JUNE 9, 2008 10:55AM

You've got mail -- and more

Thanks to the weekend warriors on our tech team, you should notice some new features on Open Salon today. Here are the three big ones:

Open Salon mail: You can now send and receive messages to and from other members. On all blog pages, you'll see/… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2008 10:41AM

Downs -- and ups


Open Salon will be going down for scheduled maintenance and upgrades beginning around noon ET for much of the rest of the day.

The good news: When we come back up, we should have more features for you. I'll post again Monday morning explaining all that's new. … Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2008 7:29PM

Open Call

Is an Obama/Clinton ticket a good idea?

<a href="http://open.salon.com/post_content.php?opencall=1">Post your response here</a>! Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2008 2:28PM

Guess where I was. . .

I was away for a week, in case you noticed. Here's a hint:


MAY 22, 2008 3:30PM

My scariest dam travel story

While no where near as harrowing as Joan's, my Scariest Travel Story happened 26 years ago this summer, when my parents, sister and I camped in Estes Park, Colorado, home to the Rocky Mountain National Park, an impossibly beautiful setting for a furious act of *nature.

On… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2008 9:37PM

Open hits 600

An update: We topped 500 600 (updated at 6:40 p.m. ET) members today. You're still a relatively small (and shockingly good-natured) group; we're building up pretty slowly so we can work out all the bugs you all have been great about pointing out.

Now, some answers (as detailed as/… Read full post »

MAY 16, 2008 6:13PM

Gaffe Track (No. 5)

First up, the answer to yesterday's Gaffe Track: "I think it's probably going to be Romney for the Republicans, Hillary for the Democrats."

Lonnie was right: It's Ann Coulter, appearing on "Hannity & Comes" (Fox) last December.

Gaffe Track No. 5 (and the final one!)

Which pundit (possibly… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2008 2:17PM

Open Call: Gay marriage ruling

California court ends gay marriage ban. What are your thoughts?

Respond with your own post.

MAY 15, 2008 12:36PM

Gaffe Track (No. 4)

First, the answer to yesterday's doozy:

Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. Her running mate will be a retired general who is not Wesley Clark. Mitt Romney will win the GOP nomination. His running mate will be a Protestant, and either a military veteran or Minnesota governor/Read full post »

MAY 14, 2008 11:00AM

Gaffe Track (No. 3)

First, the answer to yesterday's riddle. Who said: "The Democrats are going to choose a nominee. I believe it's going to be [Clinton]. That's their business. . . . but I think she's going to be the nominee."


Yes, Orbitboy had it right:/… Read full post »

MAY 13, 2008 11:18AM

Gaffe Track (No. 2)

First, the answer to Gaffe Track No. 1. Who said:

If she gets a race against John Edwards and Barack Obama, she's going to be the nominee. Gore is the only threat to her, then. . . . Barack Obama is not going to beat HillaryRead full post »

MAY 12, 2008 12:38PM

Gaffe Track No. 1

No matter who you support in this election, there's one figure who can bring us all together into one passionate, bipartisan, inclusive ball of . . . abject rage.

That's right. The pundit.

Every day this week I'm going to spotlight a bold prediction from our… Read full post »

MAY 8, 2008 11:32AM

Open Call: Mother's Day

What is the best Mother's Day gift you've either given or received?

Respond by posting here.

  Read full post »

MAY 3, 2008 3:58PM

Answers, updates and more

Some  of you might have noticed that we went down for a bit Friday evening. One of you uncovered a bug that gave everyone administrative powers -- including the ability to delete each other's posts, which one of you, drunk with power, promptly did! (No, no -- it was… Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2008 6:20PM

The 300

So we've crossed 300 in beta membership -- a figure that I think will seem quaint within a matter of days, much less the weeks ahead. I'd like to thank you brave early adopters for diving in with such gusto.

I'm also going to be… Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2008 10:18AM

Art for "pink crocs"

pink crocs
APRIL 25, 2008 11:35AM

Opening the doors a bit more

Want to invite friends you think will be good contributors to Open Salon into the private beta test? Send them to the home page: open.salon.com

They'll be asked to submit their email address, and we'll send them instructions on how to get in. We might not be able to… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2008 1:02PM

Welcome, beta testers!

Welcome to our closed beta test. You were picked for a reason.

We selected a cross-section of Salon friends, readers and thinkers to join the beta test, including long-time contributors to Salon and our most respected letter writers and Premium members. We thought you were exactly the… Read full post »

APRIL 15, 2008 5:06AM

King of cute

The winner of last week's Alpha-test cute-off vote for the cutest pet in all of our Alpha-tester land was won by Quirky the poodle, and his owner, Jerry.


If you missed it, behold him in all his glory here. Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2008 1:12PM

Cute pet, per Rebecca

Rebecca Traister can't get onto Open from New Orleans, where she's on assignment. But she rightfully insisted that I post a photo of the great three-legged Bull, Bruno Traister, below. <p>


bruno Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 10, 2008 5:38PM

The cute card

(UPDATE: Off to a strong start with dazzling submissions by Louis, Kristopher, Daniel, Jerry, Michal and Ben. Page, that doesn't count!)



To test a bunch of features all at once, I'm going to pander to the cheapest trick I can think of: A cute… Read full post »

APRIL 8, 2008 2:43PM

Making it beta

Welcome! (And to some, welcome back!)

We hope you see a lot of the feedback you had from the Alpha testing represented in this version of Open. Soon -- for the first time since Scott Rosenberg sent an all-staff email about Open Salon in December 2005 --  we'll  open… Read full post »

APRIL 8, 2008 2:31PM

Redlasso embed test


MARCH 12, 2008 12:03PM

What's your thing?

Today Salon is launching 5 Things, a widget-like box on the Salon cover that will list the five items we think are most interesting, at any given time. It'll go live later today -- be sure to let Joan know, on her blog, what you think.<p>

But what are… Read full post »

Back in my college newspaper days in Indiana, this was a very popular topic on our staff-only Atex network (yes, very pre-Internet). This subject sparked a vast response among our 100 or so staffers, from direct and intimate contact with nobilty to fascinatingly indirect contact with curious C-list… Read full post »