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  • From: gp AT
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  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] New Homepage - Gathering Opinions
  • Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:54:52 +0000
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In a project of a size like this you're pretty much responsible for the entire infrastructure whether someone else built it or not, so I'm referring to the key members of OpenNIC currently running the core infrastructure like the T0, mailing list and wikis. Sorry didn't think this was a Yankee White secret but..

Looks like Jonah understands the issue well and would be up to maintain it.


On 2017-02-19 07:15, vv AT wrote:
Not sure what site admins you refer to. The
problem we've had is there haven't been any.
Perhaps you know something the rest of us don't,
in which case please let us know who they are.

~ Ole

On Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:34:28 +0000
"gp" <discuss AT> wrote:


Having to install ruby to build a site makes me lay down
rivers of tears, however I do have to regularly spend
very little effort to find security issues in OpenNIC
code, so I do agree with moving any of our custom code to
static or better written stuff. I didn't inspect the site
(sorry), but overall I support the move. Workflow would
be better and more transparent, and easier than pestering
people over email or irc.

Regarding your random jab at the site admins, no they're
not clueless, and yes they are busy. no need for any of
that condescending stuff (and im not even one of them)

+1 from me.


On 2017-02-19 00:56, Jonah Aragon wrote:
> Hi!
> I've been working on a new design and system for the
> homepage, and I wanted to gather some opinions on what
> works, what doesn't, and what you think about replacing
> our current WordPress site (at
> You can check out my
> design at
> Some background:
> The WordPress site currently host a simple homepage, a
> basic membership system (essentially providing a
> profile frontend for the LDAP system), and a blog
> that's rarely been used. WordPress creates a lot of
> load on the servers and is just in general bloated.
> MySQL databases, dynamically generated pages, none of
> this is needed for our homepage, especially if we try
> to move everything to the wiki. In addition, the
> website (mainly the aforementioned login system) is
> susceptible to XSS attacks, among other
> vulnerabilities. Coupled with the massive amount of
> security holes that just appear to show up in WordPress
> all the time
> I'm honestly surprised we haven't migrated to anything
> else already.
> My site (code at
> is complete
> static HTML (which is compiled with Jekyll) homepage.
> It includes all the important features of our current
> site, even the closest servers information, with a
> cleaner, simpler design and setup. It places more
> emphasis on our top level domains, and it still
> includes a blogging system for future Press Releases
> and updates (which I think we should utilize more):
> Because it's a static site, the security risks are
> nonexistent and it can be hosted anywhere. If this were
> to gather relatively good opinions from all of you, I'd
> push it to our organization at
> so anybody would be able to
> edit it (via Pull Requests). Ideally we could setup a
> system to automatically pull (from GitHub) and build
> the site on our webservers behind some lightweight
> server like Nginx. That way we'd be able to keep the
> existing servers and TLS functionality (which GH Pages
> does not support with custom domains) everything is
> just more open, compared with random WordPress
> administrators who as far as I can gather fall between
> the "not having enough time to update the site" and the
> "have no idea how to operate WordPress" categories.
> Anyways, this was a really long email about a really
> simple topic. Sorry about that.
> Hopefully all of you are on board,
> Jonah
> P.S. Also this would be the perfect time to switch to
> our [1] domain for the homepage and add
> some 301 redirects when we move, that'll just look
> nicer in general (and there'd be no need to move all
> the sites to that domain, at least not right away).
> Links:
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