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CG AUTHORS ATTN: ***advertisement***/***keenspace_alert***

Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:49 pm
by STrRedWolf
At Chris's insistance, I will be modifying the ***advertisement*** tag to automatically invoke
***keenspace_alert*** below it within the next few days.

I know this will break your layouts, so there is an exception: IF you already have ***keenspace_alert*** in your indextemplate.html file, ***advertisement*** won't run it a second time.

If you don't know, ***keenspace_alert*** will carry network-wide news, such as the FCBD signups, changes in domain, changes in the TOA, availablity of CG T-Shirts, and such that we (Comic Genesis and it's parent, Keenspot Entertainment) need to get out to everyone. Most of the time though, ***keenspace_alert*** won't spew anything out at all. When we do put an alert out, it will usually be a short blurb and a link to read more, put in a small white-on-blue "CG Alert Box." I'll try to run them only for a few days (less than three) at a time.

Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:55 pm
by Faub
Interesting. What are the dimensions of this alert box and/or what CSS class does it use?

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:07 am
by STrRedWolf
I'll try to keep it about 75% of the current browser/container width, and it's all simple HTML. Best place to put it is above ***todays_comics***, but it must be "above the fold" (where your web comic should be starting anyway).

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:14 am
by Jackhass
Hmmmm...I see. I also see there's finally something in the white blank space that's been sitting on my site where the newsbox used to be.

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:37 am
by Ghastly
Indeed! The newsbox is once again working, and this time I don't appear to be killing it.

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 2:10 pm
by STrRedWolf
Yes, I'm exploiting that too. It's only a static image, like what was done durring the Hurricane Comic Telethon.

Posted: Sun Dec 25, 2005 5:54 pm
by McDuffies
Inforcing alert tag is beneficial, I guess. I have always been wondering why this tag isn't more important. I like the way how you'll allow people to choose where to place it, if they want.

Posted: Sun Dec 25, 2005 10:59 pm
by Turnsky
so how big will this be?.. like, in pixel dimensions, i'd like to know how much this will screw up the site look.. :P

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 3:59 am
by CaptainClaude
funny after all that it's still called ***keenspace_alert***

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:39 am
by Risky
So... isn't there some really important announcement that should be in the alert right now? Like that if you don't change your domain name away from keenspace, it won't work in a week?

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:54 am
by STrRedWolf
That will be done today.

The one below the ad will be no larger than 728 pixels wide.

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 11:09 am
by STrRedWolf
An alert has now been posted, and I've tweaked AutoKeen to only display it on your front pages, and ***keenspace_alert*** is active again. The alert (in white on blue) will show on your next update.

To answer McDuffies: Some folks have a rather tight setup. Why break it?

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 10:37 am
by Crazy Chris
Funny how I noticed it on other sites before my own.

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 11:48 am
by CJBurgandy
maybe it's just me being picky, but I'm not seeing why this should be a site requirement. It doesn't benifit your readers, because truely, they could care a less, and it doesn't benifit the server like the ad does (clicking ads, gives Keen moneys while clicking the keenalert gives them nothing)

I'm going to put it at the bottom of my page anyway, I would just like a reason on why it's required that's logical (I.E. Kelly saying "I said so" is not a logical answer, because I could care a less about what Kelly says at any given time)

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 12:39 pm
by CaptainClaude
cjburgandy wrote:I.E. Kelly saying "I said so" is not a logical answer, because I could care a less about what Kelly says at any given time
Wasn't this something Chris is telling us to do, not kelly?
STrRedWolf wrote:At Chris's insistance, I will be modifying the ***advertisement*** tag to automatically invoke
***keenspace_alert*** below it within the next few days.

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:53 pm
by STrRedWolf
Yes, this is the case in which Chris Crosby (co-owner of Keenspot Entertainment, artist behind Superosity, and one of my bosses here at K.S.E.-owned Comic Genesis) wants it, so he now has it.

This is a good idea ether way, though, for a few reasons: Some technical problems may present themselves, and I'd need to get the word out fast; We're also working on a new server to move to while we rehab Butch (but it's not going to happen anytime soon).

Chris may also hijack it and put in some promo items, but then, if you have the ***newsbox*** I can say "CHRIS, PUT IT IN THE NEWSBOX, NOT THE ALERTS!"

Ether way, I'm slowly building the alert system up, but we'll use it responsibly and sparingly.

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 3:37 pm
by CJBurgandy
thank you. That's all I really wanted to know.

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 4:17 pm
by ShineDog
is this going in the TOS?

because its an easy workaround and id like to hide it if im allowed.

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:21 pm
by CJBurgandy
the only thing I really don't like about it is the blue clashes horribly with my pink layout. :lol:


oooo and does it need to be on every page, or can we get away with it just being on our index template?

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:33 pm
by Robin Pierce
Just on the index page is what Wolf said yesterday in chat.