New Website Live!

Unto the Barony, greetings from Kameshima, Webminister!

It is my honor and privilege to announce that the new Baronial website has gone live. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to provide me with content. For those of you who have not previously had the opportunity to peruse the new web site, and are having trouble finding the information you need, look to the “Confused by the new site?” section of the sidebar to find a utility made just for you!

Additionally, I am thrilled to announce that posts from Stórfréttir — the newly renamed Debatable Blog — have been configured to forward, in addition to the current outlets, to the BMDL mailing list. I hope that officers, martial leaders and guildmasters will use this new functionality to help make Stórfréttir the primary source of information dissemination for the Barony.

As always, if you have event announcements, activity updates, or other information that you would like to have posted to the Baronial website, please contact your friendly local Webminister team at webminister at debatable lands dot org and we will work with you to get your information out through the most appropriate channels.

Finally, if you notice any problems or issues with the new site, please contact us immediately so that we may investigate and fix the problem as soon as possible.

New Webminister

Following much avid discussion in the officer meeting, a vote was taken and your new Webminister in Master Kameshima Zentarou Umakai!

This is still Ishiyama writing right now, but I will be meeting with Master Kameshima in the near future to hand off responsibility for the site and this blog. He and his deputy Lady Kathryn have some big plans for the web site, so if you have ideas or needs make sure to talk to them soon!

It has been an honor to serve the Barony as its webminister, and my thanks to my deputy Master Broom.

Call for Letters: Webminister

My term as your Webminister expires next month, and while I am willing to continue doing this job, I am also willing to give somebody else a chance. I can even serve as deputy to the new Webminister until they get their feet under them, if necessary. Heh, “web feet”.

The Webminister is responsible for the official Baronial web site and its related functions. The Webminister updates the information on the web site as requested, such as when office holders change or a new event is announced. Knowledge of HTML and basic web design is required. Some functions of the web site are written in PHP, and an understanding of PHP would be helpful. You must have a reliable computer, Internet connection, and email address. Your ZX81, 300 baud modem, and AOL address are probably not sufficient. Most changes to the current site can be made in a text editor and uploaded via FTP, so no special software is required. The web site is hosted by a commercial service provider, so the ability to pay hosting and domain registration fees via credit card is required, though you will be reimbursed by the Barony after you make payment.

The Webminister is also responsible for maintaining the list of email aliases. The hosting service also provides email forwarding so that senders can always send email to a Baronial officer without having to remember who currently holds that office and what that person’s address is. Updating the list of aliases involves logging into the hosting provider’s domain management web interface, so some ability to deal with that kind of thing is required. We always have problems with forwarded email landing in spam folders, so dealing with email problems is a constant task.

The Webminister is also responsible for maintaining and administrating the Baronial Blog. The Debatable Blog uses the WordPress system and all interactions with the site are through a web interface. Some knowledge of WordPress usage and administration would be helpful. If I stay as Webminister, I’m going to pester officers a lot more to post things to the blog.

The job of Webminister is not constant. It mostly consists of small amounts of work on a irregular basis, but occasionally requires a large amount of work in a short time period. Like when you discover the entire web site has been hacked to forward to a bootleg pharmacy site. The editorial policy of the website is available on the site. Some familiarity with the current policy, and an interest in upholding or improving on these traditions would be to your advantage.

The Webminister is not responsible for the Barony’s social media presence, as this is a function of the Seneschal’s office by society policy. Some coordination with the Seneschal or Social Media Deputy may be required, but they tend to be really nice about it.

If you are interested in standing for this position, please submit a letter of intent to the Webminister and Seneschal before the next officers’ meeting, which will be on April 5th, 2017. Candidates should be at the meeting if possible, as the elected officer will be expected at future meetings for the duration of their 2-year term.

Call for Letters: Webminister

My term as your Webminister is up in April, and while I am perfectly willing to continue doing this job, I will not be offended if somebody else would like a chance.

The Webminister is responsible for the official Baronial web site and its related functions. The Webminister updates the information on the web site as necessary, such as when office holders change or a new calendar event is announced. Knowledge of HTML and basic web design is required. Some functions of the web site are written in PHP, and an understanding of PHP would be helpful. You must have a reliable computer, Internet connection, and email address. Most changes to the current site can be made in a text editor and uploaded via FTP, so no special software is required. The web site is hosted by a commercial service provider, so the ability to pay hosting and domain registration fees via credit card is required, though you will be reimbursed by the Barony after you make payment.

The Webminister is also responsible for maintaining the list of email aliases. The hosting service also provides email forwarding so that senders can always send email to a Baronial officer without having to remember who currently holds that office and what that person’s address is. Updating the list of aliases involves logging into the hosting provider’s domain management web interface, so some ability to deal with that kind of thing is required.

The Webminister is also responsible for maintaining and administrating the Baronial Blog. The Debatable Blog uses the WordPress system and all interactions with the site are through a web interface. Some knowledge of WordPress usage and administration would be helpful.

The job of Webminister is not constant. It mostly consists of small amounts of work on a irregular basis, but occasionally requires a large amount of work in a short time period. The editorial policy of the website is available on the site. Some familiarity with the current policy, and an interest in upholding or improving on these traditions would be to your advantage.

The Webminister is not responsible for the Barony’s social media presence, as this is a function of the Seneschal’s office by society policy. Some coordination with the Seneschal or Social Media Deputy will doubtless be required, however.

If you are interested in standing for this position, please submit a letter of intent to the Webminister and Seneschal before the next officers’ meeting, which will be on April 5th, 2017.

Heavy and Fencing Practices Sunday

The Baronial Fencing Marshal writes:

Greetings,

After two weeks on the road fencing practice returns to its normal
location at the Environmental Charter School in Regent Square.

Doors open at 2, practice to begin after the Barony Meeting

If the weather continues to be nice we will be fencing outside.

Jorundr

The Baronial Knight Marshal writes:

Greetings fellow BMDLers…

Heavy fight practice will happen this Sunday at the usual winter location, the Environmental Charter School, 829 Milton Ave in Regent Square. Come on out and swing some sticks, and attend the Barony Meeting as well in the same location. Everything kicks off at 2:00.

Isenwulf

The Baronial Webminister hopes to see everybody there!

BMDL History

The above photo of the current and former barons and Baronesses of the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands is courtesy of Mistress Tsvee’a bas Tseepora Levi.

There were more historical photos and artifacts in a display at investiture, and I hope you got to see them. If not, Valentina de La Volpe has provided some photos of the display for the web site.