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This past weekend was chock full of upgrades!

Some of you may have noticed by now that we try to listen to what you all have to say and make changes to the site in order to make it a happier place for everyone. For instance, last week we changed the headline format of our Afternoon Inquisitions to be more detailed, thanks to a suggestion someone made via our contact form (thanks, F!).

On that note, thanks so much for your feedback on Friday. Because of your responses, we’re going to stop having links automatically open in new windows. Sorry for those of you prefer it the old way, but there was a good point that it’s something best left up to the individual user. (Personally, a while back I took to always Apple+clicking on links to get new tabs.)

Also, because you were all pretty split on the topic, I’m not going to institute nested comments for now. I may try it in the future if I find a clean and easy way to do it, but for now we’ll stick with regular comments.

As for the @Skepchicks Twitter account, we’re going to continue alerting you when new posts are up and when new events are posted. Maria is working on some cool features that will also send out last-minute event reminders, birthday announcements, and other handy info. I’ll also be using it to send out quick skeptical links that I previously only sent via my @RebeccaWatson account. Oh, and also you can expect the @Skepchicks account to be used during events like SkepchickCon and TAM.

(EDIT! Can’t believe I forgot this bit:) You might notice that you can now edit your comments for up to five minutes after posting. You’re welcome. Let me know if it doesn’t work, and don’t abuse it!

There’s also some news concerning The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe that I figured you’d appreciate. My talented friend Ducky moved the forum to a new address: www.sguforums.com. It’s still hosted on the Skepchick server, but now it has a URL all its own.

Even more exciting: Evan has just posted the details on how you can join us for dinner at TAM in Vegas next month! Last year, the response was so huge that we filled up all 80 spaces we had plus overflowed a second restaurant with another 100+ people. Crazy! So this year, we recommend you register early to make sure you get in. It only costs $55 and you get to eat with all the SGU crew: me, Bob, Evan, Jay, and Steve. Whee!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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  1. @James Fox: Just think of what you’re going to do with those five minutes of goodness the fair Rebecca has granted us. That cheers me up. ;)

    Now I just need to finish that time machine of mine and go back and slap myself for all those screwed up posts before now.

  2. On the links-in-a-new-window thing: For Windows (Firefox & IE) and Ubuntu (Firefox), the right-click menu has options for opening a link in a new window or tab. Also, a middle-click will open in a new tab without the extra menu step. Not sure about Safari, Opera or Chrome but I’d expect they have similar features.

  3. Rebecca, I would like to thank you and your crew for all the hard work and dedication you have put in to this blog to make it enjoyable for us users. Considering you are volenteering your time to make this happen is a testament to how dedicated you are to increasing the critical thinking skills of the world. I am appreciative of the AI’s, the requests for feedback, and the Cute Animal Fridays you and the skepchicks (and the skepdude) do on a regular basis. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to making skepchick.org one of the most fun forums out there.

    Does anyone have a hankie, I need to wipe my nose.

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