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Mon May 04, 2015 at 02:02 PM PDT

Farewell, but not exactly goodbye

by ct

Reposted from ct by belinda ridgewood

I am sad, but also excited, to announce that after 11 years I am leaving Daily Kos and joining Raintank, where I will be working on monitoring software and doing devsy-opsy.

It's been a long and interesting ride at Daily Kos. I went through many election cycles, met lots of interesting people, learned a lot of things, had to solve a lot of difficult problems, and worked with some amazing people. It's the only job that my kids have ever known me to have. Hell, Daily Kos even once saved my life.

I'm sad to be moving on, but I'm very excited about what I'll be doing now. It doesn't have the glamour of politics, but monitoring is important. I'm looking forward to it.

Kossack friends, I'll still be on Twitter, reading the site, and hopefully poking my head up from time to time. Rest assured that my political opinions remain unchanged, and that I will not become a conservatist once I'm out the door. You're in good hands with the rest of the tech team; they do good work, and you won't have any problems with them. One nice thing about my moving on, actually, is that it provided the catalyst to address a lot of tech debt that had accumulated over the years, so it should be even smoother now in many ways.

Good luck, and farewell. See you on the Internets.

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BFSkinner in 2010
Sigh. Our friend BFSkinner returned to the emergency room on Friday due to intestinal blood loss and extreme weakness. He remains hospitalized at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, north of Detroit.

He received three units of blood. His intestinal bleeding has apparently stopped for now. No site of blood loss was visible on a red blood cell nuclear scan. His doctors cannot determine if the tear has healed completely or if the rend is bleeding intermittently with a periodicity of one to two weeks.

Some of his doctors want to give him the blood thinner Coumadin to prevent blood clots being thrown to his heart or brain. He had a clot already which lodged in an artery on the surface of his heart, for which he had a stent placed. Other doctors reject Coumadin because of his risk of hemorrhage. Coumadin has caused him to hemorrhage in the past.

He told me he has to choose between death by bleeding and death by heart attack or stroke. Immediately after delivering this news, he made me laugh by telling me a funny story about an interaction with one of his doctors. We both laughed.

Looks like he will undergo placement of a temporary vena cava filter in the next couple of days. This filter will be removed in about 30 days.

His family is nearby. His sister lives in the next town, and his brother has not yet returned home to China.

I found out about his rehospitalization today. BFSkinner asked me to say his continued illness has kept him from participating at Daily Kos.

Again, he cannot view Daily Kos on his cellphone, but he can make limited comments on FaceBook.

Instead of creating another incredible collection of get-well notes for him, please take a moment as you hover over the Tip Jar to send him gentle but firm and certain healing.

Reposted from belinda ridgewood by belinda ridgewood

Our long-time community member Youffraita just found out she is getting evicted TOMORROW (Wednesday 4/22) because her apartment has been condemned. I do not have details -- as you might guess, she's freaking out.

She is located in the Lancaster, PA area. She has a fairly limited amount of belongings, but she can ill afford to lose them all. She thinks she has a place to stash her stuff temporarily, but she has no car. Her place is to be padlocked sometime tomorrow.

If you or someone you know are in the area, have a truck, SUV, or even a large car that could make a few trips, and are available tomorrow to help her move, please respond in the thread and I'll scrape her up off the floor and get her in touch with you.

Many, many thanks!

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Reposted from elfling's Magical Mystery Tour by belinda ridgewood

One fish, Two fish, Red fish,

Blue fish,
Black fish, Blue fish, Old fish, New fish.
This one has a little car.
This one has a little star.
Say! What a lot of fish there are.

Yes. Some are red, and some are blue.

Some are old and some are new.
Some are sad, and some are glad,
And some are very, very bad.
Why are they sad and glad and bad?
I do not know, go ask your dad.
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 at 04:01 PM PDT

Of Time, and The DailyKos : Update

by jotter

Reposted from Search City by belinda ridgewood

I installed a search service here at DailyKos lo these many years ago and brought it through the dk3 to dk4 transition.  I've maintained it all along as my contribution to the site.

Yesterday I learned that there would be a slight change made over the weekend.  All internal time stamps for diaries and comments will henceforth use universal time.

Today I was informed that the change is not over the weekend after all, but before the weekend.  As in, "Today".  At 6 PM.

It falls to me to make sure it still works at 6:01 PM.

OK. Better get started.  For a blow by blow, follow beyond the squiggle of no return.

Update: Search indexing is still not working.  I knew the database time stamps were going to be UTC.  I didn't expect [was not informed] that the server would also keep time in UTC.  So.  What I coded up yesterday didn't do the job.  In addition I can't find the new database.  I'm sure it will all be revealed in short order.  I'm sure.

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Reposted from Jason Libsch by belinda ridgewood

Tonight, starting at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT and running for about 15 hours, we will be taking Daily Kos offline to implement a major upgrade to the infrastructure behind the site. There should be no changes in user experience when the site comes back online, but this work will put us in a good position for major improvements to our platform in the near future.

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Mon Apr 06, 2015 at 01:04 PM PDT

Help me with a stupid question

by manoffire

Reposted from manoffire by belinda ridgewood

I have a question about publishing to groups,  I am a member of a few groups, and a moderator of one.  Question: is it possible to publish just to a group? How is this done.  I have read Kospaedia, and I don't see anything specific to this.  How do you post a diary to a group queue for editing?  I clicked on my group, clicked on queue, clicked on new diary and wrote.  When I went to publish, it appears that it will post to Kos in general and not to my group queue.  What actually is going to happen when I post?  Will is queue up? will it post? will it be visible by all, or just those in the group?  Please help me become less ignorant about this.

Thank you, Manoffire.  

I also couldn't find a place to ask an administrator this question, so this is why it is in a diary form.  Sorry.


Tue Mar 31, 2015 at 03:21 PM PDT

Tuesday is Tagsday.

by aoeu

Reposted from aoeu by belinda ridgewood

Diarists and Trusted Users are allowed to add tags to diaries. It is likely that I am the only active Tag Librarian.

I desire to reduce my workload.

The most common mistakes are simple to avoid.

If you have any inkling that a tag you are considering might be new, please:

Upper Case Every Word More Important Than or, and, or any other word that might be used lower case in a sub headline in a newspaper or magazine.

Names: Please use the name the subject prefers. If it's the governor of Indiana today the tag is Mike Pence. My real name is Rick. My name on official documents is Richard.

Too, also: Firstname Lastname. Middle initials as needed. e.g. George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Avoid vague tags: Bush and Clinton for example, in tags, are vague and useless.

Titles: Unless it's the Pope use the name rather than the title. Governor Pence is wrong. People are people and some people change titles.



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Reposted from Eric Nelson by belinda ridgewood

 Today in Jotters High Impact Posts in the "Two Years Ago In Daily Kos" section was a Diary by Meteor Blades titled Antonin Scalia on tape that included links and an audio recording of Justice Scalia's argument for gutting the Voting Rights Act.

  Cutting through all the "argle bargle", Scalila's basic argument for removing the section 4 formula that gives section 5 it's teeth - the pre-clearance requirement of the Voting Rights act for repeat offenders -> (those states and precincts in the US that have a history of and continue to disenfranchise voters they don't want voting to this day) - is this. What Scalia was trying to sell as justice is his claim that the Voting Rights Act amounted to nothing more than:

              “The Perpetuation of Racial Entitlement”

  Scalia's judicial or theoretical "purity"or whatever it can be labeled is completely backwards. In reality his extra-judicial ministrations achieve exactly the opposite in the real world. Protecting the historically privileged and entitled while disenfranchising the "others" - imo

  This isn't the first time I've wanted to embed a soundcloud audio file, so in the next step I'll try and show a way to do it


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Reposted from Paul Hogarth by belinda ridgewood
Sign at University of Essex, March 2011
Politics is about the personal. We come to Daily Kos to read about politics and make the world a better place, but we also come with personal stories that shape our politics.

And as we learned in campaigns for marriage equality and immigration reform (for example), these first-person stories can be very powerful and persuasive at moving hearts and minds.

Do you have a personal story to share that shaped your political perspective? Please tell us that story by logging back into Daily Kos, and writing a diary.

We know it can be intimidating to write about politics on Daily Kos, but no one is a better expert on your own life than you. Your story offers a perspective that can make a difference.

For a little inspiration, click below the fold to check out a few community diaries—written from a first-person perspective with a powerful political message.

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Mon Jan 26, 2015 at 02:27 PM PST

Is it down right now?

by Wee Mama

Reposted from Wee Thoughts by belinda ridgewood

I was trying to put together a photo diary about a road trip, when Photobucket went wonky. I wondered if it was the site itself, and discovered this wonderful site:

Is it down right now?

So my question was answered (yes, Photobucket is wonked for everyone right now) so the photodiary is suspended for now. But this is such a gem of a site, one I have wished for in the past, that I thought I would share it with everyone. Now, when you wonder if Daily Kos is scuppered, just check it here!

The site goes on checking once it finds a website down, so by keeping its window open  you can get your desired site as soon as it goes back up.

Reposted from kos by nomandates

2014 was a shitty year for us politically, but as a community, it was the biggest breakout year since 2003.

The chart above is based on traffic data compiled by Quantcast, and you can see their charts of our traffic here. Our numbers are open and available for anyone to see.

We started using Quantcast in mid-2007, so we only have full-year numbers starting in 2008. As you can see, growth in monthly unique visitors was steady but slight 2008-2011, with a decent bump in 2012, steady through 2013, and then ... last year, when we went from just shy of 91 million monthly uniques to 153 million. Eye-popping!

Now to be clear, that's not total annual unique visitors. Rather that's unique visitors measured each month, so if you visited every month last year, you'd count as 12 monthly uniques. So basically what the chart above tells us is that in 2008, we averaged about 1.1 million monthly unique visitors. In 2013, it was about 3.9 million, and in 2014, it was 6.8 million.

Skipping ahead for a moment, this January? We're already at 9 million. Crazy, huh?

Back to the chart above, you see another big trend at play: the falling of pageviews per visitor. That's why overall pageviews were down in 2010, 2011, and 2013 even though the number of unique visitors was up. That's a function of a web-wide shift toward social media outlets, mainly Twitter and Facebook. Today, the Daily Kos Facebook page gets more comments per day than this website does. It's a trend we've never fought. Remember, our goal is to spread our message far and wide. So if that message ends up on Facebook? Good. There are lots of people there worth talking to. So not only do we NOT fight it, we ENCOURAGE it.

Still, even though that has had an effect on the site's page views, all the social-media trends in the world couldn't stop 2014 from going nuts, with almost 440 million pageviews served, compared to just over 300 million in 2013. Again, amazing.

Daily Kos is not election-driven anymore

Check out our Quantcast chart from 2014:

Once upon a time, Octobers would kill it during election years, as people tuned in during the runup to the election. This year, we had a decent October (7 million uniques), but nothing like months before and after (8.5 million in both August and November). What was happening? Both those months saw heavy traffic from police-brutality related stories. While I have no doubt that we got a boost from the elections, we're now at a place where we get bigger boosts from other key issues and stories.

Facebook and email

Our email action list currently numbers 1.56 million, which is smaller than last year, but we purged non-performing, dead, and/or duplicative emails. So our list is legitimately one-and-half million strong.

Over at Facebook, we have 668,000 likes. Back in September, when I last checked in with one of these updates, it was around 600,000.


See that chart above, with the light blue and dark blue? Well, the dark blue is mobile traffic. This month, about 61 percent of our traffic is coming from mobile devices. And there's no apparent end to that trend. Fact is, fewer and fewer people are accessing the web from computers.

First two weeks of January

So it is January and political news isn't particularly compelling. I mean, Republican took control of Congress, and they're doing and saying all sorts of stupid things. Some of you have complained that we've focused TOO MUCH on those Republicans, but hey, we go where the news cycle takes us. We are a news site after all.

Yet despite the underwhelming news cycle, we've just had the best week ever. Check our our lifetime Quantcast stats, broken out by week:

Last week was about a third better than our next best week in terms of unique visitors. The mix was 2-1 mobile to web. So rather than depress traffic, it appears that our site and community's focus on stupid Republicans has supercharged traffic. Either that or people are generically re-engaging after last year's shellacking. Actually, I don't know why people are tuning in to these extreme levels, but it suggests one major point: 2014 isn't the apex of Daily Kos' potential. We have a ways to go before we max out.

DK5 Beta

So a big question is when we'll open up the new version of the site to its public beta period. Well, I don't have an exact date, but we're talking a handful of weeks away. We're really, really close. The team is busy squashing known bugs like "comments work funky on iPad", stuff like that. No reason to get you guys to report bugs that we already know exist. Doesn't help us and wastes your time. So we're getting the new site to as close to perfect (to us) as we can get it, before we ask you guys to go ahead and break it to ferret out the remaining bugs.

Time-wise, it doesn't help that one of those "bugs" was me deciding that part of the publishing workflow was overly complicated, forcing us to rework a significant part of the project. But in the long-run, the changes will make the site far easier for you guys to use, and that's what's ultimately important.

It looks great, and I'm super jazzed about what's coming, and I can't wait to share with you.

And it's not all we're doing. We've got some incredible projects in the pipeline, all of which will make 2015 the Best Year Ever for this site. Stay tuned. It's going to be a great ride!

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