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Robin Write of Write Out of LA decided to interview Yours Truly for some unknown reason. He asked a variety of questions and afterwards we debated whether anyone would want to read such a thing. He seemed to think they would. If you’re interested, you can check out the interview, along with all of Robin’s rad writing over at his site.

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We’re wondering if the readers of this site would prefer to use the comment system Disqus, which is taking over the internet. The pros – you can edit your comments after you post them. You can be emailed if there are any replies. The cons – it takes a while to migrate the comments, thus, they will disappear for a time before reappearing.  What do you think, Oscar watchers?

Last week wasn’t the first time I lost time with regard to my inbox, which currently has something like 20,000 emails in it. That was why I missed the screening invite for the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, sent to me by the lovely Chelsey Summey.  I wrote a post that said I hadn’t been invited. But I had. It was my fault.  I need a new inbox.  Apologies to the fine people at Fox.

We are trying out a community to see how it goes to give readers a place to post reviews, predictions, polls and stuff about the Emmys if you so choose. We did have a forum for many years but we decided to call it quits. They are continuing on as they always have, and we’re just doing our thing. If you have a mind, check it out.

After fifteen years or so, I’ve made the decision to cut the forums loose.  But the good news is haters who try and fail to comment here now have a safe haven to bitch.  You can’t let the trolls win. If you put yourself out there and take any point of view whatsoever you are going to have those who love you and those who hate you.  For me and this site, as traffic increased so did the amount of hate. Since quitting this site isn’t an option (it’s a living and I have a kid to support) I’ve ended a very long tradition. The forums have always had a life of their own and they will continue on with that life. In the meantime, if you’re looking for them, you can find them at awardswatch.com (good URL).

We’re tinkering with a few different options for redesign and you just lived through one of them. Aren’t you proud of yourself for that? We have a couple more to try out on you until we settle on one, including maybe having a professional give it a whirl. We know there are specific things we like and need. So hopefully we’ll find a way to have the best of all possible worlds. But in the meantime, back to “normal.”

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We are trying something new for the first time in oh, 14 years we’ve changed up the format of our site.  The reason for this is to try to move things off the main page into different areas of the site.  The new elements will include a Contender Tracker site, which will have information about the various contenders up for the awards.  Since most of our longer pieces are here on the main site, the Contender Tracker will be a place to offer more in depth info on each upcoming contender in the awards race.  We’re also tentatively starting a TV section, which isn’t quite ready yet.

Since the site seems confusing to some, you can click on the link above that says “blog format” and that will list the stories of the day in the format you’re more used to.  Our stories will still be visible each day on the main page but the rest of the page will have other articles that get lost as we bury the main page with new stories.  I’d like to be able to have a way to showcase these things since most people visit just the main page daily.

I know it will take some getting used to and if you all really really hate it we’ll go back to a version of the old site with perhaps a few compromises.  But remember, I’m the old lady round these parts and if I can roll with it, well…

 

 

 

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HAL: It can only be attributable to human error.

This time of year Awards Daily readers are treated to a flood of trailers and clips, flashy FYC ads decorate the sidebars and banners, and traffic increases to peak capacity. All these factors put a strain on the site server, and can stress some individual’s laptops and PCs more than others. We’ve heard from several you about problems with browsers crashing or cursors freezing, and we’re trying to get a sense of patterns so we can find and fix the issue. Sasha has been refining the site layout for days, and I’ve seen noticeable improvement on my own screen as the elements of the main page seem to snap together faster than ever.

But since we’re never able to replicate all the worst troubles being reported, it’s really helpful to hear details of any snags or slowdowns any of you are experiencing. If anyone is getting specific error messages before a crash, or if any of you have found your own way to work around the speed bumps, we’d be really interested to hear what you’re seeing. Please tell us about any new weirdness you might be encountering when you visit the site. The more we know, the easier it will be to identify and eliminate the trouble spots. You can let us know what’s happnening in the comments or email either of us directly.

awardsdaily@gmail.com
ryanadams.ad@gmail.com

HAL: It can only be attributable to human error.

This time of year Awards Daily readers are treated to a flood of trailers and clips, flashy FYC ads decorate the sidebars and banners, and traffic increases to peak capacity. All these factors put a strain on the site server, and can stress some individual’s laptops and PCs more than others. We’ve heard from several you about problems with browsers crashing or cursors freezing, and we’re trying to get a sense of patterns so we can find and fix the issue. Sasha has been refining the site layout for days, and I’ve seen noticeable improvement on my own screen as the elements of the main page seem to snap together faster than ever.

But since we’re never able to replicate all the worst troubles being reported, it’s really helpful to hear details of any snags or slowdowns any of you are experiencing. If anyone is getting specific error messages before a crash, or if any of you have found your own way to work around the speed bumps, we’d be really interested to hear what you’re seeing. Please tell us about any new weirdness you might be encountering when you visit the site. The more we know, the easier it will be to identify and eliminate the trouble spots. You can let us know what’s happnening in the comments or email either of us directly.

awardsdaily@gmail.com
ryanadams.ad@gmail.com

Awards Daily has no virus but google has yet to update its site.  We’ve gotten rid of all of the bad files and have moved our server.  Please be patient as we move stuff over.  Podcasts won’t be working until later, the FYC gallery will have to be updated later.  But for now, the site works.  Thanks.

[notice]Over the past few days, since I went to Cannes, a virus attacked the site.  The last time this happened, I was also out of town, but this time in Yosemite.  Thankfully, Ryan was at the wheel and he managed to keep things going well in both emergencies.  This time, though, the hack was deep.  The whole site had to be moved. And as such, there is wonky stuff still happening. Podcasts aren’t working yet (they will be), galleries are all messed up.  But, as Meg Ryan said in When a Man Loves a Woman, “I’m fighting my way back!”

Things will be back to normal soon. We’ve put in some extra security protection this time around in hopes of preventing another.  But even the most highly protected sites can get hacked.  (Sh)it happens.  Thanks for being patient and returning, even under threat of a virus.   [/notice]

[alert]We now have a wall on which you may post your links and bits of news. It’s right there on the sidebar. So now you won’t have to post them in the comments section.[/alert]

[alert]FYI, I have changed the comments to being editable. To do this, we had to change the ability to format your comments. It’s either one or the other. But we assume people like the option to edit more — so we’ll try this for a while.[/alert]

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So, you probably remember the failed attempt last year to get a podcast off the ground? One podcast later, we are still learning and evolving. Two upcoming podcasts you should be aware of.

Oscar Poker with Jeff Wells and Sasha Stone – Jeff and I will be doing a weekly Oscar podcast along the lines of Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley’s Oscar Talk. Yes, we are copying them in a way, but it is also fun to get into the podcast scene as I myself am a faithful listener to podcasts and see them as a vital form of communication. Jeff and I will do around 15 minutes. They are scheduled for each Monday.

Awards Daily and Living in Cinema‘s — CINEMACAST — we’ll be doing a weekly podcast with Living in Cinema’s Craig Kennedy. The participants will be Ryan Adams, Craig and I. We will cover movie reviews, a bit of Oscar, film festivals, maybe even politics – we will also take reader suggestions and questions and answer them on the podcast. We may even feature interviews. These will be a bit longer, maybe around 45 minutes and we’ll aim for every week.

We will keep you up to date on all of the goings-on.   Also want to congratulate Craig on being invited to join the Online Film Critics Society.

Whoa, what did we just do? Yeah, we changed things a bit. Give us some time to grease up the wheels and parts and make this baby run more smoothly. There will be many more additions in the coming days. For now, though, we’re just happy to be here at all.

My server company has sent out the following announcement for this Saturday:

As a reminder, there will be a scheduled outage onMay 10, 2008, beginning at 11 p.m. CDT. We’ll do our best to minimize downtime; however, we anticipate the outage could last as long as seven hours

For once it won’t have been our fault.

Hello folks, we’re just wondering how many of you are having trouble viewing the page in a three-column format, whether the columns are sitting in the middle of the page and what kind of browser you use. It will help us make the site more user-friendly. Thanks! Contact.

We are getting killed by the spam here at AwardsDaily so we are now having users register. Please email me if you have any trouble registering. Perhaps later in the season we’ll open the comments up again. Right now, there is too much spam to deal with. Hopefully this will cut it out completely.

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