Jacob Sugarman

Jacob Sugarman
Brooklyn, New York, USA
December 31
Open Salon Editor
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JULY 23, 2013 4:40PM


Dear Open Salon community,

Because I was forced to remove a post this afternoon, I thought it might be a good time to remind you all of Open Salon's terms of service. Under Your Conduct and Use of the Service and the Site, paragraph 4 states:

"You agree that you will not… Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2013 2:00PM


Hey Scribes,

Long time no speak, I know. The truth is I've had very little report...until now (cue Bernard Hermann musical interlude). First and foremost, I apologize if you've tried to sign into your account in the last 24 hours and been greated with an obnoxious message saying you're no longer… Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2013 6:25PM


Greetings Open Salonistas, 

Now that we're a little more than a month into Open's "relaunch," I thought it might be a good time to take stock of how the site is (and isn't) performing and lay out some changes we have planned going forward. As you've probably noticed, the Most Recent… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2013 6:33PM

Ahoy, Open Saloners

It's been a minute! Actually, it's been about an hour, but I'm ecstatic to report I finally have some meaningful updates to share.

First and foremost, I'd like to introduce you all to our sparkling new moderator, Melissa Noble. Melissa will be our inhouse spam blaster going forward, and judging… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2012 2:33PM

At Long Last, Some Good News

Hey Guys,

Just a quick note to let you know that Open Salon will be going down at 3:00 PM EST for approximately an hour so that our IT team can transfer the site onto a new server. This should help increase Open's speed, and generally make it less stress-inducing to… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2012 7:43PM

Greetings from the Bottom of the River

I've been holding out for a more substantive update, but this will have to do for now. As you well know, Open's been frozen for the past few weeks due to the massive quantities of spam currently choking the site. I physically can't update the cover or navigate new posts, much… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2012 9:57PM

Open Call: Your Frankenstorm Photos

I'm writing this open call from my parents' apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which is currently doubling as my personal Frankenstorm bunker, replete with dry goods, bottled water, the first season of "Homeland" and our family's odiferous but much beloved basset hound. As it turns out, m… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2012 9:42AM

Bear with us if you can

Hey Guys,

I know it's been a while since my last note, but unfortunately, I haven't had all that much new to report. The site's still maddeningly slow, due in large part to the spam that's consumed the Most Recent feed (and the comments section, and Most Viewed, and the far… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2012 9:42AM

Bear with us if you can

Hey Guys,

I know it's been a while since my last note, but unfortunately, I haven't had all that much new to report. The site's still maddeningly slow, due in large part to the spam that's consumed the Most Recent feed (and the comments section, and Most Viewed, and the far… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 7:31PM

Thursday Notes

So I'm still picking the shrapnel out of my flesh from your responses to my last post, but here goes:

First, I want to offer a small correction. The disabled search functions I mentioned previously won't actually prevent spam from infiltrating the site. They should, in theory, allow Open to run… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 7:41PM

The Doctor Is In

Even if he might not have any formal medical or computer coding training.

OK, so to state the obvious, the site's performance over the last week and half has been highly problematic. Many of you, your humble editor included, have had trouble signing on to the site, and accessing individual posts… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 7:27PM


Will have more to report. Know it's been a rough couple of weeks, and I hope to have some fixes. Stay tuned.

AUGUST 14, 2012 8:23PM

An Earnest Plea

I recognize that I'm coming to this far too late, but I wanted to weigh in very briefly on the hate speech that's been flying around Open Salon recently. Quite simply, there's no place for it here. As of this afternoon, I've banned Right Wing Nut Job (or whatever truncated version… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2012 6:26PM

Monday Notes

A very quick note to say that I haven't forgotten about you all, and I'll have more to say in the next day or so. Stay tuned!

AUGUST 1, 2012 7:31PM

A Request for Open Writers

Far be it from me to curb your authorial instincts, but for mine and Salon's purposes, it would be helpful if the titles of your pieces indicated what they were about. It lets me know right away what I'm reading, and it's useful for our social media platforms. Just want to… Read full post »

It's been almost two weeks since the shootings in Aurora, and we're only beginning to piece together the narrative of James Holmes' crimes. If Dave Cullen's "Columbine" has taught us anything, it's that it may be years before the whole picture finally emerges, and even then there's no guara… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2012 7:44PM

Site Problems: Update

Open Salon-ers and Salonistas,

The good news is that the site appears to be back to its old self again, that is to say only mildly dysfunctional. The spam continues its ruthless assault on the Most Recent feed, but direct messaging and commenting functions look like they're running OK, and the… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2012 10:04AM

Aurora Theater Shooting

I know I owe you all an update on some IT-related issues, but in the meantime, I'm putting out an open call for Denver-based reporters who might be able to illuminate us on the shootings earlier this morning. Needless to say, our hearts go out to the victims and their families.

Be sure… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2012 2:34PM

Site Problems

Open Salon-ers, 

I'm ready to reapproach our IT team, but I want to make sure I have a complete list of user grievances. Based on discussion threads here and here, it looks like these are the major hiccups currently afflicting the site:

*The Most Recent feed has been devoured by s… Read full post »

To paraphrase the late DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy, the weather forecast for this afternoon (and most likely the rest of the week) is: HOT! How hot? According to a new study by the National Climatic Data Center, the United States is currently experiencing its worst drought in nearly 6… Read full post »

If you haven't had a chance yet to check out Andrew Leonard's essay, which ran on the cover of Salon this morning, I strongly suggest you do so. Ostensibly it's about losing your house to a fire, but like all compelling non-fiction, it offers a second narrative buried just beneath its glossy… Read full post »

It's still only July, but already the rough beast of election season has begun moving its slow thighs. President Obama recently rolled out a series of television ads attacking his Republican rival for sending US jobs overseas through his private equity firm, Bain Capital, while Romney has responRead full post »

JULY 10, 2012 3:32PM

Open Call: Your Singles Story

This past Sunday, Salon published a compelling Q&A with author Michael Cobb, a professor of English at the University of Toronto whose new book, "Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled," explores how our culture marginalizes the unmarried and the unattached alike. Ultimately, how… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2012 12:59PM

Friday Notes

Hope you all had a pleasant Fourth of July and that none of you are as disoriented as I am by the Wednesday holiday. My biological clock is telling me it's Tuesday right now, but I think I'll manage.

Before bidding you all farewell for the weekend, I wanted to throw… Read full post »

JULY 5, 2012 5:03PM

Open Call: Sibling Rivalry

Earlier this week, Salon published a moving piece by Tobin Levy called "My sister's perfect life." From the title alone, you can probably see where this essay and my follow-up open call are headed. Whether you're an overachieving big brother or a black sheep younger sister, chances are that… Read full post »