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Erowid Announcment #54 (Major)
    #4074435 - 04/19/05 10:23 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

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Happy Bicycle Day!

--- Ten Years Ago... ----------------------------------------------------------
In April 1995, Erowid.com first went online with just a few pages of
data about psychoactive plants and chemicals. There was no public
announcement of the launch and no other sites (that we know of) linked
to erowid.com for months to come. Earth and Fire worked on the site as
a minor hobby in their spare time.

This month we have several major releases to announce. We'll be
sending separate announcements for each of the major items over the
next week or two. If you have an opinion about the changes and
updates, we'd like to encourage you to send us a note. It helps us to
hear what people think.

If you have photos of psychoactive substances and would like to
contribute to the Erowid project, please read the "Photo Drive" section
(#2) below about images we need.

We welcome submissions, suggestions, criticisms, or corrections at
submissions@erowid.org or corrections@erowid.org.

fire & earth


1) Major Site Overhaul (Front End)

One of the projects that has been taking up much of our time over the
last couple of months has been the design and implementation of the
'Erowid 3.0' design across the main sections of the site. This change
includes cosmetic, navigational, and data updates. Not every page has
been converted, but this release represents a completed structure and
templates for the changeover. Major changes include:

a) New 3.0 Front Page

Perhaps the first thing friends of Erowid will notice is the new front
page of the site. The old Alchemist Collage is gone and is replaced
by a design we call Blocks (or the 3.0 splash page). There are a
variety of fun things about the new Blocks design, including a more
dynamic effect from visit to visit as well as a place to showcase some
of the interesting photos in our collection, and direct links into
subsections of the site. We have chosen to continue with a 'splash
page' design, and will also be adding some interesting features to the
page soon.

b) Cosmetic

Those familiar with the site will recognize the new header from other
sections which have already been migrated to the 3.0 design. In
addition to the new header, we have also regularized the look of most
index pages on the site. The cosmetic changes should also make the
more complex pages easier to read, scan quickly, and find the
information you're looking for.

c) Navigational : Psychoactives Vault Index

There are a handful of changes and additions to the navigation of the
site. These navigational changes include:

- Search fields are now at the top of every 3.0 design page.
- Dynamic HTML (jscript) menus in the header make navigating between
sections faster.
- Psychoactives page index format changed. Header menus make it no
longer necessary for other topics to have links on the psychoactives

d) Navigational : Substance Vaults

- Path links, sometimes called 'bread crumbs', make it easier to go
"up" a topic level.
- Standardized topic buttons make it clearer when there is and isn't a
page for a given sub-topic.
- Anchor Links, sometimes called 'pound anchors' or 'page anchors' or
'sub-page links', are now present on sub-sections on 3.0 vault
pages. Next to each section title (for instance, MEDIA COVERAGE on
the 2c-b page) is a very small grey "#" sign that is a link to that
specific sub-section. Click on the link and copy the url from the
url line to reference a specific sub-section.
- A correction link in the bottom left corner of every page under the
"About this Document" menu allows easy access to sending

e) Data

- Summary Cards with images have been added to every vault.
All substance vaults now have a 'Summary Card' on their main index.
The summary cards are intended to be a very brief (and necessarily
incomplete) overviews, but will hopefully provide a useful
introduction to the substance for non-experts and a mnemonic for
those who already know the information. The summary cards have not
yet been fully reviewed, so please feel encouraged to point out
errors or offer suggested changes.

2) Photo Drive / Contest : Seeking Contributed Photos

The addition of the Summary Cards to every index means we now have
a more pressing need for images of many substances that we have never
sought photos of. We need help finding good, sharp, high resolution
photos of dozens of plants, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and smart
drugs. We are only interested in photos owned by the submitter, so
we can use them on main substance indexes with clear copy rights.

The Erowid Crew will select images to be used on Summary Cards and all
submitters who have an image chosen for use on a Summary Card will have
the opportunity to have their name/nick and a link to their own site in
the list of contributors to the 2005 Photo Drive. In addition, the
Erowid Crew will vote and choose the top 5 images in each section as
"drive winners". Submitters of drive winning photos will receive: an
erowid mug or t-shirt, a year subscription to our print newsletter, and
will have their work highlighted on a page of contest winners. The
photo drive will run until May 15th.

Other New Items

3) eScottology - I Got Rhythm

March installment of the monthly column by Scott O. Moore.

4) U.K. Drugs Bill Outlaws All Psilocybin Mushrooms

Although the provisions of this new law have not yet taken effect, the
end of legal sale of fresh psilocybin mushrooms is likely nearing an
end... or are there more strange legal twists ahead?

5) Re-Psychedelica Britannica

An article from Arthur Magazine by Mark Pilkington about the sale of
mushrooms in the U.K.

6) The Pope and Papacy

Links added to the Spiritual Traditions > Christianity vault. Perhaps
the most interesting of these is an article about a minor movement in
the Catholic faith to decentralize some power away from the Papacy.

7) Daimistas Arrested in Italy

The legal fights over ayahuasca continue, with the arrest of Santo
Daime members in Italy.

8) Art Vaults

Five new artist have been added to the art vaults this month.

April Featured Artist: Marshall

9) 118 New Experience Reports

Our new triage system continues to improve the quality of the reports
that are getting published. We are nearing a next release of the
triaging system that will allow us to add yet more triagers. Thanks
to everyone who has been helping with the beta test!

10) One New Ask Erowid Question

Is the buzz from absinthe really any different from plain liquor?

For a more complete listing of What's New at Erowid go to:

Conducts laboratory testing of street Ecstasy tablets (NOTE: co-pay is
now $30).

Between Mar 18 and April 18, results were posted for 9 new tablets.

If you find Erowid a useful resource and are interested in supporting
its future development, please consider donating or becoming a member.



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