Click on one of the below questions to open up its respective answer. I hope this section helps answer all your questions. If not, ask me directly.

  • Sometimes when I come here, your webpage is missing or broken. Why?
    • It’s because I’m building the website myself, as a side-project, for fun.Sometimes, some of the WordPress Plugins I create have bugs. Or I might be upgrading the server. Or I might have broken the server.I’m doing all this for free.
  • Where is your webpage hosted?!
    • It used to be hosted on my own personal computer that lives in my linen closet… for free.Computer Gear in the Linen ClosetBut it was susceptible to:
      • Power and phone outages in Tura Beach, NSW
        Like when someone uses their car as a battering ram against a light pole…
      • Hardware issues. My modem currently overheats, so I have it on a 24-hour timer to turn the power off, for 15 minutes, sometime in the early morning 3am – 4am EST.
      • My own online activities using my Internet connection. Such as watching movies.
      • Poor upload bandwidth from my Internet provider. Although it’s pretty good when downloading, it’s not a T3 connection. Plus, as it’s asynchronous (the A in ADSL2) the awesome speeds at which I download, are not the same as when uploading. ie: uploading the webpage from my webserver, to you.

      So I moved the website to an Amazon EC2 ubuntu instance. We have so little traffic it’s too bothersome for Amazon to charge us.

  • Why is your webpage so slow?
    • I dunno. I am investigating using content delivery systems to improve speed. However the “time to first byte” still depends on the machine where the website is hosted.
  • I’m, confused. Which email do I send to? There are so many.
    • I have set up the website’s domain “writersfsc.org.au” to have a catch-all for its email. So, anything sent to an email address ending with @writersfsc.org.au will be reach to the admin. Go ahead, try it. Be creative.Also, all of the email is forwarded on to [email protected] and kept on those servers anyway.
  • How do I sign up, register or login?
    • Well, if you currently receive our newsletter, you actually already have a user account. This means you are only signed up as a WordPress user on the website. And no you can’t completely remove your user account, I need it, for behind the scenes magic stuff.To login to your account for the first time, you’ll need to change your password, because when I automagically set up the accounts (one of my custom WordPress plugins) your password was automatically generated as a random string of non-sensical characters.Your username is your email address
  • Can you tell me my password?
    • No. They’re not stored as plain text, they’re stored encoded in the database. So, no, not a chance, unless I hack it, which I won’t, because… effort.Reset your password.
  • I have no intention of attending any of your workshops or clinics, but I still want to receive the newsletter. Can you arrange that?
  • Where can I find information about local publishers, authors and tips about getting published?
    • Google. I’m sorry, I’m an unpublished writer currently working on my first sci-fi novel. There are plenty of those in our group that are published and have tips and know all about local publishers and authors. It’s my job, here, as a programmer, to display the content. Not create the content. But I’m not even able to do that adequately yet.
  • What do you use to manage your events?
    • Modern Tribe’s – The Events Calendar
      Sometimes, rolling your own has too many drawbacks (including taking up all my precious writing time). I make use of this calendar suite. As a non-profit we have access to the PRO version and all of the plugins for free. I also create many, many, many plugins that extend the calendar’s functionality.
  • Who are you?
    • Amanda.I have a degree in Computer Science from the University of Wollongong. I moved to Brisbane to work. After two years I became ill and had to return back to where I grew up, here, on the Far South Coast.I had an AVM (arterio-venous malformation) growing inside my brain. The larger it grew, the more pressure it exerted on the surrounding tissue. It caused seizures, followed by Todd’s paralysis (a temporary form of paralysis that can last minutes up to days). I had surgery in April 2011 and since then I’ve been recovering and improving. However, my brain doesn’t work quite the same way. So I can’t code as well as I used to. The debugging is the hardest part. I’m not a fast developer, and I often go weeks without writing a single line of code.I joined the writers group because I enjoyed writing as a child. I knew the language centre of my brain was all messed up. Post seizure, I could sign my name (automatic function) but I couldn’t write my name. I could read my own writing but it was reading novels that I had a problem with. I couldn’t read more than a sentence before losing my place, forgetting what I had just read and become extremely frustrated at not comprehending.The Writers of the Far South Coast actually helped teach me to read again as they would project the piece of writing on the screen as well as have the author read it aloud for me to follow along and piece the two halves of understanding together.

      I’m currently an unpublished writer, working on my first sci-fi novel.

  • How are you planning on improving the website?
    • The idea of the committee is to make the website a hub for writers.As the programmer who has to make it happen, I have a few ideas:
      • Only send reminders to “active” members. These are financial members for the current year, plus anyone who has been to a workshop or clinic within the last year, unless they have specifically requested no reminders, or if they have unsubscribed from communication.
      • Make requested ‘no reminders’ an automatic function
      • Re-create the RSVP function via reminder emails.
      • Add ability to submit work for manuscript clinic into the RSVP function.
      • Create pagination widget to use with the looseleaf wrap around widget
      • Add critiquing online. Earn credits by critiquing others work. Use credits to upload own work for critiquing. Based on word count.
      • Save Google data directly to WordPress users and not a separate database
      • Link signing up to google group with WordPress
      • When signing up on WordPress, also sign up to the newsletter.
      • Add “competitions” to Events Calendar, needs to be a custom type, with various unique fields such as an open date, closing date, judging date. Prizes.
      • Add reviews to a presenters list of workshops?
      • Add “markets” to Events Calendar. Another special event type. A lot of people sign up for the newsletter at the markets. By adding the dates and locations of the markets then this information can be inferred and mail merged into correspondence.
      • Add bookshelf plugin that cycles images of three of the covers of books across a wooden bookshelf and way to purchase books from Amazon.
      • Add a decent Facebook link to bottom of page
      • Create a distributed calendering extension for the Events Calendar to allow dynamic updating from other websites calendars through either RSS or iCal feeds.
      • Create a PDF download plugin that links to a file.
      • Create a permalink to the latest newsletter that will always download the latest newsletter and not linked directly to a particular file.
      • Add a forum.
      • Automagic creation of content for the newsletter from the forums, events, competitions and send it the information to the poor sap who has to write the completed newsletter.
      • Fix the scrabble plugin, whose tile letters are too big.
      • Add and update contacts in google through two way syncing.
      • Sleep…