more detailed view. I get such a kick out of the animations. It's a great way to start the season. Thank You.
Somehow y'all broke this week's poll about where to put the skatepark. Our best guess is that the poor poll software couldn't keep up people changing their votes and write in options, but it is just a guess.
Before it blew up, the ranked, extremely-informal results were as follows:
The Neiman Journalism Lab, a project of the Neiman Foundation at Harvard, asked us to write about the 10 biggest challenges we've faced over the last 10 years with iBrattleboro.
If you missed it, PBS MediaShift asked for a similar story on some lessons learned a couple of months ago.
For those who don’t already know this, extra features and bonus priviledges are given to those who log in to the new site. This list outlines some of the best reasons to register and log in.
1. Edit your stories, event listings, and comments. Need to make a correction? Event details change? Have an afterthought to a comment? Log in to be able to be your own editor.
2. Add Photo Fun Photos. There are more ways to contribute when you log in. Additional menu options and features become available to you. You can add Photo Fun photos.
Sooner or later, most people like to add links to their stories or comments. To make things easier for your readers it is helpful to learn to format your links. This helps you avoid really long, ugly internet addresses in the middle of your great work.
Here’s how to format a link in a story or comment on iBrattleboro:
Lise and I were asked to pen a story about the first 10 years of iBrattleboro, and lessons learned. It's up at PBS MediaShift:
Hey Everyone! According to Vermont Edition's website on VPR, Chris is going to be talking about ibrattleboro on Monday's show. Be sure to listen!
Two more site updates you’ll want to know about.
First, we fixed an issue with the Polls where someone writing in an option got two votes. No more bonus votes will be counted this way.
We’ve also fixed an issue so that people who are not logged in can vote. It was previously thanking you for your vote, but not counting it.
We’ll see how it goes. It may take a couple of polls before we’re solid, so thanks for voting and helping us test. We’ll be testing a ranked voting poll soon which is sure to confuse us all.
Second, you can now go through the archives of Ye Olde iBrattleboro to find old stories and comments. There are a few things to know, though: