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

Postby STrRedWolf on Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:49 pm

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.
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Postby Faub on Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:55 pm

Interesting. What are the dimensions of this alert box and/or what CSS class does it use?
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Postby STrRedWolf on Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:07 am

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).
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Postby Jackhass on Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:14 am

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.
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Postby Ghastly on Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:37 am

Indeed! The newsbox is once again working, and this time I don't appear to be killing it.
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Postby STrRedWolf on Sat Dec 24, 2005 2:10 pm

Yes, I'm exploiting that too. It's only a static image, like what was done durring the Hurricane Comic Telethon.
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Postby McDuffies on Sun Dec 25, 2005 5:54 pm

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.
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Postby Turnsky on Sun Dec 25, 2005 10:59 pm

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
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Postby CaptainClaude on Mon Dec 26, 2005 3:59 am

funny after all that it's still called ***keenspace_alert***
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Postby Risky on Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:39 am

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?
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Postby STrRedWolf on Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:54 am

That will be done today.

The one below the ad will be no larger than 728 pixels wide.
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Postby STrRedWolf on Mon Dec 26, 2005 11:09 am

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?
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Postby Crazy Chris on Tue Dec 27, 2005 10:37 am

Funny how I noticed it on other sites before my own.
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Postby CJBurgandy on Tue Dec 27, 2005 11:48 am

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)
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Postby CaptainClaude on Tue Dec 27, 2005 12:39 pm

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.
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Postby STrRedWolf on Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:53 pm

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.
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Postby CJBurgandy on Tue Dec 27, 2005 3:37 pm

thank you. That's all I really wanted to know.
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Postby ShineDog on Tue Dec 27, 2005 4:17 pm

is this going in the TOS?

because its an easy workaround and id like to hide it if im allowed.
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Postby CJBurgandy on Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:21 pm

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?
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Postby Robin Pierce on Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:33 pm

Just on the index page is what Wolf said yesterday in chat.
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