Hey, it has been 4 years since I took over urnotalone from Jon. Funny, it seems a lot longer, but I digress.
I feel I owe the members an update on the site. Initially, I thought about telling you what I thought was important, but then had a brain drizzle (less than a brain storm, but you still need an umbrella).
So I thought, why not ask the members what they would like to know or suggest.
To help, here are a couple of topics/suggestions:
- where are we on improving/fixing things on the site
- what ... [more]
As a reminder, the use of derogatory names and racial slurs is strictly forbidden in URNA Chat. The Chat Moderators will kick you without warning. In addition, depending upon the circumstances, you may have your profiled removed and/or banned indefinitely. This will not be tolerated !
I am reaching out to everyone on URNA, please try to listen more, try to find common ground, because we are a community. As a community, we have so much more in common than our differences. I ask that we all try to be kind to one another, be kind even when we don't agree. I promise to try on my part.
Three Years and counting
It has been too long since I posted an update, so here goes.
A good place to start is the status of updating the site. Year 1, I contracted with two different firms to work on updating the site and the chat client. The first group was a total bust who basically took my money and from what I could tell, never wrote a line of code. The second group was making progress, but when their billing reached the estimate and were only half done, I pulled the plug. Very disappointing, but URNA is a complicated piece of coding.
So what ... [more]
August update - It truly is the dog days of summer.
At least we have the Olympics as a nice diversion from the heat and humidity. A few items I want to discuss:
URNA Chat Rules
Since 2006, URNA Chat rules have required a "Profile" to use Chat. To make it clear, this means a VISIBLE Profile. This does not mean a profile with a picture, but it does mean you have to take the time to enter enough information about yourself so that the other chatters and chat moderators (people with Gold lettered names) can see your age.
In general, yo... [more]
New TG Support Chat Room - Rachelle's Room (Aug 12, 2016)
Introducing the TG Support Chat Room - Rachelle's Room. It’s a new chat room opening for our members who are Transgender, whether in transition or post-op, for support in dealing with gender identity related questions/concerns. The support is from one URNA member to another, dealing with the spe... [more]
Monthly Update June 2016 (Jun 6, 2016)
It's June! or what happened to May?
(If tech talk bores your, skip the next couple of paragraphs. You can think of puppies or kitties instead!)
Some may have noticed we had a service interruption the first weekend of June. The site itself was ok, but we had to mo... [more]
Monthly Update May 2016 (May 1, 2016)
There are a couple of bits of news I want to pass along.
The update of the site - Mid April, I asked the coders to stop work on the update. There were a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the estimate was once again increasing and was way beyond what was budgeted for this attempt. URNA is... [more]
Monthly Update February 2016 (Feb 6, 2016)
After a 2 month hiatus, time for a monthly update.
There are a couple of topics to bring to URNA Nation:
First, we are back working on URNA 2.0 and even better, making real progress. Since we have been burned before, not making predictions on when done. Maybe in a few ... [more]
Monthly Update - November 2015 (Nov 30, 2015)
Monthly update for November 2015
First, I want to start by thanking all of the people who donated to the update of the site. I wish I could say the update was going well, but the coders are now several months late. The underlying code is much more complicated than a typical website. T... [more]
Monthly Update - October 2015 (Oct 20, 2015)
Last month, I promised to provide a monthly update on the site. Well, here it is.
1. Update to the Site – I wish I had good news to share. The coders are now almost 2 months behind and no firm end date. I talk to the project manager once a week. The latest target is early October.... [more]
Monthly Update (Aug 27, 2015)
Originally this post was called "not allowed" It was basically a rant against meanness in chat. I was pissed but as the principle here I should never post something in anger. I wasn't wrong, but there is usually a more positive way to make a point.
Starting with this rewrite, I will ... [more]
URNA 2.0 - Update July 29 (Aug 1, 2015)
July 29 - Looks like the date for the beta is now August 10. We should start testing and if everything goes well, will go live two weeks later. I will provide more updates once the beta is live.
June 16 - had the 2nd meeting to review progress on the update. My... [more]
URNA 2.0 New Main Page First Look (Jun 8, 2015)
Pam - June 8 2015
These are screen shots of the new main page for urnotalone.com. All pages will automatically adjust to the screen size. They are still very rough, but will give you an idea of what's coming.
One of the goals is a greater emphasis on information and new... [more]
URNA Announcement: Change of Ownership (Mar 30, 2015)
The Change of Ownership of URNA is complete. Ownership of URNA is now in the hands of Pamela, who will be able to devote a lot more of her time to URNA than I've been able to over the last year. Pamela has been slowly familiarizing herself with the Administration of the site and little by little, sh... [more]
New URNA Chat Room Mods (Mar 10, 2015)
As many have noticed and already commented to me, URNA has a few new Chat Room Moderators or Mods. Since some have asked, I thought I would share how I went about making the choices.
URNA means a lot to me just like many of you. I have a strategic vision that I apply to every decision... [more]
Deadly Cyclone Pam Leaves Vanuatu, Targets New Zealand (Mar 1, 2015)
accuweather.com - Kristina Pydynowski
At least eight people are dead in the wake of powerful Tropical Cyclone Pam, which is now tracking toward northern New Zealand. Despite undergoing some weakening, Pam remains a dangerous tropical cyclone with its strength equal to that of a Catego... [more]
URNA Maintenance Complete, Disk Replaced (Jan 13, 2015)
There were disk issues which were causing problems for our Subscription holders. As a result, our Hosting Company had to take the site offline to clone the disk and replace it. This was completed around 7pm Eastern US Time on Tuesday, January 13th. Everything should be working fine now. Sorry for th... [more]
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! (Jan 1, 2015)
Hi, it's Jon, your Host. First off, I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
I also wanted to let everyone know that I'm taking Monday's off during December and some days off here and there. On weekends and when I'm taking a day off, I don't go near my computer. Be... [more]
Server Upgrade (Sep 11, 2014)
Thursday, September 11th.
Much of the site is working properly, unfortunately we had to move back to our old hardware.
If you do run into any issues, please report them via the Support Request link at the bottom of the pages.
Dan is working on a total re... [more]
Jennifer Leitham - Triple Play Project (Feb 20, 2014)
With less than 3 days left in the Triple Play Project, it's crunch time, and with your donations we can reach our goal. Please join the elite 98 folks who have joined together to help make this dream a partial rea... [more]