G&T: The Same Generation. Again.

G&T, back in 2003

Erm, hello. Look what we did. Movable Type is so last year, darlings.

Yes, we’ve relaunched – a day later than planned, and ridiculously unfinished, but still – after many broken promises, we’re finally back and kicking bottom. So, now all the Observation Dome team are working on just one site, what’s new in the world of G&T?

First of all, thanks to the wonders of Drupal, we now have user registration. Simply register with us, and it’s a handy way of proving who you are when commenting on the site. You don’t have to register in order to post comments, mind – although you’ll get an ‘unregistered’ by your name. You can also choose to fill in a few details about yourself and make a profile – note that this certainly isn’t obligatory, and is simply there as an option if you want to let people know more about you. Needless to say, as last time, we won’t distribute your email out to third parties – unless you deliberately choose to use your G&T login to access other Drupal-powered sites, as detailed in your confirmation email. You can also allow people to contact you through this site using your profile, if you enable it. Oh: and there’s now avatars!

But don’t think we’ve just included user registration so you can have authenticated comments. There’s already a poll that you can only vote in if you’re logged-in – but we have a lot of things lined up in the next few months. We’re like interactive telly! Only good.

Then, there’s tags. Instead of the rigid sections that G&T used to have, we now tag each news item and article with a number of terms, to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. (Oh, and you also now comment directly onto the articles, rather than a seperate page.) A lot of our old content isn’t tagged up yet – that’ll come with time. (If you need to access the old site, go to www.ganymede-titan.info/oldindex.php.)

In fact, if you poke around too far, you’ll see things are a bit of a mess here. And there. And everywhere. We’re going through fixing things, so don’t worry – we just reckoned that you’d prefer it if we were up and about and doing new content rather than obsessing on getting all the old stuff sorted before launch.

Ah yes, new content – Wrinkles. Specifically, two episodes of Wrinkles available for download. Go and get them, and come back and tell us what you think. We haven’t had a scoop like this since, oooh, I dunno.

So. The new G&T. Not perfect yet, but back and posting crap about Red Dwarf. Remember when we did that? Let us know what you think below. And keep an eye out for some very special stuff coming up in the coming months. We might even start being more than desperately shit. I can’t convey how excited I am about the site – literally, it’s four in the morning and my brains are leaking out my ears – but I hope you enjoy it.

Oh, and thanks to monkeyson for doing some last-minute IE testing for me. Any problems, and it’s HIS FAULT.

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  1. Excellent, congrats guys, nice to see a change around here at last :) Good Work!

  2. G&T Admin

    Cheers Ghostie. Now re-launch Channel 27 before we beat you up!

  3. Its coming, I promise! I am building an entire CMS from scratch remember ;)

  4. G&T Admin

    Well, that’s just showing off.

    Actually, I’ll be doing that next year for my final project. Better get good at PHP, then…

  5. Its not that it’s difficult, its just extremely time consuming! Btw, thank God that this site doesnt look like the one in the screenshot you have up there any more… This and the last version are a hell of an improvement on that design.

  6. Wow, it looks great around here! Well done, guys! :)

  7. I do like the design, well done.

  8. G&T Admin

    By the way, for those of you who still want to browse The White Hole for ocntent that isn’t currently on this system then it’s still live at http://www.whitehole-redwarf.co.uk/index2.php

    In the next few weeks, though, everything that’s worth the time and effort will be on here, anyway.

  9. G&T Admin

    Glad people like it!

    There’s quite a few rough edges here and there, but we’ll sort them out. The important thing is – we’re back. And we’re bad. Obviously within certain sensible preset parameters.

  10. Looking crisp, I will explore more later as I’m off out, keep up the good work etc.

  11. Looks good. Well done.

  12. Welcome back guys – great to have you all together. It’s as it should be.

    I shall look forward to hearing about what’s going on with Red Dwarf, what’s coming up, and where the franchise is going. :-)

  13. I look forward to updates ;)

  14. Loving the new site guys, im a regular reader of G&T but usually one of the silent masses so this is my first comment, maybe not the last but we shall have to see.

    TD

  15. G&T Admin

    It had to happen sooner or later… performingmonkey has lost it.

  16. Excellent new design. I particularly like the tags feature – spiffing, absolutely spiffing…

  17. Wow.

    It happened :)

  18. G&T Admin

    We may not be fast, but we get there in the end, etc.

  19. G&T Admin

    Just to let people know that you can now use images and blockquoting in comments, using HTML. I’ll update the formatting options info page at some point to make the usage clearer for those who aren’t web nerds.

  20. So, why do I keep ending up logged out within a day of logging in each time?

    This doesn’t happen with other sites, you know…

  21. G&T Admin

    I’ll look into this this afternoon. Remind me if I forget.

  22. I also have a bit of a problem. Not to be a bother, but I tried to register (under the name “Arlene Rimmer BSc SSc”) and, while the site told me I was going to get an email with my shiny new password and everything in it so’s I could join the zany goings-on here, that email never arrived. I wouldn’t complain, except it’s been a coupla days. I even tried using that “get new password” thingy a few times, and not a sausage. I’m quite sure I got the email addy I want to use right, so…does the site just not like me or something?

  23. G&T Admin

    I’ve just emailed you Arlene – let me know if you don’t get it!

  24. G&T Admin

    Also: if anyone else has had the same problem (I see a few people have an account created, but have never logged in), mail us at admin@ganymede.tv, and we’ll get it sorted for you.

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