We will require some downtime in the near future in order to perform server upgrades and install ssl certificates. We’ve put off making the site secure for too long. We haven’t set a date for this yet, but I suspect it won’t really matter to anyone when we do this exactly, I just want you all to know its coming so that when the site is down you know it was planned and everything is okay…
In order to further the multi-site integration, it has become necessary to not have blog posts on the main site. Therefore we have switched off the ability of registered agents to post on the central site. You can still post articles, poems, blogs, videos, jokes etc to the colour sites, the elemental sites and the ufo site. Plus of course the KIA Egregore site for gathering and egregore related stuff.
Further, we have to move all the existing blogs posts on kiamagic.com to these ‘subsites’. To aid this transition I have created ‘categories’ in the main site named after each of the subsites, plus one for ‘personal site’, and moved all the articles to a suggested category. However there were over 400 blog posts for me to categorise and I may have made mistakes, so I would like to ask each blog author to check their posts and make sure you are happy with the default destination. You can edit existing blogs still and set the category to your prefered subsite.
You can also set the category to ‘personal site’. You will need to let kiabot know which of your subsites to move the article to.
Images and comments will be preserved.
Two of my friends have just discovered that they have been tracked on FB, one of them has worked in high profile security and had the source traced back, the viewer was in the USA. It would seem some kind of campaign is underway to find and affect High energy Hotspots and those involved in such workings. I’m guessing that would involve KIA Agents too.
The tracker was moving through friends lists and targeting those most active in New Worldview activities !
Beginning next week, I will add more works to the Library
bloody hell, I know better than to say stuff like that. Spectacular compupter crash, stuck in reboot loop
fixed now, so all I will say is that I had/have again new stuff to add. and hope Eris didn’t hear me say it, LOL
In recent discussions with other KIA agents, I’ve come to terms with the need for further development of the KIA website. It could be friendlier for mobile devices, phones and tablets for example. It could be easier and more intuitive to navigate. Various people have told me it is like a labyrinth, and perhaps none know this more than myself anyway. It has long been my thought that KIA needs someone with a more intuitive less autistic mind to design a friendlier interface.
My attempt, of changing the links for ‘Network, Wiki, Forum’ into ‘Network, Collaborate, Discuss’, makes the change of using intuitive rather than functional language, but really it is still a menu based on function rather than content. However, I also think that such an intuitive agent probably wouldn’t know where to begin without my giving a structural overview of the site as it stands.
Lets start by looking at the three main links.
Network -> The blogs and subsites. Here agents make posts ranging from an embedded image or youtube video, through poems, notes, diary like entries and accounts of events to fully thought out articles. Other agents usually leave comments. This is probably the bulk of the site and where most of the discussion and interaction happens. It is also where agents send each other private messages, add other agents as friends and manage their profiles.
Collaborate – > The wiki. Here we have collaboratively edited pages, similar to those on wikipedia. Yes, it is currently a bit ugly looking and any future development should prioritise making this part of the site look nicer. Most agents probably use this as reference, if they use it at all. It has lots of interesting content though. Worth keeping and developing in my opinion.
Discuss -> The forum. Dead. Not sure what killed it. Bad interface probably. Maybe it was a mistake to start using bbpress. On the other hand maybe it has been the success of the blogging interface. In any case, I’m not how much of value lies therein. Probably worth keeping as archives, but relegating to a less prominent part of the menu structure and made read only.
At least this is my opinion. As a developer concentrating on just two website platforms will make my job a whole lot easier in the long run, and the less time I have to spend maintaining the site the more time I have to develop it and write new content.
Secondly, a map of what I consider the most important areas:
KIA core sites:
- main site -> the one that collates all the posts from the other sites, along with its own posts for the front page (excluding some sites by that sites admins request). Conceptually the main site also includes the wiki (collaborate) area, even though technically that is different software.
- egregore -> contains the KIA Speaks software and the doll project.
- meta -> discussion about software used/to use.
Chaosphere magic sites:
- Chaosphere magic site collates all the posts from the others…
- Duality sites (Doing magic and being magic sites need setting up)
- Elemental sites (Earth launched, Fire ready to launch, Air and Water need setting up.
- Colour magic sites (Octarine, Black, White, Green, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Red, Orange) -> Open for posting by all agents concerning the theory and practise of the colours of magic. Octarine currently also collates articles from other colours.
Special projects: Technically the chaosphere magic sites are a special project, just a very big one deserving of its own mention because it spans multiple sites and has structure. All agents are free to declare a subsite they start as a special project if they open up posting to multiple agents. Minimum of two agents working together. So far special project sites include:
- UFO Magic (Discussion of UFOnauts, ETs, Ultraterrestrials and the like in magic).
- Alchemical.TV (Magical film project by Anton, Lolita and others)
- When Illuminated Press (Publishing project currently including work from Anton and Spiral (Janice Duke).
- Many agents have personal sites, including myself. Some have more than one. Agent can opt out of them being listed, but by default they appear in a directory.
That is the main structure, but there may also be important pages worth highlighting in a good navigation system. Such as:
Important wiki pages:
- The main wiki page
- The Library
- The list of Articles
- The list of Rituals
- The list of Gatherings
- The list of Projects
Other important pages
- Contact form (yes, we have one of those, and it has proved useful)
- Announcements (currently a list of posts marked with a given post category. Might not be all that useful in current form?
- Manifesto – A page with the orginal KIA manifesto. Possibly better moved to wiki?
- Rules – A page with the current site rules. Probably also better moved to wiki.
- Tools (online cyber magic tools, currently only has link to EnigMagick, also needs KIA Speaks and a link to download chaoshex).
- A tag cloud page.
- A map page. Probably less than useful. Meaningless visitor statistics.
- A page about how to support KIA. Needs work.
- A links page. Needs work. Currently only has our webring memberships…
- A list of help articles.
KIA’s Social media presence currently includes:
- A facebook page
- A tumblr
- A twitter feed
The third party plugin I was using for Video embeds has started conflicting with other plugins on the site, so I have had to turn it off. This means videos in posts won’t be working for a while. The bug was causing a potential security exploit.
My plan now is to fork the plugin and make it safe. Hopefully I’ll have them all back up shortly…
added to Anarchy section of KIA Library
Towards Anarchism by: Errico Malatestahttp://kiamagic.com/wiki/index.php/Towards_Anarchism
What is Authority? by Mikhail Bakuninhttp://kiamagic.com/wiki/index.php/What_is_Authority%3F
Regarding recent instability of our server, and website downtime:
I have initiated a change of our VPS configuration. We were bottle-necking on RAM usage, whilst only using a small fraction, less than 1%, of our bandwidth. Also, our disk space usage stood at around 20%.
Baring this in mind, I cut our bandwidth limit to 40% of its current spec, and halved our storage limit, whilst increasing our max RAM by 4. Next predicted bottleneck would be storage, but we can double that back up to its current level and still roughly match our current spending. In the mean time we will have a small reduction in cost.
Here are current and projected costs rounded to nearest 5. Ranges given for GBP are approximates based on current exchange rates with a small window for rise and fall. Actual costs may differ as they are fixed price in USD.
- Current quarterly cost: $75 USD (£40-55 GBP approx)
- Current yearly cost: $300 USD (£160-220 GBP approx)
- Reconfigured quarterly cost: $70 USD (£35-50 GBP approx)
- Reconfigured yearly cost: $280 USD (£140-200 GBP approx)
- Quarterly cost after future storage increase: $80 USD (£45-60 GBP approx)
- Yearly cost after future storage increase: $320 USD (£180-240 GBP approx)
Whilst we are on the subject, if anyone is in a position to help contribute to these ongoing costs of running this site, please see our Supporting KIA page, or contact me for other ways to donate.
Lets discuss potential developments for the KIA website. I’ll outline some possibilities of where to focus and what we’ll need to achieve them:
1) Open up the colour sites. These were started by Anton as complementary to his first book ‘Kaos Hieroglyphica’ and one of the next books he is working on that will revisit the system. But they would probably be better served if other regular posters could contribute to them. Whilst everyone can do this now, they might be put off by the fact that Anton needs to ‘approve’ posts before they appear. Maybe we should just experiment with them being more open?
2) Same for the UFO site, the Egregore site and a few others.
3) Tumblr: We now have a kiamagic.com presence on tumblr: (http://kiamagic.tumblr.com) If you have tumblr accounts you can help promote KIA by reblogging our articles. Those that wish to help promote KIA by posting links to our actual articles on tumblr, old and new, can do so if I invite you to be able to post.
4) Twitter. We have a kiamagic twitter feed. Most kiamagic sites are set up to give you the option to ‘broadcast’ your article to twitter. Please use this feature. Also if you have twitter accounts, don’t forget to follow and retweet…
5) Facebook. We have no presence on facebook. Anton will not take responsibility for this as he has no facebook account and no intention of getting one. However, if someone else takes this into their own hands and creates a kiamagic.com facebook page, they can add this account and page to kiamagic.com so its facebook followers are notified. Any volunteers for that?
1) Friendica support. I’ve done some tests, and we can add this. It will mean all kiamagic.com accounts can be used as part of the decentralised social network made up of friendica and diaspora websites. It does however to do this properly we would require an authenticated security certificate. If we get this, we should probably secure the whole site. This would cost nearly $100 per year.
2) Premium plugins. There are wordpress plugins that do a whole lot more than we can currently achieve. Such as cookies that span multiple domains, so that you can login on kiamagic.com, and be still logged in on alchemical.tv or other domains. But again, this wouldn’t come cheap.
Me great Dogge recovered well, still has to limit his activity for cause of the heartworms, but at least he can not get any more of them for cause of his meds my daughter helps me get. He is fine and furry, it all grew back and all the swelling has gone. strange what a system wide yeast infection will do.
I hope to be more active here on weekends now. Anton, love, you have still not expressed an opinion of the anarchy book I proposed for the wiki library; ‘Anarchism, what it really stands for’ by Emma Goldman 1911.