Don't forget to send in items that you want included in this weekend's This week in The Slacktiverse. The three sections of the weekend post are:
Any denizen of the Slacktiverse who has posted an article to their own website during since the previous weekend post is invited to send a short summary of that article along with its permalink to TBAT. That summary and link will be included in the next weekend blogaround. This will help to keep members of our community aware of the many excellent websites hosters by other members.
In Case You Missed This
Readers of The Slacktiverse can send short summaries of, and permalinks to, articles that they feel might be of interest to other readers.
Things You Can DoPlease email all submissions to slackmods at gmail dot com. The deadline this week will be 2000 GMT on Saturday.
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An update on Fred Clark's archive.
TBAT has been working with the people from the Patheos domain in order to make sure that all of Fred's postings (from 2003 to the date he handed over administration of this site to TBAT) were preserved with the correct authorial attribution.
As of this past Monday all of Fred Clark's materials had been backed up and converted into a form more "friendly" to the blogging platform used for the Patheos domain. Yesterday the people who run the technical aspects of the Patheos site were given "the keys" to the site which now holds copies of all of Fred's Slacktivist materials including all of the comments made to his posts.
The editors/administrators at the Patheos domain plan to construct their own archive of Fred's materials. They have generously agreed to allow us to continue to host and link to any of Fred's articles not yet available through the Patheos archive.
TBAT asks fellow denizens of The Slacktiverse to be patient with the time it may take to complete of all these transfers and with the mistakes that will no doubt be made by the people (here and there) who are undertaking them. Our interactions with representatives of Patheos have been characterized by good humour and a genuine desire on both parts to protect Fred's interest and to be responsive to the desires of his many fans.
radiant_enigma posted a comment that has special significance to American readers/denizens of The Slacktiverse.
As most [Americans] likely know, the United States government is on the verge of a (quite likely lengthy) shutdown. As this article points out, one of the biggest groups that will suffer from this shutdown is nonprofit organizations (especially small, local organizations) and the people that they serve. They will be losing government funding at the worst possible time - just when thousands of government employees will be losing their income and finding themselves in sudden, likely desperate, need of help. What's more, the government is looking to drastically slash the budget, especially social services, which means that many of these organizations, already in danger of going under, will be unable to survive.
None of the above will likely be a surprise to most of you, but it bears repeating to emphasize just how dire the situation is. I realize that many, possibly most, people simply don't have any extra income right now, but for those of you who do, I beg you to donate whatever you can afford to local charitable organizations. As Fred has pointed out many times before, the people who are suffering the most right now are the people who can least afford it...and that is only going to get worse.
TBAT would like to thank all the people who have submitted articles and encourages posters who are interesting in contributing regularly or irregularly to send in material. Having a number of articles that are ready for publication allows TBAT to maximize the variety of opinions as well as be responsive to "real-world" events and concerns.TBAT have been contacting individuals who have expressed an interest in submitting materials but stress that people should not feel that they need wait to be invited to do so before sending in articles.
About the sidebar.
TBAT continues working quietly to rearrange and "clean up" the sidebar by moving items around. In order to make this site more useful to its current readers TBAT began on April 4 2011 to remove old sidebar links.
After April 10 2011 TBAT will begin to add to the sidebar links to the websites of Slacktiverse readers and posters. We remind readers who wish to have their website included on the new blogroll to indicate their desire to be included by posting the address of their website as a comment in response to The Geography of The Slacktiverse, part 1 post on FAQ website.
The Board Administration Team
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