As close readers of this blog may have realised, one of the ongoing projects this year at Strange Horizons is to update our website design and backend. In the ten years since we launched, the current site has served us extremely well with minimal updates, but now we want to improve or add various bits of functionality that a modern online magazine really should have – such as direct comments on articles and stories, RSS feeds for each department, better archives and search functionality, and so on – and refresh our design.
We're making steady progress, but the next stage is a big one, and we'd like to ask for your help. We've exported all the content from the current site, but need to check each page to make sure the process has worked smoothly and there are no unexpected formatting errors creeping in. Obviously, with ten years of content, that's a lot of pages to check!
That's where you would come in. We'd like volunteers to go through the exported pages and flag any problems for the attention of our webmasters. You don't have to correct the problems, just point them out so that we know what needs fixing.
As an incentive, anyone who checks at least 25 pages (probably 2-3 hours' work) will be entered into a draw for a one-off A3 print by Tommie Kelly:
Anyone who checks at least 50 pages will be entered into the draw, and will receive a Strange Horizons mug.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below -- and if you're interested, please email email@example.com.
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