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Update today

There will be some downtime this evening (about 1 hour) as we transition back to our original server. The transition itself will be very quick, however we will be using most of the hour testing our backup and restoration tools.

We have several new features on the way, including custom profiles for premium members, an easy "download all" tool, and other improvements.

Update: there's pretty heavy traffic in Brooklyn today (see photo on the left). I'm going to find another day to go down there. We'll keep Neopoet on our Rackspace Cloud server for the moment.

Update 2: the original server is back online, but to play it safe I will run some tests on it over the next few days before transitioning Neopoet itself. It is currently hosting the site, and soon I will move over 

A new look

We heard you loud and clear: the sidebar on the left is much too wide.

Rather than just shrink the sidebar, we'd like to try something a little more radical. We understand screen space is at a premium -- why not use it all for poetry? We've taken the left sidebar away completely (at least for now). In it's place is the new "tools" menu up top. You'll see that all menus are now dynamic -- you can hover your mouse over them and they will drop down.

On the right, we have a "context" pane that shows information relevant to what you are looking at. When you are looking at a poem, you'll see information about an author. When you are looking at a workshop, you'll see a listing of poems submitted to that workshop... and so on. (Just added -- when you are viewing a poem, you'll see a list of other works that author has posted on Neopoet). Please let us know if you have any suggestions along these lines!

While you are experimenting with the tools menu, take a look at the "track all" and "your works" pages. We think they will be very helpful. In the near future we'll also add a page that has similar functionality to the old "your missed updates" display.

We plan on changing things around until we find the formula that's right for everyone. Please let us know what you think.

Site suggestions. Feel free to discuss

This is a few suggestions I have come up with concerning the site. Right now, the site is minimal and looks nothing like what it will when the official launch happens.

. Whether they can be done or not I don't know.

1) Is there a way to lock to top menu bar so it always remains visible?

2) The left side bar is too wide and if there is a way to lock it in place it would be nice also.

3) Need more room width wise for the posts. Too much unused space.

4) The navigation doesn't seem to be intuitive enough yet..

5) Could use some more color

E-mail issues (now resolved)

We figured out the e-mail issue -- the IP address of the temporary server we are using (hosted by was on a spam blacklist. Rackspace has helped us take the IP off the blacklist. Some organizations, however, have a delay before they recognize an IP again.


Update: we are now routing outgoing mail through our Google mail service (the infrastructure that provides e-mail for site administrators). This appears to be resolved.

Wanted: workshop leaders!

The core of the new Neopoet is the workshop --

We're looking for poets who will help coordinate workshops. Workshop leaders organize a structure around central topic / element, select poets who apply to join, and make sure the workshop runs smoothly. We expect each member who joins a workshop will contribute substantially -- a workshop leader should only help organize discussion, rather than providing it him or her self.

We encourage you to join us as a workshop leader. Since leaders set the syllabus, the commitment for each workshop series can be as long as you like (a month or more), or just for a single day.

We'd love for you to be a part of our inaugural group of workshop leaders:

Welcome back Neopoet and neopoets

It has been rough. No poetry, no blogs, no chat. It has been like my house burned down while I was away. Hard to realize how much I would miss Neo.

There is no place like home. said Dorothy. Now I finally understand how she felt.

Hello family and friends, the home is being rebuilt and I for one am so happy to be here.

Welcome home

We're excited to re-launch 

Welcome back!

We're slowly inviting members back -- about ten to start (just to make sure everything works). 

We'll add another 25 tomorrow, and keep going till we hit our first 100. 

A few things to keep in mind

Please don't flood us with new submissions! Please start by posting a single piece you really want to get critiqued. We'll build up our library of poetry another time. 

This site is an alpha version. A few things are broken, while there are some bugs that haven't yet been discovered. Please help out! If you catch anything, let us know. And let us know if you have any suggestions!

How is Neopoet different? 

We're now more workshop focused. 

We've stripped away all non-core features (not entirely by choice -- we suddenly accelerated our previous plans to upgrade our site).

The old concept of the stream is gone. All poems are now be submitted into a "workshop". A workshop is a session led by a workshop leader (more on how to become a workshop leader). 

A workshop typically has a particular subject, time commitment, and structure. For example, an experienced member might lead a one month workshop on haiku, and ask each contributor to write five poems during that period. The advantage of a workshop is that you are (almost) guaranteed a certain level of feedback on your poetry. In other words, you'll get about as much as you give. 

You might notice we don't have any workshops yet. To ease the transition, we've created a general workshop called (you guessed it) the "stream". The "stream" does not have any special requirements, however we ask that you try to submit only one poem a day, and that you try to write at least one detailed critique for each critique you receive.

What's next? A whole bunch of features to help you find and get matched up with workshops. And we'll bring back the old features one by one, such as the chat room, friends lists, profile themes, and so on.



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