What to do?

UPDATE: Shuttering the site is not an option. While some have been lured away by the siren song of Facebook, I don’t find it to be the same intimate community as Teh Squeak. I can’t imagine RabBiT expressing the same tribulations on Facebook or Paddy or Sven or me or any other Gerbil. This is truly a special place, if currently a little under utilized. It will remain. I will find a solution. In the meantime: Keep Calm and Carry On.

Here is where we stand:

  • I can migrate the site to WordPress.com but each user will have to reregister on WordPress.com. When I tested the import of this site, I have to assign posts and comments to the new registered users. That means that until everyone who has posted since 2013 is registered, I can’t import Teh Squeaky Wheel prior┬áposts.
  • I can use DNN which I’ve used in the past and blogging platform “A” that includes a WordPress like admin panel but no import capability for now – I would have to create a procedure to accomplish that. Wait! Did I say I? I meant someone with more skill and who has more time, what with not having to do Friday Night Captioning Contests.
  • I can use DNN and blogging platform “B” than does not include a WordPress like admin panel but does include the ability to import a complete WordPress site.

All options allow for posting videos.

The choice is yours. Discuss amongst your damn selves.

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Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago

I’d say to go with whatever option is easiest for our Admin.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Seconded; thanks (as always), Jerry.

BrendaK
Admin
5 years ago

Thirdly’d; and Sven last offered to host the Friday night captioning, right? So he could probably handle that import thingie for ya, if you go that route.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 years ago
Reply to  BrendaK

Yes, that’s EXACTLY what you want me doing. Uh huh. Sure.

BrendaK
Admin
5 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Heheheheh

Machinist
Admin
5 years ago

I am sorry this has become such a hassle for you. I agree with Paddy that you should go with whatever is least painful and laborious for you. We can adjust and the important thing is we can still get together and make mischief. This is much appreciated!

Machinist
Admin
5 years ago

I don’t know if I speak for others but it seems to me that the loss of the old posts would not be as bad now as it was with the old site. I really missed those, but it seems like we are more into day to day interaction here, now.
Curious to know how others feel.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago
Reply to  Machinist

I tend towards Mac’s view. If keeping the old posts and comments is a major stumbling block, then let them vanish into that place where old bytes go.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Reply to  Machinist

If it’s simpler to blow-away the old posts, I’m okay with that.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 years ago
Reply to  Machinist

I’m in agreement here as well. With the amount of activity and participation from the gerbil hordes the last couple of years, there’s not much to lose compared to what we had years back. If it goes, it goes.

We are a day-to-day group nowadays. I’m thankful for that…that we still keep in touch, but I also wonder, and this is a site admin question, if it’s more trouble than it is worth keeping up a site. With other social media outlets available, should teh wheel just be shuttered?

X_LA_Native
Admin
5 years ago

I have no difference with anything anyone has said.

Whatever’s easiest on our gracious Admin(s), and Mac’s right -- we can improvise, adapt, and overcome.

Machinist
Admin
5 years ago

Or in my case, cry, whine, and beg for help.

joeschmo1of3
Admin
5 years ago

How easy to use is the “B” platform dashboard? More complicated? Easier but with less features? I tend to go with whatever is easier. If that other platform is easier or as easy as the WordPress dashboard, then importing the whole site would be the way to go.

If importing into WordPress without the old posts is the best option, then I would be very okay with fresh shavings in the gerbil cage.

Rabbit
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Rabbit
5 years ago

I vote yes to everything!
Easy on Jerrie,
Lost comments ok,
Closing the wheel if necessary.

Even go back to BlogSpot. (Showing my ignorance here!)

X_LA_Native
Admin
5 years ago

Shutter it? I’d rather not…

X_LA_Native
Admin
5 years ago
Reply to  X_LA_Native

But that’s me being selfish.

Machinist
Admin
5 years ago

Ref the update,

I am glad to hear it. This is a very special place with wonderful people. Thank you for hosting us. I will be happy to do whatever I can to help with it in whatever form it takes.. I would really miss this.

Thanks again.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago
Reply to  Machinist

What Mac said (and what you said, Jerry).

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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I’d miss this joint, too; thanks for all of your work, Jerry. (Damn my utter lack of IT skills!)