The Problem With Medium

on the Web

Funny how things works on the Internet. Since a couple of weeks ago with some friends on Twitter we started a conversation – in italian, sorry – about the editorial business models available today, and how an Author should publish his staff and eventually get back some kind of revenue. Money, job offers, popularity, authorship… whatever!

Many clever and insightful post are published on Medium.com, which, over the last year has become THE network where you publish clever, long, detailed, documented articles on the subject of your choice. They have reinvented the comments on the web, they have boosted the writers’ writing experience over a browser. But…

By furnishing your User Content to Medium, you give Medium a broad license to use and exploit your User Content as it operates and evolves its business.

What does this mean? It means you’re giving your writing to a corporation for free, and they can do anything they want with it. Forever. Without paying you. Ever.

Andrea Phillips, The Problem With Medium

This piece from Andrea Phillips it today over one year old, and Medium Terms of Service have changed dramatically. But the question on how they’ll make a profit over a platform that lives with OUR provided content stands whatsoever.

So, if you are an author you should double guess writing anything really valuable to you only over that platform. Be sure to point your main business website. And always publish it also under the umbrella of your own domain of on a platform – like WordPress.com – which does not get into your business so badly…

I’m spending some more time during these last few days working on this blog, deleting that damned uncategorized post’s category obtained “thanks” to that Posterous import last year. That was a platform I liked a lot, where I’ve written down a lot of inspiration and potentially interesting software to test.

I do hope that will be a bonus for those ~100/150 visitors that everyday lands here on my little weblog…

blogging

Matt’s appearance at the Joomla World Conference has inspired WordCamp Miami organizers to invite Joomla users and developers to come to their event next year to share experiences.

As someone who came from Drupal to WordPress, I love to see this kind of connection across open source projects. Exploring ideas and philosophy with other developers who have a different history can be a valuable experience. This is especially true with open source projects as similar as WordPress and Joomla. We’re not in competition with one another. Matt’s keynote address at the Joomla World Conference is a reminder that we’re all working together to make the web a better place.

Sarah GoodingWordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg Keynotes Joomla World Conference

Matt on Joomla

FLOSS, on the Web, WordPress

my 0,02€ on a possible Origami WordPress theme improvement

WordPress

Greg Priday of SiteOrigin WordPress theme foundry makes incredible rich and elegant templates for our preferred blogging engine … ops, I meant CMS.

Origami is one of my favorite from his portfolio and I’ve adopted it for a brief time on a blog of mine, and then introduced it on the toolkit of available themes over the Tevac Network of blogs. After having played with it I think that this themes suffers of two annoyances.

So, without any design experience in my skills, I made the following screenshots of the theme highlighting the weak points with Preview.app editing tools and wrote a mail to Greg. Since I don’t know if he’ll have time to read it I thought sharing it here, waiting for some feedback by my readers.

Basically, when I visit an Origami powered page I’m in a situation like this:

But what happens? I cannot click on the comments number and be taken to the discussion, I have to click on the post’s title to be taken to the single post page of which here’s an example screenshot:

Let’s do a recap:

  1. I like clicking on the comments counter to be taken to the post’s discussion since 9 times out of 10 the author chooses the full post publishing in the home page instead of an excerpt. So I’ve already read the content and then I’d like to read directly the discussion on it without having to re-scroll the entire post;
  2. In the single page / post view I think that the pointers to the next / previous post are “missing”, it’s cool to have the title of the next or previous post available, but they do not stand out in the page, since they merge a little too much for my tastes with the main content. Being put after the post’s tag list, especially when this is short, doesn’t help too much. One way of solving this it may be how the Widely theme (here on WordPress.com) displays them:

What do YOU think ???

http://www.seqahead.it/cost-bari-2013

deploy, ITB CNR

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Friday I gave you the URL of the most recent website I’ve realized for my AllBio assignment here at ITB, Bari. The “NGS and non-coding RNA data analysis Workshop” that will be held here in Bari (Italy) in April.

After a slow start, updates and details will be more frequent in the next weeks, so be sure to follow the News section of the website to be kept up-2-date.