We have liftoff! Here is your open thread and blog update for the week. Comments and questions are welcome and nothing is off-topic.
What happened last week
Basically, we got the blog set up, though there are still some adjustments that need to be made. The About This Blog page establishes things like our commenting and submissions policies. The Tips and Tricks page provides a fairly detailed overview of navigation and general use of the blog. We posted daily recaps of La Vecina and summaries of Ruta 35 and La Querida del Centauro. We got the chat room partially tested and are probably ready for a live event sometime after this week. (It’s a concert week for me.)
What’s in store for this week
Probably a lot more adjusting, though I’m trying to keep it to a minimum and make sure things get tested out properly.
Known technical issues
None at this time, but if something doesn’t look right, please let me know.
UPDATE: Spoke too soon! It appears our commenting system doesn’t like apostrophes? Or at least, not when you try to edit a post that contains one. If you try editing a comment and suddenly all your ‘ turn into \’ please point me in the direction of that comment so I can try to get this figured out.
Last week’s poll results
The poll question last week was for Vecina fans: Whose behavior do you find most appalling?
The results, from most to least:
- Ramon for being a juvenile, homophobic jerk…30.0% tied with
- Isa for nearly killing a guy’s dad just to try to get back together with him…30.0%
- Ema for trying to sell off her son to the highest bidder…20.0% tied with
- Pedro for not being dead yet…20.0%
- And in last place with no votes was Ric, because setting up David just wasn’t bad enough to compete with anyone else this week.
This week’s poll is also for La Vecina fans because…well, that’s pretty much everyone who’s here right now!
Final thoughts, and a question
One of the things that attracted me to the commenting “plugin” we’re using was the bright colors and the ability to customize the labels, so they could be in both English and Spanish. In the process of changing those labels, I struggled with what to do about the labels pertaining to the people who use this site…Readers, Authors, Editors. In English they’re all gender neutral, but in Spanish, I had to pick an a/o ending. Somehow, the “gender neutral masculine” didn’t feel quite right, nor did using @ or x endings, so I made the executive decision to use the gender neutral feminine. OK, that’s probably not really a thing, but I figure if I can get through a lifetime being told that “guys” is gender neutral and “men” includes everybody, having “-a” be the default for the Spanish labels on one little blog on the great big wide Internet is something our visitors who are men can tolerate with good humor. And if not, we can talk about it.
What’s your preferred ending when you’re trying to be gender-inclusive? “-o/a”? “@”? “x”? Something else I hadn’t considered?