Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
My first priority right now is to get the blogging software into a satisfactory state, so that I can move on to the fun stuff.
So with that goal in mind, here's a list of things I will try to implement in the next version of Fairpole.
Here are some things on my to-do list, that I'm probably not going to put in the next version:
I love the stuff you are doing here.
How in the world are you finding time to do this? I can't even manage my time to install pre-built software, much less build it from scratch as you are.
What technologies are you using?
It helps being a consultant and not having a steady job. (I'm suddenly getting a lot of offers for contract work, though.)
Also, simplicity is key. A simple, flexible, well-designed architecture can turn complex tasks into simple ones. I spent about five months planning and simplifying (and simplifying and simplifying) the architecture. Once I had the design I wanted, it only took me about two weeks to actually code the thing.
The code is mod_perl, and the back end is mysql.
I'm not doing any rich text editing, either. The bloggers use straight HTML. For the comments, I'll probably use some simple wiki-like markup.
The blogging/commenting is not going to be as full-featured as some other systems, because that's not the point of the software.
You're right about the "Edit Again" thing, although, I'm not sure when I'll get around to fixing it.
i.e., this would be in addition to "Hot From the Toaster." If you're reading Dodger Thoughts, say, a sidebar to show you the most recently commented upon Dodger Thoughts threads.
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