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#1 2012-03-04 11:35:45

Bloke
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TXP Magazine rises

Although we planned not to make an official announcement on the forum as we’re now using the social channels to promote, discuss and publicise the magazine, I realise that not everybody has a twitter account or yet follows the Google+ stream.

So it is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I share the new, rebranded, refocused and re-energised TXP. Bringing the magazine back from the ashes has been a huge undertaking by the editorial and design team, and I hope the hard work shines through the site itself and pays off as we bring you news, views and CMS muse on every corner of the Textpattern experience (and beyond). The site is fully responsive across a broad spectrum of display sizes so you can enjoy it wherever you may be.

If anybody wishes to contribute articles, we welcome all submission ideas. And plugin authors, give your creations some airtime with the readership by pimping your plugins. Further, if you are dedicated and would like to give something back to the community, check the openings on the team or raise your hand on the social channels. Let us know your mad skillz and we’ll find a spot where you can prove them!

Without further delay I shall now leave you in the capable hands of the magazine. Please enjoy, share, and discuss.

P.S. Anybody with access to the forum’s nuts and bolts, please would you add “TXP” to the Network links. G+ and Twitter streams optional extras if there’s space. Thanks!

Last edited by Bloke (2012-03-04 11:41:50)


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#2 2012-03-04 22:11:25

net-carver
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Re: TXP Magazine rises

Congratulations to the editorial team — looks good. Wondered why Bloke and co. were relatively quiet recently.


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#3 2012-03-04 23:06:06

uli
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Re: TXP Magazine rises

Bloke wrote:

I realise that not everybody has a twitter account or yet follows the Google+ stream.

Thanks, I indeed am one of those who are rather deaf to chirp frequencies, and I still write forum posts with birds’ feathers.

That relaunch looks like a huge amount of work for everyone who has participated, and I enjoyed every minute of reading about my fave CMS. Thanks to all involved!

Although we planned not to make an official announcement on the forum as we’re now using the social channels to promote, discuss and publicise the magazine

Video killeds the radio star. Sigh.


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#4 2012-03-05 00:13:51

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Re: TXP Magazine rises

Hope you don’t mind me moving this thread, Stef. Over here the mere mortals in this community are allowed to comment as well ;)


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#5 2012-03-05 09:31:42

Algaris
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Re: TXP Magazine rises

Very nice. It feels like a real magazine with so many article. I’m looking at the contents and thinking ‘All these articles look so interesting, which one should I read first?’.

I’m one of the (few?) people without access to the usual social media channels as I mainly do Textpattern stuff at work, where they block Facebook, Twitter, Google+ et al.

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#6 2012-03-05 09:49:13

Bloke
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Re: TXP Magazine rises

Thanks for the props everyone (and thanks for moving the thread to a more useful location, Els).

We like the look of it too — and of course the content :-)There’s some great stuff going on behind the scenes, some of which will only become apparent when Issue 2 hits the digital shelves.

btw, for those without social media access, there’s a good old RSS feed available to stay abreast of the latest content.


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#7 2012-03-05 10:30:55

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Re: TXP Magazine rises

Bloke wrote:

Although we planned not to make an official announcement on the forum

Bloke caved. ;)

All,

Thanks for the positive feedback. Truly.

I’d say this is the official announcement. Who’s going to tell me they don’t have access to TXP?

We may consider Bloke’s thread here a place for those who want to offer something but who also boycot Disqus along with their other social inconveniences, pre-ordained.

There are valid reasons why the magazine operates the way it does. They may not suit the conveniences of everyone (nothing ever does), but we are leaning towards what benefits TXP. I’ll have more to say on this in my From the Editor, Issue 2, which is already sneaking up fast with lots needing done before it does. But here’s a clue: the more discussion that takes place away from TXP, the less likely advertising will be successful, and the less likely TXP will remain a quality publication over the long-term. Fact!

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#8 2012-03-05 11:42:15

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Re: TXP Magazine rises

Bloke wrote:

Although we planned not to make an official announcement on the forum

Happy you did make an announcement here.

Destry wrote:

There are valid reasons why the magazine operates the way it does. They may not suit the conveniences of everyone (nothing ever does), but we are leaning towards what benefits TXP. I’ll have more to say on this in my From the Editor, Issue 2, which is already sneaking up fast with lots needing done before it does. But here’s a clue: the more discussion that takes place away from TXP, the less likely advertising will be successful, and the less likely TXP will remain a quality publication over the long-term. Fact!

Presumably you mean TXP the magazine rather than the software…that’s going to take some getting used to and there will inevitably be some confusion until it sinks in that TXP is the magazine and Textpattern is the software…

I can understand that discussions needs to take place over at TXP, that’s a commercial reality. And I hope we will all continue to use whatever means necessary to promote TXP and the software itself, whether that is on Twitter, Google+, Textpattern Network sites or our own personal sites.

Good luck with the magazine and well done to all of you involved. Thanks!


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#9 2012-03-05 13:10:41

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Re: TXP Magazine rises

jstubbs wrote:

Presumably you mean TXP the magazine rather than the software…

No need to presume. That’s why I lead off with a link reference…

Destry wrote: Who’s going to tell me they don’t have access to TXP?

But this is a good topic for the forum.

Sure, I realize change takes getting used to. It always does. But the mistake (people calling the software something other than it’s actual name) happened around 2005. Fixing it now, when Textpattern has so many identity issues, is a step in the right direction.

I don’t expect the casual CMS user to care about the specifics of brand name use. The caring should have happened a long time ago from the top, and it never did. I can’t say for sure, but I’d bet if Dean remained in charge of Textpattern over the years, he would have discouraged early on the use of “TXP” to mean the CMS. More likely he would have just named it that to begin with if that’s what he had intended. I don’t mean that in any negative way towards project leaders since Dean, but a big difference between Dean and people in charge of Textpattern since then is that development wasn’t his only expertise, in fact, dev may not have bee his expertise at all. But communication, design, brand…those were his areas of expertise, and we lost all that with leadership since then, and then the community just kind of ran rampant with the brand and brand use.

I’ve been trying to argue more brand consistency, etc. in recent years, and I think we’ve made some headway since Philipp created the new logo (now in use in the user docs, themes, etc.), but there’s still room for improvement. For example, cloning the templates of .com for use in another site that publishes completely different types of content (textgarden) is a mistake. That’s not what brand consistency means. Also, it was a mistake to adopt a new logotype in all-caps. Textpattern already has a hell of a time trying to make it clear to the outside that the brand name is not spelled with a camel-case convention. Don’t believe me? We don’t have to look far…

Notice those last two are the same article, which may very well be a case of copyright infringement, I don’t know, but more to the point, it’s a misuse of the Textpattern brand name that’s being perpetuated around in the wild and likely making the identity problem worse.

That’s likely happening because Textpattern’s own brand is not as good/clear as it could be.

We missed a big opportunity to help address that issue when we adopted a logotype in all-caps. We should have went the other way and made it explicitly clear how the name is spelled by using a logotype that leaves no room for doubt — “Textpattern”. On this issue, I take heart in knowing that I’m not the only one who feels as I do, and that something may be done about it relatively soon. LINK CORRECTED

And I hope we will all continue to use whatever means necessary to promote TXP and the software itself, whether that is on Twitter, Google+, Textpattern Network sites or our own personal sites.

Amine, to that, brother. Amine to that. And let’s not overlook the fact that TXP is a promotional engine for Textpattern and the CMS. It will become a very big and significant one.

Ed. Corrected the last link above.

Last edited by Destry (2012-03-05 17:41:12)

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#10 2012-03-05 13:46:53

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Re: TXP Magazine rises

offer something but who also boycot Disqus along with their other social inconveniences

Hmm, I felt slightly put off by the use of DISQUS (mind the caps now Destry ;-), thinking that I’d have to sign up and have my views on whatever auto aggregated against my will, but you can actually comment as a guest without signing up. That’s not immediately apparent from the button.


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