Life's not fair


Matt Paust

Matt Paust
Gloucester, Virginia,
December 31
Sorry - writer's block... BTW the "birthday" listed above is false. I prefer to keep that day private, but am not permitted to do so here, so I'm forced to lie.


NOVEMBER 15, 2012 3:44PM

Keep the Community, Ditch the Site

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Open Salon is a community that uses the OS website to stay in touch with a core group of people who enjoy writing and discussing all kinds of topics. We, the writers, are the community; Open Salon is only a platform. We believe the OS platform has become incapable of supporting the community that has developed here. We want to preserve our community as much as possible. The destination of choice for the greatest number of OS members has become OurSalon, a site that was created as a sort of lifeboat for Open Salon members in the event that Open Salon closed down. We have established memberships over there and many of us habitually double-post.

That has proven effective, but the result is a community split between two locations, complete with duplicate conversations, many between the same people at both locations. Until Open Salon becomes technically viable again, we would rather collect it at a single location, as that would result in less duplication of effort and, more importantly, far less frustration for the members of this community. That frustration has resulted in some community members leaving
us altogether.

Let’s try this again. We will not engage in any activity on Open Salon for a minimum of a month. This will allow us to centralize our community in a location that is fully functioning. After that period, if Open Salon has addressed its problems, those of us who want to will revert to double-posting.

If you are ready to join in this trial move, please post this letter on your blog right away and make sure you open an account on Our Salon. We will plan to begin the trial on Monday morning, November 19, 2012.


When you comment, please give us an opinion as to how long you think the period above in brackets should be. Up to now, majority of expressed opinion is a month. Also, the tentative title is new as of 11 AM EST Thursday and I'd like opinions/suggestions. Thank you.

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I attempted to repost this but only got errors.
Consider this my repost.

yep i've posted this too r.
A month at Our Salon, like going on a holiday ~ to a place you're welcome to stay as long as you like.
It is a nice idea but I don't think they will miss us at all. zip zero
November 19th... all right you're on. Thirty days with no activity on Open Salon. No posts, no comments, no ratings, no sign-in, nothing, nada, zip, zero... maybe Jacob and his folks will get the message. R&R ;-)
November 19th... all right you're on. Thirty days with no activity on Open Salon. No posts, no comments, no ratings, no sign-in, nothing, nada, zip, zero... maybe Jacob and his folks will get the message. R&R ;-)
Maybe the lighter load on their server will make it easier to do the upgrade, if in fact there is such a thing.
As I have mentioned before,I want to stay with you guys.This community is the best that could have happened to me in a long time.
I'll post the same comment I just made on scanner's blog.

Just in from a later night out but I can see a bunch of posts with the same message. I'm seldom the early adapter type which is why I've stuck it out here, although I have taken out an Our Salon userid. But increasingly I'm faced with the "If not now, when?" question and I don't have a good answer.

So I'll join the migration unless Jake and.or the powers that be can pull off a 9th inning mega-rally before the 19th. My chief concern about Our is the lack of a feeder system much like Open has with Salon. The site looks great and is easy to use but I'm wondering if the lack of a feeder will doom it to be the betamax of blogging sites. Still, worth giving it a try.
Matt, don't bring that damn chicken with you!:-)
I do not wish OS ill.
I absolutely hope OS will overcome the technical problems it is having-
but I'm also concerned about the "Great Spam Wars"
I would suggest that in order to keep its membership
and serve the membership that has drawn the "Spammers"
That OS CLOSE the membership for a while.
Thia would discourage the spammers,
and allow a SERIOUS weeding out of those who view OS as a "marketplace" for junk
I understand that OS makes its money by "Selling Eyeballs"
I'm fine with that
But it makes no sense to allow freeloaders to sell in the feed
and dominate others writings and community
with commercial nonsense.

I'll be hanging around, but not posting.
I probably will comment ( if i can do it in under 15 minutes)
OS needs to sort out the community from the scavenger pack
I suggest closing membership while people go "inactive"
and cleansing the roll of itinerant marketeers.
Scanner,I love that chicken!