Besides questioning whether I ought to be allowed to participate, as I think my presence is incendiary, even as I am deeply indebted to Dan as an influence on my life and wish to be here to learn many things, I would comment that the speedbump where you enter the forums from the farcaster link and on the first click-thru you get a weird error page, but on refreshing you see the forums, does serve to dissuade many from entering but may not be intentional?
I will try to quiet down in general as the silence is deafening. I wish to be here and I AM a neophyte however clever and I'm trying to fulfill my family legacy of being a writer though I never had time to study the canon in as much depth. I am sorry I'm such a fool sometimes, I am carrying a lot and feel alone with much of it too.
I'd welcome a reading suggestion that would occupy my time more productively.
Also I was a pretty successful web developer and designer in my former lives but I don't have much to add with the site redesign other than what I wrote here. I like the simple forum and old school look because I think this site ought to be about words not gloss. I'd LOVE to see a return of the installments on writing well, and sounds like that is in the works perhaps. Meanwhile maybe reading the past decade of Simmons novels will give me something to chew on.